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ST. PAUL — Changes in water and land management are needed across the Minnesota River Basin to improve water quality in the state’s namesake river, as well as streams and lakes throughout the 10 million acres of the basin. Four studies by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and local partners, funded by the Legacy Amendment, determined the total maximum daily load or the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can accept and still meet water quality standards. The standards are designed to make sure waters are safe for fishing and swimming.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Stories once told as families gathered on long, cold winter nights inspire Teresa Peterson. They are the stories of the Dakota people, and were passed from generation to generation as part of an oral tradition. Some stories keep the history of the people. Others tell tales to teach lessons, much like Aesop’s fables.
LITCHFIELD, Minn. — A federal insurance program is being rolled out to help struggling, small dairies. It can’t come soon enough, according to about two dozen ag lenders and representatives of dairy industries who met Friday, April 5, in Litchfield with U.S. Senator Tina Smith and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – A rising Minnesota River is spilling over roads and bridges in the upper basin, and authorities warn that more road closures are likely in the days ahead. The river’s rise is accelerating as it moves toward an expected crest during the night Friday-Saturday in Montevideo and on Saturday at locations downstream from Granite Falls to Morton.
MADISON, Minn. -- Lac qui Parle County is one of western Minnesota’s best known recreational destinations, thanks to its public lands. A state park and the adjoining Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area attracts thousands of visitors from around the state, many of them hunters and anglers. The county is now in the midst of a debate over public lands. While the county board of commissioners has not adopted a “no net gain” policy, the members are voicing concerns about adding any new public lands.
MADISON, Minn. — Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak needed only a garage to develop Apple computers and change the world forever. Carmen Fernholz hopes a 2-acre parcel of his Lac qui Parle County farmland will be what it takes to launch a change in Minnesota's agricultural landscape for a long time to come as well. At the request of a researcher he's known at the University of Minnesota, Fernholz planted 2 acres in 2011 with an intermediate wheatgrass grain trademarked as Kernza.