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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 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.

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The second phase of the project will incorporate the public's feedback from phase one and include additional strategies and goals.
With hot weather, the MPCA predicts more new algal blooms in time for upcoming July 4 weekend
The order will impact Isle Royale, Voyageurs, Apostle Islands and other Interior Department properties.
Website shows results of statewide testing in public water systems: No issue in Detroit Lakes, while Perham, New York Mills and Wadena have higher – but still safe – levels in their drinking water.
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.
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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With Western states enduring a historic drought, some towns are rejecting fireworks as a wildfire risk, even though nearly all civic fireworks displays are safely monitored by firefighters.
“The rain events that used to occur every 50 or 100 hears are now happening every 10 years or even more frequently,” said Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Katrina Kessler. “It’s not just once in your lifetime, it’s three or more times in one decade that you’re having to think about impacts on local resources as well as infrastructure and homes.”
At a Bemidji event on Tuesday, April 19, representatives from Honor the Earth shared their concerns about the environmental harm the Huber Mill, a lumber mill in Cohasset, could cause if approved.

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