News Watch: April 25, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Conservation; Education; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Great Lakes; Green Living; Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees; Invasive Species; Mining; Parks and Trails; Transportation

Agriculture and Food
Minnesota 2020: Cultivating Energy Efficient Farms
(MEP member groups The Minnesota Project and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy mentioned. Writer is with MEP member group The Minnesota Project)
Minnesota 2020: Rethinking the Farm Bill: Subsidies and Family Farms
MPR: After slow start, beekeeping permits jump in Minneapolis
Session Daily: State soil in omnibus ag bill going to the governor
Star Tribune: Peace Coffee gets a plug
(MEP member group Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy mentioned)

Air Quality
AP: Minnesota PCA board approves Voyageurs, BWCA haze rules
(MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
ENews Park Forest: Clean Air Advocates Urge EPA to Protect Minnesota’s Public Health, Economy and Natural Resources
(MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and National Parks Conservation Association mentioned)
MPR: Pollution board approves BWCA, Voyageurs haze rules
Pioneer Press: Ramsey County air quality gets an ‘F’ — and worst in metro area
(MEP member group Environmental Intiative mentioned)
Star Tribune: Report shows dirty air at dangerous levels in Twin Cities
(MEP member group Environmental Initiative mentioned)
Star Tribune: Rules to cut haze over Voyageurs, BWCA OK’d amid criticism

Conservation
Minnesota 2020: April 22nd: Set a Reminder to Think About the Earth
MPR: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks to National Press Club
Star Tribune: Dennis Anderson: Outdoors enthusiast Don McMillan was an ethical shepherd
TC Daily Planet: Earth Day Action Alert: Cottage Grove, Minnesota, needs a little help

Education
TC Daily Planet: Letter: “Precious Waters” at East Side Food Co-op April 26
(MEP member groups Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and Sierra Club mentioned)
TC Daily Planet: Free Speech Zone: St. Paul students get down and dirty in Big Urban Woods
(MEP mentioned)

Energy
Eagan Patch: Wescott Library Hosts Renewable Energy Info Session
(MEP member group Clean Water Action mentioned)
MPR: Biofuel project gets enviro exemption

Fish and Wildlife
MPR: Smaller runs but smelt tradition alive and well in Duluth

Great Lakes
AP: Tribe to raise barrels dumped into Lake Superior
ExWeb: ExWeb interview with Dave Freeman: husband-and-wife team on 11,700 mile journey
Fox21: Plans for Removing Barrels From Lake Superior Set for Release
Northland’s News Center: Red Cliff Band to Investigate Sunken Barrels in Lake Superior
WDIO: Barrel Recovery Set for Summer
WPR: Red Cliff Band to help recover 70 barrels from Lake Superior

Green Living
MinnPost: Senate approves increase in hunting and fishing fees
MPR: Rain gardens blossom in Minneapolis

Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees
MPR: MN Senate OKs hunting and fishing fee hikes
Pioneer Press: Dave Orrick: Walk-in hunting program in peril at the Capitol
Star Tribune: Al Lindner: State’s fishery needs to be maintained
Star Tribune: Fishing, hunting fee increases
Star Tribune: Minnesota Senate approves higher fees for hunting, fishing licenses

Invasive Species
AP: New invasive species sticker required on all Minn. boats
KSTP: Invasive Carp Caught Near Prescott
Pioneer Press: DNR issues statement on 30-pound bighead carp caught in the St. Croix
Star Tribune: Another bighead carp found in St. Croix
Star Tribune: Spread of ash borer in Minnesota slower than expected

Mining
WDIO: PolyMet Update
Winona Daily News: County sets frac sand fee
Winona Daily News: Winona panel eyes mining issues
Parks and Trails: Minnesota Twins, DNR will plant trees in St. Croix State Park

Transportation
Finance & Commerce: New light rail cars will be more Minnesota-friendly
Minnesota 2020: Electric Cars, Pro and Con
Minnesota 2020: Progress on Our Doorstep: A Nicer Way to Ride!
Star Tribune: Launch of Cedar BRT may slide into 2013
TC Daily Planet: Letter: Recovery Bike Shop offers maintenance workshop on May 24

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