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03/14/2015
“The message is that there are lots of opportunities to save water, energy and money.It’s critical to our water future.” A drip in the shower may seem like more of a nuisance than anything, but over time all of those little drops make a big splash. Sixty drops a minute add up...
03/12/2015
New Hope has joined Minnesota GreenStep Cities, an assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve sustainability goals. See the video on 12 TV’s website
03/10/2015
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) – A conference about clean energy kicked off today at the River’s Edge Convention Center as interest in solar gardens in Minnesota heats up. It’s the sixth time that the conference, which is held every other year, has been held in St. Cloud, according to Lissa...
03/10/2015
Erika Bailey-Johnson is one of Nissan’s newest LEAF owners. The Bemidji resident purchased the electric-only vehicle a few weeks ago, but she’s been a hybrid owner for the last decade. Her previous vehicle was a Toyota Prius. “I felt good about having a fuel-efficient vehicle...
03/07/2015
It might be cold outside, but it’s warm and snug in the “Eco-Affordable Home” designed and built by Rochell Carpenter and a team of her carpentry students from Leech Lake Tribal College. The home was built at the college as a curriculum project using advanced framing techniques...
03/01/2015
Power Up Winona-Community Solar received a $3,500 Southeast Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) seed grant in 2014 to review and evaluate the role Winona-area nonprofits and institutions can play in successfully developing a community solar project. The long-term goal of the group, to establish a 1...
02/27/2015
What does the word “sustainability” mean for our community? What actions can we take to make our community more resilient to environmental and economic challenges we might face? These are questions the Bemidji Sustainability Committee convenes each month to address. Through the years...
02/27/2015
Nisswa received 14 applications for the planning and zoning administrator position. Interviews are scheduled next week. In the meantime, the city is contracting with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples for planning and zoning services on a contractual basis for up to three months...
02/27/2015
In other business Feb. 18, the council agreed to continue with the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program, which the city has been a part of since 2012. This is a free, voluntary challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve sustainability and qualify-of-life goals. The planning...
02/20/2015
To the editor: What wonderful news from St. Olaf that it, like Carleton, Malt-o-Meal, and others in town, now has a carbon-neutral energy plan. Ordinary citizens can join in reducing their carbon footprint and help produce clean, renewable energy right here in Northfield through a community solar...

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