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Forums to address environmental issues

On November 27, the regional Citizen Forums on the Environment will begin with forums in Rochester and Bloomington.

The forums are an opportunity for Minnesotans to interact with state agency commissioners and staff, and learn more about Minnesota's Environment & Energy Report Card. Those attending the forums will be asked to answer key questions and submit more in-depth ideas for consideration.

The State of Minnesota wants to hear what Minnesotans' priorities and visions are for the environment. The input gathered at the forums will be compiled and presented to the Dayton Administration at a statewide Environmental Congress next March.

The locations and dates of the regional Citizen Forums are:

Rochester: Wood Lake Meeting Center, Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Bloomington: Normandale Community College, Nov. 27, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Duluth: Lake Superior College, Nov. 28, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Worthington: Worthington High School, Dec 10 - 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

St. Cloud: Stearns County Service Center, Dec 12 - 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Moorhead: Minnesota State University, Dec 14 - 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Environmental Congress and the Citizens Forums leading up to it are the result of Governor Dayton's Executive Order 11-32. To assess Minnesota's progress toward clean air, water and energy, the Environmental Quality Board is convening Citizen Forums around the state to engage citizens in constructive dialogue, identify environmental challenges, and define a vision for Minnesota's environmental future.

For more information or to register for a Citizen Forum, visit If you have questions, contact Anna Sherman at 651-201-6607 or send a message to

This project is a collaboration of Governor Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Department of Administration, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Energy and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Board of Soil and Water Resources.