Josephine Marcotty | Star Tribune
Reporter | Environment

Josephine Marcotty writes about the environment and the relationship between people and nature for the Star Tribune, with a focus on agricultural pollution, mining, wolves and other critters, and climate change. Since arriving in Minnesota in 1979 from the Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, she's covered labor and economics, the food industry, airlines, and worked as the health and science editor. Her longest stint, ten years, was as a medical and science reporter. She's won a number of national journalism awards, including the 2009 National Headliner Award on the series "Your Choice: Health Care's New Era," the 2016 national Society of Environmental Journalists award for beat reporting, and the 2015 Online News Association first place award in explanatory reporting for the four-part series "Bees on the Brink."

David Simpkins, rural Minnesota editor and publisher, dies at 70

His love of Minnesota small towns and the people who lived in them provided his purpose in life, friends said.

Dayton defends plan to protect drinking water from ag pollution

Measures affecting farmers and fertilizer are likely to trigger a fight at the Legislature.

Minnesota settlement with 3M may fix drinking water but not the environment

The $850 million might address drinking water, but damage to the environment "is forever."

Environmental groups ask for independent court review of PolyMet permits

Safety of tailings basin and risk to taxpayers are major questions.

Minnesota plans to increase annual forest harvest, but less than industry sought

DNR walks fine line between demand, forest health.

Thanks to 3M settlement, water in east metro to get an $850 million boost

First spending priority will be fixing drinking water for city systems and private wells.

3M settles contentious lawsuit with state for $850 million

The money will be used to clean up drinking water and groundwater contamination in east metro communities.

Bloody red shrimp found in Lake Superior raises worry of invasive species

A single bloody red shrimp found in Twin Ports Harbor.

Minnesota's Volkswagen settlement may pay for cleaner vehicles

MPCA issues a plan for the state's share of a national legal settlement.

Minnesota groundwater pollution case has national meaning for 3M

Case over Washington County groundwater is one of dozens that loom for the Maplewood-based firm.