News Watch: August 10

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August 10, 2017

Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Conservation, Environmental Justice, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish

Agriculture & Food
MPR News: White Earth tribe holds high hopes for hemp
Austin Daily Herald: Hog facility in Mower County looking to expand production
West Central Tribune: Going underground in corn country: Western Minn. farmer tests economics of subsurface irrigation
Austin Daily Herald: Frank Family Farms honored at fair for its conservation efforts; Mower County operation uses strip tillage and more

Clean Energy
MPR News: Wind power growing in Minnesota, and around U.S.
Rochester Post Bulletin: Austin Utilities demonstration promotes solar choice program
MinnPost: Electric vehicles and renewables: the PB&J of the energy world

Climate Change
New York Times: Students, cities and states take the climate fight to court 
MPR News: U.S. already feeling negative effects of climate change, report says

Conservation
Bemidji Pioneer: Sustainable Saturday: Annual tour to take residents to locations across region
International Falls Journal: Partnership strengthens riverbank, youth
The Timberjay: USFS successfully completes White Iron burn near Ely

Environmental Justice
Pioneer Press: MnDOT redesigning highway project after damaging Native American burial site

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Local View: Yes, contested-case hearing is needed on PolyMet

Oil & Pipelines
Duluth News Tribune: Line 3 environmental review release pushed back
Bemidji Pioneer: Love Water Not Oil tour concert Thursday in Bemidji

Parks & Trails
International Falls Journal: VNP opens bald eagle nesting areas
MPR News: Mpls. park board vote signals end for Hiawatha Golf Course

Pollinators
Duluth News Tribune: St. Louis County passes bee-friendly policy
MinnPost: Some happier news, for a change, on honeybee’s health and colony collapse

Pollution
Mankato Free Press: Birds Eye, Waseca County dealing with odor
Star Tribune: Minneapolis gives preliminary approval to fee for plastic, paper bags
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Environmentalists criticize exemptions for Foxconn’s $10 billion Wisconsin plant

Transportation
La Crosse Tribune: Chicago-Twin Cities train study rolls ahead; proposal would double La Crosse service in either direction

Waste & Recycling
Alexandria Echo Press: Making the most of food waste
 
Water
MinnPost: One way to promote green infrastructure in your city
Inforum: EPA administrator stops in Fargo for closed roundtable on federal waters rule

Wildlife & Fish
The Timberjay: More options for deer hunters this season
Star Tribune: Volunteers scour Minnesota lakes for newest invasive: starry stonewort
MPR News: Report focuses on Illinois dam to keep invasive carp from Great Lakes
Star Tribune: Minnesota’s first bat festival aims to prove that these flying critters aren’t so creepy

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