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08/15/2017
  The only solar energy project in the entire United States to benefit the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is up and running on the Leech Lake Reservation. The many tribal, environmental and community engagement groups involved during the process are coming together to...
07/31/2017
On July 24, the Maplewood City Council unanimously agreed to join about 360 other cities — including nearby St. Paul, Minneapolis, Falcon Heights and other Twin Cities suburbs — in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. This comes after President Donald Trump recently announced his plans to...
07/28/2017
GRANITE FALLS — Most of the counties in southwestern Minnesota have seen decades of population decline, leaving employers in a fix today. Since 2010, the job vacancy rate in the region has soared 200 percent. Renville County leads the state in agricultural production, and yet it ranks second from...
07/27/2017
Belle Plaine Mayor Chris Meyer recently accepted an award from Project GreenStep. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a challenge, assistance, and recognition program. As one of 113 participating cities and tribal nations, the City of Belle Plaine is helping to lead the way in sustainability across the...
07/24/2017
Saint Anthony Village is winning accolades for moving toward becoming a green city. For a town of fewer than 10,000 residents, Saint Anthony Village in Minnesota is more than ahead of the environmental curve; you could say the city is designing the road. In 2016, Saint Anthony—the first town in...
07/19/2017
Minnesota is on a hot streak in converting sunlight into usable power. The state tripled its solar energy capacity through the first quarter of this year. And, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, it has increased solar output twelve-fold since 2015. The vast majority of that energy...
07/18/2017
The city of Elk River has been recognized as a Minnesota GreenStep City and received a Step 4 award recognizing its advancement in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program at the League of Minnesota Cities annual conference in June. “This recognition shows community members and other cities across...
07/17/2017
La Crescent’s downtown development plan has hit the final stages of public discussion. The newest developments in the plan were revealed at a July 11 public meeting hosted by the La Crescent Planning Commission. The planning commission will hold a public meeting in August with downtown...
07/11/2017
BURNSVILLE, MN — The city of Burnsville was once again recognized as a Minnesota GreenStep City, receiving a “Step 5” award in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program at the League of Minnesota Cities annual conference June 15. “This recognition shows community members and other...
07/08/2017
The city of Cottage Grove has reached the third step in a five-step sustainability program. GreenStep Cities was launched a decade ago by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and has since signed on 113 cities for the program. Including Cottage Grove, 25 cities are currently at step three....

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