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Community Members Asked to Help Record Lake 'Ice-Off' Dates

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It’s a sign that our brutal winter may finally be coming to an end – the spring thaw is here, and ice is starting to disappear from local lakes.

To help track climate trends and keep accurate records, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking community members to document when the ice disappears from lakes, or the ice-off data.

Regulators to Decide Solar Power vs. Natural Gas

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Minnesota utility regulators are deciding between solar power and natural gas for providing additional electricity for Xcel Energy's 1.2 million customers in the state.
    

Aquatic Invasive Species Forum Held in St. Paul

In this June 13, 2012 file photo, an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish's population. - Photo: AP/John Flesher, File

The role of the boating industry in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species was the topic of a symposium in St. Paul.
    
Minnesota's watershed districts presented the half-day forum Wednesday in partnership with the Water Sports Industry Association, the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and Tonka Bay Marina.

State Fines Crow Wing County Landfill $12,000

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The Crow Wing County Landfill has paid a $12,000 fine for accepting and improperly disposing of 15 barrels of flammable liquid hazardous waste.
    
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the hazardous waste accepted by the landfill in November 2012 posed a potential threat to human health.
    

Target Pays $27K Fine for Air Quality Violations

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State pollution control officials say Target Corp. has paid a $27,500 fine for air quality violations at two facilities in Minnesota.
    
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the Minneapolis-based retail giant also took corrective action after being alerted that diesel generators in Brooklyn Park and Elk River were producing excessive air emissions.

Army Corps Holds Meeting on Invasive Species

In this June 13, 2012 file photo, an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish's population. - Photo: AP/John Flesher, File

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the White House Council on Environmental Quality are hosting a public meeting in Bloomington to discuss options for preventing the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
    

Green Fuel in Your School: Poster Contest Helps Explain Biodiesel

The American Lung Association in Minnesota is seeking creative students to participate in the 2014 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Poster Contest, a program open to all Minnesota 5th and 6th grade classes.

Participating classes receive a one-period lesson on air quality and health, and students take part in both classroom and statewide poster contests. Prizes are included.