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Guest Opinion: Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Ensuring funding for the boots on the ground

Guest Opinion: Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Ensuring funding for the boots on the ground

Soil and Water Conservation Districts, while perhaps not as well-known as the DNR or PCA, are a vital component of a healthy environment by helping direct and manage natural resource programs in MinnesotaContinue reading

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Dayton veto brings GOP counterpunch to governor’s groundwater legacy

Dayton veto brings GOP counterpunch to governor’s groundwater legacy

Dayton vetoed the ag policy bill on Monday. And now, lawmakers are moving toward delaying his agriculture department’s groundwater protection ruleContinue reading

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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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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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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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Ingebrigtsen’s Senate Committee talks starry stonewort

Ingebrigtsen’s Senate Committee talks starry stonewort

Since first being found in a Stearns County lake in August of 2015, starry stonewort has been a concern for the DNR and the state governmentContinue reading

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Brained area benefits from Legacy and PILT bills

Brained area benefits from Legacy and PILT bills

the Brainerd lakes area legislative delegation gave their take on how the recently completed 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature played out for respective districtsContinue reading

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