A Minnesota first you might have missed

With all of the news about Minnesota’s minimum wage, women’s economic security act, safe schools legislation and a billion dollar bonding bill, you might have missed the history-making legislation that also passed this year.


Climate change: Disproportionate impact on people of color focus of community forum

On May 15, Green For All and The Sierra Club hosted a public forum at Kwanzaa Community Church, located at 3700 Bryant Avenue North, to discuss the realities of climate change and its disproportionate effect on people of color. The event included a panel discussion moderated by United States Representative Keith Ellison (Democrat-District 5), spoken word, and a passionate performance by the Minneapolis High School for the Recording Arts' Green Team, a youth hip-hop group dedicated to environmental justice.


Dog Park detective: Lake of the Isles

The Day: May 22, a gorgeous and sunny 60 degrees

The Dog: Bella the Dutch Shepherd Mix (and one of our Special Dogs Seeking a Special Home)

The Park: Lake of the Isles Off-Leash Park in Minneapolis


St. Anthony West neighbors choosing to chemically treat ash trees

Blue bands placed by St. Anthony West Neighborhood volunteers, and laminated posters placed by Minneapolis Parks & Recreation tell complementary stories about what to do in the face of the invading Emerald Ash Borer. The park board will have EAB information and answer questions July 18 at 6:30 p.m. during a free neighborhood barbecue at Dickman Park. The neighborhood organization has identified trees to treat along Main, 2nd, 4th, and Marshall streets, 9th and 10th Avenues and a smattering of other locations. (Photos by Margo Ashmore)

The chemical is called TREE-äge with an umlaut over the a, pronounced like “triage,” the process of deciding who of those injured in disaster or war will survive even if they wait for attention, those for whom who immediate attention could make the difference, and who can not be saved.


E-DEMOCRACY | Invasive carp changing river traffic from St. Anthony Falls on up

Bill Kahn Posted at 8:11pm, May 15

Cam Gordons 2nd Ward newsletter and papers relate that


Forever Green receives $1 million

The Minnesota Legislature took a major step last week toward supporting the kind of agriculture that can green up our landscape in a way that’s economically viable for farmers. Conference committee negotiations produced $1 million for Forever Green, an innovative University of Minnesota research initiative involving cover crops and perennial plant systems. Funding for this initiative has been a major priority for the Land Stewardship Project, and could go a a long ways toward producing the kind of land grant research that can help our state’s agriculture live up to its true potential.


Linden Hills Parade of Wheels and Pets, 2014

Recently In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, celebrated a 40th anniversary. As it happens, another 40th annual event took place on Sunday May 18.

Renovation will make youth employment skills trainer Cookie Cart more environmentally friendly

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the world, the economy, the people and the way of living was vastly different from the way that things are now. Some people and organizations have decided to make the change with the times and improve their relationship to the land.


Environmental Justice and Health Alliance report: People of color most vulnerable to toxic chemical disasters

Blacks, Latinos and other people of color, and low-income residents are disapportionately in harm’s way if a worst-case factory disaster occurs.


A rural response to climate change

The U.S. Global Change Research Program released their Third National Climate Assessment on May 6; compiled by over 300 experts and peer reviewed by members of the public, climate change experts, federal agencies, and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the report details the impacts of climate change on the United States, including impacts on water, energy, transportation, agriculture, and human health, among other sectors.

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