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Walleye fishing opener and aquatic invasive species


The Minnesota walleye fishing opener was this past Saturday, May 9 in waters across the state. While fishing is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the best of the land of 10, 000 lakes, there are some precautions that need to be taken before and after fishing to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Continue Reading →

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Spray foam insulation can pollute the indoor environment

Making your home more energy efficient is certainly good for the planet and will cut your heating/cooling bills, but there is also the possibility of chemical off-gassing, the release of chemicals into the homes atmosphere. According to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), most common spray polyurethane foam insulation contains methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, a synthetic chemical that has been linked to asthma, lung damage and even death. Continue Reading →

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Lax policies allow dollar stores to offer harmful products

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A new national study found over 80 percent of products sold in dollar stores contains at least one hazardous chemical “above levels of concern.” A Day Late and A Dollar Short by California-based Campaign for Healthier Solutions looked at the four largest dollar store chains — Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and 99 Cents Only — which operate over 21,500 stores in this the U.S., have a total annual sales of over $36 billion, and whose customers typically are low-income and residents of color. Continue Reading →

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Overuse of antibiotics on livestock comes with consequences

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The development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics,” drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection, has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost. The more we rely on antibiotics, the more bacteria develop resistance to them, which makes treating infections that much more challenging. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overuse of antibiotics by humans — such as for the mistreatment of viral infections — means these important drugs are less effective for all of us. Besides the toll on our health, researchers estimate that antibiotic resistance causes Americans upwards of $20 billion in additional healthcare costs every year stemming from the treatment of otherwise preventable infections. Continue Reading →

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