News Watch: April 11, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Conservation; Energy; Green Living; Invasive Species; Mining; Parks and Trails; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Saint Croix River Bridge; Transportation

Agriculture and Food
MPR: Can ag feed the world without destroying it? Looking for the Minnesota answer
TC Daily Planet: Food and carbon footprint
TC Daily Planet: Gardening growing in Twin Cities: Four hundred show up for resource fair in St. Paul

Conservation
Midwest Energy News: Q&A with Maggie Koerth-Baker
MinnPost: God, GOP and climate change; are beekeepers poisoning their hives?

Energy
Bismarck Tribune: Otter Tail seeks SD rate boost for plant upgrade
Midwest Energy News: Nonprofit turns energy assistance into independence
Rochester Post Bulletin: Red Wing goes it alone in debate over nuclear waste storage
Rochester Post Bulletin: St. Charles board tackles energy issues
Worthington Daily Globe: Editorial: Setting an energy example

Green Living
Northland’s News Center: Your Green Life: “Handmade Soaps”

Invasive Species
Duluth News Tribune: Salties bring no new invaders, thanks to ‘swish and spit’
Minnesota 2020: Oh Carp, An Alien Invasion
Session Weekly: Omnibus environment bill attacks invasive species
Session Weekly: Reel out those fishing rods
Star Tribune: Nuisance factor rising from zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka
Stillwater Gazette: Recent report shows fewer zebra mussels in St. Croix
West Central Tribune: Editorial: It’s time to enforce the invasive species law

Mining
MPR: MPR News Primer: Copper-nickel mining
(MEP member groups Sierra Club and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
TC Daily Planet: Dispatches from the Sandbox War: MN House rejects Falk fracking sand mining amendment
Winona Daily News: Letter: Another thought on mining
Winona Daily News: Letter: Not my backyard, or yours

Parks and Trails
Grand Forks Herald: Plans continue for Minnesota’s newest park — La Salle Lake State Recreational Area

Recycling and Waste Reduction
MPR: Petitioners want review of 3M waste plan

Saint Croix River Bridge
Pioneer Press: MnDOT moves up St. Croix River bridge completion date by a year
Stillwater Gazette: New bridge, trail topics at upcoming meetings

Transportation
TC Daily Planet: Cycles for Change: Changing names, changing lives in St. Paul

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