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A Minnesota city and reservation will be receiving federal funding for air quality monitoring, but many of Minnesota’s cities and counties has some of the best quality air in the nation.
The EPA enforces a summertime ban on E15 over concerns it contributes to smog in hot weather, though research has since shown the 15% blend may not increase smog relative to the more common E10 sold year-round.
The plan would move processing facilities and tailings storage away from Talon’s proposed underground mine near Tamarack and into North Dakota.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will receive almost $1.5 million.
The U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy are researching how restored bogs help slow climate change.
The Crow Wing and the North Central Area 8 Soil and Water Conservation districts recently recognized Sen. Carrie Ruud for her soil and water conservation efforts during her career as an elected official.

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The new electric buses will replace six aging buses which travel an estimated 173,300 miles annually, consuming over 30,000 gallons of fuel.
Japanese apple rust requires both junipers and apples or crabapples to complete its life cycle, with spores carried by wind or rain to infect other plants.
The county will provide up to a maximum of $1,000 in cost-share funds per well.

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