The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for more than a decade has allowed a sewage treatment plant to pollute recreational lakes in Alexandria, an environmental law firm alleges in a new lawsuit. It's the latest in a string of complaints by advocacy groups who say the state's top environmental regulator is not tough enough in protecting Minnesota's lakes and rivers.
Teen charged with murder of 15-year-old at light rail station
The victim died from a gunshot wound to the chest following the shooting Tuesday.
Invasive moth flying around Minnesota for first time
The little bugger was confirmed in Wisconsin in 2018 and Iowa in 2020.
Monkeypox declared public health emergency in US, 44 cases confirmed in MN
There are over 6,600 confirmed cases nationwide.
Police update MOA shooting: Search for 2 suspects ongoing
Three shots were fired at the Nike store inside the Mall of America.
Lockdown lifted, police investigating shots fired at Mall of America
Police are interviewing witnesses in the area.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 2
Hospitalizations increased nearly 20% from July 26 to August 2.
Deaths of 2,500 fish in Minnesota trout stream unexplained
Trout anglers are concerned the incident represents a larger problem.
Becker School Board under fire for second time in 2022
Many community members have urged the board to not pass the proposed policy.
Death of Ramsey County deputy hits hard at Edina High School
Jes Edeburn is an English teacher at Edina High School.
FedEx driver falls asleep moments before head-on crash
Both drivers were injured in the crash.
Apple River stabbing victim from Elk River required multiple surgeries
His uncle says he's undergone a second surgery and is scheduled for another operation later this week.
MPCA monitors NE Minn. lake, river for E. coli in wake of floods
Concerned about elevated levels of E. coli bacteria following last month's floods, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is continuing to conduct water sampling in Carlton County after raw sewage swept into the Moosehead Lake and the river access on the Moose Horn River near Sturgeon Lake.
Minn. River getting cleaner, MPCA says
Minnesota environmental officials say cleanup efforts to cut phosphorous levels in the Minnesota River are making a difference, the Star Tribune reports. After testing this summer, the Pollution Control Agency found oxygen levels in one of the state's dirtiest waterways are better than expected. The agency credits a 2004 phosphorous reduction plan for sewage treatment plants
MPCA approves plan to dump taconite in lake to control weeds
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency signed off on a plan to dump more than 13 tons of taconite concentrate into Rush Lake. The lake association wants to reduce the level of phosphorus, which leads to growth of algae and invasive pondweed. It hopes the taconite experiment will do the trick. Audubon Minnesota had argued for an environmental review.
MPCA adds more Minnesota lakes and rivers to impaired list
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is placing 500 additional lakes and sections of rivers on its list of impaired waters. Minnesota now has more than 3,600 bodies of water on the list. MPR reports about 40 percent of the state's waters are considered to have an excess of nitrogen, phosphorus, mercury, bacteria or other pollutants. Hundreds of clean-up plans have been developed over the past two decades, but less than 20 bodies of water have come of the list.
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