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Brining icy roads can save cities serious money — and could help save Minnesota’s lakes

Using a mix of water and salt, rather than rock salt, to clear roads can reduce overall salt use by 40 to 70 percent.

A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in ANWR

Arctic Refuge drilling permission tucked into tax bill: What's at stake

The move has gotten little attention because of the other huge issues involved in the tax bill.

A MINER problem: Emmer mining bill passes House, but who will take it up in the Senate?

Emmer’s bill is so narrowly tailored to Minnesota interests that it almost requires a Minnesota sponsor in the upper chamber. But Franken has already come out against it, leaving all eyes on Amy Klobuchar.

Leaf blowers flagged as prodigious polluters — and possible health threat
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Leaf blowers flagged as prodigious polluters — and possible health threat

Despite improvements, these machines still emit toxic contaminants such as carcinogenic benzene as well as surprisingly large amounts of other smog-forming chemicals.

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