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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - MN: Environment

Jeff Savage harvests rice on Perch Lake, part of the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe reservation. (Laurie Stern)

CLOQUET, Minn. - The wild-rice harvest in Minnesota is wrapping up an exceptionally good year despite threats to its future. Comments from Jeff Savage, director, Fond du Lac Cultural Center and Museum. The 2017 rice season will go down as one of the state's best in a long time, with ricers pulling

The MREW conference will teach gardeners how to attract pollinators, among other sustainable practices. (Nic McPhee/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The oldest renewable-energy fair in the country makes its Minnesota debut this weekend. The Wisconsin-based Midwest Renewable Energy Association will have music, food and local beer during three days of workshops and seminars featuring ways to think and act more sustainably.

A solar farm near Paynesville is one of the state's largest. (Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The first subscribers are enrolling in Cooperative Energy Futures, a member-owned group that will access power from five new solar gardens in southern Minnesota. The co-op's mission is to make solar power accessible and affordable for people of all income levels. Brett Benson, o

Goats were used to thin buckthorn and other invasive plants in both Minneapolis and St. Paul this year. (Sam Greenhalgh/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Goats are catching on as an effective and sustainable alternative to chemicals for controlling buckthorn and other fast-growing invasive plants. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started using the animals on steep hillsides in state parks. Farmers, cities and towns

Extreme drought in three states has caused a severe shortage of hay for ranchers and farmers. (Pixabay)

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Drought stricken farmers and ranchers in three states have until August 31 to enter a lottery for badly needed hay. The hay is coming from Midwestern states that have had more rain than the Dakotas and Montana. Over the weekend, a Minnesota trucking company hauled 20 loads f

Researchers say NAFTA has led to the loss of many U.S. family farms. (Don Graham/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS – The Trump administration reopens talks Wednesday on the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA supporters say it has boosted American farm exports and trade in general among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But critics say it has hurt people in all three countries by rewardin

For the first time, the soybean crop in Minnesota this year is as big as the corn crop. (United Soybean Board)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new weed killer could be damaging the crop it's supposed to protect. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's fielding a record number of complaints about the newest version of an herbicide called dicamba. It is designed for use with dicamba-resistant soybean

This year's national Democracy Convention is Aug. 2-6 in the Twin Cities. (democracyconvention.org)

MINNEAPOLIS -- A diverse group of activists, organizers, artists, educators, students and elected officials from around the U.S. is gearing up for the 2017 Democracy Convention, being held in the Twin Cities next week. It's the third annual event, and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, national director with

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