It felt like a drug deal. "Stay in the car. I'll be right back." We were sitting in the back of a limousine, our fingers crossed that this would be our last stop. It had been three days, and we hadn't seen a trace of the elusive substance. "Turn the music up. What CD is he playing?" We nodded our ... More >>
Last week, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture put out a public advisory for several products produced by the Belgrade Meat Center in Belgrade, Minnesota. The advisory was put out as a response after random, routine sampling turned up instances of Listeria monocytogenes in several of the compani ... More >>
What's in Heartland's basket for less than $12?We should all be so lucky to live in Lenny Russo's neighborhood. As the executive chef of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, which he co-owns with his wife, Mega Hoehn, Russo focuses his efforts locally--on the people who live and work cl ... More >>
Organic eggs sicken sixAt least six people have been reported as falling ill with salmonella Enteritidis. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health are investigating. Five of the six who were sickened reported eating Larry Schultz's organic eggs bought from ar ... More >>
This sick little bastard is now on the state's payroll.Emerald ash borers are real punk insects. They have no respect for Minnesota's trees, and at about an inch long as adults, they're pretty hard to round up by human hand.As recently leaked documents show, the Minnesota Department of Agricultur ... More >>
Tom Hackbarth parks at Planned Parenthood, and his career takes a turn for the worse.St. Paul police suspected Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth of stalking and harassment the day he strapped a loaded gun to his hip, parked his pickup truck next to Planned Parenthood in Highland Park, and w ... More >>
Authorities want to open the door on Hackbarth's mystery date.When Rep. Tom Hackbarth was confronted by St. Paul Police as he lurked in the Planned Parenthood parking lot with a loaded gun on his hip, he gave a perfectly reasonable explanation. He wasn't a crazed anti-abortionist -- he was s ... More >>
Alma GuzmanTraditional Foods in trouble...again.After an E Coli outbreak this spring linked to raw milk, the Traditional Foods Warehouse buying club featured in Dish last year--a source of raw milk, kombucha, and other natural foodies favorites--was raided by Minnesota Department of Agricultu ... More >>
It's Earth Day, and Rep. Keith Ellison is taking note by announcing that he's introducing a House bill to ban a herbicide that's long been the target of environmentalists: Atrazine. The news comes ahead of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Panel meeting next week tha ... More >>
We've heard from a couple concerned residents who saw what seemed to be healthy trees meeting their fate shortly after being spray-painted with the green ring of death. Apparently the city decided to clear out the ash trees in the city before the emerald ash borer even has a chance to strike. I ... More >>
New basement brewing law turns out to be a big ol' "PSYCH!" on home brewers.
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A Minneapolis City Council committee has approved an ordinance that would allow beekeeping within city limits.
State agriculture department traces strain that sickened 1,251 to jalapeños from Texas
Ethanol may be king in these energy-strapped times
Is Gov. Tim Pawlenty's change of heart politically motivated?
In Swift County, residents cry foul over a mega dairy and the state agency that can't say no
The long, slow fight to clean up one of northeast's largest polluted sites
Did the power that lights your lava lamp begin as a pile of cow manure?
For more than a decade, Ramsey County officials blew off Ralph Sletten's complaints about the local compost site. Then a test found Agent Orange in the water.