Loon Commons Blog

Bonding: For herring, not for hugging

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This session of the Minnesota Legislature is supposed to be about bonding. By bonding, I don’t mean the “Hug a Ranger” campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the Iron Range. Bonding in this session means the Bonding Bill, a collection of perhaps up to one billion dollars in capital projects that have been… Read more »

Urban Ag Needs Your Support by March 22

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Additional changes have been proposed to the current Minneapolis Urban Agriculture Zoning Text Amendments that won’t work for urban farmers. LSP opposes incorporating these changes into the current language, as they create more barriers for urban farmers at a time when we should be supporting them. The City Council needs to hear from supporters of… Read more »

Cashing in on Soil Quality

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Talk of how agriculture can improve soil quality seems to be popping up more frequently these days. Perhaps the most exciting recent mention was in an issue of Successful Farming magazine, which has produced an impressive package of stories called The Good Earth. Most of what’s in this package won’t be news to anyone who’s… Read more »

Anti-Local Control Bill Goes to House Floor Vote This Afternoon—Call Reps. Now

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Surprise and intimidation can be powerful tools when backers of major development seek to build a large facility in a small, rural township. For a town board used to dealing with mundane issues like gravel road maintenance and ditch mowing, to be suddenly confronted with a proposal for a large-scale industrialized livestock operation, garbage burner… Read more »

Local Control & the Capitol’s Dangerous Double Standard

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Nice irony: when a key committee passed House File 389 last Wednesday, it was by a 9 to 5 vote, which is less than the two-thirds majority the bill imposes on local governments that want to enact a temporary freeze on major development—the kind of development that can change a community forever. Apparently, some legislators… Read more »