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U of MN "Super Sponge" can clean mercury from lakes

A research team at the U of MN has developed a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source in seconds. Dave talked with the team's leader, Prof. Abdennour Abbas, of the department of bioproducts and biosystems engineering at the U. You can learn more about his lab here.


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Polar explorer Ann Bancroft talks achievements, challenges and future projects

March is Women's History Month, and we were lucky to speak with a Minnesota woman who made history by becoming the first woman to cross the ice to both the North and South poles. Ann Bancroft joined CJ to talk about those epic adventures, what she's found as her greatest challenges, and her current projects including the Ann Bancroft Foundation, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Follow Ann's expeditions here.


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Study finds secret to success of diverse forests

Scientists from the U of MN think they've found the reson why diverse forests are often more productive than monocultures. Laura Williams, a graduate student at the U and lead author of the study, chatted with CJ about the study and its findings and implications. 


John Whitman's book

Northern Gardening with author and gardener John Whitman


New Deep Winter Greenhouse in Finland, Minn.

New 'Deep Winter Greenhouse' in Finland enables food production all winter long

The first "Deep Winter Greenhouse" is done and ready to go in Finland, at the Organic Consumers Association. It's a project of the NE MN Regional Sustainable Development program, which has several more planned for other areas in the state. Two of the leaders of the project, Dan Handeen and Greg Schweser, chatted with Dave about the greenhouse, what it's meant to do, and the special features of its construction. Local carpenters Gordon Thorne and Hans Mueller built the greenhouse.

Photo by Bryan Hansel

Sunny's Back Yard: Nature's jewel tones

Nature has its own array of "jewel tones" - whether colors, smells or sounds. In this edition of Sunny's Back Yard, we are reminded that jewel tones are a gift to the spirit.


Hardy roses can be grown in Cook County

Northern Gardening talks all about roses


North Woods Naturalist: Snow crust

There may be snow accumulating on a frequent basis, but it’s accumulating on a thick crust that has advantages and disadvantages for some animals.


Energy-efficient passive building in Isabella

Passive building techniques: What they are and why they matter

The Cook County Local Energy Project & Cook County Extension will offer a workshop on best energy construction practices Thursday, Feb. 9, in Grand Marais. Sean Meyers is an architect with CR-BPS, a firm located in Isabella that specializes in passive building techniques, and he'll be in town to present at the workshop. He spoke with Dave about passive building, energy conservation, and more. You can contact Cook County Extension at 387-3015 to register.