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Moorhead, MN, United States

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Past articles by dan:

Regenerative farm research has global interest

A project designed to study the effects of regenerative agriculture has received funding to expand to other countries. The 1000 farms initiative launched this year in the U.S. It’s now getting global attention. → Read More

Powerball drawing delay was caused by problems in Minnesota

A nearly 10-hour delay in drawing numbers for a record Powerball jackpot was caused by issues with the Minnesota Lottery sales system. → Read More

Study finds pesticides in plants used as butterfly habitat

Researchers found pesticide levels known to be harmful to monarch butterflies in milkweed plants sold at retail stores in 15 states. → Read More

Digi-Key unveils big expansion in a small town

Electronic parts supplier Digi-Key is opening a $400 million dollar warehouse expansion in northwest Minnesota to meet global demand for the products it sells. → Read More

Eight people wounded in shooting at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis

Eight people are hospitalized after a shooting late Monday night at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. → Read More

Native women work to break the cycle of poverty, prison in Minnesota

American Indian women make up less than 1 percent of Minnesota’s population but are 20 percent of the state's female prison inmates. Incarceration creates huge consequences for families and communities. A new effort to break the cycle, led by Native women, shows promise, but the challenges remain steep. → Read More

Despite drought Minnesota farmers fared well in 2021

Despite drought conditions that affected much of Minnesota last year, farm profits improved for the second year in a row because of high prices for crops and livestock. → Read More

Nationwide study will examine the effects of regenerative agriculture

An ambitious new study aims to track the effects of regenerative agriculture on 1,000 farms across the country. Regenerative agriculture is a set of farming practices focusing on soil health and enhanced biodiversity. → Read More

Carbon markets drive research in soil carbon storage

A growing number of agri-businesses are offering to pay farmers for practices that store carbon in the soil. But the cost of accurately measuring carbon in fields might be keeping farmers out of the market. Researchers are trying to improve the process. → Read More

Farmers say widening drought now threatening livestock

The drought in Minnesota is getting worse. Gov. Tim Walz told farmers Thursday he’s working with state and federal agencies to help meet their most pressing needs. → Read More

Drought stresses Minnesota crops, streams and lawns

Farmers in parts of the state are watching crops shrivel in the heat, and homeowners consider whether to keep their lawns green. → Read More

Dry conditions might mean a good year for wild rice

Drought across Minnesota might mean an abundant harvest for a crop that grows in water. Minnesota has more acres of natural wild rice than any other state in the country. → Read More

Honey bees are still dying at high rates

Honey bee mortality continues at high rates according to a recent survey. The 15th annual honey bee loss survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found overall honey bee mortality nationwide the second highest since the survey began. → Read More

Officials: More than 200 arrested in northern Minnesota Line 3 protests

More than 200 people were arrested during protests against the Line 3 oil pipeline project Monday near the Mississippi River headwaters. → Read More

Police standards board calls for changes in response to protests

The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training has unanimously approved creating two new policies to address issues currently under scrutiny. The first would create a policy and accountability for how police respond to gatherings protected by the First Amendment. The second would prohibit police officers from supporting white supremacist groups. → Read More

Chauvin trial: Defense expert faults 'sudden cardiac arrest' for Floyd death

Dr. David Fowler testified that George Floyd died of cardiac arrhythmia during the police restraint, but that methamphetamine and fentanyl, carbon monoxide exposure from the squad car, tumors and adrenaline contributed to his death. → Read More

Southwest U.S. snowstorms cause Moorhead power outages

Parts of western Minnesota face the possibility of rolling blackouts this week because of a winter storm that hit Texas and other parts of the southwestern U.S. → Read More

Tentative contract agreement gives Minnesota home care workers a 15 percent raise

Home care workers in Minnesota who are members of the Service Employees International Union will vote on a tentative contract agreement that increases base pay by $2 per hour, adds paid time off and provides funding for worker training. → Read More

Researchers find insecticides widespread in Minnesota lakes and rivers

A widely used class of insecticides is found at low levels in Minnesota lakes and streams, according to to research from the University of Minnesota. The potential impact on aquatic life is still to be unraveled. → Read More

Federal ruling may mean deportations of formerly protected Minn. immigrants

Immigrant advocates say thousands of people could be deported because of a court ruling earlier this week. → Read More