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Guest Blog: Family Memories at Lake Ballantyne

Lucas Melby is from Mankato, Minnesota and is currently studying political science at Hamline University. His favorite things to do outdoors include camping with his family, biking on the trails around Mankato, and, of course, going to the many lakes of Minnesota.

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Guest Blog -- Along the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers

I have had a first-hand view of the Minnesota River since coming to Minnesota State University, located at the bend in the river at Mankato. It was a clear river in pre-settler times and had many wetlands to mitigate flooding. Since those times, though, the area has been converted into an intensive agricultural landscape and economy. We benefit financially from the crops grown in the region, but also have the negative consequences of poor stewardship of the lands and waters.

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PolyMet mine debate has competing visions for Up North

More than 2,000 people from across the state packed the RiverCentre for the third and final public hearing on the PolyMet Mining Corporation’s proposal for a $650 million open pit mine near Babbitt, Minn.

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Green With… Algae? Guest Blog by Michael Schmidt

Have you ever seen a lake that’s green? The iconic photos of Minnesota’s lakes always show clear blue water, but in reality we aren’t so lucky. Even here, where everyone loves their local lake (or several lakes!) and rivers, we experience water quality problems. The most visible is often algae.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Statement on Release of PolyMet Sulfide Mine Plan

If approved, PolyMet would be Minnesota’s first sulfide mine – ushering in a wave of new plans for this uniquely dirty and destructive mining that would threaten the beloved Boundary Waters wilderness and Lake Superior.

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