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.
Walz announces $2 million to distribute KN95 masks in Minnesota
The announcement comes after federal officials have updated guidelines to recommend KN95 and N95 masks.
Southwest LRT may now cost $2.75B, won't open until 2027
Met Council said last year it would open in 2023.
Broncos hiring Packers OC sparks speculation Rodgers could follow
What about both Rodgers and Davante Adams teaming up in Denver?
Fire tears through House of Charity building in Minneapolis
The charity serves hundreds of meals to those in need daily.
Here’s what the Vikings owners say about new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
The Vikings announced his hiring on Wednesday night.
After 3-month delay, newest Twin Cities Raising Cane's opens
The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in October.
Armed man robs Twin Cities thrift store, flees in carjacked pickup
He pulled out a handgun shortly after chatting with the cashier about his scarf.
Gallery: Pagoda-inspired home on Lake Pepin for sale for $2M
The home has 425 feet of private shoreline on the Mississippi River.
Walz proposes legalizing marijuana in massive supplemental budget
It's among the provisions in his "Budget to Move Minnesota Forward."
Photos reveal damage from gunshots to Minneapolis snowplow
A hydraulic line and three tires were damaged in the shooting.
Minneapolis schools confirm return to in-person teaching Monday
The school district shifted to online learning almost two weeks ago as rising COVID cases led to staff and bus driver shortages.
Mineral leases for proposed Twin Metals mine near Boundary Waters canceled
A review by the DOI found "significant legal deficiencies" with the leases' 2019 renewal.
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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