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In Favor of Mining

Have you let the powers that be know your position on mining near the Boundary Waters?  There’s still time to let the DNR know how you feel about the proposal. According to the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy the proposal

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Super Blue, Red, Lunar Eclipse

The second full moon of the month is happening on January 31st and that makes it a blue moon. Turns out that’s not the only thing happening with the moon this month according to Spaceweather.com. “Three lunar events will come

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Night Sky Theater presents the Ursid Meteor Shower

We’re so lucky to live where we can be treated to so many special features in our night sky. The lack of light pollution and the big open spaces of our lake country offer the world’s best theater. While the

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Solstice Coming Soon

The winter solstice occurs this week on the 21st of December. The sun will rise about 7:47am and will set just a little more than eight hours later at 4:11pm. That leaves a lot of time in the dark but

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Volunteer Opportunities

Lake levels, loons or luminaries? These are just a few of the things involved with the plethora of volunteer opportunities with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. You can monitor lake levels, record the number of loons you see on

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Who Knew?

You learn something new every day. With the list of “Six Green Alternatives”  for Christmas I learned six new things! The list is from from Green Line Paper Company. Six Green Alternatives Every Christmas season, U.S. consumers purchase tons of

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Largest Land Organism

I would have never guessed the largest land organism is a fungus. But according to an article by Eleanor Imster,  “The largest terrestrial organism on the planet is a fungus called Armillaria solidipes – or honey fungus. The largest honey

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Geminid Meteor Shower

Plan to stay up late or get up early on the 13th and 14th of December when the Gemini Meteor Showers will peak between midnight and 2am. It’s not the best time of the year for watching meteors in Minnesota

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Slippery Sidewalk

Salt used on roadways causes a number of problems. Much of the salt used on roads ends up in lakes or streams or stays in groundwater.  This can affect drinking water for humans and ecosystems for fish. The salt can

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Want to see stars up a coat sleeve?

It’s been a long time since my Dad has asked me this question but I can assure you it was a common question when I was young. Every time he went to put on a coat, before he’d put his

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