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News & Stories from Conservation Minnesota
Sculptor in cooler carving globe of butter
Climate artist Dusty Thune carving his butter sculpture in a cooler

Dusty Thune from House of Thune is an award-winning Minnesota artist specializing in snow and sand sculpting and climate activism. Thune creates large-scale design projects with messages about conservation and the environment. “It’s important to get people drawn in, to at least start the conversation...”

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Farmers Union Advocate Linda Larson

Linda Larson has been an advocate for rural Minnesota her whole life. “People who are actively farming don’t have the time to go to the State Capitol or Washington DC or to advocate for the policy that supports them.” Larson does, and she advocates for issues like rural broadband, tax policy, food supply, and yes, climate resiliency.

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Fly fishing on Brule River

In Minnesota, we understand how important protecting our Great Outdoors is for future generations. This summer we saw firsthand how climate change is threatening our environment through drought and dangerous air quality. As we enter this new season, it’s time we get serious about elevating leaders who will tackle climate challenges.

Mississippi River Headwaters at Itasca State Park
Mississippi River Headwaters at Itasca State Park

Conservation Minnesota recently signed on to support a federal bill sponsored by US Representative Betty McCollum (MN Congressional District 4) called the Mississippi River Resiliency & Restoration Initiative (MRRRI). This legislation directs the Environmental Protection Agency to work with states, local governments, nonprofits, Tribal nations, and other federal agencies to coordinate and develop an initiative to protect our drinking water, wildlife, and river-dependent industries.

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photo courtesy of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Metro area landfills have seen a 30% increase in garbage in the last year alone, and landfills are quickly running out of space. Dealing with more waste and fewer places to put it remains a major challenge for cities like Burnsville.