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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Pork processing is big business in Minnesota, which ranks second in the United States for the number of pigs raised in the state, according to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. (Matthias Zomer/Stocksnap)

MINNEAPOLIS – Several labor unions filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis this week over controversial U.S. Department of Agriculture rule changes for regulating pork processing plants. The plaintiffs say a key concern is a provision that removes maximum line speeds when bringing hogs to slau

The global food system could be the cause of more than a third of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. (Steve/Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As climate change takes center stage, a Minnesota-based think tank, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says we should take a hard look at how our food system is driving the crisis. According to a report last year from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel

A change in SNAP benefits proposed by the Trump administration would penalize households with savings as minimal as $2,250. (mnhungerinitiative.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans fighting hunger say a proposed rule change for those needing help to put food on the table this winter will have drastic consequences. The Trump administration's effort to tighten eligibility requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, f

The Minnesota Department of Education and USDA are partnering to offer local meals this week. (Courtesy of Sarah Brouwer)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's Farm to Summer Week, and children throughout Minnesota are eating locally grown foods to celebrate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children under 18 while school is out. Those meals are important. According to th

Only 1-in-6 Minnesota students who qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals during the school year participates in summer food programs. (kreatikar/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new study shows Minnesota children from households that experience food insecurity drink more sugary beverages during the summer months - especially on the weekends. Study author Jiwoo Lee with the University of Minnesota said lower-income children have the benefit of nut

The northern Minnesota town of Cook has avoided becoming a food desert, defined as a part of the country without fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods. (americannutritionassociation.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sometimes a walk-in freezer is all it takes to prevent a so-called food desert. But renewed funding for a Minnesota program that creates those success stories is in jeopardy. The Country Store in Cook was the recipient of a grant from the Good Food Access program this year

One owner of a small grocery in rural Minnesota says he's seeing increased demand for healthy, ready-to-eat deli food - and a lot of grateful customers. (Chelsea Ouellet/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Supporters of small-town Minnesota grocery stores are hoping for new funding to continue the Good Food Access program. They say the state grants help bring quality nutrition to areas that would otherwise be "food deserts," and that helps rural communities. Corey Christianso

Three locations in Minnesota are among the potential new headquarters for the USDA. (Ken Hammond/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Criticism is growing over a Trump administration proposal to reorganize the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has proposed moving two USDA agencies - the Economic Research Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture - out of Washin

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