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The study covers more than 10,000 glacial lakes in eight Upper Midwest states, including Minnesota. Researchers used statistical models to calculate how resilient those lakes are to changes in climate and land use.
Once dismissed as unscientific, there’s now increasing interest in incorporating Indigenous knowledge into the policies and practices of Minnesotans working with forestry and wildlife.
Hundreds face charges in connection with the protests of the Line 3 pipeline replacement project last year, which energy company Enbridge constructed through northern Minnesota to transport oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin.
The Rochester Downtown Alliance and Clean and Safe Ambassadors went to the Zumbro River banks Friday to pick up litter and debris.

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A swimmer found a zebra mussel on a rock in Long Lake north of Willmar, and her father contacted the DNR. A search found one zebra mussel at each of two locations searched by DNR snorkelers.
The study will inform the federal government on whether to place a 20-year ban on that type of mining in the watershed.
The report comes as the Biden administration prepares in the coming months to unveil new safety-related rules to curb methane emissions from pipeline systems that transport gas from production to local distribution.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is currently recruiting summer volunteers to monitor clarity of the state's lakes and rivers.
The order will impact Isle Royale, Voyageurs, Apostle Islands and other Interior Department properties.
The EPA is likely to raise ethanol blending mandates for 2021 above a figure it proposed in December to align with actual U.S. consumption levels.

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Last month, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced he is suing four Utah-based solar companies: Brio Energy, Bello Solar Energy, Avolta Power and Sunny Solar Utah.
It’s a $2 million effort that comes with the general goal of focusing on retail corridors with a high number of businesses operated by people of color.
Humans have eaten venison from CWD-infected deer before and did not get the disease, but at a recent Minnesota legislative hearing on this year’s environment and natural resources bill, a leader in the state’s effort to trace CWD said the key to preventing a possible animal-human jump is identifying and slowing the spread.

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