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NRDC's 20th Annual Beach Report: More Contaminants, Fewer Advisories for Minnesota's Lake Superior Beaches in 2009


Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Duluth, Minnesota (July 28, 2010) - Pollution continues to contaminate the water at America's beaches, causing 99 advisory days for Minnesota's Lake Superior beaches last year and 18,682 closing and advisory days nationwide. Meanwhile, as of July 23, the Gulf oil disaster had already led to 1,755 days of beach closing, advisories, and notices in the Gulf region this year, according to the 20th annual beachwater quality report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

"Lake Superior is the crown jewel of Minnesota's lakes. Thousands flock to the area every summer to enjoy the beaches and water. It is critical that the public have confidence that their beaches are safe. Minnesota's beaches saw a decrease in advisory days last year but we face continued challenges to reduce contamination," said Darrell Gerber, Program Coordinator for Clean Water Action in Minnesota.

NRDC's annual report - Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches - analyzes government data on beachwater testing results from 2009 at more than 3,000 beaches nationwide, and provides a 5-star rating chart for 200 of the nation's most popular beaches. The report confirms that last year, our nation's beachwater continued to suffer from serious contamination and a concerted effort to control future pollution is required.

"From stomach-turning pathogens to dangerous oil slicks - America's beaches continue to suffer from pollution that can make people sick, harm marine life and destroy coastal economies," said NRDC Water Program Director David Beckman. "And as the disaster of unprecedented scale continues in the Gulf, we must clean up the mess, stop it from happening again, and make sure the communities bearing the brunt are not forgotten."

For the full report, go to www.nrdc.org/beaches.

MINNESOTA & NATIONAL FINDINGS:

NRDC's report issued 5-star ratings for 200 of the most popular U.S. beaches, based on indicators of beachwater quality, monitoring frequency, and public notification of contamination. In Minnesota, the Franklin Park at 13th Street and Lafayette Community Club beaches at Park Point received 5-star ratings while the Beach House at Park Point received a lower 3-star rating.

This year's report found that 7 percent of beachwater samples nationwide violated health standards in 2009, showing no improvement from the previous two years. In Minnesota, the percentage of health standard exceedances increa .....
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Minnesota Trucking Related Fatalities: Lowest in 10 Years

Mon, Jul 26th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Continuing a downward trend, cars and trucks collided less often in Minnesota during the past year than any year in the last decade.

According to statistics reported in the latest edition of Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, published by th ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, July 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.71 ..... 
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Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher re-elected to national union post

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 12, 2010: Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher has been re-elected as a vice president with the American Federation of Teachers. Dooher was re-elected to the post during the AFT's 81st biennial convention in Seattle, WA, whi ..... 
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MDA urges homeowners to follow EAB quarantine rules as they clean up after storms

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesotans clean up after recent storms, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding residents of Hennepin, Ramsey and Houston Counties to avoid moving ash trees and branches out of their counties due to the risk ..... 
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MCDONALD'S® & KEMPS HOST OPEN DOOR DAYS TO SUPPORT FARMERS in SOUTHEASTERN MN

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 28, 2010 - Area Southeastern Minnesota McDonald's restaurants and one of its trusted suppliers, Kemps, are teaming up to help spread the message of the importance of dairy to our community.



One of the ways McDonald's will increas ..... 
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Parents Can Get Tax Credit for Sending Kids to Day Camp

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Many working parents need to arrange for care for their children when school is out. A popular solution - with a tax benefit - is a day camp program.



The Internal Revenue Service reminds parents that the cost of day camp ma ..... 
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HARRIET ISLAND TRANSFORMATION TO TASTE OF MINNESOTA UNDERWAY

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 29, 2010) - Tents are being raised, stages are being built and Harriet Island is transforming into the new and improved 2010 Taste of Minnesota. With more than 100 hours of live music on five stages starting at 11 a.m. daily, tw ..... 
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Legislative changes simplify enrollment for Rural Preserve program

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Saint Paul - Recent legislative changes will make the new Rural Preserve program a simpler option for Minnesota farmers deciding on property tax treatment of non-agricultural, class 2b rural vacant land that is currently enrolled in Green Acres.
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