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PHOTO: Monday is the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The bird once numbered around 5 billion in North America, but now can only be found in museums. Photo credit: Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The commemoration is being used to urge protection of other species that may face the same fate and for the law that protects them. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, but Jake Li, director of...Read More

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PHOTO: As Minnesota children head back to school, eye doctors are reminding parents to get their kids in for an eye exam to head off vision problems at the beginning of the school year. Photo credit: D.C.Atty/Flickr.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded the health of their children's eyes is critical to their educational success. Dr. Mary Gregory is an optometrist in Monticello, and chair of the Minnesota Optometric Association's Children's Visi...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report finds certain pesky insects and plants are thriving because of the changing climate. Photo credit: Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The outdoor experience in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and across the nation is changing, and not for the better, as a new report finds certain pesky insects and plants are thriving because of climate change. The study points to everything from ticks and mosquitoes to algae blooms...Read More

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PHOTO: A legal complaint has been served over the odors emanating from a Todd County pig farm, with the plaintiffs claiming the stench is making their lives miserable. Photo credit: Mercy for Animals/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility are going to court, claiming the odors from the operation are not only pungent but a nuisance under state law. According to Amanda Hungerford, an equal justice works litigation fellow with the Humane Society of the United States, the p...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts such as Peggy Caruso,...Read More

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PHOTO: The database for now includes more than 12,000 child-care and early-education programs. Parents can research everything from schedules to quality ratings. Photo credit: Morgan/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Experts agree quality early childhood is one of the keys for future success in life, and Minnesota parents now have more tools to find the perfect education provider for their kids. The website has been expanded with a database parents can now search that includes ...Read More

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PHOTO: Blood donations tend to fall off in the summer, but the need does not. Folks across Minnesota are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and help replenish supplies. Photo credit: Antti T. Nissinen/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the summer quickly winding down, the need for blood donors in Minnesota is up. Sue Thesenga, communications manager with the American Red Cross, says there are generally fewer people who donate over the summer months as many are busy with plans, projects and because school is...Read More

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PHOTO: Some simple changes in how a school lunch is packed can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Minnesota landfills, so parents and students are being urged to go with reusable containers. Photo credit:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Students returning to school across the state this month won't just be forming friendships and making the team. They'll also generate a massive amount of trash - although proper planning can reduce that greatly. According to waste-reduction advocate Leslie Holsapple, program and o...Read More

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