News Watch: April 16, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Businesses and Jobs; Conservation; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Green Building; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Parks and Trails; Sustainable Development; Transportation

Agriculture and Food
Alexandria Echo Press: Interest in farm to school builds as documentary is shown across Minnesota
Minnesota 2020: VIDEO: Farming in the City

Businesses and Jobs
Minnesota Daily: U students draw on love of outdoors to build company selling wooden cases for electronics

Conservation
Alexandria Echo Press: Study will examine ways of protecting wild rice

Energy
Minnesota 2020: Bachmann’s Two Dollar Gas
Minnesota 2020: In the Big Picture, Energy Efficiency Savings in Schools Add Up
Rochester Post Bulletin: Save energy with the click of an app

Fish and Wildlife
Brainerd Dispatch: DNR seeks input on deer populations
Duluth News Tribune: Effort at Lake Superior beach aims to help Wisconsin’s rarest bird
Minnesota 2020: Successful Enough to Hunt? Minnesota’s Gray Wolves
MPR: Emperor penguins more numerous than assumed, U of M satellite researcher shows
Pioneer Press: Dave Orrick: Ranch to roost … Legacy funds are protecting sharp-tailed grouse habitats, which are open for viewing
Pioneer Press: Minnesota: Early fishing opener to be discussed by Senate panel

Green Building
Minnesota 2020: Not Just Dodging a Draft: Sustainable Building 2030

Legislature and Administration
Alexandria Echo Press: Legislative issues: What is moving, what is not
Politics in Minnesota: GOP legislators split on plan to raise hunting and fishing fees
Star Tribune: Legislature list is heavy on matters of outdoors

Mining
The Circle: Twin Metals digs in

Parks and Trails
Star Tribune: Redrawn ATV routes OK’d for Superior National Forest
(MEP member groups Sierra Club, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness mentioned)

Recycling and Waste Reduction
MinnPost: the carbon cost of reading on newsprint
Star Tribune: An indicator of Anoka County’s economic growth: Garbage

Sustainable Development
Pioneer Press: How green is St. Paul?

Transportation
Minnesota 2020: A Simple Challenge
MPR: Businesses, DFLers clamor for SW light rail
Politics in Minnesota: Tick-tock: Businesses push for Southwest LRT

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