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Linda Larson stands among flowering plants
Linda Larson, Dakota County President for the Farmers Union
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

Linda Larson has been an advocate for rural Minnesota her whole life. Growing up on a family farm near Ruthton in southwestern Minnesota, Larson’s connection to the land runs deep. She now serves as Dakota County President for the Farmers Union. “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.

Dusty Thune carving Butter Earth
Dusty Thune working on the Climate Action Now sculpture
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

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...”

Butterfly rests on girl's finger

This fall, Conservation Minnesota is proud to launch Conservation Crew, a student leadership program for Minnesota middle schoolers designed to empower youth through conservation projects.

Belted kingfisher flying
Belted kingfisher

For over 30 years, the Minnesota Lottery has played an important role in preserving our state’s natural resources. Conservation Minnesota continues to watch the portion of state lottery proceeds, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), move through the legislative process to ensure the money is used as voters intended. 

Two workers on ladders install solar panels on building

The Omnibus Commerce & Energy Bill, passed in June and supported by Conservation Minnesota, promises $21 million for as many as 350 K–12 schools and community colleges to install rooftop solar panels.

Two people stand in river while fly fishing
Brule River, MN
by Paul Austin, Executive Director

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
by Keely Cervantes, Food & Agriculture Program Manager

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.

bulldozer on top of pile of garbage in landfill
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. 

Minnesota is a clean cars state

Minnesota becomes the first Midwest state to give car and truck drivers better access to cleaner vehicles.

Two boys swimming in pool

In the land of 10,000 lakes, it’s easy to forget that much of southeastern Minnesota has very few. So, in Rochester the pools are where it’s at to beat the heat! Which is why it's important that as Rochester looks to invest in their amenities, the city consider not just how many people use the current park facilities like the pool, but who uses them.