News Watch: January 30

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Mankato Free Press: Grow a Farmer loans help small farmers featuring MEP member groupRenewing the Countryside
West Central Tribune: Peterson adopts wait-and-see attitude on Trump’s ag policies

Climate Change 
Midwest Energy NewsWisconsin leads on climate research, even as agencies cut science from websites

Conservation
Austin Daily Herald: Mower SWCD sending buffer notification letters
Brainerd Dispatch: Conservation Corps offers 700 service opportunities
Fergus Falls Journal: What 2017 holds for Minnesota and its land featuring MEP member groupConservation Minnesota
West Central Tribune: Willmar business wins Pork Board’s environmental stewardship award

Energy
Independent: Ireland passes law to become world’s first country to fully divest from fossil fuels

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Second lawsuit against PolyMet land exchange featuring MEP member group WaterLegacy

Oil & Pipelines 
Brainerd Dispatch: Pipeline protest closes Twin Cities bridge
Brainerd Dispatch: Trial set to open for activist charged in Wash. pipeline disruption
Democracy Now!: A Complete Disregard for Democracy: Greenpeace Condemns Trump’s Move on Pipelines & Silencing of EPA
Duluth News Tribune: Red tape chokes off oil drilling on North Dakota’s reservations
Grist: The Standing Rock Sioux will not back down
Grist: Zombie pipelines, EPA under attack, and that’s just Week One
Indian Country Media Network: Second Trump Transition Meeting Held with Native Americans
Indian Country Media Network: Standing Rock Chairman Archambault Sends Strong Letter to Trump
Indianz: Judge calls unexpected hearing after President Trump’s Dakota Access push
MPR: All-clear after pipeline protest shuts key Mpls.-St. Paul bridge
MPR: As Trump reboots pipeline expansion, unexpected delay emerges
MPR: ‘It’s a big one’: Iowa pipeline leaks nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel
Star Tribune: Lake Street-Marshall Avenue bridge reopens after protest, police say

Parks & Trails
MPR: It’s not just the Park Service: ‘Rogue’ federal Twitter accounts multiply
MPR: Report: Trump called park official to dispute crowd photos
West Central Tribune: Public input shapes goals for Kandiyohi County bike and pedestrian plan

Pollution
Duluth News Tribune: EPA gives all-clear to pollution grants for Minnesota
MPR: More soil contaminated with TCE found in east Minneapolis
MPR: Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget
Star Tribune: EPA gives all-clear to pollution grants for Minnesota

Sustainable Development
Austin Daily Herald: Sparks, DFL propose $100M broadband investment

Transportation
Go MN: The bike lane permit bill is ‘a royally stupid idea,’ coalition says featuring MEP member group Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
Star Tribune: MVTA becomes state’s second largest transit agency despite 2 percent drop in ridership

Waste & Recycling
Star Tribune: St. Paul’s new recycling system leaves some residents frustrated

Water
Aberdeen NewsLower stretch of Mississippi River calls for improvements featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy
Brainerd Dispatch: Mn DNR: Don’t release aquarium or water garden plants into the wild

Wildlife & Fish
MPR: Can new DNA science help keep our fish safe?
MPR: Endangered no more? Wolf again poised to go off federal protection
St. Cloud Times: Public meetings on Isle Royale wolves scheduled

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