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The federal agencies responsible for a proposed mining ban near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness got an earful Thursday from supporters and opponents gathered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management heard more than two hours of public input on the plan to stop Twin Metals and other companies from exploring or mining on 235,000 acres just outside the federal wilderness.
DULUTH — A winter storm will bring heavy snow to much of southern Minnesota and central Wisconsin Friday, Feb. 24, but the storm now is expected to just graze the northern Minnesota. The National Weather Service is forecasting 6-12 inches of snow across southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, and into central and northern Wisconsin, most of it falling during the day Friday.
Longtime Two Harbors mayor and state lawmaker Dave Battaglia died Wednesday in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was 86. Battaglia grew up in Buhl but settled in Two Harbors where he taught civics and industrial arts for nearly 40 years.
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...