News Watch: June 4, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Conservation; Energy; Great Lakes; Legislature and Administration; Mineral Leases; Mining; Parks and Trails; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Transportation; Water; Wetlands

Agriculture and Food
MN2020: VIDEO: Farming Gets Precise

Minnesota Outdoor News: Groups seek hike in Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars

MN2020: Coal’s gold watch
MN2020: Blog: Environment Aside, Go Green for the Money
MN2020: Blog: Looking at Wind’s Future
MN2020: Blog: Power of Your Vote Impacts Your Power
MN2020: Blog: Taking a Bite out of Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Park Rapids Enterprise: Letter: More questions arise for alternative energy

Great Lakes
Associated Press: EPA creates Great Lakes protection advisory board

Invasive Species
Minnesota Public Radio: Report says state spends millions on invasive species
Star Tribune: DNR video produces telling images of invasive species
Star Tribune: Invasive species: Lockdown on the lakes

Legislature and Administration
Hastings Star Gazette: Letter: Thanks go out to Rep. McNamara
(Writer is with MEP member group The Trust for Public Land)

Mineral Leases
Associated Press: 77 disputed mineral leases sold to drillers
Forum Communications: Cabin owners lose mineral lease debate, for now
Forum Communications: Minnesota officials approve mineral exploration leases
Mesabi Daily News: Editorial: OK the leases
Minnesota Public Radio: Minn. OKs sale of copper-nickel exploration leases
Star Tribune: State approves mineral exploration on 22,000 acres near Ely

Mesabi Daily News: Commentary: PolyMet project will be model for others
MinnPost: DFL keeps divisive mining plank out of party platform
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Red Wing considers mining moratorium amendments
Star Tribune: State approves mineral exploration on 22,000 acres near Ely
Winona Daily News: Letter: ‘Ikes’ oppose frac sand permit at dock
(Writer is with MEP member group Izaak Walton League of America)

Parks and Trails
Pioneer Press: 3 Minnesota trails get national designation
St. Cloud Times: Trail plans up for comment
Star Tribune: Lake Elmo: The metro’s busiest beach

Pollution and Toxins
MN2020: Blog: Bubble Living is no Solution
Star Tribune: Event to mark end of south Minneapolis arsenic cleanup

Recycling and Waste Reduction
Marshall Independent: Paperless meetings have benefits for city council, public

Finance and Commerce: Panel backs new route for Bottineau LRT
Minnesota Public Radio: GE bets on green cars in Eden Prairie
Star Tribune: Editorial: We all win as bike commuting grows
Star Tribune: Northstar station ahead of schedule

Pioneer Press: Rising St. Croix, Mississippi rivers create headaches
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Kallestad appointed to water quality panel

Minnesota Outdoor News: An ‘odd year’ for annual waterfowl, wetland tally

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