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Polar Explorer Steger Urges MN To Cut Back On Coal Burning, Use Clean Energy Instead

Will Steger

Minnesotan Will Steger has been to both poles and has seen firsthand the effects of climate change. He is urging lawmakers in his home state to move ahead with a federal initiative called the Clean Power Plan to cut back coal burning that speeds the effects of climate change.
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MN Doctors Warn Against Rolling Back Energy Policy Changes

Doctors from Twin Cities Medical Society warn that an energy bill under consideration at the Minnesota legislature will have adverse health effects.

Minnesota doctors hold a news conference about an open letter they plan to deliver to every member of the House and Senate, the Twin Cities Medical Society states that emissions of power plants “are adversely affecting our environment and impacting the health of Minnesota’s communities.”
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Your Skin Cleanser Could Be Killing The Environment

Senator John Marty

Senator John Marty says microplastics and microbeads used in personal products such as skin cleansers are poisoning Minnesota’s environment because they can’t be screened out at water treatment plants. He wants them banned. The bill advanced Tuesday on a voice vote of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Continue Reading →

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Democrats Turn Up Heat On McFadden Cheaper Chinese Steel Comment

Reps Jason Metsa and Carly Melin hold news conference in Duluth denouncing Mike McFadden's support of using cheaper Chinese steel to build the Keystone pipeline

Minnesota Democrats are trying to turn a comment about steel from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden into a major campaign issue to unite Iron Range residents against him — something that could help the DFL in other races as well. Continue Reading →

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In A Reversal, McFadden Appears To Agree To Use U.S. Steel For Keystone Pipeline

Mike McFadden

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden may have shifted his position on the Keystone pipeline after taking heat from Minnesota labor groups. Last week he told The UpTake it would be OK to use cheaper chinese steel to build the yet-to-be-approved Keystone pipeline. Continue Reading →

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Crying Wolf: Activists Demand End To Minnesota Wolf Hunt


Hundreds of opponents of Minnesota’s wolf hunting season gathered at the State Capitol to lobby — and howl! — for a makeover in the state’s recent approach to management of the totemic animal that, for many, symbolizes wilderness in the state’s North Country. The day-long “Wolf Day” was organized by Howling For Wolves, a citizens’ group that supports passage of a law that would place a new moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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