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Records published Dec. 6
Defying Trump, Green Party pursues recounts in 3 U.S. states
Dakota Access 'fully committed' to completing pipeline using current route
Keeping jobs on the prairie: Clarkfield Outdoors defies odds with American-made apparel
U.S. court puts Obamacare case on hold until Trump takes office
Bluejays girls team dominates Hendricks
Pitino has Gophers poised to take 12-1 record into Big Ten play
Is Dozier blockbuster trade in the works?
Wild remain unconcerned with middling special teams
Timberwolves' bench playing Minnesota's best basketball
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Dorothy M. Peterson
Luella O. Carlson
Harlow D. Skindelien
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Treat all ladies with respect
Minnesota Opinion: Free Vikes-tix perk 'looks bad' for all
Estrich commentary: Living in the Trump twilight
Editorial: Time for two school sides to find agreement
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
August 30, 2016
Does Dayton talk to farmers enough?
FALCON HEIGHTS—First it was an effort to keep agriculture runoff out of the state's waters by the use of plant buffers, then last week it was a restriction on the use of some pesticides. Many of Minnesota's farmers and farm organizations are not happy with Gov. Mark Dayton,...
August 30, 2016 - 6:39pm
June 1, 2016
Prinsco could play role in improving farmland buffers
WILLMAR — Water management structures manufactured by Prinsco could help improve water quality in Minnesota and lessen flood impacts in the...
June 1, 2016 - 9:58pm
April 22, 2016
Commentary: Preserve our water for our future
My father, Bruce Dayton, taught me that good stewardship is one of our most important responsibilities: to take what we have been given, or have...
April 22, 2016 - 12:16am
April 21, 2016
Bill clarifying Minnesota water buffers set for Dayton’s pen
ST. PAUL — Nearly a year after he signed the first one, another bill regulating the use of vegetative buffers strips to protect Minnesota’s waters is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk. Dayton has said he supports the bill that the House passed Thursday by a 105-24 vote and...
April 21, 2016 - 9:44pm
April 14, 2016
Senate votes to eliminate buffer confusion
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Legislature is close to cleaning up misunderstandings in a law meant to clean up the state’s water. Senators passed legislation 61-0 Thursday making it clear that vegetative buffers will not be required along private ditches. The measure also clears up...
April 14, 2016 - 11:58pm
March 16, 2016
Buffer change passes committee
ST. PAUL — Changes in Minnesota's year-old law requiring vegetative buffers received approval of a Senate committee Wednesday. Over objections of environmental groups, a Senate agriculture committee on a split voice vote moved Sen. Rod Skoe’s bill to extend until 2025 the time...
March 16, 2016 - 11:20pm
State legislators to revisit ‘buffer strip’ law
ST. PAUL — A key water-quality initiative of Gov. Mark Dayton last year — vegetative buffer strips along streams and drainage ditches — is returning for an encore performance at the Capitol in St. Paul this week. On Wednesday, a Senate committee will hold a hearing on a series...
March 16, 2016 - 5:30am
March 10, 2016
First of buffer maps to debut soon
WILLMAR — The first rendition of the maps showing where buffers will be required along public ditches in Minnesota will be released in about...
March 10, 2016 - 12:11am
February 26, 2016
Watersheds offer programs to improve water quality
WORTHINGTON -- Heron Lake Watershed District Administrator Jan Voit said the work her staff does within the watershed district is on a willing...
February 26, 2016 - 5:30am
February 18, 2016
Buffer maps to come out by July 1, but questions remain
ST. PAUL — Minnesota landowners are to have access to maps showing where they need to install buffer strips by July 1, but questions, distrust...
February 18, 2016 - 11:33pm
January 29, 2016
Dayton backs off buffer strips for private ditches
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has ceded ground to farm interests, Republicans and some Democrats over a contentious aspect of his plan to require vegetative buffer strips to help protect water from agricultural runoff and erosion. Privately owned drainage ditches are off...
January 29, 2016 - 11:21pm
December 15, 2015
Dayton lays out conservation plan
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton wants the state and the federal governments to spend nearly $800 million to improve water quality by taking 100,000 acres out of crop production in western and southern Minnesota. Half of the land would become vegetated buffers between crops and bodies...
December 15, 2015 - 11:20pm
August 31, 2015
Algae blooms threaten state’s $13B tourism industry
ST. PAUL — On a recent summer day, Dylan, Madysen and Colten King escaped the heat in time-honored Minnesota fashion: with a swim in a lake. But...
August 31, 2015 - 8:00am
August 3, 2015
Buffer law will change the rural landscape
OLIVIA — One of the state’s best-known attorneys in the area of farm drainage law expects that there will be court challenges to the state’s...
August 3, 2015 - 11:37pm
July 27, 2015
Renville County to host buffer meeting
OLIVIA — The Renville County Board of Commissioners invites Renville County property owners to a meeting on the new buffer legislation. It will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday in Rooms 116/117 of Renville County Government Service Center, 105 South Fifth Street, Olivia. The new state...
July 27, 2015 - 10:59pm