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Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


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Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota has warmed 1 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit in the last century. Scientists and clean water advocates say that's having a ripple effect on lakes and rivers, in part through more intense rainstorms. (Adobe Stock)

WALKER, Minn. -- Minnesota is coming off a streak of extremely hot weather. But year-round, the state is warmer than it used to be, and concerns about rising temperatures and their effect on lakes isn't going away. Researchers at the University of Minnesota said the state is one of the three faste

Minnesota's government has a goal that by 2022, all businesses and homes will have access to high-speed broadband providing minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of at least 3 mbps.(Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Starting Wednesday, Minnesota public schools will be closed for several days, and more people will work remotely because of coronavirus concerns. That has renewed calls for more broadband internet access in rural areas. The state recently announced additional investments to esta

In addition to Minnesota officials, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has voiced concerns over safety issues in grain bins. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota officials are calling attention to a recent wave of fatal farm incidents -- and they're urging farmers to take safety precautions when working in grain bins. Gov. Tim Walz has declared this week "Grain Bin Safety Week" in light of several fatalities in Minnesota and acr

In Minnesota, state authorities say more than 1,700 pounds of meth was seized by police last year, a nearly 50% increase over 2018. (Adobe Stock).

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is seeing an increase in methamphetamine activity, a drug that was viewed as a major problem 20 years ago. A research group says boosting access to mental health care might stop the drug's comeback. The opioid crisis has commanded the attention of law enforcement and

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and his department have faced several lawsuits over a rollback of regulations for pork processing plants. (USDA.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A federal lawsuit was filed this week over recent changes to how safety inspections are handled at pork processing plants. It follows a separate federal suit filed in Minnesota last fall. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revised how inspections are handled at slaugh

Last year, Wisconsin-based Shopko announced plans to close its remaining 120 stores, which left many small towns with a bleak shopping scene.(jade/Morguefile)

ROSEAU, Minn. -- Small towns in Minnesota are scrambling to fill the void left by national chain stores pulling out of rural areas. Unlike in urban areas, there are fewer options for rural consumers when a retailer shuts down. The impact of losing chain stores was especially felt when Shopko, whic

Minnesota officials say more flood damage is occurring beyond the typical mapped high-risk areas, resulting in more property damage. (ci.austin.mn.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new report says local governments in Minnesota and elsewhere should be more proactive in buying up undeveloped flood-prone land. Researchers say that would be more cost effective than spending money on flood recovery. The study was co-authored by The Nature Conservancy in Minne

A new report calls it 'imperative' that the federal government help farmers improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gases and maximize energy conservation. (Earl53/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Extreme rain events and wide swings in temperatures are just some of the climate-change threats facing Minnesota farmers. And their advocates say federal policymakers need to do more to make sure farmers are protected from crop losses caused by changing weather patterns. Th

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