Insights from the Minnesota Environmental Congress

Insights from the Minnesota Environmental Congress

Earlier this week, the state Environmental Quality Board hosted the Minnesota Environmental Congress at the Minnesota State University Mankato Campus. This created a great opportunity to join a variety of conversations about different environmental issues impacting Minnesotans. Speakers from many different backgrounds, including tribal communities, higher education, government, and the Emerging Environmental Leader (EEL) program, shared their work focused on improving the environment. Governor Tim Walz also attended and gave an inspiring speech about Minnesota’s ability to defeat climate change together, with a strong focus on transportation emissions. There were several breakout sessions attendees could choose from. Topics ranged from […]

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A Time for Thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches this week, it is a good reminder to think about the good fortunes we all have. Some years it is easier than others to list off all the high points rather than the less than ideal times. This year proved to be a challenge for farmers with unsettling weather and a hit to the ethanol demand due to increased oil refinery waivers. However, it’s also important to cherish the family, friends, and community we have who help us through the difficult times. Thankful for snow? It looks like the southern half of the state will be getting […]

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To Drive a Tractor

New, it’s worth a half-million bucks. It’s ten years old and now goes for less. Given the current state of the farm economy, you might snag it for closer to $300,000. Regardless, it’s still the most expensive vehicle I’ve ever driven. This city-dweller had always wanted to drive a tractor. A real tractor. A steel behemoth. One of those you can spot from two miles away lumbering across the rural horizon. So, when a farmer offered me the chance, I jumped at it before he could rethink it. His farm is a six-hour drive and a world away from where […]

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Some Good News To Share In The Fight Against Lung Cancer

Recently, the American Lung Association released its annual “State of Lung Cancer” Report, which reveals that Minnesota has some of the best lung cancer survival rates in the nation and ranks better than the national average on many other lung cancer statistics. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, so it seemed fitting to share some of the highlights of the report. Lung cancer is the cause of one in four deaths nationwide. However, the five-year lung cancer survival rate is 21.7 percent, up from 17.2 percent a decade ago. This represents a significant improvement over the past 10 years. Here […]

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