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Conservationists Claim Victory On New Farm Bill

Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill, where two of their top priorities made it into law. Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies. And the law requires “sodsaver” protections to discourage farmers from plowing up native grasslands in several Plains and Midwest states.

04/05/2014

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EPA Reverses Decision On Mesabi Nugget Variance

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to reverse its approval for a variance that lets the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes violate Minnesota water quality standards but said Tuesday that the state and company will get the chance to reapply.

03/11/2014

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Report: Great Lakes Levels Rebounded In 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Great Lakes water levels rebounded sharply last year after a prolonged low period dating from the late 1990s. A report issued Tuesday says Lake Superior rose early two feet, almost twice as much ground as it usually gains during its seasonal rise

03/04/2014

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Opposing Sides Converge At Iron Range Copper Mine Meeting

About 1,500 people turned out Thursday night to weigh in on what Minnesota’s first copper mine could mean for their water and air. The DNR has spent the last five years studying what PolyMet’s proposal could mean for the environment on the Iron Range. A crowd packed the convention center in Duluth. The building, which is usually home to concerts and hockey games, turned into the place Barb Crow came to join a polarizing debate.

01/16/2014

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31 Mining Leases In Northern Minn. Get The Green Light

The possibility of more precious metal mining proposals in northern Minnesota took another step forward on Friday after the state’s executive council approved 31 leases of state and private lands to three mining companies seeking exploration.

10/25/2013

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Experts: Climate Change Threatens Minn. Fisheries

Experts say climate change threats Minnesota’s fisheries, including North Shore trout streams and walleye lakes such as Mille Lacs. They spoke as the National Wildlife Federation released a national study on freshwater fish in a warming world.

09/04/2013

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Scientists: ‘Dead Zones’ Showing Up In Green Bay

Scientists say Lake Michigan’s Green Bay is developing “dead zones” similar to sections of Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico, where there’s so little oxygen that few if any organisms can survive.

08/15/2013

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Could Rochester Be The 1st All-Recycled City?

Let’s face it: Americans produce a lot of garbage.

02/27/2013

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For ’13 Legislature, Long List Of Issues To Tackle

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature’s new Democratic majorities have made it clear: The session that starts Tuesday will be all about the state budget.

01/04/2013

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Minn. Citizen Forums On Environment Begin Tuesday

A series of Citizens Forums kicks off this week to give Minnesotans a chance to weigh in on their priorities and visions for the environment.

11/25/2012

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Dayton Hosts Interior Secretary On Mississippi

Governor Mark Dayton hosted U.S.Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for a boat ride on the Mississippi River on Friday. Salazar is on a multi-state tour highlighting national conservation efforts, as well as talking about how President Obama wants to encourage outdoor recreation opportunities and create jobs.

08/17/2012

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5 Songs For Earth Day

Here are 5 songs for Earth Day, to keep you rocking and keep you thinking about the environment.

04/09/2012

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Good Question: More Eco-Friendly: Real Or Fake Trees?

For a lot of us, the choice is easy: we’re real tree or fake tree people.

12/01/2011

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Dayton To Honor 3 Environmental Projects At Fair

Gov. Mark Dayton will honor three environmental projects when he visits the Minnesota State Fair on opening day.

08/25/2011

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Minn. Lawmakers OK Cuts On Parks, Safety, Colleges

Republican legislative majorities pushed ahead Tuesday with their plan to cut $5 billion from Minnesota’s budget without raising state taxes, taking up spending proposals for environmental programs, public safety and colleges and universities.

03/29/2011

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