An environmental group said Wednesday that many home gardeners may be unknowingly hurting the bee population, as the insects’ numbers continue to decline. Bees pollinate many fruits and vegetables, including apples, strawberries, blueberries and cucumbers. The Pesticide Action Network along with a well-known University of Minnesota bee researcher said a study found that garden supply stores including Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling plants that are treated with pesticides that kill bees.
Despite all the hoopla surrounding Aug. 1, when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota, we wondered: How many gay couples are here? Until 2000, the US Census Bureau didn’t even count same sex couples. Now, the government reports more gay households than ever before, including Minnesota.
Despite a record late ice-out, spring waterfowl surveys show that Minnesota’s breeding duck population has improved from last year. The Department of Natural Resources estimates the state’s breeding duck population at 683,000 compared with 469,000 last year.
New census figures show that minorities are driving the modest increase in Minnesota’s population. Between 2010 and 2012, Minnesota’s minority population grew by about 6 percent — faster than the population as a whole.
Scientists are trying to figure out why the moose population in Minnesota has gone down as much as 65 percent. The answers aren’t good news.
The Minnesota DNR captured 49 moose calves and fitted them with GPS transmitter collars. Days after finishing their work, 22 of the newborn moose had already died.
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.
A new survey by Gallup says that an estimated 3.9 percent of Minnesotans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
The stretch of the Mississippi River that flows through the Twin Cities area is in better shape than it was 40 years ago, but a new report warns of some emerging threats.
The mosquito season is in full swing.
The warm weather and lack of snow are having a positive effect on Minnesota’s deer population.
Wildlife managers say Minnesota’s moose population continues to decline, and that’s going to affect their decision on a moose hunting season this fall.
Recent snowfall in northeastern Minnesota is letting researchers finally get going on their annual aerial survey of the region’s struggling moose population.
In a packed state capitol hearing room, Minnesota lawmakers are refining something that hasn’t been done in 40 years.
Fewer deer were harvested in the 2011 hunting season.
Minnesota is the unofficial Norwegian capital of the United States: More Norwegians live in Minnesota than in any other state. So on the eve of the visit of Norway’s king and queen, it seems appropriate to ask: How Norwegian are we?