Colleen Connolly

Colleen Connolly

Colleen Connolly is a Minneapolis-based bilingual journalist writing about immigration, education, Latin America and other issues. Connolly has also worked as a digital news editor at the Chicago Tribune and NBC Chicago.

Would Minnesota mining end U.S. reliance on Russian nickel? Experts say probably not.

By: - March 30, 2022

The usual arguments for copper-nickel mining in Minnesota are largely economic. Mining creates local jobs. It generates wealth for the state. It can even help fight climate change. As the demand grows for renewable energy and electric cars — whose lithium ion batteries are often made with nickel — the need for mining increases, with Minnesota […]

In big win for Enbridge, most of its old Line 3 pipeline will remain in the ground

By: - November 11, 2021

There is a spot in Cloquet, Minnesota, where the old Line 3 pipeline almost meets the new one. This happens just a few yards from Highway 210, and a stone’s throw from Colleen Bernu’s driveway. For Bernu and others, the new, larger Line 3 pipeline, which began moving oil on October 1, isn’t the most […]

These Native historians are compiling what we know about boarding schools

By: - August 9, 2021

Since 2006, Denise Lajimodiere, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, has spent hours hunkered down in archives searching for records of Native American boarding schools.  “It is tedious,” she said. “It is dusty work.” And grueling and traumatic. The records are incomplete, but what researchers like Lajimodiere have […]