A proposed 610-mile pipeline that would move crude oil from North Dakota through northern Minnesota cleared a step in the regulatory process Monday. Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman recommended the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission grant Enbridge Energy a certificate of need permit for the Sandpiper Pipeline project.
By John Enger / Minnesota Public Radio Jeff May has a scar running from his jaw line down past his collar bone. It’s 8 inches long, the remnants of a wound that made him a national hero. It’s 10 years old now and turning white. It could go away with a few skin grafts. Doctors suggested this, but May said no.
By John Enger / MPR As the snail darter did decades ago, a species of bat in northern Minnesota may pose a major obstacle to a controversial construction project. The proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline, intended to carry crude from the North Dakota oilfields to Superior, Wis., would run for 150 miles through the habitat of the northern long eared bat, a potentially endangered species. If the federal government were to declare the bat species endangered — which may happen soon — the pipeline project could be postponed or forced to adopt a different route.
BY Dan Kraker MPR A series of hearings this week will gather public opinions on a proposed pipeline that would increase the amount of oil flowing across Minnesota by 225,000 barrels a day.
By Tom Scheck / MPR ST PAUL — When you’re the Grassroots/ Legalize Cannabis Party’s candidate for governor, your priorities are pretty clear. Chris Wright backs a single-payer health care system and cuts in greenhouse gases, but legalizing marijuana is his main concern.
MPR As farm machinery gets bigger, electric co-ops say they're seeing more incidents of farm equipment striking poles or snagging overhead lines -- collisions that can be dangerous and costly. Federated Rural Electric in southwest Minnesota had to dispatch a repair crew earlier this month when a farmer tilling a field hit a transmission tower, snapping it and killing power to more than 2,000 customers for a couple of hours.
Elizabeth Baier MPR.org | 91.3 FM Kellogg — In a sandy tract of grassland where the Zumbro River empties into the Mississippi, Jeff LeClere wades in waist-high grass.The scientist’s visit to Weaver Dunes, is the latest foray to th
By Mark Steil MPR.org | 91.3 FM Worthington — The boom in farmland prices of recent years could be cooling, setting up a potential economic blow to Minnesota farmers.Minnesota’s farmland is worth about $100 billion, and given that land often accounts for 80 percent of a farm’s assets, that value has served as an economic engine.