2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Wilderness Act. The 1964 Wilderness Act created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast, including Minnesota's own Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
A 2013 state law requiring investor-owned utilities to get 1.5 percent of their electricity from solar by 2020 has prompted a surge in the pace of solar power development - it's expected to jump over the next two years as big utilities bring new capacity onto the grid.
For a ninth consecutive year, Minnesota's high school seniors posted the highest average composite score on the ACT exam. In 2014-15, all Minnesota high school juniors will begin taking the ACT, free of charge, under new graduation requirements approved by the 2013 Legislature.
A new data tool from the MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) uses post-secondary graduation rates to show students, parents and citizens which fields of study provide strong employment and earning potential.