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The effort to improve water quality in Lake Minnetonka in the 1970s and 1980s (August 15, 2017)
This is the fifth in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed. It’s hard to imagine now, but for most of the 20th century more than a half-...

What’s in a Ribbet? Frogtown Frogs Signal Environmental Health (July 25, 2017)
Few sounds herald spring (and environmental health) more audibly than ribbeting frogs. But such sounds had grown scarce in the formerly marshy area of St. Paul known as Frogtown — bordered by...

Fifty years ago a new era of water protection began in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed (July 3, 2017)
This is the fourth in a series of columns about the history of the Minnehaha Creek watershed.  In the 1950’s, Minnesota’s urban landscape was changing...

Volunteer profile: Vicki Joy Bonk (June 26, 2017)
City: MinneapolisCommunity Involvement:Beginning in 1995, I have been an active environmental leader in the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA). My main focus, though, has been the Nokomis Naturescape (NN), a 4-acre native plant restoration....

Organic Lawn Care and Maintenance Yields Field of Dreams (June 19, 2017)
Given the verdant carpet of weedless green that envelopes the Tabaka’s house now, it’s hard to believe that three years ago — before their organic lawn care practices began — the backyard “was a disaster,”...

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