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13,000 pieces of trash found in, along Mississippi in St. Paul

The litter was logged this spring as part of a community science pilot.

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Hazy conditions may lift temporarily, but smoke will keep coming for MN

Drifting smoke "will likely remain with us for a while," one group warned.

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Climate change is warming lakes, leading to more toxic algae blooms

The agency says blue-green algae blooms are occurring all across the state.

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'Unprecedented': The wildfire smoke isn't going anywhere this weekend

The air quality alert that was supposed to end Friday is now in effect into early next week.

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St. Paul launches initiative to track plastic, debris in Mississippi River

The City of St. Paul has teamed up with other communities to create the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.

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Study: Air pollution in the Twin Cities dropped 20% during shutdown

Researchers noted any decline in air pollution is likely only temporary.

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Mystery game invites kids to uncover real-life lake polluters

The game from the Washington Conservation District game raises awareness of everyday pollutants.

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Northern Metal Recycling scores partial victory in court ruling

They can now resume operations at their Minneapolis plant.

Betty McCollum slams government 'report' on Boundary Waters pollution

The State Department's response was only 8 paragraphs long.

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Becker fire continues to rage, crews set to fight it throughout the night

The fire at Northern Metals Recycling is still well alight more than 18 hours after it broke out.

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Burning smell in the Twin Cities? It's probably the Becker recycling plant fire

The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, and has sparked concerns over air quality.

Minnesota DNR says it won't ban use of lead ammo, fishing tackle

It had received a petition from environmental and conservation groups.

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Regulator rejects plea to delay shutdown of polluting metal shredder

The shredder was found to be causing significant air quality problems in north Minneapolis.

Lake Elmo accepts $2.7M, land from 3M in pollution settlement

The city will get 180 acres of land as part of the deal.

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Company will pay $7M after releasing chemical linked to cancer

Water Gremlin had been releasing a chemical within a mile radius of its White Bear Township factory.

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5,400 gallons of nitric acid spills in Northeast Minneapolis

The spill has been contained and pollution control is at the scene.

Got a water softener in your home? It could be harming MN lakes

Salt from water softeners are a major source of chloride found in Minnesota's waters.

1M gallons of sewage has leaked into the Cannon River

An alert has been issued by Dakota County.

Microplastics found in beer made with Lake Superior water

A University of Minnesota study has identified how pervasive the tiny particles are.

10 easy ways to help save the planet

With the world facing a climate crisis, here are steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

Electric car-sharing service is coming to the Twin Cities

Hourcar offers affordable, sustainable car rentals in the Twin Cities.

What you need to know about the 3M vs. State of Minnesota trial worth $5 billion

The Maplewood company is accused of knowingly contaminating water supplies.