Good Question ‘Reply All’: Street Sand Removal, Lake Names & Population SignsKen from Roseville asked: What do the cities do with all the sand they sweep up in the spring? That depends on the city.
Good Question 'Reply All': Presidential Husbands, Dry Eyes & Feminized Vehicles I love answering questions from kids because they can really stump us with the simplest things. Nine-year-old Dominick from Mounds View wants to know: If the U.S. president was a woman, what would they call her husband? The short answer to this one is that no one knows yet for sure because it has yet to happen.
EQB Delays Consideration Of Silica Sand Standards The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board has delayed for at least a month its consideration of model standards for regulating the silica sand mining industry.
Good Question ‘Reply All’: Extreme Cold Edition Ila from Bemidji wanted the answer to a Good Question we get all the time: How do they keep from water in a water tower from freezing?
Road Conditions Lead To Shake Up At St. Paul Public WorksOne of the Twin Cities is getting new snow plows and new leadership after last week's snowstorm. Five days since the snow started falling, streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul are still caked in slippery ice. Extremely cold temperatures haven’t helped. Salt can melt five times as much ice at 30 degrees as at 20 degrees. However, when it's colder than that, it's pretty much useless. But St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman isn't waiting for a warm-up. He's making changes in his public works department.
1 Dead, 2 Injured, 1 Missing After Field Trip At Lilydale ParkOne child is dead, two others are injured and another is missing after a hillside gave way Wednesday during a fourth grade field trip at a St. Paul park, according to Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard. In a press conference, authorities said that multiple crews continue to search the area for the missing child.
Inside Minnesota: Silica Sand Storm (Part 4)In St Charles, Minn., a sand production company is trying to build a plant on 300 acres of land, and residents there are afraid it will ruin their way of life.
Inside Minnesota: Silica Sand Storm (Part 3)For the third day this week we go to visit the small town of St. Charles, Minn., the latest Midwestern spot at the center of the silica sand mining debate. A proposal to bring a sand mine to St. Charles - and mine sand to use in fracking operations - is being hotly debated.
Inside Minnesota: Silica Sand Storm (Part 2)In part two of our special series, Susie Jones shares a story from St. Charles, Minn.
Inside Minnesota: Silica Sand Storm (Part 1) With the oil boom in North Dakota and demand for domestic oil growing, there's a need for silica sand that’s used to drill for the oil.
Minn. Lawmakers To Take Up Silica Sand Mining BoomCritics of a booming silica sand mining industry will ask lawmakers to hit the pause button Tuesday when the Minnesota Legislature holds its first-ever hearing on a subject that has so far been left up to local governments.
Red Wing Mayor Hired By Frack Sand Lobbying GroupThe mayor of Red Wing has been hired to promote the region's growing frack sand industry, raising questions from some citizens about whether he can balance his community's interests with his new employer's.