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The International Joint Commission on Wednesday advised the governments of Canada and the United States to take strong action on toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers that have accumulated across the Great Lakes. The flame retardants have been used for decades in products to reduce the risk of fire and now have accumulated in the Great Lakes at levels that could be harmful to human health, the IJC notes.
Global explorer Will Steger was hiking the North Shore ridge in 1996, at a vista along the Superior Hiking Trail, when he noticed something in the distance, off to the northwest. "It almost looked like foothills; high country with big trees. I had never seen anything like it before up there and it just intrigued me," Steger said in an interview on Tuesday. He returned later with a map and compass and bushwhacked into the forest to see up close what he had seen from afar.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota had an estimated 2,278 wolves last winter, up just a tick from the year before, according to survey results released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The winter survey estimate showed several more wolf packs across the wolf range — about the northern one-third of Minnesota — but the population was statistically unchanged from the estimate of 2,221 in 2015, the DNR said.
Upper Michigan’s Empire Mine produced its last ton of iron ore Wednesday when production ended, heading toward a complete shutdown on Aug. 28. Cliffs Natural Resources confirmed the last day...
Two people died and others were injured after Thursday's destructive line of thunderstorms ripped across the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park early Thursday, with the same storm downing trees, blocking roads and knocking out power in the Ely area. It appeared that Basswood Lake on the Minnesota-Ontario border was a hard-hit area, with the Ontario Provincial Police confirming two fatalities in the Prairie Portage area of the lake.
Cliffs Natural Resources and Minnesota Power announced a multi-year power supply deal and other agreements Tuesday that will see the Duluth-based utility add Northshore Mining to its portfolio of giant electricity-gobbling clients. Under the deal, Minnesota Power will supply electricity for the Silver Bay plant through 2031 and has paid Cliffs $31 million for those rights.
What is it about the Duluth-Two Harbors expressway? In February it was a Nissan Sentra doing 137 mph. And on Friday night a jet-black 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS was clocked...
Just in time for spring, the biggest snowstorm of the winter is set to hit much of the Northland on Wednesday with a foot or more of new snow in...
SOUDAN, Minn. — White-nose syndrome, the deadly fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. and Canada, has been found in bats in northeastern Minnesota's Soudan Underground...
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Thursday rejected a proposal by Minnesota Power that would have cut electric rates for taconite plants and paper mills while raising them for residential customers and other businesses. The five-member board of commissioners ruled that the Duluth-based utility hadn't submitted enough evidence that the rate shift would meet the statutory standards of providing a "net benefit." "I don't see the record established to show there is a net benefit for the utility or the state," said Commissioner Dan Lipschultz near the end of the nearly eight-hour hearing. The denial was without prejudice, however, which opens the door for Minnesota Power to come back with a new proposal. The utility also could resubmit the same plan with more data that better establishes that the shift is needed to help bolster the mining and paper industries that are under siege from foreign competition.