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FARGO – When you're trying to wrap your head around freezing the cells of bee embryos for the future, it helps to think of Dippin' Dots.
Rich McCumber drives a truck onto a rail crossing and lowers the small steel wheels onto the rails. Then it's off down the track at about 20 miles per hour, his eyes straight ahead as he talks. "This stretch of track I do three times a week," he says as he searches for loose spikes, missing bolts, broken switches or anything else that could compromise the rails and potentially send a freight train crashing. "Three times a week over it. I learn my territory by heart."
MOORHEAD – In a small, noisy lab, Fardad Azarmi rummages through a few pieces of steel on a table. He picks up a playing card-sized chunk covered with a gray coating.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. – "Basically, it's the 800-pound gorilla in the room." That may seem an odd way to describe a fish swimming in a lake. But Dave Majkrzak believes it's spot-on when talking about the muskie population in Pelican Lake and the problems he says the fish — and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — are causing.
Researcher Mark Ditmer has tracked black bears for years in northwest Minnesota using heart monitors and satellite collars, and the bears barely noticed.
More than 330 railroad bridges pass over freeways, highways and streets in Minnesota, and last year state and local inspectors determined that one in five of those was structurally deficient, including one in Moorhead.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – The struggle over clean water and runoff pollution in Otter Tail County often starts with a picture.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – North Dakota environmentalists want oil companies to reduce volatile gasses in Bakken crude. Regulators, however, say they’re taking a different tack that’s cheaper for the industry and...
New, local research provides some of the first evidence that a popular group of insecticides might be killing young monarch butterflies. The milkweed plants the butterflies need to survive may...
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. – In days gone by, the independent butcher shop was a common fixture in Minnesota towns. But that is no longer the case. “Boy, it’s just...