The wet, cold weather is preventing Minnesota farmers from getting much planting done. In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says only 8 percent of the state’s corn crop has been planted, which is up 4 percentage points from last week’s report but is still two weeks behind normal.
Millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana went up in smoke Wednesday after a big find in a Minnesota field. Sheriff’s deputies in Pine County loaded 5,500 plants into a dump truck and sent them to an incinerator.
Heroin deaths in the Twin Cities are on pace to hit a new record this year. So far in 2013, 15 people have died from heroin overdose in Hennepin, Scott, and Dakota counties. It isn’t a new problem, but is far more dangerous than a few years ago.
Minnesota’s homeless youth population is growing. On any given night, 2,500 young people spend the night on couches, car backseats, or worst of all, at city parks across the Metro. More than 10,000 Minnesotans younger than 18 will experience homelessness in some form this year.
The wet start to the corn planting season may reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much corn they’re still likely to bring in a record crop. In a report released Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated farmers would bring in 14.1 billion bushels of corn this year, a billion bushels more than the previous record set in 2009.
The case of a 9-week-old puppy that was stolen from a Shakopee pet store led police to a large marijuana growing operation in Northfield, Minn., according to authorities.
It’s not quite time to get out in the garden. But if you’re antsy for some fresh herbs, you can grow them inside — the best kinds to do just that are dill, mint, rosemary and sage.
A newspaper advertisment called Tami Clark Pehrson to Mound’s Bethel United Methodist church, but she unexpectedly found nourishment outside, among the rows of lettuce, onions and asparagus.