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EPA says action is needed to protect water in southeast Minnesota from nitrate contamination

Plus: 1.5 million guns purchased in Minnesota since start of pandemic; commission releases state flag submissions; Smith Foundry violated emission laws for at least five years; and more.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says there is “evident need for further actions to safeguard public health” in regard to keeping nitrate out of the drinking water in 8 counties in southeast Minnesota, via MPR News.

Minnesota Reformer reports that since 2020, Minnesotans have purchased 1.5 million guns, with a surge at the start of the pandemic.

ABC News reports Smith Foundry violated air emission laws for five years, according to a surprise inspection by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The commission working to create a new state flag and seal have released all 2,600 ideas submitted, via KSTP.

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An investigation by Kare11 explores allegations of sexual assault against inmates being transported across the country.

Minnesota United FC has hired Khaled El-Ahmad as the team’s sporting director and chief soccer officer while a search continues for a new head coach, per Major League Soccer.

A Plainview woman took Post Bulletin inside her home to showcase her “Christmas chaos.” Deb Weinrich opens her home to the public for one weekend to showcase her many Christmas decorations.