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Minnesota says 3M pollution raised cancer rates, puts price tag at $5 billion

Minnesota is seeking $5 billion in damages from 3M Co. in what could become one of the largest environmental lawsuits in the nation’s history

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Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent

By the end of century if emissions aren’t curbed, these gully washers will be much worse because they will get bigger, said Andreas Prein

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Minnesota state park entrance fees will be free on Black Friday

All 75 of Minnesota’s state parks will be free for visitors on Friday, continuing a new tradition aimed at getting people active and outside

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Xcel CEO predicts rosy future as energy moves away from coal

By the year 2020, Xcel Energy’s power grid will use 35 percent renewable sources, and less than a quarter of energy will come from coal

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Oceans may host next wave of renewable energy

Wave energy has a long way to go before it’s ready to power the lights in your house. At this point, engineers aren’t even quite sure how best to capture the power of the water

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Waterways across the U.S. are choked with algae

Nor have other waterways choked with algae that’s making people sick, killing animals and hammering the economy.

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The Earth’s ozone hole is shrinking and is the smallest it’s been since 1988

The giant hole in the Earth’s protective ozone layer is shrinking and has shriveled to its smallest peak since 1988, NASA scientists said

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Judge considers wild rice protection: Some say sulfate rules could triple Duluth sewage bills, force closure of mills

If state administrative law Judge LauraSue Schlatter agrees that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency proposal to protect wild rice from sulfate is officially “reasonable,” she will be among the few people to publicly say so

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PUC rules that co-ops must change way they calculate solar fees

State utility regulators Thursday concluded that Minnesota electricity co-ops’ controversial solar energy fees are not calculated in compliance with the law

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COP23: The U.S. is out, but we are still in

We’ve had science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in state law since 2007. We have a solar energy standard and a renewable energy standard (RES)

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