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Chloe Johnson covers climate and other environmental issues for the Star Tribune and the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk, a consortium of 10 news organizations. She is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.


MPD officer Jamal Mitchell memorialized as 'very best of our city'

Thousands attended the Maple Grove service and viewed the 30-mile processional for the police officer killed in the line of duty.


Live: MPD's Jamal Mitchell posthumously given medal of honor, Purple Heart during 85-minute service

'Jamal was the epitome of a guardian of our community,' Chief Brian O'Hara said.


Environmental groups say Minnesota failed to stop polluters, should hold statehouse hearings on enforcement

From industrial plants to farm country pollution, the MPCA, DNR, MDH and MDA have lapsed in environmental enforcement, a coalition of environmental groups claims.


Lawmakers grant Minnesota more power to close down repeat polluters

In recent cases like Smith Foundry and Water Gremlin, regulators said they lacked authority to take more decisive action.


Police seize 39 live animals, and 15 dead cats and dogs, from Fridley animal rescue

Fridley police have been working since February to investigate Happy Tails Rescue, after a tip about animal mistreatment.


Smith Foundry will shutter Minneapolis furnace after settling air pollution case with EPA

The foundry, which has operated in Minneapolis' East Phillips neighborhood for 101 years, will become a metal finisher, and pay $80,000.


U.S. Steel won't get exception to pollution rules that protect wild rice, MPCA says

The company had asked the state to raise limits for sulfate in Hay Lake, downstream of its Keetac taconite plant.


A plume of PFAS chemicals under the east metro is moving. The state has a plan to stop it.

Preliminary plans would include a broad and complex system of wells to control the underground flow.


Sealing up your home can save money and fight climate change

An Edina woman knew her house could get drafty in the winter, so she signed up for a home energy audit to find out where cold and heat were getting in.


What a renter can do to fight climate change

Behavioral change, personal investments and even a conversation with your landlord can help reduce the carbon emissions from your rental home or apartment.