News Watch: April 2, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Businesses and Jobs; Education; Energy; Forest; Invasive Species; Mining; Parks and Trails; Pollution and Toxins; Recycling and Waste Reduction; School Trust Lands; Sustainable Development; Transportation; Water

Agriculture and Food
AP: Rybak to sign amendment to expand urban farming

Air Quality
MPR: Minnesota considers air-pollution plan

Businesses and Jobs
Minnesota 2020: Video: Coffee Buzz via Bicycle
Pioneer Press: Letter: Coloring outside the lines: A dubious green jobs count

Education
Alexandria Echo Press: Editorial: Local effort to get kids fishing deserves support
Brainerd Dispatch: Nine candidates in DNR’s first Conservation Officer Academy since 2008

Energy
CBS Minnesota: Lake Superior: A Future Home Of Wind Farms?
(MEP member group Fresh Energy mentioned)
Pioneer Press: Xcel Energy asking regulators to weigh in on Prairie Island upgrade

Forest
Alexandria Echo Press: DNR state forest nurseries announce spring seedling sale
MPR: New study makes dire prediction for Minnesota forests
MPR: Study shows deer population reducing valuable North Shore trees

Invasive Species
Alexandria Echo Press: Ag department to begin trapping across state for emerald ash borer
Mankato Free Press: Time to draw the line on Asian carp
Star Tribune: Minnesota vs. Asian carp
Star Tribune: State to start hanging traps to detect emerald ash borer

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Commentary: Mining reform discussions continue

Parks and Trails
AP: DNR wildlife managers predict result of dwindling fund

Pollution and Toxins
Alexandria Echo Press: MDA reminds Minnesotans to use pesticides and fertilizers with care
Duluth News Tribune: Letter: EPA’s new rules regulating mercury protect God’s creation
Star Tribune: Pesticide, EPA faulted in bee die-off

Recycling and Waste Reduction
TC Daily Planet: Letter: A five day public comment period on a twenty-year plan??

School Trust Lands
Pioneer Press:  Minnesota Senate passes bill to create panel to oversee school trust lands

Sustainable Development
Minnesota 2020: Purple, Gold . . . and Green

Transportation
Bemidji Pioneer: Controversial bike rack prompts complaints
Star Tribune: Video: 30 Days of Biking

Water
Alexandria Echo Press: Central Minnesotans’ insistence on protecting water quality heard at Capitol
Star Tribune: Letter of the Day (March 31): Cancer
(Writer is with MEP member group Clean Water Action)

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