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Park Bugle columns

Transition Town–ASAP hosts a column in the Park Bugle, our neighborhood's monthly newspaper. Since 2016 we've shared a variety of voices on climate and resiliency topics. The nonprofit Bugle serves St. Anthony Park, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, and Como Park, and relies on community support. Browse our columns by topic here.

April 2024 column:

Is your home haunted?
Alex Bajcz on "phantom appliances" that drain energy


Climate response

U of M author offers tips for climate action
by Marilyn Benson, March 2024

Addressing the climate is priority 1 by Tom Lucy, Jan. 2024

Is 2023 the year for official climate action in Minnesota?

by Pat Thompson & Mindy Keskinen, Jan. 2023

New normal temperatures signal more climate change
by Mike Lukes, Aug. 2021

Environmental lessons from a pandemic in progress
by Jessica Hellmann, Aug. 2020

Understanding St. Paul's Climate Action Plan
by Tim Wulling, Dec. 2020

Como High students call out climate crisis at the Capitol
by Mindy Keskinen, Jan. 2020

The climate is changing, and so are we
by Mike Lukes, Nov. 2019

Climate Reality comes to the Twin Cities
by Mike Lukes, Oct. 2019

Community, equity, resilience

Horton Park is focal point for community by Tracy Kugler, April 2023

Crossword for the climate by Mindy Keskinen, Feb. 2023

Reading Buddies for a just, equitable world: A report and invitation by Ranae Hanson, Feb. 2022

Volunteers pitch in, enliven streets of South SAP
by Mindy Keskinen, Nov. 2021

Resilience in the Creative Enterprise Zone
by Catherine Reid Day, Sept. 2021

Get creative, get committed (and shovel!)
by Pat Thompson, Dec. 2020

Unearned white privilege— different life experiences
by Ranae Hanson, Sept. 2020

Poetry: Community builder, change maker, world saver?
by Mimi Jennings, April 2019

Take heart, then take action on climate change
by Mindy Keskinen, March 2019

Preparation and attitude are key assets in dealing with disasters by Mindy Keskinen, Dec. 2017

A summer of resiliency work in St. Paul
by Ethan Engberg, Aug. 2017


Investing for the Next Economy by Pat Thompson, Sept. 2023

Transition Town's newest venture: LION meetup by Annamary Herther, June 2020

Local Dough on the rise: An investment club with a conscience by Mindy Keskinen, Nov. 2018

How can we keep our investments close to home?
by Sherman Eagles, Oct. 2017


Chimney swifts return to St. Anthony Park by Karlyn Eckman, July 2023

The creek under your street 

by Ranae Hanson, May 2021

Supporting pollinators, the "little things that run the world" by Margot Monson, April 2020

How does your watershed flow?

by Ranae Hanson, March 2020


Is your home haunted? (appliances and phantom energy loads) by Alex Bajcz, April 2024

St. Paul's first public school goes greener with geothermal energy by George Zan, Dec. 2023 

Wildfire season is over, but winter air quality still poses risk 

by Lara Steen, Nov. 2023

Go electric: Make your home part of the climate solution

by Tim Wulling, Sept. 2022

Going solar with the Twin Cities SUN Co-op
by Tracy Kugler, April 2022

Do you want fossil-free electricity? by Tim Wulling, Jan. 2021

Many ways to go solar by Tim Wulling, June 2019

Get your home energy projects started
by Tim Wulling, Sept. 2016


Food and land

The Good Acre: Building local, equitable food systems

by Theresa McCormick, May 2023

The joy of pickling

by Ed Lotterman, Oct. 2022

A community garden's roots, and its gifts

by Sue Conner, July 2022

Eat your greens and shoots, but find them first
by Pat Thompson, April 2021

How to make a "lasagna bed" for your vegetables
by Lois Braun, June 2020

Berries for the picking
by Nadine Horchner, May 2020

A model farm restores land to health
by Ranae Hanson, Oct. 2019

Diet for a changing planet by Kit Canright, May 2019

Local gardens harvest community by sharing the bounty
by Pat Thompson, April 2018

"Going home green"

Eco-friendly burial options by Mindy Keskinen, March 2023

Living green, dying green
by Mindy Keskinen, Nov. 2020



Zoning updates promote flexible, equitable living options by Jane Pope, Feb. 2024

"Gentle density" is key to sustainability 
by Pat Thompson, June 2023

More neighbors: Part of the climate solution 
by Sherman Eagles, Jan. 2022

Inner resilience

Inner resilience and climate change: Why we need to practice self-care in order to change our world
by Mary Sage, March 2022

Poems to slow us down in a busy season
by Mimi Jennings, Dec. 2021

Helping kids cope with climate change
by Catherine Jordan, March 2021


Sustainable businesses

Local businesses find that sustainable is attainable
by Allie Rykken, June 2021

Bang Brewing finds opportunity in tough times
by Sandy Boss Febbo, Feb. 2021

Crossroads for community: CoCreatz sets grand opening
by Mindy Keskinen, July 2019

At Hampden Park Co-op, the new manager comes around to his roots by Mimi Jennings, Sept. 2018

Ride your bike to the toys by Pat Thompson, July 2016


To truly "rethink I-94," MnDOT's survey needs challenging responses

by Transition Town ASAP's planning group, Oct. 2023

Rethinking I-94 into a human-scale boulevard
by Pat Thompson, May 2022

Drive electric! And charge up curbside
by Pat Thompson, Oct. 2021

Building the future in a street: Cleveland Avenue
by Pat Thompson, Aug. 2019

Winter walking: Mission possible
by Pat Thompson, Jan. 2019

Changing the cars-only culture
by Mindy Keskinen, July 2018

The fare isn't the only cost in travel
by Michael Russelle, March 2018

Waste reduction

Gifting? Go plastic-free

by Ranae Hanson, Dec. 2022

The fourth R: Reduce, reuse, recycle— restart
by Michala Zien, June 2021 

Cheap clothes have human, environmental costs
by Karen Lilley, Oct. 2020

Celebrating holidays with a smaller carbon footprint
by Karen Lilley, Dec. 2019

Tool Library to open March 4
by Ethan Engberg, March 2017

Ten New Year's resolutions for Zero Waste
by Pat Thompson, Jan. 2017

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