Articles by Steve Karnowski

Stolen From Minnesota Museum, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Recovered in Sting Op

A pair of ruby slippers used in “The Wizard of Oz” and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes’ insurer and said he could help get them back, the …

University of Minnesota Sued by Former, Current Football Players

Nine black former and current University of Minnesota football players who say their rights were violated in a sexual misconduct investigation sued the school on Friday, alleging they are victims of racial and gender discrimination. The federal lawsuit stems from …

In Settlement, St. Paul Archdiocese to Pay $210M to Sex Abuse Victims

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to a $210 million settlement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, making it the second-largest U.S. payout in the scandal that rocked …

Survey: Minnesota’s Jump in Uninsured Led by Drop in Private Coverage

The number of Minnesota residents without health insurance jumped by 116,000 in the past two years, the state Department of Health said. A biennial survey by the department and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that the …

PolyMet Secures $544M in Surety Bonds, Funding for Wisconsin Mine Costs

PolyMet Mining Corp. is offering the state a $544 million package of financial assurances to serve as an insurance policy to protect taxpayers from potentially having to cover the costs of closing and cleaning up a controversial copper-nickel mine it …

Syngenta Settles With U.S. Farmers in China Corn Trade Case

Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta said it has agreed to settle tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits by farmers over the company’s rollout of a genetically engineered corn seed variety before China approved it for imports. Syngenta’s seed division is based …

1st Farmer Lawsuit Against Syngenta over China Trade Begins in Minnesota

The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it …

Reported Dakota Access Pipeline Vandalism Exposes Risk of Sabotage

The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported “recent coordinated physical attacks” on the much-protested line, just as it’s almost ready to carry oil. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn’t give details, but experts say Dakota Access and the rest …

Nurses on Strike at 5 Minnesota Hospitals over Insurance, Workplace Safety

Thousands of nurses at five Minnesota hospitals on Sept. 5 began an open-ended strike in a dispute over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing. Clad in red T-shirts, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association, which represents about 4,800 nurses at …

Minnesota Still Wary About Impact of North Dakota Flood Project

Proponents of a proposed $2.1 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project in North Dakota will have to do a better job of addressing concerns about how it would affect farmers and other residents upstream before Minnesota will issue the permits the …