News Watch: Oct. 20

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Energy; Global News; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Outdoors; Parks & Trails; Transportation; Waste & Toxics; Water; Wildlife

Agriculture & Food
MinnPost: Anchor initiatives: Local food means business for local neighborhoods 
MPR: EPA: Controversial pesticide offers little help to soybean farmers 
MPR: Startup’s new sprays promise longer-lasting fruit, fewer pesticides 
NPR: An ‘environmental impact’ label for beef? (In MPR
NPR: New GMOs get a regulatory green light, with a hint of yellow (In MPR
Star Tribune: Letter: Will Minnesota, and American agriculture, ever reap the benefits of this versatile plant? 

Duluth News Tribune: Save or Shiver: Ways to conserve energy as winter looms 
Midwest Energy News: Minneapolis utility fight ends with unique clean-energy deal 
Minnesota Daily: Contract aims for greener Minneapolis 
MPR: Xcel to end coal burning at Burnsville plant in April 
Star Tribune: Letter: New clean-energy jobs in wind and solar are an inefficient sleight-of-hand 

Global News
Associated Press: Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis 

Mesabi Daily News: ‘Huckster’ has no place in PolyMet discussion 

Oil & Pipelines
Brainerd Dispatch: Lueck decries environmentalists’ criticism of pipeline 
NPR: As oil prices fall, who wins and who loses? 
MPR: Predictions of ‘peak oil’ production prove slippery 

MinnPost: Journal: Letter from Willow River: Investigating the phenomenon of October Light 
MPR: Photos: One (last?) spectacular week of fall color 

Parks & Trails
Politics in MN: Suburbs push back against Met Council 
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Community Voices: What’s up with clear-cutting on Mississippi River Road?

Bemidji Pioneer: As debut year ends, Nice Rice is cruisin'; Bike sharing to be back for next two years 
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Green Line getting up to speed in fits and starts 

Waste & Toxics
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Community Voices: GAF corporation offers $500K to alleviate asphalt odors in Northeast Minneapolis 
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Community Voices: Phillips community sweeps up the neighborhood 

St. Cloud Times: Report: Clean up Sauk River Chain of Lakes 

Associated Press: Wisconsin DNR closing two more wolf zones (In Pioneer Press
MPR: A guide to Minnesota bird migration this fall 
MPR: St. Paul calls for bird-safe Vikings stadium glass 
Pioneer Press: Tracking the American woodcock

News Watch: Oct. 16

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Candidates & Elections; Climate Change; Energy; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Outdoor Education; Parks & Trails; Transportation; Water

Agriculture & Food
Candidates & Elections
Climate Change
Oil & Pipelines
Mesabi Daily News: Let’s get the pipelines going 
Outdoor Education
Parks & Trails
Duluth News Tribune: Local view: Sportsmen and sportwomen support clean water (Written by John P. Lenczewski of MEP member group Minnesota Trout Unlimited, Gary Botzek of MEP member group Minnesota Conservation Federation, and Rich Staffon of MEP member group Izaak Walton League) 

News Watch: Oct. 14

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Candidates & Elections; Climate Change; Energy; Frac Sand Mining; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Transportation; Water; Wildlife

Agriculture & Food
MinnPost: Corn farmers say Syngenta’s GMOs have cost them the Chinese market 

Candidates & Elections
Star Tribune: St. Anthony: Minnesota chamber has guidance for governor and Legislature 
Sun Current: Letter: Ron Erhardt supports protection of natural resources

Climate Change
Brainerd Dispatch: Opinion: No hype 
Climate Progress: Pentagon: Global Warming Poses ‘Immediate Risk’ To National Security 
Mother Jones: Pentagon: We Could Soon Be Fighting Climate Wars 
MPR: As Minnesota’s climate changes, bad air and new disease risks follow

Star Tribune: Biofuel leaders say EPA has treated industry unfairly 
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Minneapolis and utilities establish unique “Clean Energy Partnership” 

Frac Sand Mining
Winona Daily News: State looking for input on frac sand air regulation 

Grand Rapids Herald Review: PolyMet CEO optimistic on EIS 
Star Tribune: State briefs: PolyMet reviews to be completed by spring, DNR chief says 

Oil & Pipelines
MPR: Fiery oil-train derailments prompt calls for less flammable oil 
MPR: The Keystone XL Pipeline: An International Town Hall 

MPR: How will Minnesota pay for transportation needs 
Star Tribune: Green Lines projects win Knight grants 

Brainerd Dispatch: MPCA seeks comments on watershed report 

CBS: Citizens Continue To Call For Bird Safe Glass on New Vikings Stadium (MEP member group Audubon Minnesota featured)  
MinnPost: Turbines may be luring bats to their deaths, wind-farm research suggests 
MPR: Pheasant hunting season begins despite population decline 

News Watch: Oct. 9

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Candidates & Elections; Climate Change; Energy; Extreme Weather; Frac Sand Mining; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Transportation; Water; Wildlife;

Agriculture & Food
MinnPost: Review recommends more analysis of MPCA’s work on sulfates and wild rice 
MinnPost: What I wish people knew about pig farming 
MPR: Seeds for bees: Worries drive new plantings for pollinators 
Rochester Post Bulletin: Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery 
Star Tribune: Commentary: The case for labeling genetically modified food 
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Twin cities farmers look to Cuba for urgan ag infrastructure 

Candidates & Elections
Duluth News Tribune: Local View: Candidates for votes, using EPA as punching bag
Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s View: Democrats support protecting our waters 
Star Tribune: Pipeline, flood control dominate 2nd debate in governor’s race 
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Rep. Rick Nolan uses “turds” to describe past Minnesota water quality 

Climate Change
MinnPost: New evidence suggests Earth’s oceans are warming far faster than we knew 
MPR: Climate One series: Resource Revolution 
MPR: How climate change may affect your bottom line 
Red Wing Republican Eagle: An ice-free Arctic? (featuring Will Steger of MEP member group Will Steger Foundation and J. Drake Hamilton of MEP member group Fresh Energy) 

Star Tribune: Letter: How big solar project actually will pay off 
Winona Daily News: Letter: Minnesota benefits from renewable energy 

Extreme Weather
MPR: Minneapolis to withdraw federal aid request for summer storms 

Frac Sand Mining
Star Tribune: Wisconsin county shuts down frac-sand operation ‘running wild’ 
Winona Daily News: Letter: Johnson pushing frac sand agenda 
Winona Daily News: MPCA: Monitoring shows silica sand not a concern in Winona 

Duluth News Tribune: DNR: PolyMet EIS will be completed by spring 
MPR: DNR chief: Expect PolyMet environmental review by early spring 

Oil & Pipelines
Pioneer Press: North Dakota oil production to rise, but price and flaring could hurt 
Winona Daily News: Letter: Let’s work together to stop pipeline 

Kare 11: County bicycle plans for next 25 years 
MPR: Pedal power: 2040 plan outlines boost for bike infrastructure in Hennepin Co. 
MPR: University on board with Green Line as traffic, safety worries fade 

University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences: Moos Family Speaker Series on Water Resources Presents: “Dwindling Groudwater Reserves as Viewed from Space” (VIDEO) 
MPR: A tricky mix: Managing water in northern Lakes 
MPR: Northern Minnesota lakefront owners argue over water levels 

MPR: Blog: Songbird carnage hits Duluth 

News Watch: Oct. 6

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Air Quality; Candidates & Legislature; Climate Change; Legislature; Energy; Invasive Species; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Outdoor Recreation; Transportation; Water; Wildlife;

Agriculture & Food
Associated Press: Freeze could end growing season for immature crops (In MPR
MPR: Burden of rail delays falls on western Minnesota 
NPR: Two for one: Subsidies help food stamp recipients buy fresh food (In MPR

Air Quality
Business North: First hearing help on tough air quality proposal 

Candidates & Legislature
Duluth News Tribune: 8th Congressional District race/Challenger’s view: Vote for your family, the environment and veterans 

Climate Change
MinnPost: Community Voices: Marching for the planet – and for hope 
MPR: Minneapolis council weighs utilities’ greenhouse gas deal 
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Editorial: Let’s warm up to tackling a global concern (J. Drake Hamilton of MEP member group Fresh Energy & Will Steger of MEP member group Will Steger Foundation featured)  

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development: Minnesota Clean Energy Economy Profile 
Twin Cities Business: MSP airport building state’s largest solar energy site (In MinnPost

Invasive Species
Associated Press: Young mussels found in the Red River (In MPR

Mesabi Daily News: Editorial: ‘The minerals aren’t going anywhere’ 

Oil & Pipelines
MinnPost: Community Voices: A public role in rail’s big battles? 

Outdoor Recreation
Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s view: Support all uses of public land in Fredenberg Township 
Pioneer Press: Water Trails Summit focuses on economic impact of paddling sports in Minnesota 

Finance & Commerce: Public skepticism of gas tax complicates Move MN effort (MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)  

Bemidji Pioneer: Letter: We need to protect all of Minnesota’s waterways 
Duluth News Tribune: Cleanup of Radio Tower Bay in Duluth making progress 
International Business Times: Contaminated Drinking Water: EPA To Warm Public About Toxic Algae Outbreaks 
MPR: Mississippi River states prepare for an oil spill –not if, but when 

Star Tribune: Death count of birds could rise exponentially with new stadium (Joann Eckles of MEP member group Audubon Minnesota quoted)

News Watch: Oct. 2

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Energy; Invasive Species; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails; Transportation; Waste & Recycling; Wildlife;

Agriculture & Food
Bemidji Pioneer: ‘Bee’-midji: Ordinance in the works regulating beekeeping 
MPR: Getting water to crops when they’re thirstiest pays off 
Star Tribune: Sugar beet industry ready for harvest 

Star Tribune: Ethanol industry pushes back on rail safety improvements 

Invasive Species
Star Tribune: Letter: DNR is falling behind in race to keep lakes clean 

Duluth News Tribune: Essar Steel announces financing secured to finish iron mine, plant 
Timberjay: Long road remains for PolyMet EIS 

Oil & Pipelines
Associated Press: Enbridge delays ND oil pipeline at least a year 
Politics in MN: Rail Congestion taking a toll 
Star Tribune: Sack cartoon: Riding the rails 

Parks & Trails
Winona Daily News: Hikers, rejoice: New state forest land opens in Winona County 

Politics in MN: Suburban counties fight transportation policy 
TC Daily Planet: Joint committee seeks answer to rail congestion 

Waste & Recycling
Associated Press: California becomes first state to ban plastic bags 
CBS: Good Question: Why Do We Use So Much Plastic? MEP member group Eureka Recycling quoted 

MinnPost: Community Voices: Making sure the monarchs always return to Minnesota 
Star Tribune: Minnesota butterfly quest takes flight in new science film 
TC Daily Planet: The not-so-common Loon: New study warns of decline Matthew Anderson of Audubon Minnesota quoted 

News Watch: Sept 30

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Air Quality; Conservation; Climate Change & Climate Summit; Energy; Frac Sand Mining; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Parks & Trails; Transportation; Water; Wildlife

Agriculture & Food
MPR: Ag secretary says new farm bill programs will make farming less risky 
MPR: European activists say they don’t want any US ‘chlorine chicken’ 
MPR: Jonathan Foley’s Chautauqua Lecture on agriculture’s role in climate change 
Think Progress: USDA Sends Some Farm Bill Money to Organic And Local Agriculture 

Air Quality
Brainerd Dispatch: Opinion: Clean Air Act successes 

MPR: Managing a herd: Bison could help restore Minnesota prairie 

Climate Change & Climate Summit
Rochester Post Bulletin: Cutting down on meat consumption will reduce greenhouse gases 
Star Tribune: Editorial: Global warming: There’s no ‘Planet B’ 
St. Cloud Times: Greenhouse gas sparks panel discussion at CSB 
Think Forward: Corporations represent at UN climate summit (In TC Daily Planet

Associated Press: Proposed Sioux Falls solar farm worries neighbors (In MPR
Greentech Media: Solar Policy Battle: IRS Now Part of Fierce Debate Over How to Value Solar Power 
Midwest Energy News: Cost of solar permitting swings widely in Minnesota Michelle Rosier of MEP member group Sierra Club North Star Chapter quoted 
NPR: Tiny Spanish island nears its goal: 100 percent renewable energy (In MPR
Rochester Post Bulletin: Rochester should become a leader in using renewable energy 

Frac Sand Mining
MinnPost: Earth Journal: Frac-sand mining boom accelerating and eluding regulators, analysis finds 

MinnPost: Community Voices: On Naomi Klein and the need to rethink the economics of North Woods mining 

Oil & Pipelines
Associated Press: US oil industry offers crude-train testing standards after accidents highlight risks (In Star Tribune

Parks & Trails
Winona Daily News: Proposed development in Whitewater State Park 

MinnPost: Community Voices: Transit oriented development: linking community benefits and regional health 
MPR: Metro Transit riders to see new shelters, improvements 
Star Tribune: Suburban counties rise up against Met Council 

St. Cloud Times: Opinion: Don’t amend Clean Water Act 

Associated Press: Minnesota Raptor Center to release healthy birds 
CBS News: Half the world’s wildlife gone over last 40 years 
MPR: Audubon to protest bird ‘death trap’ stadium design 
MPR: The worldwide impact of wildlife trafficking 


News Watch: Sept 25

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Candidates & Legislature; Climate Change & Climate Summit; Energy; Hazardous Chemicals; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Transportation; Water; Wildlife

Agriculture & Food
MinnPost: Blog: Can pig farmers be good stewards? 

Candidates & Legislature
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Carrie Wasley, candidate for protecting water in Ramsey County 

Climate Change & Climate Summit
Fortune: Climate summit kicks off with promises of $200 billion for clean energy 
Minnesota 2020: Blog: I Marched There to Come Home Here 
MPR: Hear President Obama’s UN speeches on terrorists and climate change 
MPR: President Obama outlines U.S. plans at UN Climate Summit 
Reuters: U.N. climate summit summit sets goals to save forests, use clean energy (In Duluth News Tribune
Star Tribune: Letter: Climate March 
Think Forward: People’s Climate Match: The currency of movements (In TC Daily Planet
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Community Voices: Media coverage of climate change march in New York 

Midwest Energy News: Minnesota faith groups featured in ‘Climate Reality’ project 
Midwest Energy News: Unique Minnesota data project illuminates cities’ energy use 
MinnPost: Community Voices: Solar in Minnesota: a marriage of increasingly popular objectives with enlightened public policy 
MPR: Blog: The great grease caper in Rochester 
Rochester Post Bulletin: Council considers option for Mayo Civic Center solar panels 

Hazardous Chemicals
Oil & Pipelines


News Watch: Sept. 22

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Climate Change; Deforestation; Divestment; Energy; Great Lakes; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Sustainability; Transportation; Waste & Recycling; Wildlife; Loon Commons Blog

Agriculture & Food
MinnPost: Blog: Farming into the future: Hmong American Farm 
MPR: How will rail delays impact Minn. farmers this season? 
Star Tribune: General Mills to close cereal plant, yogurt site 
Star Tribune: Minnesota farmers beg Congress, transportation officials to fix rail problems 

Climate Change
Associated Press: China, US, India push world carbon emissions up (In MPR
MPR: Climate Cast: Is climate change destabilizing Iraq? 
MPR: Minn. students join national march to demand climate change action 
MPR: Minnesotans participate in New York climate march 
MPR: Scenes from the People’s Climate March in New York City 
NPR: Large protests in hundreds of cities vent ire at climate change (In MPR

NPR: Sweet: Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme pump up pledge on palm oil (In MPR

New York Times: Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity from Fossil Fuels 

Duluth News Tribune: Fond du Lac, Minnesota Power plan ‘solar farm’ partnership 
Minnesota 2020: Energy Trends: Fossil Future or Renewable Outlook? 
Reuters: Food versus fuel in renewable energy showdown (In Brainerd Dispatch
Star Tribune: Buffalo Lake ethanol plant returns to production 
Star Tribune: Commentary: Minnesota should start now to control its energy future 
Star Tribune: Letter: 100 percent? That idea is just ridiculous 
Washington Post: Commentary: Solar energy, like cellphones, will prove naysayers wrong (In Star Tribune

Great Lakes
Duluth News Tribune: Editorial: Strategy needed to rid St. Louis River of Mercury (Quotes from Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s Andrew Slade & Kristin Larsen of MEP member group Friends of the Cloquet Valley State Forest 
Minnesota 2020: Blog: Turning the Corner on Great Lakes Clean-Up (Written by Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s Andrew Slade)
Pioneer Press: Great Lakes: Canadian nuclear waste plan opposed by Senate Resolution 

MinnPost: Blog: Which kind of future for Minnesota’s Iron Range is most likely to lead to sustainable employment?

Oil & Pipelines
Star Tribune: Letter: We need rail to move farm products, so let’s build some pipelines to relieve traffic 
Star Tribune: Q&A: Chevron’s CEO on oil, carbon, exports 

Star Tribune: Editorial: Minnesota’s global outlook helps land sustainability conference 

MinnPost: Electric cars on display Sunday at Minnesota state Capitol 
MinnPost: How being ‘car ownership free’ led to healthy living community organizing and embracing transit 
MPR: Blue Line trains are running again in Bloomington 
Twin Cities Daily Planet: Community Voices: Unsafe and unseen – Minnesota’s ghost bikers 

Waste & Recycling
MPR: Best Buy hits billion-pound recycling, aims for more 

Associated Press: DNR closes Pigeon Lake Islands (In MPR
MinnPost: Earth Journal: 1,300 bird species facing extinction from environmental causes worldwide 
NPR: Killing comes naturally to chimps, scientists say (In MPR
Pioneer Press: Moose populations down as winter ticks cull herd