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by Susan Hegarty: Mn House Public Info You might not notice Bob and Pat Tammen sitting in the House hearing rooms. Bob, clothed in a crisp, pressed dress shirt and necktie, blends in with the lobbyists, deputy commissioners and expert testifiers. Pat sits next to her husband, alert to the day’s agenda. 
The House Environment Committee is passing a slew of amendments to an omnibus spending bill. They may sound minor and geeky, but they're part of a trend that's fairly clear: a push of the pendulum away from science and conservation, and toward boosting revenue from state lands and encouraging recreation.
Soudan Park manager Jim Essig and U of M lab manager Bill Miller held a press conference Monday afternoon at the Soudan Mine. While they are not declaring the fire officially extinguished, Essig said he firmly believes the fire is out. At this point, mine crews are working to clean up massive amounts of foam at the bottom of the mine and to restore power to the mine's 27th level.
  Responders are making headway in suppressing a fire inside the mine shaft at Soudan Underground Mine State Park. The incident is now being called the Soudan Mine Shaft Fire.
Posted by Melissa Burlaga Tower, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Inter-agency Fire Center (MIFC) are responding to a fire that has been detected inside the mine shaft at Soudan Underground Mine State Park near Tower, Minn.
  St. Paul, Minn. — It's officially meteorological spring, and we're not far away from the vernal equinox later in the month. So, while we still have monumental piles of snow, it can't hurt to check in on the perennial signs of spring.
by Jan Laser BOWLUS, MN- The newly formed Central Minnesota Bicycle Club is off to a great start and is looking for bicycle enthusiasts of any nature to join them in their efforts to create a premier cycling organization in central Minnesota.
  by Marshall Helmberger, Tower Timberjay There’s more bad news for northeastern Minnesota’s moose population. That’s according to the results of the DNR’s latest moose survey, which found yet another statistically significant decline in the population in northeastern Minnesota.
By Kirsti Marohn-Kmarohn: St Cloud Times The Lake Wobegon Regional Trail already covers 62 miles of Stearns County, giving bicyclists, walkers and snowmobilers a traffic-free route from Osakis to St. Joseph. But there’s a critical missing piece, a 7-mile stretch from St. Joseph to the St. Cloud metro area, that will run along an active rail line. Stearns County parks director Chuck Wocken would...
St. Paul, Minn. — An environmental group says some money from the outdoor Legacy amendment has been spent inefficiently. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy audited more than 100 projects paid for with Legacy money -- all of which were supervised by the Board of Water and Soil Resources.

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