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April 3, 2017
The Minnesota House debates a transportation funding bill on Friday, March 31, 2017. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Transportation bills pass, starting the real Minnesota talks
April 3, 2017 - 10:58am
March 30, 2017
The Minnesota Senate Finance Committee meets Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Senate and House budget committees are wrapping up work on a two-year state budget. Maureen McMullen / Forum News Service
Republicans want to delay, change vegetative buffers around Minnesota waters; Dayton says no way
March 30, 2017 - 10:23am
March 12, 2017
Rich Staffon
A helping hand for ducks
March 12, 2017 - 12:00pm
March 8, 2017
Minnesota state Sens. Mark Johnson of  East Grand Forks, left, and Justine Eichorn of Grand Rapids discuss issues before a Tuesday, March 7, 2017, committee meeting in which the use of plastic bags was a main topic. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Minnesota lawmakers look to dump city plastic bag bans
March 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
January 11, 2017
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday said it has granted Endangered Species Act protection to the rusty patched bumble bee, a native species of Minnesota and Wisconsin that has been declining rapidly in recent years. Courtesy of the Xerces Society
Bumblebee species placed on federal endangered list
January 11, 2017 - 12:00pm
January 10, 2017
New rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) will improve protections for water quality, habitat and scenic views like this one in Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)
New rules set for Mississippi corridor land use, development
January 10, 2017 - 2:56pm
December 22, 2016
Great Lakes get 22 million pounds of plastics annually
December 22, 2016 - 11:00am
November 14, 2016
Trevor Russell, right, is the author of the State of the River report, which assesses the health of the Mississippi River. He is pictured with Lark Weller of the National Park Service. (Submitted photo)
‘State of the River’ report comes to Schaar’s Bluff Nov. 15
November 14, 2016 - 3:00pm
November 2, 2016
Wayne Kieffer, left, accepts the award from DCSWCD Board Supervisor Laura Zanmiller. (Submitted photo)
Wayne Kieffer family receives award for outstanding conservation efforts
November 2, 2016 - 4:52pm
October 8, 2016
This year’s cleanup was one of the biggest ever, with volunteers coming from Wisconsin to help out. (Submitted photo)
Rapids Riders clear about 75 bags of trash from Vermillion River area
October 8, 2016 - 1:00pm
July 22, 2016
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Hastings
July 22, 2016 - 3:16pm
July 18, 2016
Charlie Vier, 10, and Jennifer Vieth at the Carpenter Nature Center. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)play button
Fourth-grader acts as Carpenter Nature Center’s director for a day
July 18, 2016 - 8:29am
May 3, 2016
Flint Hills Resources celebrates Arbor Day by planting 5,000th tree in Dakota County
May 3, 2016 - 8:19am
April 30, 2016
The Hastings Birding Festival offers plenty of educational tables for bird and environment related organizations. (Star Gazette photos by Katrina Styx)play button
CNC hosts annual birding, Earth Day festival
April 30, 2016 - 8:00am
April 27, 2016
Joanna Eckles, left, presents Hastings representatives Kevin Smith (Hastings Environmental Protectors), Jennifer Vieth (Carpenter Nature Center) and Chris Jenkins (Hastings Parks and Recreation Department) with a flag and plaques recognizing their efforts to make Hastings the state's first official Bird City. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)play button
Hastings is Minnesota’s first official ‘Bird City’
April 27, 2016 - 8:57am