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A Closer Look at Leaves

  A friend and I were “botanizing” on our Sunday walk. It turns out I have at least 5 kinds of oak, for which I am exceedingly grateful. Some types are … Read more

Ruh-Roh! (Atlas is Worried)

We usually only see the banks of this ephemeral stream on the north side of our Dakota County property when water levels are low. When the corn is high, the … Read more

Messing About in Boats

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing… about in boats — or … Read more

A Very Special Session

  There were so many great environmental provisions to like in the House and Senate Omnibus Bills from the regular session. Unfortunately, they didn’t match, so nothing was passed. They … Read more

Not Your Parents’ Earth Day

Fifty years ago, the first Earth Day launched our modern age of concern for our common home, Mother Earth. Only years later, Duluth was the stage for one of the … Read more

COVID crashed economies; will our waters pay the price?

Gov. Walz recently announced his intention to coordinate the re-opening of our economy with those of neighboring states. This comes at the same time that the Upper Mississippi was declared … Read more

A Personal Phenology

  My friend Judith was an Iowa farm girl and finds the subtle signs of spring inspiring and a call to action. When she purchased her house in 1990, she … Read more

Minnesota stands strong against water pollution

We’ve been hearing from members and friends who are concerned that COVID-19 is being used as a cover to relax environmental standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), based … Read more

A Minnesota Ghost Story

The town of Beaver in Winona County is a Minnesota ghost town. The Dust Bowl—the climate crisis of the decade—set the stage for the town’s demise. It was abandoned after … Read more

How We Treat Water

No one wants to talk about it. We’re often relying on decades to century-old technology. And we are just barely getting by. What am I referring to?  Water and wastewater … Read more

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