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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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Public News Service - MN: Environment

Minnesota House Democrats say a portion of the state's budget plan should go toward initiatives that would encourage action on climate change. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Democrats in the Minnesota House want to spend budget surplus money on more immediate climate-change initiatives. Youth activists say the plan highlights their demands for policy action. It would set aside more than $190 million for efforts that supporters say could get reside

A leading conservation group says Minnesota has a number of landscapes that could help plant and animal species thrive despite the threat of climate change. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Scientists are sounding the alarm over how climate change is affecting certain habitats, but some Minnesota landscapes could serve as safe havens for plants and animals. For years, the Nature Conservancy has been evaluating which parts of the country could thrive for certain spec

Canadian-based Enbridge energy wants to replace its existing oil pipeline that runs across northern Minnesota. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Opponents of the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota say they plan to take legal action in the coming weeks after the project received a round of approval from state regulators. The pipeline would replace an existing line and would transport twice as much oil, a conce

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says transportation is the top source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota officials will soon will kick off another public comment period for proposed auto emission standards. The state is hopeful legal decisions and strong opposition won't kill the plan. Last fall, Gov. Tim Walz announced his Clean Cars initiative, which would require the a

A Minnesota program that guides local governments on best ways to

NISSWA, Minn. -- Addressing environmental issues is a debate often seen at the state and federal level. But in Minnesota, local governments are taking it on themselves through an expanding program. The GreenStep Cities initiative is now in its 10th year. It guides cities that want to reduce thei

PolyMet Mining has said one of the advantages of its mine proposal is the use of existing infrastructure, including this former taconite processing site, but the company has yet to get the permits it needs. (PolyMet Mining)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The future of a proposed copper-nickel mine for northern Minnesota is uncertain after an appeals court reversed the approval of key permits. One expert says the ruling could have a lasting effect. This week, the court said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources erroneously

Conservation groups say the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline in Minnesota could have the environmental impact of 50 coal plants. They're concerned that weakening federal environmental review could bring more projects. (mn350.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Conservation groups are pledging to push back against a new Trump administration proposal that calls for scaling back environmental review of large projects. They say states like Minnesota could see harmful effects. The group Defenders of Wildlife warns the plan would rapidly acc

Minnesota already has met its goal of using 25% renewable energy by 2025. But advocates want the state to be carbon free by 2050. (SDRandCo/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Supporters of a statewide clean-energy policy for Minnesota have renewed hope that such a plan will pass; that's because a key GOP lawmaker no longer opposes it. In 2019, Gov. Tim Walz pushed a plan that called on utilities to be carbon free by 2050. That bill ultimately failed.

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