The North American ‘Amazon’ You’ve Never Heard Of—And Why It’s In Peril

Conservationists are sounding the alarm on enormous declines in bird populations — a loss of nearly 3 billion since the 1970s — and the key to turning the tide is an area as vital to North American as the Amazon is to South America. And it’s right here in North Dakota. It’s the prairie pothole

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Minnesota river restoration project showing big results in a short time

What happens when you make an investment in a river with poor water quality, recurring algae blooms, and a history corrupted by human interests? North of Minneapolis they’ve been running just such an experiment, and the early going, the results are remarkable. Check the story linked below on the restoration of Rice Creek from the

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Little steps in the habitat restoration playbook

“We’re capable of destroying in minutes what it took mother nature eons to create.” In Minot, our loss of habitat is most acutely observed in the loss of our natural river channel and the stench of the — though natural — not flowing dead loops. What can be done about it? Nothing will come fast,

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Bear spotted in Divide County

It’s a pretty rare that a bear is spotted on the North Dakota prairie, but yesterday was one of those days. According to the Crosby Journal, a bear was spotted in Divide County. Authorities are asking people to stay away, and report sightings to the Sheriff’s office. See the Facebook post with pictures below.

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Australia keeps voting for coal, but investors are quietly abandoning plans for new mines

What happens when an industry wins political support, but loses private sector money? In Australia, we’re getting a slow lesson in what that looks like. Why does it matter in North Dakota? Because it’s all playing out in energy and coal markets and there’s speculation that new energy investments in the Pacific rim are increasingly

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U.S. Senate Bills address Missouri River floods

Flooding across the Missouri and Mississippi rivers this spring have politicians talking, and one of the topics is the Corp’s management practices and priorities. On that topic, two bills were introduced this week that may have impacts in North Dakota. One would remove fish and wildlife as one priority on the list of those that

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Plastic recycling: the scourge of cities becomes a resource

Recycling. It’s been a regular topic of conversation in Minot recently. People — this writer included — want to see us be better stewards of the environment. Others — this writer included — aren’t sure we should be making big public investments in an industry that’s being turned upside down. Where’s it all going to

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Xcel Energy plans to end coal use in Upper Midwest by 2030

One of Minnesota and North Dakota’s biggest energy suppliers is on the record with its plan to go greener. Xcel energy announced it will be ending dependence on coal in the Upper Midwest by the end of the next decade. Get the full story from the Bismarck Tribune.

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