E-DEMOCRACY | Invasive carp changing river traffic from St. Anthony Falls on up

Bill Kahn Posted at 8:11pm, May 15

Cam Gordons 2nd Ward newsletter and papers relate that

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Forever Green receives $1 million

The Minnesota Legislature took a major step last week toward supporting the kind of agriculture that can green up our landscape in a way that’s economically viable for farmers. Conference committee negotiations produced $1 million for Forever Green, an innovative University of Minnesota research initiative involving cover crops and perennial plant systems. Funding for this initiative has been a major priority for the Land Stewardship Project, and could go a a long ways toward producing the kind of land grant research that can help our state’s agriculture live up to its true potential.

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Linden Hills Parade of Wheels and Pets, 2014

Recently In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, celebrated a 40th anniversary. As it happens, another 40th annual event took place on Sunday May 18.
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Renovation will make youth employment skills trainer Cookie Cart more environmentally friendly

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 things are now. Some people and organizations have decided to make the change with the times and improve their relationship to the land.

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Environmental Justice and Health Alliance report: People of color most vulnerable to toxic chemical disasters

Blacks, Latinos and other people of color, and low-income residents are disapportionately in harm’s way if a worst-case factory disaster occurs.

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A rural response to climate change

The U.S. Global Change Research Program released their Third National Climate Assessment on May 6; compiled by over 300 experts and peer reviewed by members of the public, climate change experts, federal agencies, and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the report details the impacts of climate change on the United States, including impacts on water, energy, transportation, agriculture, and human health, among other sectors.

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TC Weekend | Art-A-Whirl, EcoArts Festival, RetroRama and more!

Retro fashion, local art, burgers and more -- this weekend’s line up offers a little something for everyone. So far the weather sounds postcard perfect. Read on for details:   

 

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The I-35E freeway apocalypse

Interstate 35E played a major role in destroying downtown Saint Paul. Along with Interstate 94 and Hwy 52, it forms a series of concrete trenches and highway interchanges that pin downtown against the Mississippi River and cut it off from its neighborhoods. In addition to destroying downtown, Interstate 35E creates a huge, north-south chasm that cuts Saint Paul in half, separating east from west. There are only a few places to cross this chasm– Phalen Blvd, Cayuga Street, Maryland Avenue, Arlington Avenue and, at the northern border, Larpenteur Avenue. With the exception of Cayuga Street and maybe Arlington, all of these crossings are awful, car-choked, arterial boulevards with little or no provision made for pedestrians and bicyclists. The only pleasant and marginally safe places for pedestrians and cyclists to cross I-35E are the Cayuga Street underpass, a bicycle-pedestrian bridge on the Gateway Trail and a bicycle-pedestrian underpass near York Avenue. Unfortunately, MnDOT’s “I-35E/Cayuga Project” is about to destroy all three of these crossings.

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Sure sign of spring: Bird nests

It is always interesting how nature intersects with our human constructions. I remember seeing pigeon nests as a child tucked away in I beams in the skyway in downtown St. Paul. More recently hawk’s nests on electrical poles along the highway. But this year we have our own story.

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Broaden the Southwest LRT debate

As the Metropolitan Council begins mediation to resolve thorny disputes with the City of Minneapolis over the planned Southwest light rail line, little-heard advocates for the environment and the disadvantaged are seeking to join the negotiation.

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