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Keith gets grilled by Hurricane Mari

Keith gets grilled by Hurricane Mari

Aug. 14 | Keith was in the backyard with Leslie getting acquainted with her father when they heard, “God damn it!” come from the kitchen. “Son of a —!” Lesli went in to see what was wrong. Hank said to Keith, conspiratorially, “Vocabulary like...

Backyard composting — an easy way to turn food waste into a natural resource

Backyard composting — an easy way to turn food waste into a natural resource

Aug. 12 | We hear about composting a lot but often it seems like a complex task only for experienced gardeners. What really is composting and how can it be more accessible? Michael Chaney, founder of Project Sweetie Pie, can often be found on the organization’s...

Reducing volatile organic compounds: good for business   and the environment

Reducing volatile organic compounds: good for business and the environment

Aug. 7 |                 Two Minneapolis businesses are already benefitting from the change     By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Conclusion of a  three-part story     Last week MSR readers learned...

Removing toxic chemicals from the environment requires new emission limits

Removing toxic chemicals from the environment requires new emission limits

Jul. 28 |               The costs for small businesses to comply could be ‘enormous’   By Isaac Peterson Contributing Writer   Many people are talking lately about the numerous disparities in Minnesota between the White...

Ten basic no-cost or low-cost ways to stay cool, save energy, reduce emissions 

Ten basic no-cost or low-cost ways to stay cool, save energy, reduce emissions 

Jul. 25 | As we enter the hot days of summer with temperatures over 90 degrees, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources reminds consumers of some simple no-cost or low-cost energy-saving tips to help keep cool, conserve energy, and...

Sisters energized to help their neighbors, keep communities safe

Sisters energized to help their neighbors, keep communities safe

Jul. 14 |               By Courtney Mehus Contributing Writer Combined, Nicko Spehn and her sister Alicia Ellis have more than 57 years experience as employees of CenterPoint Energy, who respectively hold the positions of...

Some chemicals in everyday products may contribute to obesity

Some chemicals in everyday products may contribute to obesity

Jul. 10 |             By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers   Obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity...

Organic agriculture: Is it sustainable?

Organic agriculture: Is it sustainable?

Jun. 30 | By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers Dr. Henry I. Miller’s May 15, 2014 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal has indeed made waves in the organic farming community. Miller, former director of the Office of Biotechnology at the...

Free Drop-in Discoveries and Meet the Gardener programs

Free Drop-in Discoveries and Meet the Gardener programs

Jun. 27 | Tamarack Nature Center will again offer two free, family-friendly program series this summer focused on nature and gardening topics. The Drop-in Discoveries series will run Saturdays from 10 am — noon and cover a variety of nature topics. Meet...

Author writes about energy sources of the future

Author writes about energy sources of the future

Jun. 16 | Nuclear power: seems scary, but safe     By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The environment can be saved through innovation, says award-winning futurist and author Ramez Naam. The Egyptian-born Naam who regularly lectures on energy, environment...