What's in Ramsey County's wind?

Twin Cities Daily Planet examines why Ramsey County last month received an F grade for particulate matter pollution on the American Lung Association's 2012 State of the Air report. Hennepin, Dakota and Scott counties all received a C grade.
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Twin Cities Daily Planet examines why Ramsey County last month received an F grade for particulate matter pollution on the American Lung Association's 2012 State of the Air report. Hennepin, Dakota and Scott counties all received a C grade.

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