June 12, 2020
​To our community, On June 10th, more than 6,000 scientists participated in a one-day strike to acknowledge the ways that systemic racism and white supremacy have shaped the scientific community. Their statement read, in part: “We recognize that our academic institutions and research collaborations — despite big talk about diversity, equity and inclusion — have ultimately failed black people…. The enterprise of science has been — and remains — complicit in systemic racism, and it must strive harder to correct those injustices and amplify marginalized voices.”
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May 19, 2020
​What if you had the power to protect and conserve water, provide food and habitat for wildlife and pollinators, reduce your carbon footprint, feed the hungry, and reduce obesity and diabetes just by doing one thing differently? Would you do it? Well, the good news is that we all have that power—and the answer lies in our own backyards!
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April 28, 2020
A sure sign of the changing seasons is a procession of sweeper trucks combing the metro for their annual spring street sweep. Street Maintenance Manager Matt Morreim, who has worked for the City of Saint Paul for nearly a decade, manages the multiple crews who criss-cross the city, clearing the curb of gravel, grit, and leaves. In a single year, they pick-up approximately 15,000 cubic yards of debris, one truckload at a time.
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April 4, 2020
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April 1, 2020
​Minnesotans are staying at home for two weeks in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities. However, as the spring sun shines and the snow melts away, many are taking advantage of an important exception to the rule and enjoying a walk in their neighborhoods.
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January 28, 2020
​“Three years ago, if you had told me that I could reduce salt and increase safety, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Nick Queensland, ground maintenance supervisor at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic. Over the past year, despite one of the snowiest winters on record, he has done just that. Smart salting has substantially reduced his use of rock salt across the Mayo’s 15 miles of sidewalks and 110 acres of paved surfaces. Reducing salt use has helped the environment and the Mayo’s bottom line.
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January 2, 2020
If you take a walk around the streets of White Bear Lake, you might be lucky enough to see a class of fourth-graders from Frassati Catholic Academy singing a song. No, it’s not a Christmas carol they’re singing, it’s a new song in honor of the four storm drains adopted by their school.
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December 5, 2019
In slippery Minnesota winters, safety is certainly the top concern. But over salting sidewalks and parking lots doesn’t provide extra safety, it just damages property and pollutes water. The Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission is launching a “Salt Smart” educational campaign (saltsmart.info) aimed at local establishments about how to keep areas safe using the correct amount of salt.
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November 20, 2019
As leaves fall and the weather turns brisk, Minnesotans know all too well that winter is fast approaching. That thick layer of colorful leaves might be hiding another problem for our streets and waterways: litter.
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October 25, 2019
River Park is one of sixty parks in Brooklyn Park, but it’s the only one that touches the Mississippi River. Within its 42 acres, the landscape includes restored prairie, wetland, and woodlands that border the river.
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