News Watch: May 2, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Conservation; Education; Energy; Environmental Permitting; Food and Agriculture; Green Buildings; Green Living; Hunting and Fishing Licenses;  Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Parks and Trails; Transportation

Conservation
Alexandria Echo Press: A tree for Arbor Day

Education
Northland’s News Center: Duluth School Recognized for its Environmental Education

Energy
Duluth News Tribune: Commentary: It’s time to abandon old coal plants and invest in cleaner energy sources
(Writer is with MEP member group Izaak Walton League of America)

Finance & Commerce: Sustainable: Underneath Minnesota, abundant energy goes untapped
Midwest Energy News: A map of the Midwest energy system
Midwest Energy News: Are we flushing a heat source down the drain?
MinnPost: ‘Boys of Baraka,’ an ed-inequity talk — and a wind-turbine challenge
Star Tribune: Power co-ops launch $5 million ‘smart grid’ project

Environmental Permitting
Alexandria Echo Press: Letter: Legislation will boost economy

Food and Agriculture
Fergus Falls Journal: School lunches to feature fresh fruits, veggies [UPDATED]

Green Buildings
Midwest Energy News: Minnesota builders divided on energy code update

Green Living
Northland’s News Center: Your Green Life: “Rooftop Garden”
Star Tribune: Communal living shares resources

Hunting and Fishing Licensing Fees
Star Tribune: Hunters and anglers will see many changes if bill becomes law

Invasive Species
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota boat-sticker clarification
MPR: DNR trains boat inspectors to stop invasive species

Legislature and Administration
Alexandria Echo Press: Letter: Be aware of environmental issues
Mankato Free Press: Session Appears at a Stalemate
MPR: Legislature blows past self-imposed deadline
MPR: MPCA head Aasen stepping down
(MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)

Pioneer Press: Editorial: Take a bit more time to get it right at the Minnesota Capitol
Pioneer Press: MPCA boss to take over as Minneapolis city coordinator
Politics in Minnesota: Dayton, GOP no closer to reaching end-of-session deal
Politics in Minnesota: Paul Aasen to depart PCA for Minneapolis post
Star Tribune: Minneapolis taps MPCA head to be city coordinator
(MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)

Star Tribune: Minn. Legislature: Session-ending deal elusive

Mining
MPR: Proposal approved for controversial granite quarry
MPR: Silica sand mining moratorium in Winona County expires
Winona Daily News: Frac sand ban lifted: New mining applications to be accepted starting today

Parks and Trails
AP: BWCA section reopens after wildfires
Duluth News Tribune: Some trails still blocked after April snow
MPR: Parts of BWCA to reopen today
Star Tribune: It’s quiet at the Minnesota Valley refuge — too quiet, in fact

Transportation
Alexandria Echo Press: A trip to Voyager on the ‘Walking School Bus’
Alexandria Echo Press: Council acts on bike ride, runway project, new well
Pioneer Press: Events tout healthy living through biking, walking
(MEP member group Transit for Livable Communities mentioned)

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