News Watch: Feb. 8, 2013

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Businesses and Jobs; Climate Change; Conservation; Education; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Fracking; Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Transportation; Water

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAgriculture and Food
TC Daily Planet: Attention gardeners!: We’re breaking ground for the Summit Hill community garden in St. Paul
TC Daily Planet: St. Thomas worms eat coffee in St. Paul

Businesses and Jobs
Minnesota 2020: The Business Case for a Cleaner, Greener, More Sustainable Economy

Climate Change
Minnesota 2020: 100 Days Since Sandy: What are we doing on climate change?
(Writer is with MEP member group Environment Minnesota)
MinnPost: Where the wild things aren’t: Moose, other species fade with climate change

Conservation
Fergus Falls Journal: Glendalough complex to grow by 48 acres
(MEP member group Minnesota Land Trust mentioned)

Education
Minnesota Daily: Students to work with Legislature on environment, agriculture policy

Energy
Minnesota Daily: Wind energy myths
MinnPost: NABERS: Australian for efficiency
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Letter: Site wind farm away from Mississippi River

Fish and Wildlife
Ely Echo: Despite extreme cold, DNR launches moose research study
Minnesota Daily: University center fight helps bring Midwest peregrine falcon back from brink of extinction
MPR: DNR: No moose hunting season after population drop
Outdoor News: Minnesota Moose population falls 35 percent; state suspends hunt
Pionner Press: With Minnesota moose population down 35 percent, hunt suspended

Fracking
MPR: Silica Rule Changes Delayed While Workers Face Health Risks
MPR: Silica sand mine study requested by state agencies
Star Tribune: City manuever allows frac sand mine to go all night long
Star Tribune: In a first, Minnesota asks Winona County to assess risks of frac sand
Winona Daily News: Last chance for public comments on Winona County’s first frac sand mines

Invasive Species
Saint Cloud Times: Volunteers sought to watch for invasive species

Legislature and Administration
Mankato Free Press: Gieseke offers new approach to governing in run for House seat
Minnpost: Trust for Public Land honors five for conservation efforts
(MEP member group Trust for Public Land mentioned)
New Ulm Journal: 19A candidates offer diverse, divided views
New Ulm Journal: 19A fundraising reports show divergent campaign emphasis
New Ulm Journal: Morrow plans to help repay cost of 19A special election

Mining
Ely Echo: UMD study: Mining major contributor to state, regional economies, potential exists to more than double impact
MinnPost: UMD report says new mining projects could add $4.5 billion to Minnesota economy
Pioneer Press: Big bucks from rocks: Study shows Minnesota mining impact, potential

Transportation
Finance & Commerce: State senators call for Southwest light rail bonding
Finance & Commerce: Top Southwest light rail issues outlined
Minnesota 2020: Congestion Report Just Ho-Hum
Star Tribune: Senate confirms new chief for MnDOT

Water
MinnPost: Ciresi’s White Bear Lake roots led firm to take water level case pro bono
Saint Cloud Times: 50 mayors coming to St. Cloud for Mississippi River meeting
Star Tribune: A call for less salt in our roadways’ diet
Worthington Daily Globe: Statewide water quality program is weighed locally

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