News Watch: April 27, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment; Conservation; Education; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Great Lakes; Green Buildings; Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees; Invasive Species; Living Green Expo; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Parks and Trails; School Trust Lands; Transportation

Agriculture and Food
Alexandria Echo Press: Letter: Observe ‘Soil to Spoon’
Duluth News Tribune: Food hub a reflection of commitment to health food

Air Quality
Duluth News Tribune: Report: Duluth has some of the nation’s cleanest air
Minnesota 2020: Urban Farming: Or, Old MacRybak had a Farm
Star Tribune: ‘Ew’ turns to ‘Yum’ in Minneapolis school lunch lines
Star Tribune: Minnesota farmer: Stop the growing reliance on crop insurance

Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment
Pioneer Press: Minnesota Senate passes Legacy spending overwhelmingly

Conservation
Pioneer Press: Two St. Croix Valley students are digging new habitat for frogs

Education
Brainerd Dispatch: Branching out

Energy
AP: Xcel profit falls on lower demand
Bloomberg: Clean-Energy Requirements Targeted by ALEC, Norquist
The Free Press: Le Sueur bioenergy plant doesn’t need environmental study
Minnesota 2020: VIDEO: Solar on Residential Rooftops
Minnesota 2020: North Dakota Sues Minnesota Over NGEA
Minnesota 2020: PTC and Minnesota Clean Energy Markets
MPR: Ethanol plant lists first-quarter loss as subsidy ends
Rochest Post Bulletin: AWA Goodhue wind project lands in appellate court
Star Tribune: Warmer winter brings 10% fall-off in Xcel earnings

Fish and Wildlife
Brainerd Dispatch: International Wolf Center in Ely invites public to help name newest wolf pups
MPR: Hunting, livestock main topics of Duluth wolf conference

Great Lakes
Ashland Current: Red Cliff Barrels Project Getting Attention
WTAQ: Red Cliff tribe leading effort to remove ammo barrels from Lake Superior

Green Buildings
Minnesota 2020: VIDEO: Sensible Incentives on the Road

Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees
MinnPost: Senate approves increase in hunting and fishing fees
MPR: Hunting and fishing fees to increase under Game and Fish bill

Invasive Species
Star Tribune: Invasive species bill targets Minnesota boaters

Living Green Expo
Rochester Post Bulletin: Expo will show you how to ‘live green’

Legislature and Administration
Star Tribune: Commentary: First graders stymied by state legislators

Mining
Rochester Post Bulletin: River cities brace for important silica sand meetings
Rochester Post Bulletin: Winona County creates ‘model’ fee for hauling silica sand
Winona Daily News: Today’s talker: Frac sand fee sticker shock?
Winona Daily News: Two sand mine permits tabled in Buffalo County

Parks and Trails
Duluth News Tribune: City of Duluth trails now are open

School Trust Lands
Duluth News Tribune: School land trust bill reaches Dayton
Pioneer Press: Minnesota Legislature OKs new oversight for state school trust lands

Transportation
Minnesota 2020: Prosperity Catalyst
Minnesota 2020: Which Bus to School: Yellow or White?
MinnPost: Transit fare cards gain popularity
Rochester Post Bulletin: Bicycle proposal adds 50 miles of routes, 60 safer crossings
TC Daily Planet: Central Corridor homes featured in Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour April 28 and 29

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