News Watch: April 18, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Conservation; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Green Buildings; Hunting and Fishing Licensing; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Parks and Trails; Pollution and Toxins; Transportation; Water
Agriculture and Food
AgriNews: Co-op in Red Wing sets out to change food system
AgriNews: Farm to school documentary makes food the star
AgriNews: Film explores benefits and challenges of farm to school
AgriNews: Frame honored by Sustainable Farming Association
(MEP member group Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota mentioned)
MPR: University agriculture school grows in new areas

Air Quality
MPR: Environmental group prompted by tightening rules on air quality
(MEP member group Environment Minnesota mentioned)

Conservation
AgriNews: Precision conservation: Right fix for the right acre

Energy
AgriNews: Isobutanol can’t be sold in transportation fuels in Minnesota
Finance and Commerce: Goodbye, gasoline: Some vehicle fleets make switch to compressed natural gas power
Session Daily: Xcel could manage renewable account

Fish and Wildlife
KFAI Radio: Counting penguins from space: Local PhD student co-author of new study
MPR: Early spring draws loons back to state
MPR: Recovery project a part of bluebirds’ solid comeback
MPR: Warm spring brings loons back to MN early
Northland’s News Center: Early Fishing Opener Push Cooling Down in Legislature

Green Buildings
Finance & Commerce: Conference will focus on green practices for theaters
(MEP member group Eureka Recycling mentioned)

Hunting and Fishing Licensing
Politics in Minnesota: Hunting and fishing license fee hike sinks in MN Senate
West Central Tribune: Hunting, fishing fee dispute stalls outdoors bill

Legislature and Administration
Outdoor News: Midland Center for the Arts
(MEP mentioned)
Outdoor News: New fees, fishing opener in MInnesota Game & Fish Bill
Pioneer Press: Minnesota Senate: Increases for hunting and fishing licenses stumble
Star Tribune: Early fishing opener, wolf hunt and fee increases in doubt

Mining
Northland’s News Center: Learning Cutting Edge Mining Technology At 85Th Annual SME Conference
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Red Wing commissions preparing draft report on sand mining
Winona Daily News: Frac sand facility proposed near C-FC school

Parks and Trails
Brainerd Dispatch: Cass County Board: New wildlife area in Cass County
Duluth News Tribune: Voyageurs National Park Association makes its largest land purchase
Northland’s News Center: 61-Acres Added to Voyageurs National Park

Pollution and Toxins
MPR: Health department: Fridley cancer rate not unusual
MPR: W.V. contaminant study similar to Twin Cities concern
Pioneer Press: Fridley cancer rates not as high as first thought, but still above state average
Pioneer Press: Study finds link between 3M-made chemical and cancer
Star Tribune: Fridley cancer cluster recast

Transportation
Minnesota Daily: Minneapolis continues debate over benefits of adding streetcars to city’s north side
MinnPost: Twin Cities’ rail-transit proposals could be on a collision course
MPR: Despite Dayton’s concerns, URS up for Southwest light rail contract
MPR: Sabo bridge could reopen to bike traffic before analysis is done
Saint Louis Park Patch: (VIDEO) It’s ‘Do or Die’ Time for Southwest LRT
(MEP member group Transit for Livable Communities mentioned)
Summit Hill Association: Public meeting to discuss bus connections to Central Corridor LRT – April 25th
The Uptake: “Do Or Die” Time For Twin Cities SW Light Rail
(MEP member group Transit for Livable Communities mentioned)

Water
Duluth News Tribune: Duluth Lakewalk sewage overflow tank gets to work
West Central Tribune: Investigation of county landfill contamination should end this fall

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