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Hybrid Cars: Environmental Blessing or Ticking Time Bomb?

I have a family member who scoffs every time they see a Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf, or any car with the hybrid badge on it drive by. Every time...

Winter’s Burn: Give Your Evergreen Trees a Chance

The Minnesota winter tends to take its toll of all of us. But its not just humans that feel the effects of a longer, more brutal cold weather season: Winter can also...

Warning: Cold Weather Doesn’t Always Make Lake Ice Safe

Minnesota had a bit of a warm streak there for a bit - anything over freezing is always a good thing in our Minnesota minds. With the recent cold...

Spring Gardening Tips: When you can finally start planting

We’ve finally hit our spring stride. It’s been above freezing for over several days in row and even temps in the 60s have been forecasted. This warmer weather just might stick this...

Freeganism: Living Free in Minnesota

To freegans, the world is ripe for the picking. And there is no price tag on it. It's an open, affirming way to live, and, as the name implies, it comes with...

A Trip From St. Paul to Montana by Train

We take the train west from Union Depot in St. Paul through North Dakota into Montana. We stop in Glacier National Park for a three-day hike and then continue the journey through...

Thanksgiving: Fun Facts by the Numbers

If you would have asked me how I was going to spend my morning, I wouldn’t have answered, "Doing an in-depth analysis of U.S. Census reports." That is indeed how I spent...

Minnesota-Grown Black Truffles Might Be Possible as a Result of Climate Change

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have grown black truffles in the inoculated soil of Monmouthshire, Wales. This, admittedly, is much more temperate than Minnesota, but is still by far the furthest...
Winter in Minnesota is a dark affair. But why?

Winter in Minnesota is a Dark Affair

As we count down the last few days before the end of Daylight Saving Time, we all know well what is coming next: The fourth quarter of the year, the temporal swan...

Hybrid and Electric Car Roundup

It's time to buy a new car. This is as an exciting thing, especially as you start trying to figure out what exactly you want from your vehicle. If you're being environmentally conscious, or perhaps just...

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