News Watch: April 20, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Businesses and Jobs; Conservation; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Forest; Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees; Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Local Control; Mining; Parks and Trails; Pollution and Toxins; School Trust Lands; Transportation

Agriculture and Food
KFAI Radio: Land Stewardship Project promotes urban agriculture
(MEP member group Land Stewardship Project mentioned)
Minnesota 2020: Safety Thirst
Minnesota 2020: SNAP/EBT: What a Mouthfull
Minnesota 2020: The Market of Food and Farmers You Know
MPR: New crop registry to help avoid pesticide damage

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

Businesses and Jobs
TC Daily Planet: Letter: A new position in the MPCA: Lobbyist for mining interests
WDIO: Magnetation Preps Second Plant

Conservation
Austin Post Bulletin: Timberwolves group honors Austin couple
(MEP mentioned)
Northeaster: Rites of spring: Tree trimming and planting
Star Tribune: Conservationist Dr. Don McMillan dies
Star Tribune: Eagan fifth grader wins national art contest

Energy
Alexandria Echo Press: Speaker to address future of clean energy
(MEP member group Fresh Energy mentioned)
Minnesota 2020: High Gas Prices
Minnesota 2020: Sensible Incentives: Enabling Energy Efficiency in Rental Housing
MPR: Give landlords incentive to upgrade appliances, Minnesota 2020 says
Star Tribune: Eagle count critical for Red Wing wind farm permit

Fish and Wildlife
MinnPost: Cute critter alert: U counts penguins by satellite; surveys Serengeti via webcam
MPR: Wolf hunt caught in Minnesota legislature
Outdoor News: Senate committee cool to earlier Minnesota fishing opener
Star Tribune: Superior fishing tradition catches new life

Forest
Duluth News Tribune: Superior Forest names new supervisor
Star Tribune: Tree top changes at Superior

Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees
MPR: DNR programs look like ‘Swiss cheese,’ commissioner says

Invasive Species
MPR: Ash borers out earlier in warmer spring
Outdoor News: Asian carp concern grows in southwest

Legislature and Administration
Outdoor News: Critics pan Minnesota House environment policy bill
(MEP mentioned)

Local Control
TC Daily Planet: Anti-immigrant, anti-local government law passes Minnesota House

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Letter: Sulfide mining threatens BWCAW
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota lawmaker’s letter threatens retaliation against Northland township over board’s mining vote
Rochester Post Bulletin: Goodhue County Board member suggests townships regulate silica sand mining
Star Tribune: Research begins this spring into the effects of sulfates on Minnesota’s wild rice stands

Parks and Trails
Duluth News Tribune: 61 acres to be added to Voyageurs National Park
(MEP member group Voyageurs National Park Association mentioned)
Duluth News Tribune: Judge backs Superior Forest ATV plan
(MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Sierra Club and Northeast Minnesotans for Wilderness mentioned)
Pioneer Press: Judge allows ATV plan in Superior National Forest
(MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Sierra Club and Northeast Minnesotans for Wilderness mentioned)

Pollution and Toxins
Pioneer Press: Atwater ethanol plant pays Minnesota $800,000 for violations, lying
Star Tribune: Minnesota ethanol maker hit with $800,000 fine
Star Tribune: USA Today finds old Minnesota lead plant sites

School Trust Lands
Saint Cloud Times: Bills look at how schools can capitalize on trust land

Transportation
Finance & Commerce: I-35W/Lake Street transit station plans inch forward
Minnesota 2020: Smart Idea: Bicycling Dummies
Minnesota Daily: Nice weather leads to more Nice Rides
MinnPost: Future expanded rail service threatens Cedar Lake Bike Trail
Northeaster: October opening possible for Plymouth Avenue bridge

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