Sarah McKenzie

Getting out of the Milky Way's way

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Nicollet Island legislator touts natural beauty,energy savings of statewide "dark skies" plan

When DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn hosted a Mars viewing party at her Nicollet Island home last summer, one of her neighbors tricked a sensor that automatically turns on some of the island's streetlights come nightfall.

He shined some light on the sensor and the streetlights turned off. The night sky turned a few shades deeper, and the Red Planet became more visible.

While Kahn, a veteran lawmaker, doesn't want to turn everyone's lights

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