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St. Cloud Pediatrician Dr. Kulus
St. Cloud pediatrician Dr. Kulus
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

As a pediatrician in St. Cloud, Minnesota for over 25 years, Dr. Kathleen Kulus has seen the state’s changing climate impact her patients and she’s speaking up about it. “I need to be advocating for these children and the impact it's having on them because they don't always have a voice.”

Farmer couple with their dog on by their barn
Anne and Peter Schwagerl on their family farm in Browns Valley
by Olivia Rivera, Storyteller & Copywriter

As stewards of our land, Minnesota farmers understand climate impacts and the need to adapt growing practices to weather the changes. Anne Schwagerl and her husband Peter operate Prairie Point Farm in western Minnesota’s Browns Valley where they're experminenting with a new "climate friendly" Kernza® grain.

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.