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."


Minnesota think tank joins debate on economics of mining

Will mining industry eclipse outdoor and recreation business in northern Minnesota? "If voters understand the huge benefit of mining, they will want to see it happen," Center of the American Experiment says.


Jeri Rasmussen, a founder of Minnesota's modern feminist movement, dies at 84

An outspoken, devout Methodist homemaker from Shoreview, she was fired from her job at Northwest Orient Airlines in the 1960s because she was pregnant.


Grower drops pine-to-potato expansion near Lake Itasca

R.D. Offutt, a major supplier for McDonald's French fries, said the state's decision to seek an environmental study seems to be targeted regulation that will force it to take its business out of state.


Rocori schools pick new superintendent

Brad Kelvington previously oversaw public schools in the Aitkin district.


After 80 years of love, Mississippi headwaters needs a makeover

Millions of visitors have unintentionally left their mark.


St. Paul City Council candidate posts about restraining order, marital conflict on campaign blog

Restraining order describes his struggle with depression.


Twin Metals asks to join lawsuits over its mineral leases

Firm says it has right to defend Interior decision.


Lawsuits against Twin Metals' mining leases pile up

In all, three have been filed in federal court claiming harm to the BWCA.


Citizen scientists fight pollution in beloved S. Minn. creek

They found the infectious bacteria, often in dangerously high concentrations, almost everywhere they looked.


Prospect of larger PolyMet mine sparks call for more review

A larger mine raises environmental risks of old tailings basin, say three environmental groups asking the state to reopen its review.