Dave Dempsey

Is Minnesota doing right by its water?

Is Minnesota doing right by its water?

Wise stewards don’t wait for a crisis to think, let alone act. Continue reading

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Solstice Sentinels

Solstice Sentinels

Birds are not only magnificent in their own right, but also sentinels of environmental health and robust habitat. Continue reading

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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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