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06/21/2017
They say success has many parents. I think that is really true, in the best way. Just this month Red Wing was designated level 4 in Minnesota GreenStep Cities and recognized for this accomplishment at the League of Minnesota Cities annual conference. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary...
06/20/2017
Winona is taking official steps to be recognized for its environmental work. The Minnesota GreenStep Cities program is a free and voluntary system that offers ways for cities a pathway to achieve their sustainability goals through best practices. Winona’s natural resource sustainability...
06/19/2017
The League of Minnesota Cities recognized 33 member cities and one tribal community at the 2017 Annual Conference June 15 for demonstrating commitment to sustainability best practices and advancing to the next step in the GreenStep Cities program. As of 2017, there are a total of 113 GreenStep...
06/16/2017
The League of Minnesota Cities recognized Eden Prairie on Thursday, June 15, for reaching the highest level of GreenStep Cities at an annual conference. GreenStep Cities is a free and voluntary program designed to help Minnesota cities achieve their environmental sustainability goals through the...
06/09/2017
Valkommen till Lindstrom. That’s the Swedish message painted on the city’s water tower, which translates to “Welcome to Lindstrom”. The folks in this Chisago County town of about 4,000 people have taken more than the Swedish language to heart. They’re taking the Scandanavian ethic of self-...
06/01/2017
Americans love solar. Almost 9 in 10 adults favor expanding it, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. But not everyone can put panels on their homes. For one thing, the upfront cost of solar can be prohibitive. For another, some people don’t have the space, or their rooftops may be too...
05/10/2017
Another milestone was reached April 28, in the construction of Paws and Claws Rescue and Resort south of Hackensack. With a ceremonial “flip of the switch” (or pull of a lever), Paws and Claws Board Chair Betty Thomas activated the solar panel array that will generate about 30 percent of the...
05/10/2017
CHISHOLM — Chisholm is being eyed for the introduction of a service learning program for high school students. Consultant Bill Mittlefehldt, owner of Cross Currents, introduced the concept to city leaders last week during public participation. A former school teacher, Mittlefehldt proposed...
05/09/2017
The Paws and Claws Rescue & Resort for animals, located off Highway 371 south of Hackensack, held a ceremonial activation for the facility’s 40-kW solar array Friday, April 28, at which time board chair Betty Thomas threw a switch after a tour of the facility. The solar array will...
05/01/2017
The nation’s first-ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to a recent report. While municipalities in other parts of the country have come together to buy rooftop solar, none had ever tried it to capture cost...

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