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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - MN: Environment

In 2016, less than 40 percent of Minnesota's electric energy came from coal-fired plants. (Ferruccio Zanone/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota gets the number one spot in the Midwest in a new report from the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy. The state ranks ninth in the nation, up one place from last year. The council comes up with its rankings by comparing states' building codes, transp

Only 13 percent of children walk or bike to school, compared with nearly 50 percent 50 years ago. (American Heart Association)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many around the country celebrate National Bike or Walk to School Day today, including more than 200 schools in Minnesota. Research shows that a little exercise on the way to school could help kids and communities all year long. "Kids who have this opportunity to walk or bike to s

More schools are using locally grown food. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

MINNEAPOLIS – October is national Farm-to-School Month. Policymakers in Minnesota have been building the relationship between farmers and K-12 students for about 10 years, and it's paying off. Erin McKee, farm-to-institution director for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says a

Residents of a camp near Cloquet are vowing to stop Enbridge Energy from building a new oil pipeline across Minnesota. (Laurie Stern)

ST, PAUL, Minn. - Hundreds of people opposed to Enbridge Energy's proposed pipeline across Minnesota are expected on Thursday at a rally at the State Capitol. The rally will be held at 4 p.m., between the only public hearings to take place in the Twin Cities. Resistance to the Line 3 pipeline has b

Jeff Savage harvests rice on Perch Lake, part of the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe reservation. (Laurie Stern)

CLOQUET, Minn. - The wild-rice harvest in Minnesota is wrapping up an exceptionally good year despite threats to its future. Comments from Jeff Savage, director, Fond du Lac Cultural Center and Museum. The 2017 rice season will go down as one of the state's best in a long time, with ricers pulling

The MREW conference will teach gardeners how to attract pollinators, among other sustainable practices. (Nic McPhee/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The oldest renewable-energy fair in the country makes its Minnesota debut this weekend. The Wisconsin-based Midwest Renewable Energy Association will have music, food and local beer during three days of workshops and seminars featuring ways to think and act more sustainably.

A solar farm near Paynesville is one of the state's largest. (Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The first subscribers are enrolling in Cooperative Energy Futures, a member-owned group that will access power from five new solar gardens in southern Minnesota. The co-op's mission is to make solar power accessible and affordable for people of all income levels. Brett Benson, o

Goats were used to thin buckthorn and other invasive plants in both Minneapolis and St. Paul this year. (Sam Greenhalgh/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Goats are catching on as an effective and sustainable alternative to chemicals for controlling buckthorn and other fast-growing invasive plants. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started using the animals on steep hillsides in state parks. Farmers, cities and towns

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