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Republicans at the Legislature suggest tapping lottery trust fund for public works

Republicans at the Legislature suggest tapping lottery trust fund for public works

The little-known Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) uses more than $1 billion from a lottery-fueled trust fund to pay for environment and natural-resource projectsContinue reading

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Dayton vetoes wild rice bill, calls it ‘extreme overreach’

Dayton vetoes wild rice bill, calls it ‘extreme overreach’

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday vetoed an attempt by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to nullify the state’s wild rice sulfate standardContinue reading

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Bipartisan steps will yield better water quality in years ahead

Bipartisan steps will yield better water quality in years ahead

the positive effects of these modifications to the Clean Water Legacy Act will ripple across the state, yielding better water quality and greater responsiveness to impaired waters in the months and years aheadContinue reading

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Legislators push for water quality easements

Legislators push for water quality easements

A bonding request would help fully fund a program that establishes conservation practices on private land using state and federal dollars, supporters sayContinue reading

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Could fewer lawsuits lead to less salt in state waters?

Could fewer lawsuits lead to less salt in state waters?

A bill that would incentivize water-friendly salt application methods was approved as amended by the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance CommitteeContinue reading

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Bonding Committee visits critical Southwest MN projects

Bonding Committee visits critical Southwest MN projects

The committee in charge of developing the bonding bill is the Capital Investment Committee, and recently I joined them for a tour of several projects in our area.Continue reading

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Minnesota must not back down on infrastructure

Minnesota must not back down on infrastructure

The Minnesota House Capital Investment committee traveled the state this autumn viewing proposed infrastructure projects that the state may invest in by issuing bondsContinue reading

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Ruud named Legislator of Year for environmental work

Ruud named Legislator of Year for environmental work

Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, was named Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for her work in preserving Minnesota’s environment during the 2017 legislative sessionContinue reading

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Study shows pesticides affecting pollinators; Rep. Bly pushing for response

Study shows pesticides affecting pollinators; Rep. Bly pushing for response

Bly and the experts made it clear that the high level of pesticides in honey don’t represent a danger to humans, but it indicates that pollinators are highly affectedContinue reading

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Wind projects are blowing new life into many rural Minnesota communities

Wind projects are blowing new life into many rural Minnesota communities

More clean energy is coming to Minnesota and, for a variety of reasons, that’s a good thing for our stateContinue reading

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