Greater Minnesota

Cuts to St. Cloud State University degrees, faculty get final approval
The university will eliminate about 90 programs and 13 percent of its full-time faculty, or 54 positions. SCSU’s acting president said the cuts are necessary to correct a structural budget deficit caused by years of spending that outpaced student enrollment.
DNR: Elko New Market can pump more groundwater to supply bottled water plant
The DNR said its test results show the increase would not negatively affect aquifer levels or nearby lakes, rivers and streams. Elko New Market will be required to investigate and address any potential impacts on nearby private wells.
First lady Jill Biden to visit Duluth as Biden campaign launches outreach to older voters
First lady Jill Biden will visit Duluth on Thursday, as she kicks off her husband's outreach to older voters. The effort will blend rallies and phone banks with social events like bingo nights and pickleball games.
Power Pair: Brothers Anton Treuer and David Treuer on writing and Ojibwe culture
MPR News host Angela Davis talks with brothers Anton Treuer and David Treuer about their latest books, reclaiming Ojibwe culture and growing up together on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.  
Meetings planned on nitrate contamination in southeast Minnesota water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared state agencies need to take additional steps to protect drinking water in southeast Minnesota. The region’s karst geology makes wells especially susceptible to nitrate contamination from fertilizer, manure and wastewater.
At Wildfire Academy, the next generation joins a firefighting lineage
Through more than 20 years of Wildfire Academy, thousands of wildland firefighters have learned, and later passed along, the skills of a dangerous job.
Jay Cooke Swinging Bridge celebrates its centennial with free park day, summer of events
In honor of the bridge’s big birthday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is celebrating with a summer of educational programming and events for park visitors. It all kicks off with Free Park Day on Saturday.
Northern Minnesota communities brace for possible Canadian border workers strike
Northern Minnesota communities are bracing for a possible strike by Canadian border workers that could delay traffic at border crossings. A strike that was authorized to begin June 7 is on hold until Wednesday as mediation continues.
Minnesota’s own Leif Enger joined MPR News host Kerri Miller in Red Wing this week for a Talking Volumes conversation about his new novel, “I Cheerfully Refuse.”
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