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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...

Please don’t pollute: drains to Mississippi River

Please don’t pollute: drains to Mississippi River

Jun. 14 | The Mississippi River flows quietly through our hometown and most of us would never intentionally pollute it. But all it takes is one big rain, and the stuff on the streets — pop bottles, dirt, oil — spills down the storm drains and right into...

Communities of color bear the brunt of environmental hazards

Communities of color bear the brunt of environmental hazards

Jun. 5 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June will announce a new “carbon rule.” The “common-sense” rule involves updating toxic air pollution standards, including new monitoring requirements for...

Cookie Cart creates pathway for future entrepreneurs

Cookie Cart creates pathway for future entrepreneurs

May. 16 | Renovation will make business more environmentally friendly By Brandi Phillips Contributing Writer     In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the world, the economy, the people and the way of living was vastly different from the way that...

Cookie Cart receives grant from Hennepin County to improve recycling program

Cookie Cart receives grant from Hennepin County to improve recycling program

May. 2 | Cookie Cart’s Simone and Ali hard at work on recycling. Cookie Cart, a Minneapolis bakery and nonprofit organization, received a $10,000 recycling grant in January, along with 10 other Hennepin County businesses and organizations. Now they’ll...