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'A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose'


Wed, Oct 30th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Rob Hogg to present Luther College guest lecture Nov. 14

DECORAH, Iowa – Rob Hogg, state senator from Iowa, will present a Luther College guest lecture, "A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Room 102 of the Franklin W. Olin Building on Luther's campus.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Hogg is a state senator from Cedar Rapids and author of the new book, "America's Climate Century." In the book, he argues that everything Americans do this century will be shaped by the need to reduce carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases. At the same time, the country has to deal with increasing numbers of climate-related disasters. Having represented Cedar Rapids in the Iowa Senate during the unprecedented flood of 2008, Hogg brings firsthand experience to the issue.

In the wake of such disasters as Hurricane Sandy and the heat and drought of 2012, Hogg argues in his book that the fight against climate change should be America's new national mission.

The good news is, Hogg says, solutions that could work against climate change can also fight other current problems such as rising health care and fuel costs. According to the senator, health care costs are rising as the planet becomes more polluted by fossil fuel use. Fuel costs go up with the cost of importing oil and make the American economy sluggish. Finding ways to make energy clean and renewable and determining how to conserve energy will create jobs, cut pollution and save money, Hogg asserts.

Senator Hogg is serving his second term in the Iowa Senate after two terms in the Iowa House. He and his wife, Kate, live in Cedar Rapids with their three children.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and preprofessional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: www.luther.edu.

Visit the natural playground

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

In the day and age of television, computers, and video games there is a Natural Playground a short drive away that will stir your child’s imagination in a new way. The Houston Nature Center, in Houston, Minn., has long been a favorite for families ..... 
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Soil health: building a resilient landscape

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Commentary from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors: Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pamela Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley Summer and fall 2012: dro ..... 
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Blaze orange safety requirement reduces hunting accidents

Mon, Oct 7th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

With Minnesota’s small game hunting season underway and the firearm deer season set to begin Nov. 9, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says making a blaze orange fashion statement this fall might not get you on the best-dressed ..... 
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Highlights of 2013 Trout Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The 2013 Trout Rendezvous, held at the Preston Trailhead Park, was a time for trout enthusiasts to gather and participate in a number of trout related activities. The event was sponsored by the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter and the National Trout ..... 
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Comprehensive Review of Minnesota Frac Sand Mining Requested

Tue, Sep 17th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No Permits to be Issued Until Analysis is Complete John Michaelson ST. PAUL, Minn. - Residents of southeast Minnesota are pushing for a comprehensive review of the possible impacts of what would be one of the largest frack sand mining operation ..... 
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2014 annual Trout Fishing Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The public is invited to join in on some fishing fun at the Preston Trailhead Park on Saturday, September 14. The National Trout Center and the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter are co-sponsoring the event which offers a variety of afternoon outdoor ..... 
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Accessing clean water funds for your conservation projects

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

On September 3, 2013, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced that local governments can apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities. The grant application period is open until October 4, 2013. ..... 
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Volunteers Needed for “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup”

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

WINONA, Minn. (FWS) – The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Winona District, Friends of the Refuge Headwaters, and Mississippi River Revival will host a river cleanup as part of the “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup ..... 
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