News Watch: May 18

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May 18, 2017

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

Events and Advocacy News:
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Agriculture & Food
Austin Daily Herald: ‘An incredible tool’; Conservation program opens another chapter in Mower County
Albert Lea Tribune: The start of a new venture

Clean Energy
Utility Drive: Minnesota Gov. Dayton vetoes energy omnibus bill opposed by green groups
Star Tribune: NRG reveals its first Minnesota community solar projects

Conservation
The Timberjay: Prescribed fire season now underway
Pioneer Press: St. Paul: City council approves $450,000 to fight emerald ash borer

Mining
Duluth News Tribune: Polymet dam permit applications advance
The Timberjay: (opinion) Nolan and Twin Metals

Oil & Pipelines
City Pages: Enbridge pipeline report ignores alternatives (like not building a new one)
Color Lines: US Bank pulls funds from all oil and gas pipeline construction

Parks & Trails
Star Tribune: Twin cities muscles D.C. from top of nation’s most fit regions

Pollution
Fox 9: Investigators: Something in the air?

Transportation
MinnPost: Investing in mass transit helps communities lower their obesity rates, study suggests
Star Tribune: Mail call: Transit advocates will deliver pro-transit postcards to Gov. Dayton
Duluth News Tribune: Free coffee for cyclists on Friday
West Central Tribune: Mayor’s bike ride scheduled Friday, Yellow Biker program starts up
Rochester Post Bulletin: Comment sought for downtown transit study

Water
Rochester Post Bulletin: $20M federal grant supports new Great Lakes research center
The Timberjay: Tower, Breitung water supplies meet safety standards, but just barely
Stillwater Gazette: Column: Minnesota communities join forces to launch water education campaign
Austin Daily Herald: Looking for help: Wastewater treatment upgrades could top $70M

Waste and Recycling:
Austin Daily Herald: SKB could resume plans for site after new ordinance
International Falls Journal: Letter: Support local control over water, protect Rainy Lake

Wildlife & Fish
MPR News: Early spring brings out ticks ahead of schedule
Austin Daily Herald: Council OKs hunt to curb deer population
Detroit Lakes Online: Stop the spread: Efforts continue to control aquatic species
 

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