Bob Shaw / St. Paul Pioneer Press
LAKE ELMO, Minn.—If you feel like playing buckthorn croquet, there is only one place to do it — the Twin Cities area's newest and most quirky nature center. The Sally Manzara Interpretative Nature Center in Lake Elmo, only four months old, has become a gathering place known for classes, nature walks, art lessons and corporate retreats. And often, laughter. That's the usual response to the 10-foot-tall birdhouse, with the 6-foot-tall statue of a cardinal in front.
ST. PAUL—To see how rough the local food fight is getting, don't bother visiting a new Hy-Vee or a Lunds & Byerlys. Check out your local Menards. The building-supply giant has 10—count 'em, 10—aisles of food in its suburban Oakdale, Minn., location. It's like having an entire Aldi store lurking among the lumber and ceiling paint. It's part of an avalanche of competition that may bury the metro area's No. 1 supermarket chain—Cub Foods—just as it did to No. 2 Rainbow Foods four years ago.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn.—If we love our water, maybe we should give it a second chance. That's the message of the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities, which is considering new rules to reuse water—something the Land of 10,000 Lakes has never had to worry about before. One dramatic example of water reuse would divert treated sewage to a planned ethanol plant in Inver Grove Heights. That could save 1.6 million gallons of water a day—more than half of the city's average daily wintertime use.
Minnesota is seeking $5 billion in damages from the 3M Corp. — in what could become one of the largest environmental lawsuits in the nation’s history. In a court document filed Friday in the pending lawsuit, the Minnesota attorney general said that chemicals manufactured by 3M have caused damage to human health and the environment. A motion filed by the company seeking a summary judgement against the state’s claims says Minnesota “seeks to recover over $5 billion from 3M.”
ST. PAUL — A supersized Ice Palace is being planned for the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival — to coincide with the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis — and west central Minnesota is likely to play a big role. The $15 million structure is expected to be built on the grounds of the state Capitol, according to a presentation Monday, Aug. 7, at the annual meeting of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which oversees the annual Winter Carnival.
ST. PAUL — Have you hugged a honeybee today? Travis and Chiara Bolton have — at least, that's how the bees might see it. The St. Paul couple has found a way to turn solar-energy gardens into money-making bee farms. They also custom breed super bees strong enough to survive Minnesota winters. And their company, Bolton Bees, is taking flight, just like the millions of bees they have raised. This year they expect their hives to double to 600 across the state.