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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Report: Global Warming Hitting Home

October 16, 2008

St. Paul, MN – There's no doubt about it - Minnesota is warming up. An analysis of government weather data shows recent temperatures have been well above historical averages in five cities across the state, and it ties this phenomenon to global warming. The report also recommends that the next president and Congress make energy efficiency a priority.

Jenna Garland, spokeswoman for Environment Minnesota, which released the report, says it shows that global warming has hit home.

"The report found that the average temperatures in St. Cloud, International Falls, Rochester, Duluth and Minneapolis were well above the historical average. This is part of a warming trend that we're seeing across the U.S."

She says the heat is being felt worldwide, too. Last year tied for the second warmest on record.

The report calls on the next administration to pursue an energy policy that will reduce global warming and help recharge the economy by using home-grown resources. Garland says even a small increase in temperature can have a major impact on Minnesota's weather - which, in turn, has other ramifications.

"We're also seeing potential water shortages from early snow-melt, wildfires, heat waves and drought - even extreme rainfall with flooding, which is what we saw in Iowa this summer."

Garland believes human activity is the chief cause of climate change, notably the reliance on fossil fuels to run cars, homes and power plants. She sees the report as proof that Americans must learn to build an economy based on home-grown energy instead.

"To do this, we're going to need to make energy-efficiency improvements and accelerated development of renewable energy the centerpieces of our environmental economic developmental policies."

The report used federal government data from 255 weather stations nationwide. It is available, with breakdowns by state, at

Jim Wishner/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - MN