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02/11/2017
Early Tuesday morning this past week, Mayor Paul Hicks delivered his annual State of the City Address. The yearly speech is one that summarizes key achievements of the past year and also offers a taste of what the city hopes to accomplish in the coming year. This year’s speech talked of...
02/09/2017
There is work that can be done at a city and state level to preserve our planet for future generations. By listening and acting with skill and mindfulness, we can do this work. I live in Oakdale, Minnesota. In 2015, the city was presented the first-ever Sustainable City Award for our Generation...
01/14/2017
Right now, not much but mounds of snow sit atop the roof of Edina’s public works building. But that will change in the spring, when the city installs solar panels to create a community solar garden. Clean energy advocates say the solar array is just one way that metro area suburbs are leading the...
12/13/2016
Mounds View will see a new mayor in the coming new year. Longtime councilmember and passionate community activist Carol Mueller was elected mayor on Election Day. Current Mayor Joe Flaherty decided to not run for reelection this term. Mueller said she’s thankful for the residents’ confidence in...
09/07/2016
New Hope has earned high rankings with the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. Watch the video below to learn more. Click here to watch on Channel 12’s website >>
08/17/2016
Normandale students, from right, Sophia Flumerfelt, Naomi Nagel and Tim DeCesare discussed their award-winning project with Garrison McMurtrey of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office. Wastewater treatment plants in the United States discharge 365 billion gallons of water a day, and according to a...
07/25/2016
Last summer, with the help of a six-month internship by DeAndra O’Connell, the City of Crookston passed a resolution to adopt the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program and was officially recognized as a Step One GreenStep City. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a voluntary challenge, assistance and...
07/18/2016
MORRIS — After a trip to Germany focusing on green energy initiatives, City Manager Blaine Hill arrived back in Morris with many ideas for how the city can continue to raise the bar for clean energy in Minnesota. Hill participated in the exchange trip along with staff members from the University...
07/14/2016
Evidence of a warming atmosphere is nearly everywhere—from the temperature and rainfall tables, to the length of growing seasons, to homeowners’ heating bills. But city hall may be where the climate is changing the most. Across Minnesota and the U.S., communities large and small are looking...
07/11/2016
City governments that want to promote sustainability face competing incentives: They want to show environmental leadership but are uncomfortable with taking financial risks. This effect is compounded in small cities, which also lack the expertise to point them in the right direction. It took a...

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