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In Boost to Ag Groups, Peterson Praises Wolf Delisting Letter

Did you know that Minnesota has the highest population of wolves of any state in the country? The growing population has led to efforts from Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson to delist the species from the Endangered Species list. The story below was originally featured in the Grand Forks Herald. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson on Wednesday praised the efforts of 19 ag and sportsmen's groups that collectively sent a letter urging House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to place H.R. 424, the Gray Wolf State Management Act, on the House floor for a vote before the year's end. The legislation...

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When Will Fair Trade Coffee Drinkers Embrace Fair Trade Cobalt?

Copper, nickel, and cobalt mining is a controversial topic in Minnesota, but is it more controversial than child labor? Like it or not, we all use these metals for nearly every aspect of our modern lives, and if we do not mine them in Minnesota, where we have strong protections for workers and the environment, we will import these metals from countries that don’t....

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High Electricity Prices Cripple Australian Manufacturers, Is Minnesota Next?

Companies throughout Australia are reconsidering whether they will indeed bring manufacturing jobs back from China after experiencing enormous increases in electricity prices as a result of the closure of an enormous coal-fired power plant and government regulations that mandate the use of "green power." For example, according to the Financial Review: Hardware manufacturer Alchin Long Group in Sydney's west has had to agree to a near-doubling of its electricity price, said Graham Lee, national operations manager. The price of the new two-year contract from Origin Energy has surged from $55.30 per megawatt-hour to $109.70 . Aluminium scrap processor Weston Aluminium, which uses about...

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Uponor wows urban students with plastic pipe manufacturing

Like most manufacturers, the Uponor company in Apple Valley is confronting a skilled labor shortage. In October, the company—which is engaged in plastic pipe manufacturing—tackled this challenge in an exciting experiment that already seems to be paying dividends. As part of its ongoing effort to inform young people about careers in skilled manufacturing, Uponor has routinely opened its doors to students from local schools....

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