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With few races, Minnesota primary turnout in August likely small
High court race is a Minnesota question
Eden Valley farmer elected to National Corn Growers Board
Poll: Trump trails by 6 points after DNC
Vikings & fine art come together in new stadium
UPDATE: Glenwood/Lowry reaches state title game
Stanley Cup to meet Stanley car in Minnesota
G/L Legion marches ahead at state
Getting it right
Stingers rebound to clobber Bucks
Judge dismisses 29 claims to late musician Prince's estate
Small town Lake Lillian gears up for big time production
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
ASTRO BOB: Getting stung by a 'scorpion' can be a beautiful thing
The search for a world-record lake trout
Johnson -- Haverly
Quisberg -- Larson
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
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David L. Lake
Joan M. Caspers
Esther Helen Iverson
Parker: Are we all Democrats this year?
Dionne: Hillary takes the fight to Trump
Thomas: Hillary's recycled speech
Obama: Continuity we can believe in
Will: Mike Pence the pliable
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
Lawmakers to talk buffer strips
REDWOOD FALLS — Legislation that would require 50-foot vegetative buffers along waterways will be the subject of a listening session with Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls and Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, being sponsored by the Redwood and Renville County Farm Bureaus. It will...
March 27, 2015 - 11:25pm