News Watch: March 28, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Conservation; Education; Energy; Environmental Permitting; Fish and Wildlife; Fishing and Hunting Licensing Fees; Green Living; Mining; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Saint Croix River Bridge; Transportation; Water

Agriculture and Food
MinnLocal: Community supported co-op gains momentum in Rockford

Air Quality
MinnPost: Pollution Control Agency delays haze enforcement over BWCA
MPR: MPCA postpones decision on BWCA haze plan
(MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
MPR: State works to cut haze in northern Minn. wilderness areas
(MEP member groups Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and National Parks Conservation Association mentioned)
Saint Cloud Times: Letter: Boundary Waters marred by air pollution
Star Tribune: Minnesota regulators put off vote on haze reduction
(MEP member group National Park Conservation Association mentioned)

Conservation
AgriNews: Assistant state conservationist wants to arm farmers with knowledge
AgriNews: Taylor helps landowners, staff with conservation
Star Tribune: Friends of the river have a friend in Whitney Clark
(MEP member group friends of the Mississippi River mentioned)

Education
AgriNews: Environmental Education Award goes to Ranger Randee
Great Lakes Echo: Environmental literacy: What should every Great Lakes citizen know?
Minnesota 2020: Letter: 600 Words for the Planet
MinnPost: Don Shelby: Reflections on my reporting about the environment and global warming

Energy
AP: MPCA offers truckers loans to help fuel costs
MPR: Geologists revise state’s potential for geothermal energy
Pioneer Press: Commentary: Energy Confusion in the White House
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Letter: Nuke plants taint water
(MEP memeber groups Environment Minnesota and MPIRG mentioned)

Environmental Permitting
Mesabi Daily News: Magnetation officials properly exposed state’s bad permit process; way to go
North News: Court, MPCA hearings on shredder at Northern Metals

Fish and Wildlife
AP: Minn. to allow limited moose hunt this fall
AP: Study: Birds adjusting slowly to climate change
Northland’s News Center: DNR offers a Fall Moose Hunt
Pioneer Press: Despite population decline, Minnesota moose will still be hunted this fall
Pioneer Press: Minn. to have limited moose hunt this fall
Star Tribune: DNR’s Landwehr says trouble ahead without fee increase
Star Tribune: Minn. DNR backs limited moose hunt

Fishing and Hunting Licensing Fees
Star Tribune: Editorial: Raise fees to bolster hunting, fishing

Green Living
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Avoid oak wilt

Mining
Mesabi Daily News: Letter: Copper mining better, needed
MinnPost: Sled dogs deliver clean water petitions to Saint Paul
MPR: Proposed mine would be Minnesota’s largest
MPR: Underground mine would be largest in Minn.
Pioneer Press: Underground mine near Ely would be largest in Minnesota
Winona Daily News: Letter: We must protect the land in this sand boom

Recycling and Waste Reduction
New Ulm Journal: Rain barrels, composters reduce waste
Pioneer Press: Northern Minnesota county contends with rash of diaper dumping

Saint Croix River Bridge
MinnPost: Govs. Dayton and Walker to discuss new St. Croix bridge
Pioneer Press: $1M tacked on bonding bill to offset St. Croix bridge costs
Stillwater Gazette: Sharing a laugh
Stillwater Gazette: Why can’t we be friends?

Transportation
MinnPost: Rochester to Twin Cities high-speed rail would boost economy, study says
Pioneer Press: Nice Ride Minnesota bike-sharing program to launch third season

Water
Minnesota 2020: Good Water, Pure Science

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