Regional View
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Regional View: Southeast


Ongoing Events


Case Studies

  • Lake City and Florence Township - Commitment to a Clean Energy Future
    What started as a fight against nuclear waste storage in the community transformed into a citizen based effort to encourage "responsible energy." The citizen action group, Citizens United for Responsible Energy, has worked with the local utility to examine the feasibility of wind power to provide renewable energy for Lake City.    more info

  • Wheeling Township and Nerstrand -- Landmark of the Past Symbol of the Future
    A group of local residents mobilized to purchase and preserve a plot of land near a state forest. By mobilizing citizens and other interested parties, the group purchased the land and restored part of it to its natural state of prairie and oak savannah. The 110-acre plot will be preserved as open space for future generations to enjoy due to the efforts of these citizens.    more info

Resource Directory

  • Ecological Assistance from the DNR
    The MN DNR has ecologists who can assist with comprehensive planning, the development of zoning and subdivision ordinances, parks and open space planning, and protection and stewardship of public and private lands....    more info

  • North House Folk School
    A beautiful Grand Marais setting for learning traditional folk arts and crafts that augments a person's pursuit of a more sustainable way of living....    more info