John Linc Stine told the Associated Press he believes voluntary efforts by farmers can help the state move closer to cleaning up the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. However, he adds federal law prevents the state from forcing farmers to take any action. Stine became commissioner earlier this month after Paul Aasen left for a job with the city of Minneapolis.
MN rep. says he was 'assaulted' at activist group's public meeting
The Republican said a man grabbed his arms and yanked him from the room.
What were the 'bizarre things' seen in Minnesota's sky?
The mysterious streaks were not UFOs and they weren't pieces of an asteroid.
Mel Kiper Jr. has Vikings taking a cornerback in his first mock draft
Mike Zimmer may be gone, but the tradition lives on.
Free COVID testing site to open in St. Paul for 3 weeks
The federal testing site comes as demand for testing remains high.
MN TikToker accused of faking federal agent life pleads guilty
He told his 10,000 followers he was a Homeland Security agent — authorities say it was a lie.
Report: Vikings request second interview with 2 GM candidates
Ryan Poles of the Chiefs and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah of the Browns.
Hopkins takes on No. 1 team in the country on ESPNU Friday
The game will feature a pair of top recruits in the Class of 2022.
Educators in Minneapolis, St. Paul could strike amid contract negotiations
Teachers and support staff are demanding smaller class sizes, mental health support and better pay.
MN mayor in hot water for hawking $400M underwater hotel plan
The city council called a special meeting to discuss the mayor's public comments.
Woman in critical condition after attempted murder, authorities say
A 33-year-old woman is in custody and facing possible charges.
Charges: Driver threw 'large rocks' at police car during highway chase
Authorities say the suspect had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.
Leadership changing at state Pollution Control Agency
The commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is leaving that post to take a job in Minneapolis' city hall. Paul Aasen will be the city coordinator. Governor Dayton named Aasen's deputy, John Linc Stine, the new commissioner.
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.
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.
Lawsuit: MPCA allows pollution of lakes
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.
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