The sport known as Geocashing combines high tech gadgetry with the ancient lure of treasure hunting. Geocachers use hand held global positioning satellites, or GPS units, to search for token objects ---toys and other small trinkets --- hidden by other geocachers. In this week's edition of our s
The power blackout a week ago in New York and other eastern cities left most of us feeling lucky to have our lights on. But there's that nagging question about whether such a thing could happen here. Several new tranmission lines are proposed for Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Several areas of Minnesota finally got a much-desired sprinkle of rain over the past twenty-four hours. Rainfall last night ranged from 1-point-4 inches in Windom to point-3 inches in Minneapolis. But don't put away the hose just yet. Pete Boulay is an assistant state climatologist.
Pollution experts are unsure about the sources of fecal bacteria that's closed several Lake Superior beaches this summer. Geese, seagulls and municipal sewers are all likely suspects. But some people wonder whether people play a more direct role. They say a shortage of restrooms near some pop
People in northern Minnesota are gearing up to fight alien invaders. Plants that don't belong in Minnesota's forests are creeping in. This weekend, about a dozen people will spend a day learning about non-native invasive plants. The U.S.
Thousands of "rock hounds" are converging on the Twin Cities this weekend. The Minnesota Mineral Club is sponsoring a convention. The subject is: Rocks of the Great Lakes. At the same time, thousands of tourists will be on the beaches of Lake Superior's North Shore.
For the last three days Missouri River levels have decreased by as much as a foot and a half. In July a federal judge ordered the change in level for the river in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. The Army Corps of Engineers complied with the order just this week.
Elk farmers in Minnesota are facing tough times. The fear of Chronic Wasting Disease has cut into the market for elk meat. For some farmers new regulations to limit the spread of the disease prevents them from selling their animals at all. One central Minnesota elk farmer says he's found a way
Some areas in southern Minnesota are experiencing drought-like conditions, and farmers are beginning to worry about their crops. Weather patterns have left the south-western part of the state especially dry.
A new round of soil testing is underway at the St. Regis Superfund site on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The former St. Regis wood treatment plant operated near downtown Cass Lake for about 30 years. The plant left behind cancer-causing chemicals in the soil and water.
A team of paleontologists and geologists have just begun a dig in an area of Montana that hasn't been excavated in at least 100 years. Kristi Curry Rogers, the curator of paleontology at the Science Museum of Minnesota, is part of the group.