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A swimmer found a zebra mussel on a rock in Long Lake north of Willmar, and her father contacted the DNR. A search found one zebra mussel at each of two locations searched by DNR snorkelers.
The study will inform the federal government on whether to place a 20-year ban on that type of mining in the watershed.
The report comes as the Biden administration prepares in the coming months to unveil new safety-related rules to curb methane emissions from pipeline systems that transport gas from production to local distribution.
The order will impact Isle Royale, Voyageurs, Apostle Islands and other Interior Department properties.

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The EPA is likely to raise ethanol blending mandates for 2021 above a figure it proposed in December to align with actual U.S. consumption levels.
It’s a $2 million effort that comes with the general goal of focusing on retail corridors with a high number of businesses operated by people of color.
Humans have eaten venison from CWD-infected deer before and did not get the disease, but at a recent Minnesota legislative hearing on this year’s environment and natural resources bill, a leader in the state’s effort to trace CWD said the key to preventing a possible animal-human jump is identifying and slowing the spread.
With Western states enduring a historic drought, some towns are rejecting fireworks as a wildfire risk, even though nearly all civic fireworks displays are safely monitored by firefighters.
“The rain events that used to occur every 50 or 100 hears are now happening every 10 years or even more frequently,” said Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Katrina Kessler. “It’s not just once in your lifetime, it’s three or more times in one decade that you’re having to think about impacts on local resources as well as infrastructure and homes.”
The recommendation came on the first day of a three-day public hearing.

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In May, many bees are coming out of hibernation and need flowers to feed themselves and their babies. The main purpose of No Mow May is to encourage people to let spring flowers in their lawns bloom before mowing.
Rochester, about to begin its third "No Mow May," was the trendsetter among Minnesota communities but numerous others have joined last year and this.
With above-normal fire activity expected in Canada, the region can expect smoky air this summer. But drought conditions in Minnesota have improved so the likelihood of major wildfires within the state is lower, according to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency forecast released Tuesday, April 26.

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