Posts Categorized: Loon Commons blog

First Test of 2013 MN Frac Sand Law is Successful

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By Johanna Rupprecht, Land Stewardship Project The owner of a controversial Houston County silica sand mine was notified Monday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that he must stop mining and apply for a DNR Silica Sand Mining Trout Stream Setback Permit. The Erickson silica sand mine in Houston County’s Yucatan Township is… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 31

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Carbon Rule; Climate Change; Efficiency; Environmental Writing; Fish & Wildlife; Frac Sand Mining; Mining; Minnesota Legacy; Oil & Pipelines; Transportation; Water; Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food Mankato Free Press: Your View: No research has proved GMOs to be harmless  MinnPost: Earth Journal: Lettuce From Skunk Hollow: Savoring CSA and homegrown… Read more »

Grazing as a Public Good in Western Minnesota

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As a Nature Conservancy scientist based in a Midwestern state, Steve Chaplin thinks a lot about the impact agriculture has on ecological treasures such as native tallgrass prairie. “Other than plowing, grazing has probably been responsible for the degradation of more prairie than any other source,” says Chaplin, who is in the Conservancy’s Minnesota field… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 28

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Climate Change; Conservation; Energy; Fish & Wildlife; Invasive Species; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails; Transportation; Water; Latest from Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food MPR: Expensive land becomes a hurdle to young farmers  Pioneer Press: St. Paul Farmers’ Market considers move as parking, attendance drop  Pioneer Press: Two Harbors hop… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 24

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Carbon Rule; Climate Change; Energy & Energy Efficiency; Fish & Wildlife; Mining; Transportation; Water; Latest from Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food MPR: Chef Dan Barber on what’s missing in the farm-to-table equation  Carbon Rule MinnPost: Community Voices: Minnesota’s carbon-cutting plan should maximize efficiency and renewable-energy development (Written by MEP member group… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 21

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Climate Change; Coal; Fish & Wildlife; Frac Sand Mining; Invasive Species; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails;  Energy; Frac Sand Mining; Invasive Species; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails; Politics & Administration; Restoration & Development; Transportation; Waste & Recycling; Water; Latest from Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food Minnesota 2020:… Read more »

Soil Health: Numbers vs. Knowing

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Sometimes it takes a bit of an evangelist to remind us that praying at the altar of facts and figures can blind one to how they all connect in the bigger picture. In the case of production systems that build soil health, that preacher is Ray Archuleta. “The soil is naked, hungry, thirsty and running… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 17

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Coal; Energy; Frac Sand Mining; Invasive Species; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails; Transportation; Waste & Recycling; Water; Wildlife & Outdoor Recreation; World News; Latest from Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food Minn Post: Project Sweetie Pie teaches north Minneapolis youth about gardening  Pioneer Press: Minnesota grape harvest stomped out by… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 14

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Environmental Education; Energy; Fish & Wildlife; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails; Residential Sustainability & Sustainable Development; Transportation; Water; Latest from Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food Star Tribune: National sweetener battle grows increasingly bitter  Twin Cities Daily Planet: Research funding boost to help new University Bee Lab facility in… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 10

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Climate Change; Conservation; Environmental Education; Flooding; Invasive Species; Nuclear Energy; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Transportation; Water; Wildlife; Latest from Loon Commons Blog Agriculture & Food Star Tribune: Our wet spring set the stage for plant problems  Climate Change Huffington Post: Federal Government Still Spending Billions to Subsidize Fossil Fuels  MinnPost: Earth… Read more »