Let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a free bag

If you weren’t aware, a group of passionate Minot citizens appealed to Minot’s City Council to take up the issue of single-use plastic — particularly disposable plastic bags. After months of information gathering and taking public comment, the group offered several recommendations intended to curb consumption. One of the primary recommendations is a 10-cent tax

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Teams searching for cheap way to stop algae blooms, with $10 million prize on the line

You have an efficient, cost-effective way to remove phosphorous from freshwater bodies? If so, you may want to enter it into an innovation competition sponsored The Everglades Foundation in Florida. The prize: $10,000,000. Whether North or South, algae blooms are an increasing problem and one of the primary contributors is phosphorus-rich runoff that feeds the

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Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America’s bee hot spot

It wasn’t that long ago that the conservation lands of North Dakota and South Dakota were a refuge of sorts, for honey bees. But policy changes and rising commodity prices led to changes in land use and in a short period of time, we’ve lost a lot of prime habitat.

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More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution

Many residents in Minot want to see citywide recycling, but before we invest big in the facilities and equipment, perhaps we should ask — what problem is it we’re trying to solve? One answer we’d expect to hear is we need to reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment. If that’s the case, thenĀ Matt

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Prairie Expedition Elm a disease-resistant, NDSU variety

A new variety of elm tree, the Prairie Expedition Elm, was discovered South of Fargo among a stand of trees taken by Dutch elm disease. The disease-resistant tree was cloned and is now being cultivated commercially. It grows tall, grows fast, and makes great shade. The Grand Forks Herald has the story.

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In Winnipeg, ash borer battle is in full swing

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species that slowly kills ash trees, and in Winnipeg, they’re expecting to spend $90 million (not a typo) in the next ten years. Minot has a bit of geographical buffer, the problem is on the way. We’d do well to watch these other area efforts unfold as we

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The recycling game is rigged against consumers

Minot recycling has been a contentious topic of late, and for those who support the effort, there are few reasons worthy of a delay. But circumstances far beyond Minot are wreaking havoc on the pillar of American environmentalism and forcing environmentalists to think differently about the practice. And one problem that’s been identified may surprise

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Environmental Policy Group Seeks Comments on Plastic Bag Usage and Community Impacts

The Minot Environmental Policy Group is looking for public comment on the use of plastic bags within the Minot community. The full news release from the group follows below. — Official News Release, Minot Environmental Policy Group — The Minot Environmental Policy Group is working to find ways to reduce the use of single-use plastic

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