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Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

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Here, up north, we figure we're in pretty good shape.

We take a lot of pride in our clean air and water and spend a lot of time looking out for them.

So it was a shock to hear that two- to four-thousand people in Minnesota die early every year from causes linked to air pollution - and most of those are in rural areas, particularly around Aitkin and McGregor.

Take a look at the news release for the Minnesota Pollution Control's upcoming public meeting: "Magnetation draft permit public meeting scheduled" and you're  lost almost as soon as you start reading.  But it turns out, these public meetings, held frequently around the state by the MPCA and other state agencies for a variety of proposals, projects and drafted documentation, are not as impenetrable as they might seem.  Not only can attendees learn a lot, they can have valuable feedback.