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Maintain your heating system to ensure safety, efficiency

Maintain your heating system to ensure safety, efficiency

Oct. 16 | As the heating season kicks in, it is time to make sure your heating system is working properly. Heating and cooling account for about 55 percent of the energy used in a typical Minnesota home, the largest energy expense for most homes. Furnaces...

Should parabens in skin and beauty products be avoided?

Should parabens in skin and beauty products be avoided?

Oct. 15 | By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers   First commercialized in the 1950s, parabens are a group of synthetic compounds commonly used as preservatives in a wide range of health, beauty and personal care products. If the product you...

Choose to Reuse coupons: good for your wallet, good for the environment

Choose to Reuse coupons: good for your wallet, good for the environment

Oct. 3 | There are plenty of great reasons to shop reuse. Maybe you have kids that outgrow their clothes constantly, or you want to use good equipment for house projects without breaking the bank. Maybe you just want to find clothes you love to wear while...

When to replace your furnace or boiler

When to replace your furnace or boiler

Oct. 2 | Minnesotans know that our home’s heating system is vital to our health, safety, and comfort, and is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in our home. Most U.S. homes are heated by a furnace or boiler. Deciding when and how to replace your...

‘Green insiders’ club shuts out people of color

‘Green insiders’ club shuts out people of color

Sep. 20 | Why decades of promises to diversify fall short in mainstream environmental movement A report released late July finds that although people of color now account for more than a third of the U.S. population, they have not broken the “green ceiling”...

What do to with the barrage of e-waste

What do to with the barrage of e-waste

Sep. 17 | You can’t just toss out cell phones and other gadgets   By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers   With electronic equipment and gadgets becoming the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to deal with so-called...

MDA launches campaign to “Protect Minnesota Pollinators”

MDA launches campaign to “Protect Minnesota Pollinators”

Sep. 5 | Campaign includes guidelines for reducing negative impacts on pollinator populations   The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) recently launched a new public awareness campaign to protect pollinating insects in yards and gardens, along roadsides...

CenterPoint Energy leadership freshens fleet

CenterPoint Energy leadership freshens fleet

Sep. 4 | Company increases investment in NGV’s for a cleaner future   According to NGVAmerica, a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas, natural gas vehicles...

MDA offers free pesticide collections in east central and metro counties

MDA offers free pesticide collections in east central and metro counties

Aug. 22 | The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in seven east central and metro Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 19, through Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Through these free collection events,...

Bike ride offers tour of Minnesota’s African American history

Bike ride offers tour of Minnesota’s African American history

Aug. 21 | By Anthony Taylor Contributing Writer   Saturday, August 23, presents a great opportunity to have an historical experience relative to the African American communities’ presence in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Major Taylor Bicycling Club is...