News Watch: February 2

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Energy, Invasive Species, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Brainerd Dispatch: MN farmers want state aid, more in policy than money
MinnPost: Fast-food wrappings are found to carry nonstick coatings linked to health risks
MPR: Hormel stops taking pigs from farm shown in undercover video
MPR: What we do and don’t know about food allergies

Climate Change 
Brainerd Dispatch: Senate delays vote on Trump EPA pick after Democrats boycott
Mother Jones: Environmentalists Are the “Greatest Threat to Freedom,” Says Trump Adviser
West Central Tribune: Senate panel approves Trump EPA chief pick over Democrats’ boycott

Energy
Duluth News Tribune: ‘Stove Swap’ program targets dirty wood stoves featuring MEP member group Fresh Energy
Midwest Energy NewsMinnesota legislation would end state oversight of small utilities’ fixed fees
Midwest Energy NewsReport cites clean energy growth as Minnesota legislators push to eliminate solar program
MinnPost: Gorsuch is a well-credentialed conservative — so what happens next?
MinnPost: Republican legislators take aim at Public Utilities Commission
MPR: Replace Sherco coal plant with natural gas? Xcel brings debate to the Capitol
Star Tribune: Legislature could intervene in dispute over solar fees featuring MEP member group Fresh Energy
WDIO: Project Stove Swap Launched to Help Environment, Economy, and Communitiesfeaturing MEP member group Environmental Initiative

Invasive Species
Star Tribune: Taking genetics to the lake: New study shows that fight against invasive plant is more complicated thanks to hybrids

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota Democratic representatives square off over Boundary Waters
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota DNR ready for another mining lease sale
MPR: Environmental groups launch second legal challenge over PolyMet land exchange
MPR: Nolan outreach to Trump administration on mining draws fire from McCollum
Star Tribune: Suit claims swap with PolyMet grossly undervalued public land

Oil & Pipelines 
Attn: Seattle Committee Responds to Standing Rock
Duluth News Tribune: Approval of Dakota Access easement ‘imminent’
MPR: Company: Size of Iowa diesel pipeline spill overestimated
MPR: Senator: Army Corps told to approve Dakota pipeline easement
MPR: Review of Dakota Access pipeline could be beginning of end for opponents
Telesur: Police Raid Standing Rock Last Child Camp, Arrest 76
Yes! Magazine: Tribes Find New Ways to Keep Pipelines—and Their Oil—Out of the Great Lakes

Parks & Trails
International Falls Journal: VNPA recognized featuring MEP member group Voyageurs National Park Association
Star Tribune: Great River Passage plan connects St. Paul with Mississippi River

Pollution
Mother Jones: Here’s What’s at Stake If Congress Kills the Methane Rules
Star Tribune: Megaproject in Arden Hills: Environmental model, or hazard?

Transportation
Star Tribune: Minneapolis moves forward with 29th Avenue closure near Midtown Greenway

Water
Brainerd Dispatch: State study highlights river health in central MN
Pioneer Press: Mississippi is near-pristine until it reaches metro area, pollution study finds
Willmar Radio: Dayton in Morris Friday for “Clean Water Summit”

Wildlife & Fish
Brainerd Dispatch: DNR deer management plan takes first steps

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