Dave Dempsey

Clean Can Be Messy

Clean Can Be Messy

When is it good news that cars, light poles and windows are littered with dead bugs?  When the insects’ presence signals a healthy aquatic environment, that’s when. In late July, Weather Service radar at Lacrosse, Wisconsin showed a storm breaking.  … Continue reading

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A Man, His Dogs, and Minnesota’s Future

A Man, His Dogs, and Minnesota’s Future

Once in a while, a book comes along that speaks from Minnesota’s heart and helps us understand why we care so much about protecting our homeland. This year, that book is Sled Dogs to Saint Paul, authored by Frank Moe.  … Continue reading

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Breath of Wilderness

Breath of Wilderness

Lifelong conservationist and Conservation Minnesota Voter Center board member Kristin Eggerling is now an author too.  Celebrating the life of a legendary Minnesota conservation hero, she has written Breath of Wilderness: The Life of Sigurd Olson. Intended for young audiences, … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Forever

The Meaning of Forever

As a veteran of several campaigns to protect wilderness, I’ve been quick to assert that the enactment of a particular law will protect the wild places I care about forever.  I’m not alone.  “Forever” is a word uttered reflexively and frequently … Continue reading

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More Proof:  Jobs and Conservation Are Partners

More Proof: Jobs and Conservation Are Partners

Not that any more proof is needed, but a report released in March by the National Park Service (NPS) underscores the connection between jobs and conservation in Minnesota. The report (http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/NPSVSE2012_final_nrss.pdf) finds that Minnesota’s five NPS units in 2012 drew … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Mining

Another Kind of Mining

While a fierce debate continues to rage over proposed sulfide mining in northern Minnesota, another kind of mining that affects the entire state is attracting relatively little notice.  The resource being mined is groundwater, and as National Groundwater Awareness Week … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Mining

Another Kind of Mining

While a fierce debate continues to rage over proposed sulfide mining in northern Minnesota, another kind of mining that affects the entire state is attracting relatively little notice.  The resource being mined is groundwater, and as National Groundwater Awareness Week (March … Continue reading

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It’s a Refund, Not a Fee

It’s a Refund, Not a Fee

In recent news coverage about the proposed beverage container recycling refund backed by Conservation Minnesota, a misleading word has been creeping into headlines.  “10-cent bottle fee: Slam dunk for environment or consumer nuisance?” asked one. Let’s nip that weed at … Continue reading

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Urban Legends of the Environmental Kind

Urban Legends of the Environmental Kind

It’s a new year and a fresh start.  When it comes to environmental protection, 2014 brings the opportunity to wipe the slate clean of a few urban legends. Although the precise origin of the term “urban legend” is unknown, it … Continue reading

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What’s the Use of Utilization?

What’s the Use of Utilization?

There’s a park in my neighborhood that features woods, a pond, a picnic shelter and both paved and dirt pathways.  Most days, only a few dozen people use it.  Is it worth preserving in its current state? It’s not a … Continue reading

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The Endangered Zone

The Endangered Zone

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed threatened and endangered species status for two species of butterflies found in Minnesota.  The Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling are in trouble because of dwindling habitat. But would their loss mean anything … Continue reading

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What’s convenient, cheap and achieves a 95% recycling rate?

What’s convenient, cheap and achieves a 95% recycling rate?

It’s a beverage container deposit.  As a former resident of Michigan, I can attest to the success of that state’s deposit law.  Soda pop and beer containers carry a 10-cent deposit (really a recycling refund), and consumers can redeem the … Continue reading

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The Power of Wind

The Power of Wind

On a recent trip to southwest Minnesota to examine two gifts of Minnesota’s past, I was happy to observe a gift to the future – the biggest array of wind turbines I’ve ever seen.  It was a fresh reminder that … Continue reading

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Dog Days

Dog Days

The heat is on.  We’re in the middle of what is normally the warmest weather of the year.  Called the dog days, based on an old Roman association between hot weather and the prominence of Sirius, the Dog Star, this … Continue reading

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Protecting the Environment is No Job-Killer

Protecting the Environment is No Job-Killer

A cliché is supposed to contain a speck of wisdom.  One exception is the tired refrain that strong environmental protection policies damage the economy.  The next time you hear that, point out that numerous studies demonstrate otherwise. One of the … Continue reading

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