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Advocacy group names South Kawishiwi sixth-most endangered river in U.S.

The South Kawishiwi River near Ely, which flows through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, is sixth on American Rivers' list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2013.

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Embracing the Sun Won’t Burn Us

Guest commentary by Samantha Chadwick.

It’s the 21st century. Embracing the sun won't burn us. Each year, Minnesota spends more than $20 billion importing coal, oil and other dirty energy. We need to invest in homegrown, clean energy to keep this money in the state's economy and create jobs.

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Dayton, legislators should commit Minnesota to solar energy

It is time for Dayton and our legislators to pass a 10 percent by 2030 solar energy standard. It will reduce pollution, create jobs and boost Minnesota's economy while reducing our dependence on imported energy. Solar energy solves many problems. Now it is up to Dayton and the Legislature to execute the solutions so Minnesotans can take advantage of this untapped resource.

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Clean energy future is at risk

Environment Minnesota placed an op-ed in the Star Tribune today asking Rep. Erik Paulsen to support crucial tax incentives for wind power that are set to expire at the end of the year. Co-authored by Environment Minnesota Director Ken Bradley and Aaron Peterson, former state legislator and author of Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard (he now works for juwi Wind).

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Minneapolis eyes way to push utilities to be greener

As Minneapolis pushes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a third by 2025, city leaders are debating what role their franchise agreements with utility companies should play. The agreements, signed in the early 1990s, give Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy space below or along streets, alleys and other public rights of way in exchange for millions of dollars in franchise fees. But the city imposes no renewable energy requirements in the contracts. Minnesota law doesn't allow municipalities to make those conditions in franchise agreements.

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