Lia, a gray wolf in the exhibit pack at the Minnesota Zoo, wanders her snow-filled enclosure in Apple Valley.

As species hangs in balance, what Minnesota's wolves can teach America

Minnesota has about as many wolves as the rest of the Lower 48 states combined, and is the only state outside Alaska to never exterminate them. The mysterious predators and the people who live alongside them hold the secrets to coexisting and show just how much more there is to learn.

Did nature heal during the pandemic 'anthropause?'

July 23
Beach-goers along Hanauma Bay in Honolulu, Feb. 11, 2011. The bay was closed in July 2020. During its nine-month closure, water clarity improved in th
When humans stayed home, some animals thrived, others suffered.

New dementia prevention method may be behavioral, not prescribed

July 16
Jorge Marquez is fitted with a pair of DementiaLive glasses at the University of Northern Iowa Dementia Simulation House, May 10, 2022, in Cedar Falls
Surprisingly simple interventions may reduce the risk of dementia.
Nation
July 23
Tracy Wallace puts ice cold cloths on her forehead and chest to stay cool at the Sunrise Center cooling center in Portland, Ore., during a record-brea

Summer in America is becoming hotter, longer and more dangerous

Wildfires had been burning for weeks, shrouding Reno, Nev., in harmful smoke, when Jillian Abney and her 8-year-old daughter Izi drove into the Sierras last…
Local
July 23
Researcher Carrie Jennings paddled by farm tile drains emptying into the South Fork Crow River, a major source of Mississippi River pollution. 

How the little, polluted Crow River clouds the Mississippi

The Crow is the first major agricultural river emptying into the mighty waterway, and it doubles the Mississippi's nutrient pollution, state officials say, adding phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment.
Local
July 22
Dr. Karen Ashe, seen in 2011, defended the authenticity of her groundbreaking work.

Senior U scientist responds to fraud allegations in Alzheimer's research

While defending results, U researcher said it is "devastating" that a colleague might have doctored images.
Nation
July 20
A woman received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles on March 31, 2022.

Scientists try to keep up with faster COVID-19 evolution

The Food and Drug Administration must decide, based on rapidly shifting information, which variants to target with updated vaccines.
Nation
July 19
Telescopes are seen on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island, on Aug. 31, 2015. The National Science Foundation said Tuesday, July 19, 2022

U.S. environmental study launched for Thirty Meter Telescope

The National Science Foundation said Tuesday it plans to conduct a study to evaluate the environmental effects of building one of the world's largest optical telescopes on sites selected in Hawaii and Spain's Canary Islands.
Local
July 19
Patients in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program will soon be able to buy gummy and chewable forms of the substance.

Medical cannabis patients can soon buy gummies from Minnesota dispensaries

Consultations are required when patients change the type of medical cannabis they receive.
Local
July 18
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service senior fish biologist Michael Schwimm climbs down into Devil’s Hole Friday, April 29, 2022, in Ash Meadows National W

Extinction threat may be greater than known, study finds

Nearly one in three species of all kinds — 30% — face global extinction or have been driven to extinction since the year 1500, according to research led by the University of Minnesota.
Nation
July 17
A view of the skyline in Phoenix, where the temperature reached or exceeded 110 degrees on 50 days in 2020, July 17, 2022. Climate change remains an i

As the planet cooks, climate stalls as a political issue

An electorate already struggling with inflation, exhausted by COVID-19 and adjusting to tectonic changes such as the end to constitutionally protected abortions may give the latest Democratic defeat a resigned shrug.
Local
July 17
The dam at Little Rock Creek, pictured in August 2021, will be removed.

Minnesota DNR to remove dam on troubled trout stream

The state will remove its gates to correct an error of the past and, perhaps, inch toward a resolution to a decade-old fight pitting the water needs of agricultural irrigation against fishing and aquatic life.
July 14

SpaceX launches cargo mission to space station

The robotic SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule lifted off atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Business
July 14
LTD Broadband founder Corey Hauer

Minnesota PUC to investigate revoking broadband provider's permit

LTD Broadband won $311 million in federal subsidies to build out broadband in rural Minnesota. But competitors question its ability to do the job.
Business
July 14
In this June 25, 2004 file photo, old growth Douglas fir trees stand along the Salmon river Trail on the Mt. Hood National Forest outside Zigzag, Ore.

US solicits help as it defines old growth and mature forests

U.S. officials on Thursday solicited outside help as they craft definitions of old growth and mature forests under an executive order from President Joe Biden.
Business
July 13
Lynx forward Aerial Powers celebrated with fans at Target Center during the second half of a double overtime win over Phoenix on Tuesday.

Amid more wins on court, Wolves and Lynx use tech to fill seats

Teams partnered with Kraft Analytics Group to decipher data on ticket pricing, merchandise sales, events and fan engagement.
Business
July 12
Hormel Foods is seeking trademark protections for virtual products related to its largest brands — including Planters’ Mr. Peanut.

Hormel seeks metaverse trademarks for Spam and Mr. Peanut

Though the Minnesota company offered no concrete plans for how it planned to deploy them, the trademarks must be used to be granted.
Local
July 9
Lia and her brother Hooper, gray wolves in the exhibit pack at the Minnesota Zoo, peered out from a rocky perch in their enclosure.

State of Wolves: Learn more

Read up on wolves, follow them on social media or see some in person at places around Minnesota.
Local
July 9
Rieka, an 8-month-old gray wolf bounded towards Axel, a 6-year-old arctic wolf, as they played in their snow-filled enclosure at the International Wol

5 key takeaways about wolves in Minnesota

Minnesota's wolves have played a big role in research and the species' recovery.
Inspired
July 8
Volunteer Deb Lewis of Maple Grove stalked twinkling insects during a firefly hike at Eastman Nature Center in Maple Grove.

In Maple Grove, nets, jars and a field full of twinkling bugs

Participants in Eastman Nature Center's firefly hike could see dozens of the little lanterns.
Business
July 7
Elon Musk’s team has reportedly stopped engaging in certain discussions around funding for the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.

Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter reported to be in peril

Musk's camp concluded that Twitter's figures on spam accounts are not verifiable, according to three people familiar with the matter.
July 6
Blaine Wetland Sanctuary

Wetland delineation? There's an app for that

St. Paul startup creates BioApp to cut time surveying wetlands.
Local
July 6
Nursing home residents Carol Jones, Carol Fisher, and Irene Struck listened as Pepper, a new robotic assistant, performed an adult-themed comedy routi

Robots debut as care assistants in Minnesota nursing home

University of Minnesota Duluth team programmed the robots to interact with residents, prolong independence.