Top environmental news in Minnesota from 2019

Teens hold signs and raise their arms on the steps of the State Capitol.
Liza Rotty, 17, (center) and Kat Anderson, 17, (right) took part in the Minnesota Youth Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul that attracted thousands of students from across the state.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

This was a big year for environmental news in Minnesota: Water Gremlin was temporarily shut down over lead poisoning threats, Gov. Tim Walz created a climate “subcabinet” to address the state’s climate change goals, and Xcel Energy decided to retire two coal plants earlier than planned.

MPR News reporters Dan Kraker and Elizabeth Dunbar joined the program and looked back at the top stories in environmental news in 2019 and ahead to what’s to come in 2020.

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