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Iron Range holds possibilities for energy storage

October 21, 2016

NRRI is investigating whether abandoned mine pits and shafts can serve the state's renewable energy future as energy storage facilities.
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NRRI testing starts Cliffs down path of new pellet plant

October 21, 2016

Cliffs contacted NRRI's minerals lab in 2007 to determine if their United Taconite mine could produce high-fluxed pellets.
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Scientist finds algae get 'meaningful burst' under ice

October 21, 2016

Research unveils importance of ice and snow cover to algal growth
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NRRI receives $2.5M to expand research on sensitive Great Lakes food web

September 26, 2016

Biological changes in microscopic organisms on the bottom of the Great Lakes food chain send up a big red flag to scientists.
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Stormwater: Expanding the 'web' of understanding

September 23, 2016

New EPA rules back in 2001 forced municipalities to address and reduce harmful stormwater impacts. NRRI responded with a way to help inform...
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Stormwater - Filtering with muck, peat and taconite

September 23, 2016

Pollutants in runoff from roads can get into watersheds if not captured and filtered. Bioslopes and bioswales constructed with compost and...
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Fall is a stressful time for trees

September 21, 2016

Happy fall color watchers probably don’t know that the bright leaves of autumn are actually a tree’s stress response. 
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A 'Tern' for the better

September 8, 2016

Donning hard hat, ear plugs and muck boots, NRRI scientist Annie Bracey prepares to get screamed at and pooped on. 
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Stormwater - Harnessing the power of peat

September 8, 2016

Peat – the decayed vegetation that forms over hundreds of years in cold, wet climates – has unique and beneficial characteristics. Its...
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Stormwater - Building better ditches

September 8, 2016

Where there are rural roads, there are ditches. But poorly built ditches can erode, sending large amounts of sediment to streams....


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