At the Minnesota DFL convention in Duluth last month, 1,076 delegates cast ballots related to the party's 2014-15 action agenda. Resolutions ranged from taxes to veterans to recreational cannabis. The last one needed 619 votes to pass, but ended up with 603, according to tally takers. See also: ... More >>
Most of the time, a boom in crop prices is a good thing for a rural area. That's what it's felt like in southeast Minnesota for most of the past decade or so, as increasing prices for grains like soybeans and corn led to record incomes for the state's farmers as recently as a few years ago. But acc ... More >>
CSA season is on our doorstep and it's time to choose the right share plan. Don't know where to turn for help? Not sure what farm might be a good fit for your needs? Don't even know what CSA stands for? Then keep on reading -- you might learn a thing or two! See also: What counts as local in local f ... More >>
One of the benefits of the increased public awareness about the horrors of factory farming is that even Grandma is starting to realize that not all Thanksgiving turkeys are created equal. While tasteless, steroid-juiced birds may rule your local supermarket, the good news is that there are plenty of ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply
This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>
It's impossible to appreciate this time of year, but if you're sick of winter, here's a comforting thought -- in just a few months, we'll again be enjoying one of America's finest tree canopies!SEE ALSO: North Siders upset about city of Minneapolis's tree-planting tornado commemoration According to ... More >>
SEE ALSO:- Minnesota is the state of the future, Gallup says - Minnesota has put on a few pounds, per latest national fat survey Here's the good news: Minnesotans have more access to enough food than most Americans. The bad news: 1 in 10 households in the state still worry about putting fo ... More >>
See also:Wisconsin's Lake Delton gets a very expensive dye jobLast month, the Wisconsin village of Lake Delton decided to give their lake of the same name a very expensive dye job, using $29,108 in taxpayer dollars to change the lake's color from scuzzy green to shimmering blue.Now, the Wisconsin st ... More >>
Minnesota is known for lots of things. Lakes, casseroles, and an intentional lack of eye contact immediately come to mind. What Minnesota in not particularly known for is cheese. That's been the hallmark of our neighbors to the east since the borders were drawn. Whitney McChane is on a one ... More >>
How would you like a double scoop of vodka, blueberry, and basil ice cream? What about a small dish of luscious goat cheese ice cream spiked with black pepper grape syrup, studded with salty, crispy pita chips? The FrozBroz can hook you up. Erik Powers and Ben Solberg began their new enterprise a ... More >>
In a video that was posted to the official YouTube channel for the MNGOP House caucus, Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, compares food stamp recipients to wild animals. She later tweeted an apology for her comments and had the video removed, but the clip, embedded below, is preserved in the fossil ... More >>
A half-million cows were worth more dead than alive, and now we're all paying the price
Psychobizket/Photobucket Not pictured: good senseBacon. The smoky, crispy siren/muse that inspires such devotion that inventors have created bacon-flavored mayonnaise, dental floss, breath mints, and even soda. Is there anything it can't do? Well, turns out there's definitely s ... More >>
James Schugel may be in the dog house, but WCCO is leaping to his defense.After issuing dozens of "no comments" to City Pages, WCCO-TV has finally broken its silence on the controversial Duck/Dog story -- which aired October 31 -- with a memo from management.David Brauer at MinnPost has the memo ... More >>
Check your 'fridge and freezer for recalled Cargill ground turkey products. Salmonella is scary stuff. An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella? Even scarier. One of such dangerous bugs has has killed one person and sickened 77 others in the past several months and is believed to have co ... More >>
The site of the food stamp fraud.The owner of a small St. Paul corner market has been charged by the federal government with $3 million in food stamp fraud, the Pioneer Press reports. Agents at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General became suspicious after noticing ... More >>
Public Enemy No. 1 This week a committee of the Minnesota House made national news when it passed the so-called cheeseburger bill, a proposed law that would prevent fat people from suing the fast-food industry over their health problems caused by scarfing too much fatty food and soda. The Pe ... More >>
We prefer grass-fed...At the Medical University of South Carolina, Vladimir Mironov, an M.D. and Ph.D, is trying hard to grow meat. Yes, you read that right--he's bioengineering the stuff--or at this point, animal skeletal muscle tissue--in a small lab in Charleston at the school. According to an ... More >>
kthread on FlickrRaw Milk: some lawmakers want more of itState senators Sean Nienow, Gary Dahms, and Claire Robling are pushing legislation to make raw milk more widely available in Minnesota, even though the state health department says drinking it poses a serious health risk. The bill would al ... More >>
Andy LienOn the boulevard of burgeoning dreamsOn West Broadway a new business venture is fostering foodie dreams and hope for a revitalized neighborhood. On November 11 the Kindred Kitchen officially opened as a community resource for people hoping to begin or grow their own food businesses ... More >>
Bachmann says black farmers are conspiring for a free handout.Michele Bachmann, whose family has willingly accepted federal farm payments, wants to make sure that some black farmers don't get theirs, because they don't deserve it. In a settlement known as Pigford II, blacks denied federal lo ... More >>
Global X / FlickrMinnesota's food insecurity is better than average but getting worseNearly 15% of American households are "food insecure"--meaning they had to worry about having enough food to eat last year, used government or community food programs, or sometimes went hungry, according to a ... More >>
Suddenly loving federal cash.Yesterday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was loving federal spending. Not the kind to help all Minnesotans with their health care costs, however. Just the kind to help southern Minnesota recover from floods. The former isn't a priority, he says. He won't even allow state a ... More >>
U of M ExtensionCanning is not cooking: It's more serious business.With the season for fresh fruits and vegetables on its way out, Hot Dish wanted to find out more about produce preservation and touched base with Suzanne Driessen, a Food Science Extension Educator with the University of Minne ... More >>
Senator Franken sans ear of cornMinnesota Senator Al Franken may spend most of his time in D.C., but his mind is often on the state's food: getting it to needy children, pumping up farmers markets, and even bragging about the sweetness of our corn.
photo: US Dept. of AgricultureYou can learn a lot from Wikipedia. Take the site's page on Ramsey, Minnesota: did you know that the city has an area of 29.7 square miles and a population of more than 27,000 people? No?Well maybe you were aware of this?The current mayor of Ramsey rapes pigs, ea ... 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 >>
With the rites of spring starting to appear all around us and the smell of grills wafting through the air, the search for the perfect spring and summer beverage is officially on. But when you're tired of Bud Light, Smirnoff Ice, and Arbor Mist (which tends to be consumed like grownup Kool-Aid), what ... More >>
It's a slick operation, but too many dishes disappoint
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It's time to get hacked, boys.
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A new plan for disposing of metro-area sewage has critics crying foul
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