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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MN: Water

The Minnesota section of the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline has become a flashpoint in the debate over enhancing oil production in the U.S. (caepla.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A large oil pipeline project received renewed support from Minnesota regulators this week. It's just one recent issue that is thrusting the region into the larger debate over fossil fuels. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission denied a request to reconsider its support of the

PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine for northeastern Minnesota had been under review for more than a decade before it became ensnared in a legal fight over permits. (PolyMet)

HOYT LAKES, Minn. -- For a second time, the Minnesota Supreme Court says it will weigh in on a permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine along the Iron Range. Environmental groups opposing the project say the latest twist shows they're in for a long fight. This week, the court said it w

Organizers with a coalition to protect the Boundary Waters from aquatic invasive species say they fear AIS will continue to spread north toward this group of lakes and tributaries. (Adobe Stock)

ELY, Minn. - Late May signals the start of boating season in Minnesota, which includes one of the world's most well-known wilderness areas. But with the threat of aquatic invasive species, a new coalition is working to protect the Boundary Waters. This collection of lakes in northern Minnesota has

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says Minnesota needs to spend more than $7 billion over the next 20 years in water infrastructure upgrades to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Adobe Stock)

TWO HARBORS, Minn. -- More than two dozen business, labor and environmental groups have joined elected leaders in calling for new spending to upgrade Minnesota's water infrastructure. The "Fix the Pipes" coalition wants the state Legislature to approve at least $300 million in bonding to fund projec

Conservation groups hope that any bonding bill this year will include more money to protect Minnesota's natural resources, such as the Mississippi River headwaters. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Earth Day is being observed in non-traditional ways today due to the pandemic. In Minnesota, conservation groups are calling attention to the funding needed to preserve the state's natural resources. Before the pandemic forced waves of layoffs, Minnesota state leaders had been de

In addition to harming shorelines and fish habitats, opponents of wake-surfing say it is disruptive to other people using Minnesota lakes. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota is among the states where "wake-surfing" has become a popular water activity. But concerns over its effect on lakes has prompted legislation, which some say won't go far enough. The sport involves someone on a short surfboard riding the wake behind a boat without being

Minnesota officials say the presence of zebra mussels has been confirmed in 214 lakes and wetlands. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In some Minnesota lakes, invasive species are limiting the growth of a popular fish, according to a new study of the effects on walleye. University of Minnesota researchers say the culprits are zebra mussels and spiny waterflea. They found in lakes where these are present, they

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

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