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12/08/2015
Minnesota has a plan to reduce carbon emissions, meet the state’s energy needs, improve efficiency, and make power more local. And the plan is to meet some serious goals by 2025. To find out how this plan is working — and whether it will meet the needs of Minnesotans — the Minnesota...
12/08/2015
Q: Lots of people have been switching over to LED holiday lights because they use 50 percent less energy than conventional incandescent light strands, can last up to 10 times longer, and are much cooler, reducing the risk of fire. Where can people recycle both types of light strands? A: All...
12/07/2015
In a cooperative effort between the City of Slayton and the EDA, the City of Slayton has three new signs as you enter town. The signs are lit with LED lighting and will be solar powered by Larry Henderson of Back Up Power Systems.
12/01/2015
For the past few years the Indian restaurant Gandhi Mahal has worked with different partners on incorporating sustainability into its operations, from compostable and reusable containers to an aquaponics fish farm in the basement. One of those partners has been the Lake Street Council, which in...
12/01/2015
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) and the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) are once again providing the Recycle Your Holidays program to Minnesotans. Hundreds of drop-off sites are available to Minnesotans across the state who want to recycle their old, tangled and broken holiday...
11/30/2015
If you still haven’t put up your holiday lights — all your lights — then thanks for not rushing the holiday. And while you’re at it, take those old, worn-out strings of bulbs to the nearest recycling center. The Clean Energy Resource Teams’ Recycle Your Holidays program is now...
11/24/2015
Participating farmers saving more than $2,000 per barn each year   Minnesota is the #1 turkey producing and processing state in the U.S., with 450 family farmers raising approximately 44 million to 46 million turkeys annually. The cost of energy can have a big impact on the cost of food....
11/21/2015
Starting Nov. 15, Farmington and Rosemount residents have multiple options for recycling unwanted Christmas lights. The recycling will be handled by ProAct’s Eagan and Red Wing facilities through January. It’s an extension of the Recycling Association of Minnesota and its “Recycle Your Holidays...
11/19/2015
Don’t throw out those broken holiday lights; recycle them. More than 450 locations in the state once again are collecting old holiday lights now through the end of January as part of the “Recycle Your Holidays” program coordinated by the Recycling Association of Minnesota....
11/19/2015
The Recycling Association of Minnesota’s holiday light collection event has begun. Hundreds of drop-off sites are available, including several in Mankato, for those who want to recycle their old, tangled and broken holiday lights. Vocational centers that employ people with disabilities pick up...

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