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Traditional and alternative health practitioners alike have growing concerns about improper self-medication practices, and have cited a number of areas of concern. These include people discontinuing prescription drugs in favor of herbals without...
All Metro Transit buses and trains are equipped with bike racks, helping to expand your trip options. Racks on buses accommodate up to two bikes at a time. Each Hiawatha light-rail train car can hold four bikes. There is no additional charge for...
Domestic vermicomposting is the art of using captive earthworms to transform kitchen waste into earthworm castings (aka poop). Those in the know often refer to earthworm castings as "black gold".

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00am to 5:00pm
At the Midtown Global Market 
920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

$1 Donation/person accepted at the door.

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The Endangered Species Act

September 8, 2014

Recently, a petition was sent to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), asking that the monarch butterfly be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  As a scientist studying monarch conservation, I followed the news surrounding this petition closely.  I was concerned by how much confusion, misconception, and incorrect information emerged in discussions about the petition.  Unfortunately, this was also the case recently when the gray wolf was considered for delisting.  Since the ESA is the most powerful piece of environmental law in our country, I thought I would take a chance to provide a brief explanation of the act and the process of listing a species under the act.

The purpose of the ESA is to protect threatened and endangered species and to conserve the ecosystems and habitat that support them.  Endangered species are ones that are in danger of becoming extinct across all or a significant portion of their range.  Threatened species are ones that are in danger of becoming endangered soon.

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Have fun at the fair (and learn something too)!

August 25, 2014

As the summer draws to an end, many here in Minnesota will be making a trip to the State Fair, and many others will have already attended a county fair.  County and state fairs offer a wide variety of food, games, and entertainment, but they’re also a wonderful learning environment.  They provide visitors with the chance to meet new people, explore exhibits, and get information on a whole host of topics.  Whether you’re at the State Fair, a local fair, or even visiting a fair out of state, keep your eyes open for some of these great opportunities:

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Watershed Management Basics

August 11, 2014

In Minnesota, there are several different organizations that work together to manage and protect our water resources.  The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Pollution Control Agency (PCA) are two organizations that many of us are familiar with.  But have you heard of watershed districts (WD) or watershed management organizations (MWO)?


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