PNS Weekend Newscast - April 22, 2017 

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Public News Service - MN: Waste Reduction/Recycling

Some Minnesota farmers want to see more cover crops used to help the state's water quality. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is holding its first-ever Water Summit this weekend, with Gov. Mark Dayton hosting talks about the serious challenges facing the state's water supplies. One of the big issues that will come up during Saturday's talks is expanding the use of cover crops on Minnesota farms

Solar power advocates are urging Minnesota retailers to use their rooftops for clean energy. (iStockphoto)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - An environmental group says it's expecting more from Target's plan to set up rooftop solar panels. Target, based in Minneapolis, pledged last year to install panels on 500 of its stores by 2020. But according to a report released today called "Solar on Superstores," the retail

Conservation-minded farmers will be testing new software this month to help weigh the benefits of switching to cover crops. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Farmers who are interested in helping with land conservation could soon have a new tool – and it isn't a new piece of hardware. The tool is individually tailored software, designed to help farmers add up the costs and possible financial benefits of converting from tra

Credit: Tyler Stubenhofer/Flickr<br />

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A growing number of Minnesotans who live in mobile homes are now building a solid foundation for the future by taking ownership of the parks in which they live. Warren Kramer, executive director with the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation, says those who live in manufactured hom

PHOTO: Polling shows a majority of Minnesotans want funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure included when lawmakers consider a transportation package in the 2015 Legislature.  Photo credit: Kristin Nador/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new two-year budget will be at the top of the agenda when Minnesota lawmakers reconvene in a few months, but another key target for the session will be transportation. Legislation to be introduced in 2015 will focus on improving the state's crumbling roads and aging bridges. E

PHOTO: The Basel Action Network estimates 75 percent of the electronic waste that arrives in Lagos, Nigeria, is not reusable. BAN says too often, as in this photo, it ends up being dumped. Courtesy BAN.

EAGAN, Minn. - “Out with the old, in with the new”' takes on a whole new meaning when the topic is electronic gear. Laptops, televisions and cell phones should never be dumped in the garbage, says Gregg Bjork, senior vice president of Minnesota-based Materials Processing Corp., because

PHOTO: When it comes to generating garbage, the holidays are the busiest time of year for Minnesotans, but there are ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. CREDIT: John Michaelson

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This is, of course, the time of good cheer, but those festivities mean garbage cans and trash bins across the state are busting at the seams. Kayla Bromelkamp, information officer at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, says the holidays are the busiest time of the year for la

MINNEAPOLIS - A chronic problem of sewage overflows in the Great Lakes region is revealed in a new report from the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. The very same communities that rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water and recreation also dump billions of gallons of untreated sewage ever

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