Thanks to the second-wettest Minnesota June on record and hot temperatures this month, the mosquito population in the state has exploded. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District says a sampling of its 134 traps July 2 found an average of 1,425 adult mosquitoes per trap, more than double the average for the same date for the past nine years, which was 643 mosquitoes per trap.
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.
Reward to find person who left kittens to die in freezing WI cold
The cats were thrown from a vehicle, according to a witness.
Charges: Man led police on multi-city pursuit in stolen Metro Mobility bus
The bus had been left unattended with the keys inside when it was stolen.
Charges: Man fatally shot mother of his child during argument
Officers found her on the ground outside the couple's home.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 26
More than 15,000 new cases in today's update.
Mosquitoes attract California researchers to Minnesota
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is apparently the perfect laboratory for testing insect repellant. This summer, some brave volunteers are helping researchers monitor mosquito bites.
Dwindling moose population could impact tribal traditions
A 2012 aerial survey last winter used 49 sample plots to estimate that there are about 4,200 living moose in Minnesota. The population declined 14 percent from last year. This decrease could impact Native American moose hunting in the region.
Minnesota lawmakers introduce bill to control cormorant population
A bipartisan bill by Reps. John Kline and Collin Peterson would give states the authority to manage the cormorant population -- which they say have displaced other species. Under current law, federal officials must first approve population control plans.
Minnesota's fall colors threatened by hot, dry weather
Thanks to the hot, dry weather this summer in Minnesota, hopes for a vibrant fall colors are fading away. In addition to lawns and crops, the weather conditions could impact trees and plants of all species, causing some of them to change color early.
Hot weather a factor in Minnesota's worst West Nile season in five years
State health officials say cases of West Nile Virus are at their highest level in at least five years. The mosquitoes that carry the virus flourish is the hot weather that blanketed Minnesota in July. Some of those infected with West Nile don't show symptoms of illness. But if the virus develops into encephalitis it can be fatal.
Eagle population soaring in Minnesota
An eagle project manager with the National Park Service told the Star Tribune officials counted 36 nests along the Mississippi River between Elk River and Hastings. That's up from 28 last year and 11 when aerial surveys began in 2006. The continued growth indicates the river is producing plenty of food for the majestic birds.
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