Good Questions: Population Signs, School Bus Color & Cereal BoxesEvery Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown answers questions about city population signs, school buses and cereal boxes.
Census Data Shows Growth In Minnesota's Minority PopulationThe latest U.S. Census estimates put Minnesota's population near the 5.5 million mark, and an expert says the number of minorities is growing four times as fast as whites. The census figures from July 2014 show that the population has increased by nearly 3 percent since the 2010 census.
Met Council Says St. Paul Is Growing Its Fastest In Nearly 50 YearsThe Metropolitan Council's latest look at population growth shows St. Paul is back to around 300,000 people. It hasn't been this full since 1970. The Met Council also found Minneapolis has grown as well as the entire seven county Metro area.
Minnesota's Wild Elk Population Rises To Estimated 131Minnesota's wild elk population has risen slightly to an estimated 131 animals in three herds that roam the northwest corner of the state.
Reality Check: Minnesota's Evolving Rural ProfileSince 1960, it's been an unstoppable population shift, and a new study from the Center for Rural Policy and Development shows a 50-year migration from rural Minnesota to the urban corridor stretching from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities and Rochester.
Mosquito Population 'Explodes' After Holiday WeekendNow that the weather's getting nice, Minnesota's most common pest is popping out. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District said over the Memorial Day weekend there was an explosion in the mosquito population.
Mille Lacs Bass Offer Alternative To WalleyesWhile fisheries managers try to figure out how to restore the struggling walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake, they're encouraging anglers to consider what had been unthinkable for many: eat bass instead.
DNR: Minn. Moose Population Estimated At 4,350Wildlife managers have estimated Minnesota's moose population at 4,350. While that's higher than last winter's figure, they say there's been no significant change in the population trend. Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the DNR, says the new estimate is very close to 2012's estimate of 4,230.
DNR To Hold Public Meetings On SE Minn. Deer GoalsThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to hold two public meetings this month on how best to manage deer populations in southeastern Minnesota.
New Estimate Shows Minn. Population Tops 5.4MFeeling a bit more crowded around town? That's because more people are calling Minnesota home. A new estimate released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows the state's population is still climbing.
Home Gardeners' New Plants Could Be Killing Off BeesAn 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.
Reality Check: How Many Gay Couples Are In MN?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.