The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said construction has begun at Lake Vermillion State Park in Ely, which the DNR described as a "next-generation" park. The DNR hopes to introduce more young families to the outdoors with the new park, which will have will have children's treehouses and an adventure trail with a ropes course.
New Raptor Center data shows 'substantial drop' in bird flu patients
However, the virus remains a serious health threat for birds.
Hunt for inmate who escaped correctional facility in northeast MN
The 42-year-old might be in the Floodwood area.
Suspect kills himself after shooting woman and baby at Fargo restaurant
The suspect was found dead in a stolen vehicle in Minnesota.
Charges: Guest stabbed three men as they slept in Albert Lea
Investigators believe the suspect is related to all three victims.
2 charged for fentanyl overdose death of 19-year-old
The-19-year-old died from a fentanyl overdose last month.
Severe thunderstorm watch: Hail, 65 mph gusts, tornadoes possible
The watch is just north of the Twin Cities metro area.
The staggering rise of Minnesota's most famous lakes this spring
Imagine dumping Lake Minnetonka into Lake Superior 47 times.
Minnesota Senate shoots down latest marijuana legalization attempt
The bill didn't receive the required votes for further consideration on Wednesday.
Minneapolis wants to use $1M in federal cash to plant 200,000 trees
The goal is to have these trees planted by the year 2040.
MOA theater to debut wrap-around, 270-degree movie screen
The new technology will expand the movie screen onto the side walls of the theater auditorium.
Alcohol, no seatbelt possible factors in deadly southwest MN crash
The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Target shares plunge on profit drop, as costs grow and customers spend less
First quarter profitability declines 52% year-over-year.
Ely escapes wildfire disaster
Fire crews and a wind switch combined to beat back a raging forest 216-acre fire Thursday that burned to the edge of popular tourist town Ely. Some nervous residents were briefly evacuated, but no injuries were reported and officials say no occupied homes were lost.
DNR officers shoot research bear near Ely
Wildlife officials shot and killed a collared yearling black bear Thursday after it went into an Ely-area garage. There were children in the area, according to reports. The bear had been collared in July by Lynn Rogers of the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, but it wasn’t one of the well-known bears tracked by Rogers and other researchers or followed by the public on Internet webcams.
New estimates of precious metals near Ely could surpass $100 billion
A mining company exploring copper and nickel deposits southeast of Ely will update its estimate later this month. Twin Metals has drilled more than 400 holes as it puts together a picture of the deposits. One industry expert tells MPR it's already clear there's enough precious metal to keep mines busy for 60 years. The debate over whether to issue environmental permits is in the early stages, though, and any mines are still years away.
Wildfire near Ely 60 percent contained
The wildfire sparked by a downed power line near Ely is 60 percent contained. Officials say emergency preparedness and a quick response was the key to the fire's containment. The blaze was reported at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, about 10 minutes after it started, and the first engine arrived three minutes later.
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