The Minnesota Health Department study says the findings suggest pregnant women in the Lake Superior area "have mercury exposures that need to be reduced." Even small amounts of toxic mercury can harm developing brains and nervous systems.
Man, woman, two dogs found dead at Becker County home
The incident is under investigation.
U of M gives some students 50% off meals for September after complaints
Students have complained about an array of issues surrounding dining halls.
Gallery: Sprawling estate near Superior National Forest listed for $2.9M
The property has been in the same family for over 60 years.
Surgery clinic proposed to replace 111-year-old farmhouse in Eagan
A developer is proposing to transform the remnant farm property.
Why Hurricane Ian could be catastrophic in Florida
Hurricanes are the atmosphere’s biggest show of force and energy, and Hurricane Ian is no exception.
Suspect arrested after man and dog shot on St. Paul's East Side
The shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Crisp & Green owner launches new chain, with 12 MN locations planned
Steele Brands already owns and operates Crisp & Green and Stalk & Spade.
Man rescued from Stearns County lake after waves capsize boat
The 66-year-old was uninjured.
Sign of the times: Snow fell in Minnesota Tuesday morning
"It's snowing. That is all," a witness said.
Woman charged in drunk driving incident that killed Minnetonka HS alum
Nate Stratton, 20, died from his injuries on Sept. 18.
International effort cuts pollution in Lake Superior basin
A joint program, established in 1991, between the United States and Canada is on track to reduce nine toxic chemicals like mercury and PCBs by 2020. According to Minnesota Public Radio, a draft report says sources of pollution around Lake Superior have cut mercury emissions by 80 percent and dioxins by 85 percent.
Report: Ice coverage on Lake Superior down 79 percent since 1973
According to an American Meteorological Society report, the amount of ice covering all the Great Lakes has dropped more than 70 percent over the past 40 winters. The Duluth News Tribune reports the study doesn't include the 2011-12 season. As of this winter, only about five percent of the Great Lakes froze. The lead researcher says a lack of ice coverage can reduce water levels, damage water quality and accelerate shoreline erosion.
Scientists find more birds with mercury contamination in Great Lakes area
A new report is one of few to measure mercury contamination in songbirds, which rely on insects for food. Until recently, scientists believed mercury contamination was mostly a problem for aquatic birds that eat fish. The report says "the scope and intensity of the impact of mercury on fish and wildlife in the Great Lakes region is much greater than previously recognized."
Study: Early trauma can lower child's IQ
Maltreatment or even witnessing family violence can cause cognitive harm on par with lead exposure, according to research from the University of Minnesota and Boston Children's Hospital. The study suggests children younger than 2 are the most vulnerable.
64 pounds of mercury found on Craigslist
State pollution officials intercepted 64 pounds of mercury that a Craigslist seller found in his late grandfather's garage. The seller in Floodwood, Minn., posted an ad to sell the elemental mercury for $650, and an alert Craigslist browser contacted authorities. Elemental mercury is toxic to human kidneys and the nervous system.
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