News Watch: August 7

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August 7, 2017

Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish

Agriculture & Food
Northfield News: Spilling the dirt on soil: workshops planned for Rice County
Agweek: MDA encourages farmers to take survey on alleged dicamba damage
La Crosse Tribune: Galesville dairy wins potential record stray voltage case against Xcel Energy
Agweek: Drought-ravaged ranchers look east for CRP hay

Clean Energy
Star Tribune: Minn. lawmakers go to bat for Canadian firm making solar panels on Iron Range
Faribault Daily News: Faribault native recognized for global career in solar energy
Star Tribune: CenterPoint seeking 6.4 percent rate hike in Minnesota
WEAU: Solar panels being installed in vacant lot in Eau Claire
Star Tribune: Stick with Minnesota’s biodiesel mandate

Conservation
MPR News: Sewing volunteers mend clothes, hearts, and the planet
Ely Echo: Planned fire on White Iron’s Ring Rock peninsula underway

Mining
Minnesota Brown: Pinning hopes to billions we don’t have
Star Tribune: Counterpoint: Don’t be fooled by Emmer’s mining scam
St. Cloud Times: Emmer’s bill eviscerates environmental protections
New York Times: Under Trump, coal mining gets new life on U.S. lands

Oil & Pipelines
Park Rapids Enterprise: Honor the Earth’s Ride the Line makes stop near Lake George
West Fargo Pioneer: Minnesota company seeks ND permit to handle radioactive oil well waste
KWBE: Thousands take to streets in protest of Keystone XL pipeline

Pollinators
Austin Daily Herald: Get the buzz on bees at the nature center

Pollution
Duluth News Tribune: Final report on Boise spill weeks away

Transportation
Duluth News Tribune: Superior moving forward with bike-sharing program
MinnPost: Summit to focus on walking to promote social, economic and community health

Waste & Recycling
Detroit Lakes Online: New recycling building to go up at transfer station
 
Water
Winona Post: Lake Winona restoration underway
Rochester Post Bulletin: Protecting water quality means limits on factory farms
Bemidji Pioneer: Beltrami County Commissioners, staff study buffer laws, shoreland management, water plans
International Falls Journal: Complaint of bubbles, odor on river investigated

Wildlife & Fish
Bemidji Pioneer: DNR expands Minn. deer season opportunities
Winona Post: Discovery may help save species
 

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