Just a week ago, we shared a report from the Center for Public Integrity showing that Minnesota has a serious problem involving arsenic in its groundwater, with many areas reporting levels much higher than the EPA's limit of 10 parts per billion. If you look at the map accompanying the center's rep ... More >>
Minnesotans are at greater risk of consuming dangerous levels of arsenic in their food and water than most of the country, according to weekend report released by the Center for Public Integrity. Whether there's such a thing as a safe level of arsenic is debatable, though even small am ... More >>
It's time to break down those Art-A-Whirl stages and get back to brewing and serving beer in Twin Cities (and Greater Minnesota) taprooms. This weekend brings tasting events from various brewers around the metro. Boom Island will be at Richfield Liquors on Lyndale on Friday and at Hanover Liquor a ... More >>
Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity. See also: Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's do ... More >>
Denver-based burger chain Smashburger is doing something a little different when it comes to serving beers in its fast-casual string of restaurants. The folks behind Smashburger have started introducing burgers with beer pairing options, using local craft beers in six of their operating markets arou ... More >>
It's a boozy Week in Food, as we've found firkin tappings, wine tastings, and cordial samplings take up many of the events this first week of December. Remember to layer all these drinks with some Christmas cookies... 12/4 Celiac suffers don't have to forgo the deliciousness that is Pizza Luce than ... More >>
America's latest gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation
Last year Summit Brewing Company celebrated 25 years of beer with a blowout in the brewery's backyard. This year they turn 26. Seems like a good excuse to throw another party. And party is just what the folks at Summit plan to do. This year's Summit Backyard Bash happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p ... More >>
Batten down the hatches -- Asian carp have arrived in Minnesota. A silver carp and a bighead carp were caught in the Mississippi River March 1 near Winona, the furthest point upstream the fish have been seen thus far.Recent reports make the invasive fish sound like villainous creatures from a sci ... More >>
Learning and drinking: two things we're not opposed to, especially when done together. If you feel the same way then this is your week. We've got classes, beer dinners, classes on making beer, and even an afternoon dedicated to healthy eating. Dive in.
A review of Cat's Paw and A Short Play About 9/11
The pollution warning expires at midnight.It seems we'll never run into a shortage of reasons to complain about the weather here in Minnesota. Just a few months ago, we were still whining about a cold and snowy winter that had long overstayed its welcome. Today, it's so damn hot and sunny ... More >>
WikipediaXcel Energy and other utilities sided with the EPA in court and won.In news that initially sounds like a contradiction in terms, the Environmental Protection Agency and five major utility companies including Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, have scored a win together in the U.S. Supreme ... More >>
Broken HaikuTime to clear the air.Smell something bad? The American Lung Association is out with a new study today that shows Ramsey County fell from a "C" to a "D" grade when it comes to air quality -- the worst in the state. Based on EPA data on ozone and particle pollution from 2007-2009, ... More >>
TopatoMaybe Blinky makes a guest appearance in the Mississippi this summer?Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency say it's raining radiation in St. Paul as a result of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. The readings show elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131 i ... More >>
Ron JohnsonIt's going to take a lot more than the scientific community to fool this senate candidate.These days, pretty much every mainstream scientist out there recognizes the existence of global warming. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for example, cites multiple studies all in ag ... More >>
Om 401 North 1st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.1510, website Hours and Details: Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: $2 house red and white wine, rail drinks, and Summit EPA, IPA, and Seasonal. Monday-Thursday, 9-11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: $5 house wine, rail drinks and Summit, EPA, IPA ... More >>
They call it the Olympics of Beer--the biggest commercial beer contest in the world. The biannual Brewer's Association World Beer Cup, held last week in Boulder, featured 3,308 entries and was judged by 179 experts from 26 countries.St. Paul's Summit Brewing Company took first place in the Classi ... More >>
Wait a second--coffers are empty and the state is spending how much on bottled water?
Hundreds of new penta-treated utility poles planned for the metro
When we came across photo collection of random people holding car keys, we decided to figure out what these odd balls were up to.
On the Iron Range, the surging commodities market may bring prosperity. But it might also threaten one of the state's greatest natural resources.
In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource
In 2004, according to U.S. PIRG's review of the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory data, CHS Oil Seed Processing released a total of 520,000 pounds of respiratory toxicants at its Mankato plant.
A troublesome family of synthetic chemicals called PFCs—many of them produced in Minnesota—is turning up in the bodies of people and animals worldwide. So why did the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency force its leading PFC researcher, Dr. F
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sees blue skies ahead. Or is that hot air?
Cookie Monster singing, forced labor at a Utah church, Chewbacca's blog, make your own Man-O-Lantern, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
Last week, President Bush nominated attorney Granta Nakayama to head the enforcement division of the Environmental Protection Agency. It was hardly a shock to learn that Nakayama's legal practice included defending companies accused of violating state and federal environmental law. But for some l ... More >>
Ewww Coli closes city beach E. Coli has spiked at the Lake Calhoun beach at 32nd Street, reaching a level of 855 on Monday. The EPA thinks any reading over 235 is nasty, so this seems a particularly proud accomplishment. All this info comes from the Minneapolis Park and Rec board web site, and it ap ... More >>
Sewage sludge: Fertilizer or public menace?
A new plan for disposing of metro-area sewage has critics crying foul
Kids + pesticides = 700% more leukemia
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.
Global warming isn't just a theory anymore. Now the arguments are about how dire the changes in world climate will be, how soon they'll come--and what, if anything, can be done to moderate them.
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