Senate Votes To Roll Back Wild Rice Water Quality StandardA largely unenforced 1973 state law limits sulfate discharges into waters where wild rice grows to 10 milligrams per liter.
Bills On Wild Rice, Nitrates & Enbridge Pipeline Advance At CapitolBills to nullify Minnesota's water quality standard for wild rice, speed Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its deteriorating Line 3 crude oil pipeline and block regulations meant to keep nitrates out of drinking water are advancing through the Minnesota Legislature, which reconvenes Monday after its Easter break.
Judge Rejects Change To Minnesota's Water Quality Standard For Wild RiceA judge has rejected an attempt by regulators to change Minnesota's water quality standard for protecting wild rice.
MPCA Hearings On Water Quality Standard Set To BeginThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency kicks off a week of public hearings across the state Monday on changing a water quality standard that's meant to protect wild rice.
Minnesota Chef's Sandwich To Be Featured In International Food CompetitionA local chef is taking her signature Minnesota dish to the World Food Championships in Alabama later this week.
MPCA Releases Revised Wild Rice Protection RegulationsMinnesota regulators have unveiled the latest refinement to their proposal for revising the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice from sulfate pollution.
Dayton Proposes Broadening Wild Rice Harvesting For Tribal MembersGov. Mark Dayton's administration is proposing to expand the rights of tribal members to harvest wild rice across the state.
30-Day Comment Period On Wild Rice Standards Now OpenThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has opened a 30-day public comment period on proposed changes to the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice. State law currently limits discharges of sulfates into wild rice waters to 10 milligrams per liter.
Wander Minnesota: Mille Lacs Kathio State ParkLast week, I talked about the wild rice demonstrations at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Not far from the museum is Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. The park's two-fold name has two roots. "Mille Lacs" is the term French explorers used to describe the area, and it is an apt term, meaning "1,000 lakes" in English.
Wander Minnesota: Wild RiceLast weekend (and the next two Saturdays, weather permitting), the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post offered demonstrations on traditional Native American techniques of processing wild rice. With the fall foliage just starting to break out around Lake Mille Lacs, this would be a fun day trip both for leaf-peeping and for visiting this well-curated museum and see the demonstration.
State Gives Chippewa Ricers A Free Pass For The DayWith a steady cadence of drumming setting the tone, Chippewa tribal members set off in canoes into a rich sea of wild rice. They’d gathered on the shores of Hole In The Day Lake, north of Brainerd, in an intended show of civil disobedience. What they wanted to show was the free harvest of native rice without a state required license.