News Watch: March 26, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Businesses and Jobs; Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment; Conservation; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Fishing and Hunting License Fees; Green Living; Invasive Species; Mining; Parks and Trails; Pollution and Toxins; Saint Croix River Bridge; Water

Agriculture and Food
Duluth News Tribune: Like fresh produce? Buy yourself a share
MinnPost: Expanded ‘urban agriculture’ policy blossoming in Minneapolis

Air Quality
AP: Minn. updating rules for fighting haze that can mar views in BWCA, Voyageurs National Park
(MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
Star Tribune: Feds critical of how Minnesota polices haze over parks
(MEP member group National Parks Conservation Association mentioned)

Businesses and Jobs
Duluth News Tribune: ‘Cash mob’ descends on Duluth business
(MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness mentioned)

Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment
Star Tribune: Metro, outstate parks squabble over Legacy cash

Conservation
Crooston Times: Earth Hour takes place Saturday

Energy
Crookston Times: Commentary: Who will pay our water debt?
Crookston Times: Editorial: Displaced blame on gas prices could spell trouble
Detroit Lakes Online: End addiction to oil to stop pain at the pump
Minnesota 2020: Gas Price Debate Ignores the Real Issue
Minnesota 2020: Sustainability. Oorah!
MPR: Klobuchar-Franken gas speculation bill met with skepticism
MPR: Sierra Club official responds to wind turbine guidelines
(MEP member group Sierra Club mentioned)

Fish and Wildlife
AP: Wildlife officials at Voyageurs National Park collar 6 more moose for climate-change study
Detroit Lakes Online: Some call wolf season a big, bad idea
(MEP member group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness mentioned)

Fishing and Hunting License Fees
Star Tribune: Bill to increase hunting, fishing license fees advances in Senate

Green Living
Pioneer Press: How many decisions does it take to replace a light bulb?
Star Tribune: Bike storage: Rack ‘em up

Invasive Species
AP: State holds open houses on gypsy moth treatments
Austin Daily Herald: Ash tree inventory to help diversify future park plantings
Detroit Lakes Online: Lake service providers urged to complete training, permitting
Star Tribune: Invasive species war spills into court
Star Tribune: 3 lake associations sue DNR over zebra mussels

Mining
Pioneer Press: As gas prices soar, drivers buy less
Post Bulletin: Letter: Fracking requires extensive environmental review
(Writer is with MEP member group Izaak Walton League of America – Minnesota Division)

Parks and Trails
Politics in Minnesota: House, Senate differ on land parcel at heart of Lessard-Sams bill

Pollution and Toxins
Star Tribune: Science notes: Coastal mists may carry toxic mercury

Saint Croix River Bridge
MPR: Dayton, Walker celebrate bridge bill approval
Pioneer Press: Stillwater bridge: Dayton, Walker meet along river to celebrate new span

Water
Alexandria Echo Press: Volunteers needed to monitor health of Minnesota lakes, streams
MPR: Red Wing hosts river water quality forum

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