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Is earlier puberty in today’s American kids linked to environmental issues?

Is earlier puberty in today’s American kids linked to environmental issues?

Oct. 16 | By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers    Research indicates that indeed Americans girls and boys are going through puberty earlier than ever, though the reasons are unclear. Many believe our widespread exposure to synthetic chemicals...

Sugar versus other sweeteners

Sugar versus other sweeteners

Oct. 2 | What effect do they have on the environment?    By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers   The production of sugar has indeed taken a huge environmental toll. “Sugar has arguably had as great an impact on the environment as any...

Our trees need your help

Our trees need your help

Oct. 2 | You can feel the dryness beneath your feet walking on crunchy leaves that have dropped early. Our trees are thirsty and you can help! Please water all of your yard and boulevard trees, not just newly planted ones. Following are simple ways you can...

Grants available to help HN County businesses ramp up recycling

Grants available to help HN County businesses ramp up recycling

Oct. 2 | Hennepin County is the first local government in Minnesota to offer grants to businesses to improve recycling. The business sector generates more than half of the total waste in Hennepin County, and nearly two-thirds of waste created at businesses...

U of M green initiative receives national attention

U of M green initiative receives national attention

Sep. 4 | New energy study forces athletic department to think sustainably smart   By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   A new report cites University of Minnesota Athletics “as a leader in sustainability and energy efficiency.” Collegiate Game Changes:...

March on Washington – 50 years later

March on Washington – 50 years later

Aug. 22 | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. set the stage for the environmental justice movement   I  was not alive August 28, 1963. The March on Washington was held 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and eight years to the date of the lynching...

Project Sweetie Pie: Teens get fresh food in North Minneapolis

Project Sweetie Pie: Teens get fresh food in North Minneapolis

Aug. 7 |     By Stephanie Fox Contributing Writer   It began in 2010, with sweet potato pies and a new idea. The new idea was to create sustainable agriculture in the heart of the city, letting kids learn to grow vegetables and then (the new...

No Justice, No Juice — Food as a tool for organizing

No Justice, No Juice — Food as a tool for organizing

Jul. 24 |       It is hard to talk about race in this country. Some days it’s hard being Black in this country. When I add the “green” to being Black, my day can get very rough. Last Saturday I had a pretty rough evening when I heard the...

How to get all the vitamin D you need

How to get all the vitamin D you need

Jul. 24 |     Gone Green for Health by Renee Barron     In my last my column, we talked about the importance of getting vitamin D from the sun. This column will focus on chemical-free sunscreens and foods rich in vitamin D. Darker-skinned people...

Spirit of volunteerism at the SMSC

Spirit of volunteerism at the SMSC

Jul. 24 |     Volunteerism is more than just a concept at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC). John Vig, Sr., an SMSC member, is demonstrating the importance of volunteering through a longtime friendship with SMSC Gaming Enterprise team...