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02/11/2015
The City of Crookston is officially poised to embrace the Minnesota GreenStep Cities philosophy after the city council’s Ways & Means Committee this week unanimously approved a resolution establishing Crookston as a “GreenStep One” community. The full council will consider the...
02/06/2015
Falcon Heights, the suburb north of St. Paul that’s home of the Minnesota State Fair, is one of more than 90 cities across the state that are part of the Minnesota Pollution Control’s GreenStep Cities program. Mayor Peter Lindstrom joined MPR News’ Tom Crann to discuss what his...
02/05/2015
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – The sun is fueling a growing industry in Minnesota as solar energy output has doubled in the last two years. But is it the right time to consider buying in? Is it worth your money? The short answer: It depends. John and Jill Kaiser of Brooklyn Park installed their new 6...
01/15/2015
Crookston, Minn. Could Crookston become the next Minnesota GreenStep City? If DeAndra O’Connell of the University of Minnesota Crookston Center for Sustainability has anything to say about it, it could happen. O’Connell plans to approach the Crookston City Council and Ways...
01/10/2015
For years New Hope has been a city conscious of its energy consumption and sustainability. After a resident approached the council early 2014 questioning why the city did not participate in an energy saving program, City Manager Kirk McDonald compiled a list of several area programs for the...
01/07/2015
Shorewood is known for its natural beauty, which might become greener in 2015. The Planning Commission has recommended participation in the Tree City program, to be discussed at the City Council’s Jan. 12 meeting. “We are just now exploring [the Tree City Program]. One of the criteria is that the...
01/06/2015
With the temps dipping into the negative numbers, maybe it’s time to plan that little getaway for springtime. You know, get out of Rochester and head someplace exotic. Well, I’ve got just the place: Why not head to sunny Saint Cloud on March 10-11 for the CERTs 2015 Conference on...
12/30/2014
OWATONNA — Christmas is over and soon also will be New Year’s Day, then finally comes a big sigh of relief for once again surviving the holidays. But first, it’s time to take down the decorations, remove the tree and sweep away the needles. Opting out of holiday cleaning entirely is also an...
12/23/2014
Marine on St. Croix is following the lead of 75 other municipalities across the state by joining the GreenStep Cities program. GreenStep is a voluntary, three-year program started by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) back in 2007. It provides a framework for cities to follow to...
12/23/2014
ORONOCO, Minn. – Dairy farmers in southeast Minnesota gathered for a workshop titled “Lunch and Learn: Energy Efficient Dairy Production” on Dec. 11 at People’s Energy Cooperative in Oronoco, Minn. The Southeast Clean Energy Resource Team, People’s Energy Cooperative,...

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