The Daily Planet’s Minnesota coverage reports on events, news and other occurrences that takes place in the state and it’s surrounding regions.

Air quality alert issued in northern Minnesota due to wildfire smoke


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air quality alert for northern Minnesota. The alert takes effect Tuesday, May 16, beginning at 4 a.m. and runs until Tuesday, May 16, at 4 p.m. The affected area includes the northern half of Minnesota, and the tribal nations of Grand Portage, Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, Red Lake, and Mille Lacs.

New 22-acre campground complex opening soon in Babbitt on Birch Lake

A new 22-acre campground complex with 49 new campsites for recreational vehicles and tent campers will open in May at Birch Lake Recreation Area in Babbitt. The Recreation Area has a popular developed swimming beach, picnic area, beach house, concrete public boat landing ramp, two docks, boat cleaning area, rain garden for storm water runoff and a parking area with handicapped parking.

Ride the Range regional trails partnership wins award

Explore Minnesota Tourism selected the Ride The Range marketing collaboration as the 2023 recipient of the ‘One Minnesota Award.’ Recognizing collaborative efforts of three or more organizations or entities, the award is presented to an outstanding tourism project, initiative or campaign which was designed to advance tourism for a community, area or business district.

DEED awards $2.26 M in redevelopment grants


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded $2.26 million in grants to five Minnesota cities in the February round of the Redevelopment Grant Program. This program helps communities with the costs of redeveloping blighted industrial, residential, or commercial sites and putting land back into productive use. 

Governor Walz congratulates departing Commissioner Grove

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today congratulated departing Commissioner Steve Grove and thanked him for his years of service at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Grove will depart from his position to serve as CEO & Publisher of the Star Tribune. Commissioner Grove was appointed by Governor Walz in January 2019.

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