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More Birds Are Getting Drunk This Year, MN Town Advises Residents

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The northeastern Minnesota town of Gilbert is alerting residents that birds may be a bit more “tipsy” than normal this time of year. According to Gilbert police, its received numerous reports of what look to be drunk birds “flying into windows, cars and acting confused.” Police say the reason behind this is the fact that certain berries in the area have fermented earlier than usual due to an early frost. That, plus the fact that many birds have yet to migrate south, means more birds are feeling the effects than in past years. Also, younger birds’ livers cannot handle the fermented...

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Minnesota Keeps Shutting Down Inexpensive Power Plants: Why Not Expensive Renewable Energy Centers? 

In recent years, Minnesota has retired some of the most efficient power plants in the state, including Black Dog, High Bridge, Riverside, Taconite Harbor, Syl Laskin, and Hoot Lake – all of which provided electricity for under $35 per MWh, according to data collected from the United States Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC).  By closing these plants, Minnesota is shutting down power plants that can produce a lot of affordable electricity and replacing them with incredibly inefficient power plants that are far more expensive. ...

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Did you know September 17 is Constitution Day? Celebrate by Meeting Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. It is observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate this year than telling every public employee you know about the Janus case. You can learn all about it by celebrating the Janus victory next week with Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs, the brave public employees who demanded that the Supreme Court restore their full First Amendment rights. ...

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The Onion Nails It, Publishes Its Own Anonymous OP-ED

The New York Times recently published an anonymous op-ed, supposedly by a senior Trump Administration official. The Onion also had two people close to the President write to them under the condition of anonymity.  Please see their piece below: Today, The Onion is making an unusual editorial decision, and we want to explain why. As turmoil continues to increase within the Trump White House, this essay offers an invaluable high-level perspective into the administration’s inner workings. Due to the sensitive nature of this op-ed, revealing the identities of the writers could jeopardize their positions in the administration. We believe, however, that any issues with the...

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“Get Ready for Sticker Shock on California’s Last-Minute Clean Energy Proposals” – Even California Reconsiders Costly Energy Mandates

The following is a Viewpoint from Barry Moline, the executive director of the California Municipal Utilities Association. This article originally appeared in Utility Dive:  It's a good time for Californians to hang on to their wallets. With one more day to go in the state's legislative session, lawmakers are considering many proposals that will raise consumers' electric bills significantly. There's no shortage of well-intentioned ideas designed to advance renewable energy, but unfortunately, they would commit Californians to resource decisions for the next 10 years and limit investment in lower-cost technologies. One would, for instance, expand California's electricity grid to include other states (AB...

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Video: 99 Percent of Plastic in Oceans Comes from Other Countries

Bans on plastic have become all the rage. Minneapolis wanted to ban plastic bags last year, and cities on the Left Coast are banning plastic straws. Despite the inconvenience and added cost these bans will impose on consumers, they will have a net negative impact on the environment. See the video below for more information. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/Reason.Magazine/videos/10155893253224117/?t=8[/embed]...

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Economy Hums and Mining Rebounds Up North

According to a post in the Duluth News Tribune, iron mining firms have rebounded from the slump they experienced a few years ago and the economy in Minnesota is humming along. Just think what the economy would look like up there if Minnesota were to capitalize its vast copper, nickel, platinum group element, and titanium deposits, which would add $3.7 billion in annual economic activity, create more than 1,900 mining jobs and support 6,566 indirect and induced jobs, with total wages of $635 million, and generate nearly $198 million in tax dollars for state and local governments. Story from the Tribune is below. Iron...

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Supreme Court Rules Public Employees Are Not Required to Fund Unions in Big Win for First Amendment Rights

Decision affects thousands of Minnesota teachers, state and local government employees In a landmark decision for First Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that public employees cannot be compelled to pay union fees as a condition of employment. The 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME restores the First Amendment rights of freedom of association and free speech to more than five million government employees nationwide. The decision is likely to decrease the funding and political clout of powerful public employee unions in Minnesota and 21 other non-right-to-work states. Weighing a case brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois child support specialist,...

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