News Watch: April 6, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment; Education; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Great Lakes; Green Building; Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Park and Trails; Pollution and Toxins, Transportation; Water

Agriculture and Food
TC Daily Planet: From farm to distributor to table: The forgotten middleman in Twin Cities’ local food market

Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment
Detroit Lakes Online: DL designated as Legacy Destination
(MEP member group Conservation Minnesota mentioned)

Education
Marshall Independent: When ag meets school

Energy
Minnesota 2020: Wind Production Tax Credit Needs Extension Now
MPR: At U of M-Morris, alternative energy on par with low-priced fossil fuels
MPR: How higher blend ethanol affects a car’s engine
MPR: Isobutanol a lifeline for struggling Minn. ethanol plants?

Fish and Wildlife
MPR: Mild winter leads to healthier deer this year
Star Tribune: House OKs Minnesota wolf hunting season

Great Lakes
Free Press: Great Lakes study recommends changing outflows from Superior

Green Buildings
MinnPost: Minnesota builders warn energy-code changes would raise price of homes

Invasive Species
MPR: Asian carp controversy: The view from Shanghai
Pioneer Press: St. Croix River’s zebra mussel population crashes, but threat remains
Star Tribune: Zebra mussels’ spread
Star Tribune: Zebra mussels vanish from stretch of St. Croix River

Legislature and Administration
Forum Communications: Legislative Notebook: Environmental Disagreement
(MEP mentioned)
Midwest Energy News: Bill seeks to open books on Minnesota coal project
Midwest Energy News: How are renewable standards faring in state legislatures?
Midwest Energy News: Minnesota renewable fund to be revived under new rules
Pioneer Press: House passes $105 million Legacy funding bill
Pioneer Press: Minnesota House passes environmental package
(MEP member group Sierra Club mentioned)
Politics in Minnesota: MN House passes omnibus environment bill
(MEP and MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness mentioned)
Session Daily: House passes Legacy funding
Session Daily: Inmate gardening program proffered in policy bill
Star Tribune: Anderson: In House, clueless lead clueless on outdoors issues

Mining
Minnesota 2020: Keep the “Great Northwoods” Great
(MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness mentioned)
The Uptake: A Modern Day John Beargrease To Save MN Environment
(MEP and MEP member group Conservation Minnesota mentioned)

Parks and Trails
AP: Appeals panel weighs whether to allow 450-foot AT&T cell phone tower just outside BWCA
(MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness mentioned)
MPR: Fight over BWCA cell tower in appeals court
Star Tribune: BWCA cellphone tower fight is back in court
(MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness mentioned)

Pollution and Toxins
MPR: MPCA: Skin products with mercury removed from store shelves

Water
Saint Croix River Bridge: St. Croix bridge meeting attracts attention from potential bidders

Transportation
Finance & Commerce: Could Sabo bridge reopen soon?
TC Daily Planet: Dave’s Bike Shop is a labor of love in St. Paul

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