On Water Action Day, a flood of citizens washes through the Minnesota Capitol

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Ron Meador A ripple of hope for Minnesota’s environmental traditions rolled over me early Wednesday afternoon as Sharon Day of St. Paul and Bois Forte sang to the water.This was in a park across the street from the state Capitol, where a very large rally was to take place in opposition to a very long list of regulatory rollbacks and budget cuts favored by the Legislature’s Republican majorities.It was chilly in the park, and damp, and as the hour for a prerally ceremony arrived the attendance had been surprisingly small, although it was growing by trickles as Day explained that water is a living entity and would be listening to the Ojibwe words for “water, we love you.”“Everybody loud, now,” she said, “so that lovely Mississippi...

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