Minnesota Public Radio features by Dan Kraker http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31036 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:01:35 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Dan Kraker http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Groups sue feds over mineral leases near the Boundary Waters A group of nine northeastern Minnesota businesses and an environmental group sued the U.S. Department of the Interior Thursday over two federal mineral leases to a company seeking to build a copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/21/lawsuit-challenges-federal-leases-for-planned-minnesota-mine?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:07:58 -0500 Rivers of Oil, Episode 2: The largest inland spill This story isn't just about the risks of transporting huge amounts of oil through pipelines. It's also about the reward that oil provides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/20/rivers-of-oil-podcast-line3-pipeline-ep2-spill?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:02:00 -0500 Rivers of Oil podcast, Episode 1: Pipes Pipelines are everywhere, 2.5 million miles of them, forming a web under our feet, our rivers, our roads. And today, nearly every time a new pipeline is proposed, it's met with protest. Now, the battle over those pipelines -- with all its costs and its chaos -- looks to be headed for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/19/rivers-of-oil-podcast-line3-pipeline-ep1-pipes?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:02:00 -0500 Minnesota's Line 3 oil pipeline proposal: The basics If you follow the news at all, you've probably heard about an oil pipeline proposal called Line 3. Another boring infrastructure project? Think again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/18/enbridge-line-3-oil-pipeline-basics-faq-tar-sands?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Enbridge, Leech Lake Band rip Judge's Line 3 report Both Enbridge Energy and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are firing back against an administrative law judge's recommendation that the company can build its proposed Line 3 oil pipeline, but only if it builds it along the pipeline's current route across northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/09/enbridge-leech-lake-band-rip-judges-line-3-pipeline-report-on-route?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2018 16:32:43 -0500 Ruling on Line 3 leaves both sides seeing benefits Supporters and opponents of a proposed oil pipeline in northern Minnesota both saw something to like in a long-awaited report released late Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/24/ruling-on-pipeline-leaves-both-sides-seeing-advantage?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:44:20 -0500 Pipeline plan tests state's environmental-business balance State regulators are weighing whether to let Enbridge Energy build a new high-volume oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The company says the new line is vital to the nation's energy needs and will be strong and safe. Environmentalists say it's a disaster waiting to happen. Is there a middle ground? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/line-3-plan-tests-minnesotas-environmental-business-balance?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:19:06 -0500 Judge: Minn. regulators should approve Line 3, but not on new route An administrative law judge on Monday issued a nonbinding recommendation that Minnesota regulators approve Enbridge's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline proposal, but only if it replaces the existing line in its current location -- not a new route as Enbridge has proposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/minn-judge-to-rule-on-enbridge-energy-line-3-project?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:08:18 -0500 Regulators stand behind controversial wild rice rule At issue is a water quality standard Minnesota adopted in 1973 that limits how much sulfate can be discharged by wastewater treatment plants, iron ore mines, paper mills, or other facilities, into waters where wild rice grows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/28/regulators-stand-behind-controversial-wild-rice-rule?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:43:54 -0500 As PolyMet mine's costs rise, potential profits called into question It's going to cost hundreds of million dollars more than originally planned to build the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine and processing plant in northeast Minnesota -- but the eventual payout could exceed $2 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/27/polymet-costs-rise-but-so-do-potential-profits?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:00:35 -0500 Spill fears rise even as Line 3 backers vow new pipeline will be safe As state regulators decide whether to approve Enbridge Energy's Line 3 pipeline proposal, they must weigh the benefits of a new, modern pipeline across northern Minnesota against the risk of disaster. A trip on the proposed route with supporters and critics shows what's at stake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/27/line-3-enbridge-minnesota-spill-fears-versus-safety?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Enbridge poured $5 million into lobbying for Line 3, outspending all others The oil pipeline company spent more than twice as much as the next largest lobbying interest last year as the company's work faces increasing public scrutiny. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/20/enbridge-spends-over-5-million-lobbying?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:30:49 -0500 Line 3 pipeline clears another hurdle as environmental study gets OK The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ruled unanimously Thursday that the final environmental impact statement for the proposed Line 3 project is "adequate." The state is expected to decide on the contentious project in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/15/-line-3-pipeline-clears-another-hurdle-as-environmental-study-gets-ok?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:40:11 -0500 Clean up your old oil pipeline, Minnesotans tell Enbridge If Enbridge Energy gets approval to build its contentious Line 3 oil pipeline replacement, it wants to leave the old pipe in the ground. Locals want it removed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/12/clean-up-your-old-oil-pipeline-minnesotans-tell-enbridge?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Former UMD hockey coach's gender discrimination trial begins Former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller argues the University of Minnesota Duluth fired her because she's a woman, and for complaining about discrimination. UMD says the firing was performance-related. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/06/former-umd-coach-gender-discrimination-trial-begins?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Conservation groups ask for hearings on PolyMet Three conservation groups have asked the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for evidence-based hearings before deciding on the controversial copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/28/conservation-groups-ask-for-hearings-on-polymet?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:59:43 -0600 Human Rights Department questions pipeline proposal In a letter to the state Public Utilities Commission, Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey said his department believes Enbridge's preferred route for the new pipeline traverses "one of the last wild locations in Minnesota." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/28/human-rights-department-questions-pipeline-proposal?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:43:01 -0600 Gold-medal curlers receive hero's welcome in Duluth To chants of "U.S.A," the gold medalists followed a bagpiper into a packed ballroom through a canopy of curling brooms held up by local players. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/28/goldmedal-curlers-receive-heros-welcome-in-duluth?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Duluth welcomes home golden curlers About 200 well-wishers greeted the U.S. Olympic men's curling team at the Duluth airport Monday evening, after their memorable run to the country's first-ever curling gold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/26/victorious-mens-curlers-come-home-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:12:09 -0600 Diggins' golden Olympic spirit inspires skiers at the 'Birkie' and beyond Afton Olympic hero Jessie Diggins carried the American flag at the closing ceremony in Pyeongchang this weekend, while thousands of cross-country skiers chanted her name at the American Birkebeiner ski marathon in northwest Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/26/diggins-golden-olympic-spirit-inspires-skiers-at-birkie-and-beyond?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 05:53:52 -0600 Mystery of Minnesota's disappearing moose closer to being solved The Minnesota DNR is wrapping up a landmark five-year investigation of the causes of the state's declining moose population, which has dropped 65 percent since 2006. The reasons are complex and research is ongoing, but wolves and deer play a role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/16/mystery-of-minnesota-disappearing-moose-closer-to-being-solved?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:11:00 -0600 In Duluth, more opposition to PolyMet mine About 800 people attended what's expected to be the final public comment meeting on the proposed project. If it's approved it will usher in a new kind of mining in the state, one critics say poses greater environmental threats than the state's existing iron ore industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/09/in-duluth-more-opposition-to-polymet-mine?refid=0 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:27:54 -0600 Iron Rangers press their case for PolyMet mine Hundreds of residents came to Aurora, Minn., Wednesday for a last chance at persuading state officials to approve or kill the controversial mine. Those officials, though, didn't hear much they hadn't heard already. Another hearing is set for today in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/08/polymet-mine-mn-iron-rangers-press-case-for-against?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:25:04 -0600 Public urged to speak up now on controversial PolyMet mine Two public meetings this week are among the final shots the public will have to comment on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/07/polymet-copper-nickel-mine-hearing-preview?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:49:35 -0600 Duluth's historic NorShor Theatre stages a revival After nearly eight years of planning and more than a year and a half of construction, the $30.5 million restoration of Duluth's last remaining historic playhouse culminates tonight with a grand opening performance of the musical "Mamma Mia." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/01/historic-norshor-theatre-stages-revival?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 I'm not ready for some football: 8 ways to plan your Minnesota Super Bowl escape Want to avoid the Super Bowl hoopla this week? Here's your guide to escaping the metro. Go have that winter adventure, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/30/superbowl-escape-the-twin-cities-mn-bucket-list?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:57:22 -0600 Forest Service scales back environmental study of mining near Boundary Waters The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday it will not prepare a full-blown environmental impact statement on a proposal to impose a 20-year mining ban in the watershed of the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/26/forest-service-scales-back-environmental-study-of-mining-near-boundary-waters?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:55:53 -0600 Iron Range board OKs $5 million for mountain bike trails The investment by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board will help fund three separate trail systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/24/iron-range-board-oks-5-million-for-mountain-bike-trails?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:51:53 -0600 State's only remaining solar manufacturer primed to expand The Canadian company Heliene Inc. is expected to receive up to $3 million in state loans to expand its solar module facility on the Iron Range, just as the Trump administration has set steep tariffs on imported solar panels in a bid to boost American manufacturers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/23/states-only-remaining-solar-manufacturer-primed-to-expand?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:46:10 -0600 Apostle Islands ice caves closed despite winter blast Apostle Islands National Lakeshore rangers reported dangerous conditions over the weekend when they went out to test the ice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/22/apostle-islands-ice-caves-closed-despite-winter-blast?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:49:16 -0600 Duluth native C.J. Ham took the long road to Vikings' backfield A 2011 graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School, C.J. Ham is starting to make a name for himself as an undrafted small-school player from Minnesota who's found success in the NFL. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/17/duluth-native-cj-ham-took-long-road-to-vikings-backfield?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:16:42 -0600 Red Lake tribe pulls out of deal selling land to pipeline company In a 5-3 vote, the tribal council opted to pull out of a deal the tribe approved in 2015, which called for Enbridge Energy to pay $18.5 million for less than a half acre of land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/12/red-lake-rescinds-enbridge-land-deal?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:25:06 -0600 Judge rejects change to Minnesota's wild rice water standard An administrative law judge has rejected an attempt to change Minnesota's water quality standard for protecting wild rice, saying it violates federal and state law and puts an unfair burden on Native Americans who harvest wild rice for food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/11/judge-rejects-change-to-minnesota-wild-rice-water-standard?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:11:46 -0600 State to deny water pollution waiver for Minntac mine U.S. Steel had asked for a 20-year variance from water quality standards for sulfate and other pollutants in water from its massive tailings basin that seeps into groundwater and nearby streams at its Mountain Iron facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/09/state-to-deny-water-pollution-waiver-for-minntac-mine?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:39:04 -0600 4 things to know about the PolyMet mine There are years of news to delve into with the PolyMet Mining saga, but here are four of the most important parts at play today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/05/4-things-to-know-about-polymet-mine?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:35:55 -0600 PolyMet is nearly clear to build controversial Iron Range mine The DNR has released a draft mining permit for PolyMet to build the state's first copper-nickel mine. But the company still faces hurdles, including more anticipated lawsuits, and raising an estimated $650 million to build the mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/05/dnr-polymet-copper-nickel-mine-draft-permit-iron-range?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:50:40 -0600 Frigid temps lead to fleet of ships anchored offshore in Duluth On New Year's Day there were nine huge freighters anchored outside the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth -- arranged like in a game of Battleship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/02/frigid-temps-lead-to-fleet-of-ships-anchored-offshore-in-duluth?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:52:55 -0600 Ruling pushes decision on Line 3 pipeline into summer State regulators had planned to make a final decision on Enbridge Energy's proposed oil pipeline project by April 2018. A judge's new ruling could push that decision to June 2018, if not later. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/27/ruling-delays-decision-on-line-3-pipeline-project?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:13:33 -0600 At rural MN hospitals, deaf people struggle for interpreters Hospitals are required to provide effective communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, including the family members and companions of patients. But many say that doesn't always happen in Minnesota, especially in rural parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/26/at-rural-mn-hospitals-deaf-people-struggle-for-interpreters?refid=0 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:52:13 -0600 Feds reverse course, keep Minnesota copper mine plan alive Last December, the Obama administration refused to renew mineral leases that Twin Metals Minnesota says it needs to build a huge underground copper-nickel mine near Ely and the Boundary Waters. On Friday, the Trump administration reversed the decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/22/twin-metals-mn-copper-mine-alive-fed?refid=0 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:18:11 -0600 State: Over $1B likely needed in PolyMet 'financial assurance' Minnesota officials gave their first indication of the potential amount of environmental liability Minnesota's first ever copper-nickel mine could leave behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/20/state-over-1b-likely-needed-in-polymet-financial-assurance?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:47:55 -0600 Study shows Isle Royale moose shrinking while their population booms Over 40 years of study, the size of the Isle Royale moose skulls had shrunk by 16 percent, even as the moose population on the Lake Superior island flourished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/19/study-isle-royale-moose-shrinking-while-population-booms?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:56:08 -0600 PolyMet offers state $544M if it couldn't pay for mine cleanup The "financial assurances" package is a kind of damage deposit made to protect taxpayers from having to cover the costs of shutting down and cleaning up the proposed northern Minnesota mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/13/polymet-copper-nickel-mine-financial-assurances?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:17:45 -0600 Birders aflutter over snowy owl 'irruption' Every few years there are so called "irruptions" of snowy owls to Minnesota and other northern states, when the majestic raptors flock south from the Arctic tundra. This winter's could be an especially big one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/13/birders-aflutter-over-snowy-owl-irruption?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Love it or loathe it, Minnesota's lutefisk tradition lives on The taste, the texture, and the smell of lutefisk are legendary ... for being repulsive. Still, every Christmas season, Lutheran churches across Minnesota serve thousands of platefuls of the Scandinavian dish -- even if the legions of lutefisk lovers are dwindling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/11/love-it-or-loathe-it-minnesotas-lutefisk-tradition-lives-on?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:57:46 -0600 PUC says Line 3 environmental review is inadequate, asks for changes State regulators on Thursday rejected a major environmental study prepared for the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota as they seek revisions on three relatively narrow items. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/08/regulators-ask-for-changes-to-line-3-environmental-review-?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:38:06 -0600 Many Minnesota Democrats sad, angry over Franken's departure Democrats in Duluth and northeast Minnesota were critical to Al Franken's razor-thin victory in 2008 in his first election to be a U.S. Senator. Now, for many in Duluth and across the state, it's hard to see him leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/07/many-duluth-democrats-sad-angry-over-franken-departure?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:26:36 -0600 Extra police on site after threat to 'shoot up' Stillwater high school The district told parents officials were "confident there is no existing threat to our students." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/01/extra-police-on-site-after-threat-to-shoot-up-stillwater-high-school?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:38:44 -0600 U.S. House OKs bill paving way for mining near Boundary Waters The measure would reopen land near the Boundary Waters to mineral exploration and, potentially, to new copper-nickel mines on the doorstep of one of the nation's most popular wilderness areas. The vote created unusual political alliances among Minnesota's congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/30/us-house-approves-bill-to-pave-way-for-mining-near-boundary-waters?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:56:08 -0600 Many Minnesota Democrats say they're willing to give Franken a second chance Many Democrats who responded to a recent query by MPR News say they're disappointed by the allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken, but don't feel he should step down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/27/minnesotans-react-to-allegations-against-franken?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:53:26 -0600 Minnesota small towns envision a driverless future Autonomous vehicles are not the stuff of science fiction any longer. So far, most of the talk on how to deploy them has focused on big cities. But rural Minnesotans -- especially those who don't drive -- also stand to gain a lot from the technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/27/minnesota-small-towns-envision-a-driverless-future-?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:31:52 -0600 Essentia fires nearly 50 workers for not getting flu shot The Duluth-based health care system announced last month that employees would be required to get a flu shot, or receive a religious or medical exemption. Monday was the deadline to comply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/21/essentia-fires-nearly-50-workers-for-not-getting-flu-shot?refid=0 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:23:05 -0600 At flu shot deadline, hundreds of Essentia Health employees could lose jobs Duluth-based Essentia Health changed its policy recently to require employees to get the vaccine. Essentia says the change is needed to protect patients, but many experts say the evidence isn't strong enough to make the shots mandatory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/20/at-flu-shot-deadline-hundreds-essentia-health-employees-could-lose-jobs?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:41:02 -0600 Ground Level: Unfit to print? Minnesotans deeply skeptical of mainstream media It's not just President Trump at war with the media. Most Minnesotans don't trust mainstream news coverage. That's a key finding from Ground Level, a new MPR News project using public opinion surveys to guide reporting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/14/ground-level-survey-minnesotans-skeptical-of-media?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0600 Judge: Minn. should OK environmental study of oil pipeline plan Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman said the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should deem the final environmental impact statement of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 project "adequate." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/01/enbridge-line-3-environmental-impact-judge-decision?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:02:57 -0500 'Vampire of the Great Lakes' still haunts Lake Superior fish The sea lamprey has been one of the most destructive nonnative species to invade the Great Lakes. While a control program has helped revive fish populations, lamprey numbers are on the rebound in Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/31/invasive-sea-lamprey-lake-superior-rebound?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Video game prompts charges of 'eco-terrorism' from oil pipeline advocates The game allows users to destroy symbolic oil pipelines with lightning bolts. Industry groups say it encourages violent acts against energy infrastructures. Backers say it's art. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/26/video-game-enabling-fantasy-pipeline-attacks-draws-fire?refid=0 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:22:34 -0500 15 years after his death, Paul Wellstone's legacy lives on Years after Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash, Minnesotans are still inspired by his idealism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/25/15-years-after-his-death-paul-wellstones-legacy-lives-on?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Hearings begin on wild rice rule Public hearings on a proposed new rule designed to protect wild rice from sulfate pollution discharged from wastewater treatment plants, taconite mines and other industry get underway in St. Paul on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/23/hearings-begin-wilid-rice-rule?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Tribes launch review of controversial MN pipeline project The tribes say their analysis will correct the "blatant inadequacies" of Minnesota's final environmental impact statement published in August detailing the potential effects of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/13/tribes-launch-review-of-controversial-mn-pipeline-project?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:16:56 -0500 Mountain biking booms among Minnesota high schoolers This weekend more than 700 student mountain bike racers will come to Duluth for the final regular season race of the Minnesota High School cycling league. In just six years, the league has grown to over 1,300 riders from more than 100 schools around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/13/mountain-biking-booms-among-minnesota-high-schoolers?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:47:19 -0500 Enbridge argues Line 3 oil pipeline needed for Minnesota, region Enbridge called the state's previous analysis "flawed" and said its proposed Line 3 pipeline project is needed to ensure the future energy supply of Minnesota and the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/11/enbridge-argues-line-3-oil-pipeline-needed-for-minnesota-region?refid=0 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:51:42 -0500 Study shows clear lakes can be some of the most polluted A study published Monday in the journal Inland Waters by researchers at Minnesota Sea Grant and the University of Minnesota Duluth shows that water clarity can sometimes disguise water quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/09/study-shows-clear-lakes-can-be-most-polluted?refid=0 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:32:28 -0500 Former FBI analyst announces bid for Congress in NE Minn. Leah Phifer, 33, a native of Two Harbors who now lives in Isanti, will challenge incumbent Congressman Rick Nolan in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District for the DFL endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/08/former-fbi-analyst-announces-bid-for-congress-in-ne-minn-?refid=0 Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:03:27 -0500 Superior is no longer the clearest of the Great Lakes Lakes Huron and Michigan have become clearer than Lake Superior, which was long known as the most pristine of the Great Lakes. But some ramifications of the clearer water aren't good. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/06/superior-is-no-longer-the-clearest-of-the-great-lakes?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota vigils remember dead in Las Vegas Groups that seek tighter restrictions on guns say the Las Vegas attack will lead to more activism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/05/vigils-duluth-minneapolis-vegas-victims?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 5 years after flood, lone road through Jay Cooke state park reopens Massive flooding in 2012 washed out more than 70 sections of state Highway 210 through the park south of Duluth. After five years of construction, it's finally reopened, just in time for fall colors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/04/jay-cooke-state-park-bridge-reopens-after-flood?refid=0 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:29:22 -0500 Enbridge tax fight could cost northern Minn. counties millions of dollars A major tax case between Enbridge Energy and the state heads to Minnesota Tax Court on Tuesday, which ultimately could leave 13 northern Minnesota counties on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/03/enbridge-tax-fight-could-cost-northern-minn-counties-millions-of-dollars?refid=0 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Our water, our stories The stories of Minnesota are the stories of the waters that flow through the state and the lives of those who call it home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/02/water-postcards-from-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 At Line 3 pipeline hearing, it's environment vs. jobs Hundreds of people attended public hearings Thursday on Enbridge's proposed Line 3 pipeline, with many voicing opposition to the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/28/enbridge-line-3-opponents-rally-capitol-before-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:39:10 -0500 Does Minnesota really need a new oil pipeline? That's the big question facing state regulators as a new round of public hearings begins Tuesday on whether to allow Enbridge Energy to replace its Line 3 pipeline. The state Commerce Department argues it isn't needed, but Enbridge says the need is so critical it's willing to spend over $7 billion to build it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/26/line-3-oil-pipeline-necessity-public-hearings-begin?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Fond du Lac Band restores wild rice to keep harvest tradition alive A bountiful wild rice harvest is winding down in northern Minnesota. On the Fond du Lac Reservation, where wild rice lakes were nearly destroyed by drainage ditches, the tribe has worked for 20 years to bring the rice back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/25/fond-du-lac-restores-wild-rice-keeps-harverst-tradition-alive?refid=0 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Draft permit signals DNR is OK with Polymet dam plan The state Department of Natural Resources has released a draft permit for the massive earthen dam PolyMet Mining is proposing to build to hold back millions of gallons of waste rock and water at its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/15/draft-permit-signals-dnr-is-ok-with-polymet-dam-plan?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:22:59 -0500 'Engineering marvel': New bridge brings excitement to the Iron Range The new 200-foot tall U.S. Highway 53 bridge over an abandoned iron ore pit next to the city of Virginia is the tallest in the state. It was built to make away for the expansion of a nearby operating taconite mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/15/new-bridge-brings-excitement-to-the-iron-range?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 'Run for your lives!' Remembering Minnesota's worst mine disaster Crow Wing County today opens a park, years in the making, dedicated to 41 miners killed nearly 100 years ago. For people in Crosby, Minn., with ties to that day, the painful stories are still fresh. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/13/new-park-memorializes-minnesota-worst-mine-disaster?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Bear hunting season opens as DNR aims to rebuild population The DNR has cut the number of permits offered to hunters by 500, to 3,350. Last year hunters killed about 2,600 bears in Minnesota, the most since 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/01/bear-hunting-season-opens-as-dnr-aims-rebuild-population?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 07:02:53 -0500 Dayton grants extension for Iron Range project financing Chippewa Capital Partners has promised to complete the mine and taconite pellet plant by December 2019. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/31/dayton-grants-extension-for-iron-range-project-financing?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:56:20 -0500 Line 3 pipeline construction in Wisconsin sparks protests, arrests Three self-described "water protectors" are still in a Wisconsin jail after being arrested Tuesday for protesting an oil pipeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/30/6-enbridge-oil-pipeline-protesters-arrested-northwestern-wisconsin?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:08:32 -0500 Startups bring camping into the age of Airbnb It's almost the end of summer, time maybe to get one last camping trip in before school starts. But if your favorite state park campground is booked, you now have another option: reserve your own personal site on private land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/23/startups-bring-camping-into-the-age-of-airbnb?refid=0 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:11:16 -0500 To protect wild rice, officials suggest new sulfate rule The proposal replaces a one-size-fits-all approach with a lake-by-lake approach. State regulators say it's more accurate and flexible, but Indian tribes and environmentalists, and some legislators and industry groups, are critical. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/21/to-protect-wild-rice-officials-suggest-new-sulfate-rule-?refid=0 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:49:00 -0500 Line 3 oil pipeline environmental review released The final environmental impact statement of the so-called "Line 3" project does not issue a final decision on whether the pipeline can be built. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/17/line-3-oil-pipeline-environmental-review-released--?refid=0 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:42:14 -0500 Researchers search for clues to toxic algae blooms It's the dog days of summer in Minnesota, which means warm lakes and an uptick in reports of toxic blooms of algae across the state. Scientists are working to identify what triggers the algae. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/17/researchers-search-for-clues-to-toxic-algae-blooms?refid=0 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Duluth's aviation industry is soaring A new report from the Duluth International Airport shows the number of aviation-related jobs in the Duluth region grew by 39 percent over the past decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/16/duluths-aviation-industry-is-soaring?refid=0 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:02:34 -0500 Duluth drownings highlight dangers of rip currents A man and his 10-year-old daughter drowned on a Duluth beach on Lake Superior Thursday after they were swept away by a powerful rip current, despite a decade-long effort in Duluth to warn swimmers of the dangers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/11/duluth-drownings-highlight-dangers-rip-currents?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:12:36 -0500 Mille Lacs walleye fishing resumes Friday Catch-and-release angling for the popular sport fish resumes on Friday at 6 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/10/mille-lacs-walleye-fishing-resumes?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:54:11 -0500 Duluth mayor pitches sales tax hike to pay for streets A recent survey showed more than 90 percent of Duluth residents lacked confidence in the city's streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/08/duluth-mayor-pitches-sales-tax-hike-to-pay-for-streets?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:03:57 -0500 Construction worker in critical condition after distracted driving crash A 33-year-old mother of six was struck Monday by a 19-year old driver who authorities say was checking her phone. Distracted driving is a factor in one of every four crashes in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/04/construction-worker-in-critical-condition-after-distracted-driving-crash?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:53:47 -0500 BWCA land swap environmental review released The Superior National Forest has released the draft of a proposal it hopes will settle a 40-year old controversy over about 50 square miles of state school trust land trapped inside the federally controlled Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/03/bwca-land-swap-environmental-review-released?refid=0 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:39:39 -0500 Study: Most Minn. sex buyers are married, white men with disposable income The University of Minnesota has published a first-of-its-kind statewide approach to examine the demographics of Minnesota's sex buyers, the least understood aspect of the commercial sex trade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/02/u-study-first-of-its-kind-to-analyze-sex-buyers-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:33:36 -0500 Federal court keeps MN wolves under endangered species protection The decision keeps in place current rules surrounding wolves, and blocks states from asserting management control over the species, including the implementation of hunting seasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/01/federal-court-keeps-mn-wolves-under-endangered-species-protection?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:12:04 -0500 Minn. hikes fines for failure to stop for school bus The fine for failing to stop for a school bus with its lights flashing and crossing arm extended is increasing by $200. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/01/minn-hikes-fines-for-failure-to-stop-for-school-bus?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 BCA investigating shootout with police in SE Minnesota The early morning incident followed a police chase that started in Hokah, Minn. Two suspects were arrested. One is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/31/bca-investigating-shootout-with-police-se-mn?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:26:14 -0500 Most Minn. body-cam policies leave usage to cops' discretion Earlier this week Minneapolis changed its policy to require officers to activate their body cameras a soon as they're dispatched to any call for service. But most officers across the state are given a lot of discretion to decide when exactly they turn on their cameras. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/28/most-minn-bodycam-policies-leave-usage-to-cops-discretion?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:34:23 -0500 At Minn. women's prison, Mother's Day sadness turns into opera The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra tonight premiers "It Rained on Shakopee," featuring a choir from the Shakopee women's prison. It's believed to be the first opera featuring voices from an American prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/20/mothers-day-pain-becomes-opera-minnesota-women-prison?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0500 Duluth may be next to require paid sick leave Laws requiring most employers to provide paid sick leave kicked in recently in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Duluth officials are now weighing a similar move, but not everyone's on board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/19/duluth-mulls-paid-sick-leave?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Bill backing PolyMet land swap gets first hearing in Congress DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan is backing a bill that would permit a land swap between the U.S. Forest Service and the controversial PolyMet mine development. Environmental groups have sued to block the exchange. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/16/bill-backing-polymet-land-swap-gets-first-hearing-in-congress?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:42:42 -0500 Stauber announces congressional run in Minnesota's 8th District St. Louis County Commissioner and Duluth Police Lt. Pete Stauber is well known in the Duluth region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/10/stauber-announces-congressional-run-in-minnesota-8th-district?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:16:44 -0500 Minn. oil pipeline fight stokes threats, fears of Standing Rock Activists say thousands of protesters will descend on Minnesota should the state OK a permit to let Enbridge Energy replace an aging oil pipeline. State officials and company executives are working to head off a confrontation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/05/minn-enbridge-pipeline-fight-stokes-standing-rock-fear?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 40 years later, Glensheen murders still grip Duluth The mysterious 1977 killings of a mining heiress and her night nurse became a media sensation. The mansion where they died remains one of Duluth's most popular tourist spots. Go easy on the questions, though. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/23/glensheen-mansion-murders-still-grip-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Wood City: Cloquet hopes to keep its identity after country's last matchstick factory closes The Diamond Match factory, one of three major wood products plants in Cloquet, Minn., will close this summer leaving the town with a hole in its history and economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/19/cloquet-hopes-to-keep-identity-after-countrys-last-matchstick-factory-closes?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Public to weigh in on proposed electric rate hike in northern MN Minnesota Power wants to increase rates by about 6 percent overall to pay for recent capital investments. But that increase wouldn't be evenly spread out among all customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/17/public-to-weigh-in-on-proposed-electric-rate-hike-in-northern-mn?refid=0 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Rare tick-triggered meat allergy spreads in northern Minnesota The alpha-gal allergy is triggered by a bite from a tick that's found largely in the southeastern U.S., confounding researchers and doctors here. The number of Minnesota cases continues to grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/12/tick-triggered-meat-allergy-alpha-gal-spreads-north-mn?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:27:08 -0500 Troubled Waters: Trump budget casts Great Lakes cleanup into doubt The restoration of the St. Louis River that flows past Duluth into Lake Superior is nearly complete, but money for the project -- and dozens of other cleanup efforts across the Great Lakes -- has been zeroed out in the president's budget plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/12/troubled-waters-trump-budget-casts-great-lakes-cleanup-into-doubt?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:06:12 -0500 Youth homelessness center opens in Duluth The Center for Changing Lives provides 10 apartments and 10 transitional housing units for young people who otherwise might not have a place to sleep. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/09/youth-homelessness-center-opens-in-duluth?refid=0 Sat, 10 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0500 MnDOT stops Duluth bridge construction after human remains discovered Part of the project crosses a historic Native American cemetery. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa said it's "deeply disappointed" the site was not protected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/08/mndot-stops-duluth-bridge-construction-after-human-remains-discovered?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:09:43 -0500 Utility's plan to build natural gas plant in Wis. draws Republicans' ire The plant would complement additional investments planned in wind and solar, but Republicans argue it should have been built in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/07/utilitys-plan-to-build-natural-gas-plant-in-wis-draws-republicans-ire?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:04:15 -0500 Enbridge pipeline backers, foes speak out as Minnesota mulls permit Dozens of supporters and opponents of a plan to replace Enbridge Energy's deteriorating Line 3 turned out Tuesday for the first public meetings on the proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/07/public-scrutiny-enbridge-pipeline-replace-begins?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:54:37 -0500 Volunteers 'vacuum' 6 miles of fire-ravaged trail in Boundary Waters Volunteers have fully cleared fallen timber from a portion of Boundary Waters trail hit by a wildfire six years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/03/volunteers-vacuum-6-miles-of-fireravaged-trail-in-boundary-waters?refid=0 Sat, 03 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Historic Duluth theater rehab over half done, and uncovering secrets The restoration of the 107-year old NorShor Theatre in Duluth is 60 percent complete, and officials are asking for help identifying a century-old painted mural uncovered during construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/31/historic-duluth-theater-rehab-over-half-done-and-uncovering-secrets?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 18:20:25 -0500 Titanium Range? Breakthrough could lead to new kind of mining in NE Minn. Scientists say they've demonstrated how to produce titanium oxide from a mineral called ilmenite -- a move they say puts northeastern Minnesota on the cusp of a new mining industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/26/titanium-range-breakthrough-could-lead-to-new-kind-of-mining-in-ne-minn-?refid=0 Fri, 26 May 2017 14:45:30 -0500 Study on proposed mining ban near Boundary Waters will proceed Trump administration officials speaking at a congressional hearing Thursday said a two-year environmental review of potential copper nickel mining on the Superior National Forest will go forward, despite efforts to block it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/25/study-on-proposed-mining-ban-near-boundary-waters-will-proceed?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 18:10:36 -0500 MN's greenhouse gas goal flopped. New goal: 'electrify everything' Ten years ago, lawmakers pledged to cut Minnesota's greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Officials today concede they've barely moved the needle, but they're hoping new technology can reenergize the effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/25/some-urge-minn-electrify-everything-cut-emissions?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 In NE Minnesota, a 'test kitchen' for saving northern forests Hoping to build a defense against climate change, the Nature Conservancy is planting 50,000 trees this spring in "conifer strongholds," places the trees are expected to thrive, even in a warmer climate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/24/planting-pines-in-minnesota-to-fight-climate-change?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2017 10:26:43 -0500 New environmental review weighs alternative routes for Enbridge pipeline The much-anticipated environmental review marks a new era for oil pipeline projects in Minnesota, which used to fly mostly under the radar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/15/environmental-review-due-for-enbridge-pipeline-replacement?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2017 08:02:43 -0500 Birch bandit: Iron Range man charged with illegally cutting birch trees An Aurora man has been charged with illegally chopping down 1,200 birch trees on state forest land valued at more than $3,400, part of a growing problem of birch trees being illegally felled to feed a burgeoning home decor market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/09/birch-bandit-iron-range-man-charged-with-illegally-cutting-birch-trees-?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2017 17:26:30 -0500 Hotly anticipated northern Minn. wood siding plant delayed Louisiana Pacific, which last year announced the purchase of a former mill in Cook, Minn., to expand its thriving engineered wood siding business -- now says it will first convert a mill the company operates in British Columbia to make siding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/08/hotly-anticipated-northern-minn-wood-siding-plant-delayed?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2017 21:00:00 -0500 Project reduces mercury levels in women on North Shore After a study showed high rates of mercury in newborns, efforts to give advice to women about eating fish along the North Shore of Lake Superior are reducing mercury levels without cutting fish consumption. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/08/project-reduces-mercury-levels-in-women-on-north-shore?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2017 19:00:00 -0500 Feds OK Cirrus Aircraft plan to build 'Vision' jet in Duluth Cirrus is banking its future on the Vision jet, the first single-engine, personal jet to hit the market. The FAA OK'd production without requiring the agency to inspect and certify each plane. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/02/cirrus-aircraft-duluth-jet-plan-gets-faa-ok?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 17:29:12 -0500 Cloquet matchsticks factory, last in the U.S., to shut down Eighty-five workers will lose their jobs when New Jersey-based Newell Brands closes its Diamond match factory in northeastern Minnesota in the next six months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/02/countrys-last-matchstick-factory-to-close-incloquet?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 11:52:28 -0500 On Gunflint Trail, memories of 'devil's fire' still burn The Ham Lake Fire started 10 years ago Friday. It burned more than 75,000 acres and destroyed over 100 structures, including many longtime family cabins. But the forest, and the people, are recovering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/01/on-gunflint-trail-memories-of-devils-fire-still-burn?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota cities chafe at efforts to undercut local lawmaking The League of Minnesota Cities has tallied more than 30 pieces of legislation introduced this year that would restrict municipal authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/28/cities-chafe-at-efforts-to-undercut-local-lawmaking?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:43:38 -0500 Vaccine fears driving measles outbreak among Somalis in Hennepin Co. Public health officials, hospitals and clinics are taking extra precautions as the outbreak continues spreading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/20/measles-outbreak-hits-12-cases-all-unvaccinated-kids?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:20:42 -0500 2 more cases bring Minnesota measles outbreak to 11 Nine of the confirmed cases are in the Somali-Minnesotan community, where vaccination rates for measles are much lower than in the general population. The first cases were reported on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/19/minnesota-measles-outbreak-11-cases-hennepin-county?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:38:07 -0500 Super Bowl grant to help spread traditional "wooden stick" lacrosse in metro A $50,000 grant for Native American lacrosse is the latest in a year-long effort by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee to improve health and wellness in kids across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/18/super-bowl-grant-to-help-spread-traditional-lacrosse-in-metro?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:39:11 -0500 Craftsmen, backpacks, beer build hope in a needy Duluth neighborhood An eclectic group of businesses is sparking a renaissance in Lincoln Park, a Duluth neighborhood that could really use the help, and the jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/18/duluth-lincoln-park-businesses-spark-revival?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota firefighters brace for busy spring wildfire season Areas of north-central and northwestern Minnesota are as much as an inch and a half below average precipitation levels, leading fire officials to predict higher than average fire activity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/13/minnesota-firefighters-brace-for-busy-spring-wildfire-season?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:37:37 -0500 Duluth launches coal-cutting energy pilot The city's switch at its steam plant from coal to natural gas is expected to cut the city's carbon emissions by 10 percent this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/12/duluth-launches-coalcutting-energy-pilot-?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:15:46 -0500 Moose rescued after breaking through icy lake near Boundary Waters Using canoes, a tow strap and some soothing conversation, a team of rescuers pulled a 650-pound moose out of Hungry Jack Lake in far northeastern Minnesota Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/10/moose-rescued-after-breaking-through-icy-lake-near-boundary-waters?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:20:11 -0500 Environmental lawsuits pile up as PolyMet mine crawls forward Three lawsuits have been filed in the past week alone, challenging recent federal decisions advancing what would be the state's first ever copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/polymet-copper-nickel-mine-minnesota-environment-suits?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Round 3: Environmental groups file another suit over 'sweetheart' PolyMet deal Environmental groups have filed a third lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service, attempting to overturn the agency's January approval of a land exchange with PolyMet http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/27/enviornmental-groups-sue-forest-service-polymet-deal?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:39:29 -0500 DNR: Bat killing disease spreading in Minnesota, decimating colonies White-nose syndrome, a disease that can be fatal to hibernating bats, has now been confirmed in six Minnesota counties, officials said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/23/bat-killing-disease-spreading-minnesota-bats-dying?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:34:31 -0500 Lawmakers eyeing state's environmental regulatory process for changes Depending on whom you ask, proposed changes to the environmental regulatory process would launch a coordinated attack on Minnesota's bedrock environmental protections -- or improve an unwieldy, job-killing system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/23/lawmakers-battle-environmental-regulation-changes?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Duluth hopes broken blue bridge will soon rise to the occasion The drawbridge that's connected Duluth's convention center and the Canal Park entertainment district for 26 years fails regularly, frustrating pedestrians and politicians. But a fix is near. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/20/duluth-blue-bridge-breakdowns-repair-coming?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Divide over mining near BWCA on display at public meeting About 1,000 people packed a public meeting in Duluth on a federal proposal that could lead to a 20-year moratorium on mining exploration and development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/17/divide-mining-near-bwca-on-display-public-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:01:25 -0500 Pro-mining and pro-wilderness forces prepare for Duluth meeting A large crowd is expected at a public meeting to gather input on a federal proposal to ban potential copper, nickel and precious metal mining in the Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/15/pro-and-antimining-forces-prepare-for-duluth-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:34:54 -0500 Owl feeding controversy ruffles feathers The controversial practice of luring owls with mice to photograph them in action and up close has come to a head in northeast Minnesota this winter, leading to angry confrontations over ethics and animal welfare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/13/owl-feeding-controversy-ruffles-feathers?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Iron Range residents sue Dayton over mining near Boundary Waters The lawsuit alleges Dayton, "bowing to political pressure, has colluded with the federal government and anti-mining activists to ban mining in the Rainy River watershed of the Superior National Forest." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/02/iron-range-residents-sue-dayton-over-mining-near-boundary-waters?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:46:34 -0600 Solved: the mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls Anyone who's seen the disappearing waterfall along Minnesota's North Shore has wondered where the water goes. Hydrologists now think they know. While it's not a Scooby-Doo moment, the answer to the mystery is still intriguing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/28/hydrologists-solve-minnesota-devils-kettle-falls-mystery?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:57:51 -0600 DNR: Minnesota moose numbers stabilizing after steep decline The January moose survey found Minnesota's moose population statistically unchanged from a year ago, the Department of Natural Resources said Monday. That doesn't mean the creatures are out of the woods yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/27/minnesota-moose-numbers-stabilizing-after-steep-decline?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:01:25 -0600 'Arctic Riviera': Global birders flock to northeast Minnesota bog Sax-Zim Bog doesn't look like much, but it's a rock star in the sometimes fanatical world of international birding. Come on the search for the "king of the bog," the elusive great gray owl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/17/winter-birders-flock-northeast-minn-bog?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Open water: Madeline Island watches, worries as winter climate shifts This year's mild winter has meant another record low year for ice cover on Lake Superior. The climate shift is easy to see from the bow of a Madeline Island ferry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/13/madeline-island-climate-shift-ice-environmental-concern?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 These Duluth kids asked for school bus seat belts; St. Paul heard them Duluth third-graders inspired a bill at the Legislature to require seat belts on new Minnesota school buses. But is the $100 million price tag worth it? Even the kids want to know. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/10/duluth-kids-seat-belts-school-bus-bill?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton speaks out against potential mining near Boundary Waters Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton spoke out strongly against a proposed copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters during remarks Friday to the Minnesota Environmental Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/03/dayton-speaks-out-against-potential-mining-near-boundary-waters?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:36:10 -0600 Debate over copper mining near Boundary Waters heats up again "Copper kills jobs," Steve Piragis, owner of Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, told the crowd in Duluth. "In Ely, we have hundreds of people who are employed in the business of fresh water, clean water, that brings people to us." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/02/debate-over-copper-mining-near-boundary-waters-heats-up-again?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:06:01 -0600 Environmental groups launch second legal challenge over PolyMet land exchange The group WaterLegacy filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday, arguing the U.S. Forest Service undervalued the land it approved to exchange with PolyMet Mining earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/environmental-groups-launch-second-legal-challenge-over-polymet-land-exchange?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:06:34 -0600 Endangered no more? Wolf again poised to go off federal protection Sen. Amy Klobuchar has co-sponsored legislation to remove wolves in Minnesota from the endangered species list. Wolves have been "delisted" three times in the past decade, only to be "relisted" after court challenges. Will this effort stick? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/wolf-may-go-off-federal-protection?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Fast trail expected for Beargrease sled dog race Mushers are preparing for the 33rd running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, which begins Sunday in Two Harbors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/28/fast-trail-expected-for-beargrease-sled-dog-race-?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0600 Study: The Mississippi is pretty healthy, until it gets south of St. Cloud The upper stretch of the river is in pretty good shape, but the lower river needs large-scale changes to reduce pollution, according to the report out Wednesday from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/25/upper-mississippi-river-quality-report?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:30:00 -0600 Report shows environmental progress on Great Lakes, but more work needed The progress report from the International Joint Commission will provide recommendations to the U.S. and Canada to meet the goals of a 2012 agreement to clean up the lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/18/report-mor-work-needed-on-identifying-great-lakes-toxins?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:24:42 -0600 Pollution control officials to hold meetings on wild rice sulfate rule The January open houses will update the public on a revised approach to a complicated rule that limits the amount of sulfate that can be released into the state's wild rice waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/wild-rice-sulfate-rule-open-houses?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:34:49 -0600 1 dead, 4 others injured by apparent carbon monoxide The incident, on a rural southern Minnesota lake, is at least the third carbon monoxide related fatality involving ice anglers in Minnesota in the past three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/16/1-dead-4-others-injured-by-apparent-carbon-monoxide?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:41:04 -0600 Feds launch study of proposed 20-year mining ban near Boundary Waters The U.S. Forest Service will begin a lengthy environmental review on a proposed mining moratorium on the Superior National Forest in the Rainy River watershed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/13/feds-launch-study-of-proposed-20-year-mining-ban-near-boundary-waters?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:37:30 -0600 Deputy shot and killed man on Mille Lacs reservation; was responding to alleged home invasion robbery Authorities say the man killed was 20-year-old Jamison Anderson of Vineland, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/13/mille-lacs-deputy-shot-killed-man-home-invasion?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:02:09 -0600 Tick-triggered allergy surfaces in northern Minnesota At least two dozen Minnesotans have become suddenly severely allergic to red meat the past two years. One expert says it could be the tip of the iceberg. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/12/tick-triggered-meat-allergy-northern-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Environmental groups plan to sue feds over PolyMet mine's impacts on wolves, lynx Groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service arguing the proposed mine would destroy critical habitat for the threatened species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/10/environmental-groups-plan-to-sue-feds-over-polymet-mines-impacts-on-wolves-lynx?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:04:22 -0600 Forest Service OKs land swap for proposed PolyMet mine The exchange of thousands of acres in northeast Minnesota gives PolyMet the surface land it needs to dig its proposed open-pit copper-nickel mine. But it still needs additional state and federal approval to proceed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/09/forest-service-oks-land-swap-for-proposed-polymet-mine?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:54:55 -0600 Wisconsin tribe wants pipeline moved from its reservation The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's tribal council voted Wednesday to refuse to renew easements for the portion of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/06/wisconsin-tribe-wants-pipeline-removed-reservation?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:54:55 -0600 Duluth groups launch campaign to ban plastic bags A coalition of citizen groups and businesses in Duluth wants the city council to follow the lead of other cities, including Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, by phasing in bans on plastic bags and plastic foam take-out food containers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/05/duluth-groups-launch-campaign-to-ban-plastic-bags?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:21:04 -0600 U.S. Steel to restart Iron Range plant, call back workers in January In a hopeful sign for northern Minnesota's mining industry, U.S. Steel said Thursday it will reopen the Keetac Plant in Keewatin after recently securing deals to supply iron ore pellets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/29/us-steel-reopening-keetac-minnesota-plant?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:29:27 -0600 Concerns linger over Lake Superior's historic herring fishery Biologists worry not enough young herring are surviving to sustain the fishery, while at the same time demand for the fish has spiked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/27/concerns-linger-over-lake-superior-historic-herring-fishery?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0600 The protests at Standing Rock: Oil, water, race and treaty rights MPR News with Tom Weber devoted Tuesday's show to exploring the dispute in North Dakota over the proposed pipeline. The show included new reporting and updates, plus thoughts and reflections from some of the key players in the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/20/tw-standing-rock?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0600 Cirrus is betting its future on a 'personal jet' Duluth's Cirrus Aircraft delivered the first so-called personal jet on Monday. Will there be a market for such a plane? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/20/cirrus-betting-its-future-personal-jet?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:00:29 -0600 Feds halt Twin Metals plan for Minn. copper mine near Boundary Waters Federal authorities on Thursday called for a two-year "time out" for more environmental analysis and public input on whether future mining should be authorized on any federal land near Minnesota's Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/15/feds-deny-minerals-lease-renewals-for-twin-metals-mine?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:32:49 -0600 Bob Dylan's hometown of Hibbing struggles with how to honor its most famous son In the music legend and Nobel Prize winner's hometown of Hibbing, there's little more than a street sign in his honor. That could soon change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/09/bob-dylans-hometown-of-hibbing-struggles-with-how-to-honor-its-most-famous-son?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Pipeline decision marks victory in tribal effort to protect sacred sites The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision earlier this week to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under the Missouri River signals Indian tribes' greater voice in off-reservation infrastructure projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/07/standing-rock-decision-marks-victory-tribal-effort-to-protect-sacred-sites?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 EPA proposes rule requiring mines to cover clean-up costs The proposal is aimed at ensuring that taxpayers aren't left on the hook for potentially expensive mine clean-ups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/02/epa-proposes-rule-requiring-mines-to-cover-cleanup-costs?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:15:13 -0600 Laid off for 18 months, Iron Range mineworkers prepare for uncertain future Keewatin Taconite closed a year and a half ago, part of a wave of mine closures that hit Minnesota's Iron Range. Many workers are back in school, learning new skills in case the mines don't reopen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/28/laid-off-for-18-months-iron-range-mineworkers-prepare-for-uncertain-future?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Some Minnesotans opting for the trail, not the mall, on 'Black Friday' With free admission to state parks, Minnesota is at the forefront of a growing nationwide effort to get people to "opt outside" the day after Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/23/opt-outside-black-friday?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:16:51 -0600 Duluth's Bentleyville 'Tour of Lights' is back, bigger than ever The display will feature nearly 4 million lights, including 150,000 more lights this winter on the 128-foot tall tree at the center of the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/19/duluth-bentleyville-tour-of-lights-is-back-bigger-than-ever?refid=0 Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0600 Iron Range voters turn to Trump to boost region's struggling economy Mining country in northeast Minnesota, with its strong union ties, has historically backed Democrats in huge numbers. But this year many voters turned to Donald Trump, hoping for an economic jumpstart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/18/iron-range-voters-turn-to-trump-to-boost-regions-struggling-economy?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:57:14 -0600 Regulators release draft environmental permit for Iron Range mine The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued a long-delayed proposed permit for a major taconite mine on the Iron Range, less than a week after environmentalists sued over the state's oversight of the mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/16/state-regulators-releasedraft-environmental-permit-for-iron-range?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:32:54 -0600 Protesters rally against Dakota Access Pipeline in Duluth, St. Paul The rallies are among more than 300 across the country, asking that the federal government reject final permits for the controversial oil pipeline that has generated months of Native American protests in the Dakotas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/15/protesters-rally-against-dakota-access-pipeline-in-duluth-stpaul?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:38:36 -0600 Men as Peacemakers wins prestigious Bush prize The Duluth-based nonprofit that works to end violence against women is one of three Minnesota groups recognized by the Bush Foundation for responding to complex social challenges in innovative ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/15/men-as-peacemakers-wins-prestigious-bush-prize?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600 DNR to shut North Shore hatchery that spawns popular trout The French River hatchery north of Duluth produces Kamloops trout. But state conservation officials say it needs $8 million in repairs and consumes 10 percent of the agency's energy use statewide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/10/minnesota-dnr-popular-trout-hatchery-closing?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:00:13 -0600 On election eve, many efforts to fire up Minnesota voters Both Republicans and Democrats held rallies in Minnesota on Monday to try to get their supporters to cast ballots. A strong turnout for early voting in the state shows interest in the election is already high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/07/last-day-election-campaigning?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:57:45 -0600 More than the hunt: Deer opener will draw thousands for tradition, camaraderie Deer hunters will take to the woods this weekend for the opener of the Minnesota firearms deer season, as the state for the first time begins to develop a statewide deer management plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/04/more-than-the-hung-deer-opener-draws-thousands-for-tradition-camaraderie?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:59:56 -0500 PolyMet applied to open its copper-nickel mine: Now what? PolyMet has filed a permit application to open the first copper-nickel mine in Minnesota. Here's what you need to know. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/03/polymet-applied-to-open-its-copper-nickel-min-now-what?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:01:59 -0500 Their mission: save Minnesota's rare orchids before it's too late Researchers are tromping across the state gathering microscopic seeds from Minnesota's 48 rare orchid species, part of a nationwide effort to conserve the threatened flowers. Here's a look at what they found in the woods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/31/saving-minnesota-rare-orchids-mission-smithsonian?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Northern Minn. wood siding plant takes another step forward, but still not a done deal A company that Minnesota authorities once hoped would build a wood siding plant on the Iron Range is tempering expectations about its plans and the belief it will create hundreds of new jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/28/northern-minn-wood-siding-plant-uncertain?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:32:22 -0500 Duluth seeks volunteers for the 'Minnesota Tip' Duluth parks workers are on the lookout for volunteers to help "tip" the 2,800 roses at Leif Erikson Park underground to enable them to survive the cold, dry winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/21/duluth-seeks-volunteers-minnesota-rose-tip?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:19:39 -0500 Minnesota Power to shut down two coal generators early The Duluth-based utility will shut down two coal-fired units in Cohasset, Minn., by the end of 2018, four years earlier than required by state regulators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/19/minnesota-power-shutting-down-last-two-coal-generators-early?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:44:55 -0500 Mille Lacs advisory panel member resigns, calling group 'anti-treaty rights' The group's sole tribal member has stepped down, following the resignation of the group's academic member earlier this year. The DNR rejects the claims the panel is "anti-science" or "anti-treaty rights." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/17/mille-lacs-advisory-panel-jamie-edwards-resigns?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:16:18 -0500 How a far-sighted Minnesota scientist pointed America toward the future The National Sea Grant Program, which turns 50 years old this month, is the brainchild of a former University of Minnesota Dean who also proposed a domed experimental city in Aitkin County and wrote a famous comic strip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/14/athelstan-spilhaus-sea-grant-anniversary?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:09:00 -0500 The Hibbing high school teacher who mentored Bob Dylan, Nobel literature prize winner Bob Dylan's literary roots may be as tangled as the Nobel Prize winner's famously enigmatic lyrics, but at some point they invariably end up in the Hibbing High School classroom of B.J. Rolfzen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/13/bob-dylan-hibbing-english-teacher-mentor-nobel-prize-literature?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:06:19 -0500 Enbridge resumes use of 2 MN pipelines targeted by protesters Protesters with a group called Climate Direct Action targeted five pipelines carrying heavy crude from Canada's oil sands region, including two in northern Minnesota, "to avert climate catastrophe." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/11/enbridge-pipeline-protest?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:39:18 -0500 From mining to biking: How Minnesota's Cuyuna Range became an off-road cycling destination On Saturday, 500 mountain bikers are expected to roll into the tiny northern Minnesota towns of Crosby and Ironton. The race is the biggest event of the year for the region, once known as the Cuyuna Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/06/how-minnesota-suyuna-range-became-a-world-class-off-road-cycling-destination?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Shakespeare on Tour: The playwright's famed First Folio visits Duluth Thousands of Shakespeare lovers are expected in Duluth over the next three weeks to see a rare original edition of the First Folio, a book published in 1623 that experts credit with saving some of the bard's most beloved plays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/05/shakespeare-on-tour-the-playwrits-famed-first-folio-visits-duluth?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:32:59 -0500 Groups question Enbridge's plans for proposed oil pipeline project Environmental groups want state regulators to re-review a proposed oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/26/environmental-groups-question-enbridge-oil-pipeline-plan?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:00:58 -0500 Fond du Lac Band to hold fall moose hunt over state objections The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa plans to hold an off-reservation moose hunt beginning Saturday in northeast Minnesota, despite concern from the Minnesota DNR over the iconic animal's steep population decline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/21/fond-du-lac-band-moose-hunt?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:08:37 -0500 Once nearly wiped out by pollution, wild rice is coming back to northern MN Several groups are seeding 12,000 pounds of wild rice into the St. Louis River this fall, part of an ambitious effort to restore 250 acres of wild rice to this culturally important waterway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/21/wild-rice-comeback-effort-st-louis-river?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Middle class struggles dominate Nolan, Mills MN 8 debate DFL Rep. Rick Nolan squared off Monday with GOP challenger Stewart Mills over jobs, health care and Social Security in what's expected to be one of the nation's most competitive and closely-watched congressional races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/19/nolan-mills-congress-debate-middle-class-struggles?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:56:57 -0500 Tiny plastic pollution may be more widespread in Great Lakes Previous research identified microbeads as big problem in Great Lakes. But new study shows other kinds of tiny plastics are also flowing into the lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/15/microbead-tiny-plastic-pollution-may-be-widespread-great-lakes?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:15:16 -0500 Duluth council declines to call for PolyMet hearings Supporters wanted Duluth to ask for an administrative law judge to weigh evidence before the DNR decides to allow the mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/13/duluth-council-declines-call-for-polymet-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:41:38 -0500 Twin Metals sues over mineral leases near Boundary Waters Twin Metals wants to hold onto federal leases needed to pursue a controversial $2.8 billion underground copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/12/twins-metals-minnesota-sues-feds-over-minerals-lease-renewals?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:47:43 -0500 Duluth council to weigh in on proposed hearings for PolyMet mine Council members will vote on a resolution asking for hearings before an administrative law judge before the state ultimately decides whether to approve the controversial copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/09/polymet-duluth-council-weighs-in?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Warming waters: Lake Superior nearly breaks water temperature record Another warm summer water year for Lake Superior is consistent with long-term trends; big lakes like Superior are warming, and fast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/09/lake-superior-water-temperature?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Aging paddlers? More BWCA trips, but fewer young visitors A new report from the U.S. Forest Service show a recent uptick in visits to the BWCA, but overall since 2010, there's been a slow and steady decline in trips, especially by younger people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/02/aging-paddlers-more-bwca-trips-but-fewer-young-visitors?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Enbridge puts on hold proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline across northern Minnesota Enbridge Energy Partners has announced it will delay its controversial proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/01/enbridge-withdraws-sandpiper-project?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:51:01 -0500 4 prescribed burns planned in Boundary Waters this fall The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct up to four prescribed fires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this fall in areas totaling more than 10,000 acres. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/31/prescibed-burns-planned-boundary-waters-september-october?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:27:39 -0500 Magnetation, once an Iron Range success story, on the brink of closure An innovative Iron Range company that mined leftover mine tailings waste and transformed it into a valuable iron ore concentrate may be forced to close in a month unless it is rescued by outside investors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/30/magnetation-iron-range-on-brink-of-closure?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:43:43 -0500 Mille Lacs walleye season closes Sept. 6 Citing concerns from eight Chippewa bands, the Minnesota DNR said Tuesday it plans to end the walleye season on popular Mille Lacs Lake the day after Labor Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/23/mille-lacs-walleye-season-to-close-september?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:38:48 -0500 Duluth citizens seek evidence-based hearings before PolyMet decision A citizens group is calling for a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge before state regulators decide to grant PolyMet a permit to mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/23/duluth-citizens-want-evidence-based-hearings-before-polymet-decision?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:20:04 -0500 Tall Ships expected to draw big crowds to Duluth Eight huge sailing vessels, many of them wooden replicas of ships from centuries past, sail into Duluth this weekend. They're expected to lure up to 300,000 visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/18/tall-ships-duluth-begins?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Duluth rowers scull forward, try to recapture heyday The Duluth Rowing Club has dozens of young members, a new boathouse and is launching some into college crew careers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/16/duluth-boat-club-recapturing-heyday?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Cliffs breaks new ground on the Iron Range Cliffs' $65 million investment at United Taconite will enable the company to produce a specialty iron ore pellet to feed North America's largest steel blast furnace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/11/cliffs-breaks-new-ground-iron-range-plant?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:41:10 -0500 Mille Lacs walleye quota met, but catch/release will continue The walleye limit has been met on Mille Lacs Lake but catch-and-release fishing will still be an option. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/09/mille-lacs-walleye-quota-met-catch-release-continues?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:53:02 -0500 Life on Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge: Lots of ups, few downs Running Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge is a great gig, but it's no game. Take a look behind the scenes at the daily ballet between giant boats and bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/05/duluth-aerial-lift-bridge-operator-day-life?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Ely calls a truce over mining as tourist economy booms While a plan to build a copper-nickel mine remains a flashpoint, many in the North Woods gateway town are working together now to build an economic future with or without mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/02/ely-minnesota-economy-tourism-copper-mining?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Thousands in Duluth still without power after storm Some residents were told they may not see power restored until Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/25/duluth-power-outages?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:27:56 -0500 Crews push to get the power on after northern Minn. storms Despite progress restoring electricity to thousands of homes following Thursday morning's intense thunderstorms, it will be several more days before power returns to all of northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/22/push-to-restore-power-after-northern-minnesota-storms?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:43:10 -0500 2 campers dead in Boundary Waters storms; thousands without power A woman and a boy in a Boy Scouts group died on the Canadian side of Basswood Lake during overnight storms that ripped across northern Minnesota. People across northeastern Minnesota spent the day cleaning up and assessing damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/21/severe-weather-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:20:23 -0500 Enbridge agrees to $177M settlement for 2010 oil pipeline spills The settlement is intended to make such a spill less likely, but some environmental groups claim it won't deter future negligence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/20/enbridge-oil-spill-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:11:15 -0500 Ely residents sharply divided over mining near BWCA Today is the last day for the public to comment on whether two controversial mining leases near the Boundary Waters should be renewed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/20/ely-bwca-mining?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:58:24 -0500 Flooding threatens east-central Minnesota, days after statewide downpours Storms of this magnitude are rare, but they've been happening more frequently in Minnesota in recent years. This is the sixth so-called "mega rain event" in the state since the year 2000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/14/rains-flooding-central-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:46:50 -0500 Hundreds in Duluth comment on minerals mining near Boundary Waters Around 500 people filled a "listening session" Wednesday held by the U.S. Forest Service on two controversial mining leases near the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/14/bwca-mining-leases-public-weighs-in?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500 PolyMet files first major mine permit applications The project promises an economic revival to northeast Minnesota, but opponents say it comes with unprecedented environmental risks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/11/polymet-first-major-permit-applications?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:36:32 -0500 Essar files for bankruptcy after Dayton ends its bid to build Iron Range mine, plant It's a shocking fall for a company that fewer than 10 years ago promised to build not only the state's first new taconite mine and pellet plant in decades, but also Minnesota's first ever steel mill built at the mouth of a mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/08/dayton-asks-dnr-terminate-essar-steel-mineral-lease-iron-range-mine?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:04:51 -0500 Forest Service to hold Iron Range hearing on Twin Metals lease renewals The Forest Service had already scheduled a "listening session" in Duluth July 13 on the leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/08/superior-forest-mining-leases-meeting-iron-range?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:57:05 -0500 Essar Steel wants lease extension for long-delayed Iron Range mine and plant Essar Steel Minnesota has already missed several deadlines in its decade-long quest to build a new taconite mine and pellet plant on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/06/essar-steel-wants-lease-extension-iron-range-mine-plant?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:59:52 -0500 Great Lakes ship operator pleads guilty to environmental violations The German operator of a ship that was detained on Lake Superior outside Duluth last year pleaded guilty to covering up environmental violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/05/duluth-stranded-saltie-guilty-plea-environmental-violation?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:08:07 -0500 Mille Lacs tribe, county at odds over law enforcement deal and boundaries The county says it revoked the agreement due to a dispute over state law. But what's really at the heart of the disagreement is a long-running dispute over the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's reservation boundaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/30/mille-lacs-band-ojibwe-denounces-county-ending-law-enforcement-deal?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:40:56 -0500 Some northern Minn. gun owners OK with 'practical' gun restrictions Many in northern Minnesota own guns and support the Second Amendment. In recent conversations, though, gun owners say restrictions are appropriate for assault-style weapons like the one used recently in the Orlando nightclub shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/29/north-minnesota-gun-owners-ok-practical-gun-curbs?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:44:00 -0500 Iron Range rally urges mining lease hearing moved closer to home Supporters of mining in northeastern Minnesota held a rally Tuesday to demand the U.S. Forest Service move an upcoming public meeting on the renewal of two controversial mining leases from Duluth to the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/28/rally-urges-mining-lease-hearing-move-to-range?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:43:21 -0500 In Duluth, the mighty rhubarb remains a perennial power Rhubarb is sour and its leaves are poisonous. But just keep that kind of talk out of Duluth this weekend. The Rhubarb Festival is Saturday, there are pies to bake and still some rhubarb left in your back yard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/24/duluth-rhubarb-festival?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Waukesha unanimously granted access to Great Lakes water Waukesha will become the first city located entirely outside of the Great Lakes watershed that's allowed to tap the lakes for drinking water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/21/great-lakes-states-michigan-water-use-waukesha?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:15:14 -0500 After 30 years of work, Superior Hiking Trail nearly complete This summer, volunteers are constructing the last two-mile portion of the trail southwest of Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/21/superior-hiking-trail-nearly-complete?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:37:27 -0500 Wisconsin wolf population reaches record high The Wisconsin DNR pegs the state's wolf population at nearly 900, 16 percent more than last year. The rise coincides with the wolf in the Great Lakes region being placed back under endangered species protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/16/wisconsin-wolf-population-record-high?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:51:37 -0500 Duluth tourism boom continues Duluth's newest waterfront resort opens today, the latest sign that visitors are flocking to the city. "They might not be going overseas or traveling to the Caribbean, but they'll still come to Duluth," a developer said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/16/duluth-tourism?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 07:42:36 -0500 Iron Range agency approves $36M subsidy for wood siding plant State lawmakers negotiating a deal with the "mystery" company had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Louisiana Pacific. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/14/iron-range-subsidy-approved-wood-siding-mystery-plant-louisiana-pacific?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:58:38 -0500 U.S. Forest Service takes another look at mining leases near Boundary Waters, cites 'inherent risks' Saying it is "deeply concerned" by potential mining near the Boundary Waters, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it may withhold consent to renew two mining leases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/13/forest-service-concerned-mining-boundary-waters?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 21:22:01 -0500 Duluth council approves deal to end 7 years of litigation with Fond du Lac Band The settlement calls for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to pay Duluth $150,000 a year for city services related to its downtown casino. In exchange the city will drop all pending litigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/10/duluth-council-approves-fond-du-luth-casino-deal?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:33:36 -0500 Duluth, Fond du Lac Band settle casino revenue fight The 10-year tentative settlement calls for the band to pay the city $150,000 a year in exchange for Duluth agreeing to drop its long-running dispute over whether it's entitled to a cut of the casino's revenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/08/duluth-fondulac-band-settle-casino-revenue-fight?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 14:11:42 -0500 Tinseltown meets taconite with two film premieres this weekend Movies filmed on the Iron Range suggest that the "Snowbate" incentive program is bearing fruit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/03/minnesota-shot-films-suggest-snowbate-film-incentives-working-controversy-remains?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:26:04 -0500 Beleaguered moose population may warrant endangered species protection Minnesota's moose population has nearly disappeared in the northwest corner of the state and declined by nearly 60 percent in the northeast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/02/minnesota-moose-population-endangered-species-protection?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:26:30 -0500 Expired mineral leases latest flashpoint over mining near Boundary Waters Renewal of mineral leases signed 50 years ago is the latest point of contention over whether mining should be allowed near the popular wilderness destination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/01/boundary-waters-mining-expired-mineral-leases?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Range revival? United Taconite to restart by October Cliffs Natural Resources says it will restart the United Taconite mine and pellet plant on the Iron Range by mid-October, bringing about 420 employees back to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/31/united-taconite-iron-range-restart-october?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2016 14:34:51 -0500 Stuck Ship: 858-footer loaded with iron ore runs aground on Lake Superior A giant freighter bound from Duluth for the lower Great Lakes with a shipload of iron ore ran aground Friday in far eastern Lake Superior. The Coast Guard is attempting to free it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/28/duluth-ship-aground?refid=0 Sat, 28 May 2016 14:29:34 -0500 Levy-Pounds leaving St. Thomas to become full-time 'freedom fighter' NAACP Minneapolis chapter president Nekima Levy-Pounds will leave her law professorship at the University of St. Thomas this summer to devote herself full-time to advocating for racial and social justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/28/levy-pounds-leaving-st-thomas?refid=0 Sat, 28 May 2016 11:02:24 -0500 Minnesota needs statewide deer management plan, auditor says An Office of the Legislative Auditor report commends aspects of Minnesota's deer management, but calls on the DNR to establish a statewide plan and improve how it sets goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/audit-dnr-deer-management?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 16:50:22 -0500 UMD prof's novel lays bare America's solutions to 'Indian problem' Linda LeGarde Grover's debut novel, "The Road Back to Sweetgrass" follows the lives of three Ojibwe women from Minnesota as they contend with federal policies that do more harm than good. She'll read from it Thursday night in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/minnesota-novel-exposes-destructive-federal-indian-programs?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:44:22 -0500 Subsidies for mystery Iron Range siding plant advance in Legislature Gov. Mark Dayton still must sign off on the multi-million-dollar package of incentives designed to lure a siding plant promising 250 jobs to the economically struggling Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/24/mystery-wood-siding-plant-iron-range-subsidies-pass-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2016 17:17:26 -0500 Northern Minn.'s St. Louis River comes back to life, but it's still not in the clear The lake sturgeon are returning. Pollution levels are lower than they've been in years. And the Lake Superior waterway is in a tenuous period of revival after years of languishing under industrial decay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/19/water-st-louis-river-revival-sturgeon?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Great Lakes group approves Waukesha's water request The Wisconsin city's bid to pump about 8 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan would be the first exemption to a part of a landmark compact designed to protect the Great Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/18/great-lakes-group-approves-waukesha-water-request?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2016 12:41:25 -0500 Trouble in the Water Minnesota's identity is closely linked with the state's beautiful and abundant water resources. But some 40 percent of surface waters in the Land of 10,000 Lakes are polluted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/trouble-in-the-water?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Cold, wind not expected to deter Minnesota anglers from fishing opener Despite a cold weather forecast, DNR officials expect up to a half a million anglers for Minnesota's fishing opener this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/13/cold-minnesota-fishing-opener?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 18:01:20 -0500 German ship owner charged with covering up pollution in Great Lakes The accusations are described in a 10-page indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/12/german-ship-owner-charged-with-covering-up-great-lakes-pollution?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2016 12:28:58 -0500 Crews gaining upper hand on Iron Range blaze The wildfire, which began Friday near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., is about 57 percent contained, officials said Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/10/crews-gaining-upper-hand-on-iron-range-blaze?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2016 12:17:47 -0500 Gusty winds challenging efforts to control northern Minnesota fires Low humidity and high winds are challenging firefighters trying to contain a wildfire that began Friday near Hoyt Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/09/dry-conditions-fueling-flames-northern-mn-wildfires?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 08:46:54 -0500 Oil pipeline debate heating up again in northern Minnesota After two and a half years of public review, two proposed oil pipelines through northern Minnesota are again the subject of public hearings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/05/oil-pipeline-debate-renewed-northern-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 18:03:18 -0500 Duluth mayor promotes interim police chief to permanent post Duluth Mayor Emily Larson has appointed 24-year department veteran Mike Tusken as the city's new police chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/04/duluth-appoints-new-police-chief-mike-tusken?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 16:49:37 -0500 Range rebound? Cliffs reiterates plan to reopen two mines this year Officials with Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources restated their intention to reopen Northshore Mining in Babbitt and Silver Bay next month in a conference call with investors Thursday morning. They also said United Taconite in Eveleth and Forbes will likely restart in the fourth quarter this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/28/cliffs-restates-intention-to-restart-two-iron-range-mines?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:17:46 -0500 Duluth's Larson lays out optimistic and inclusive vision for city Larson said there's a mood in Duluth of "cautious optimism," with new growth, development, revitalization and investment. But she said the city must focus on breaking down racial and geographic disparities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/28/duluth-emily-larson-state-of-the-city?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:58:07 -0500 Meeting paves the way for PolyMet permit applications About 400 people attended the public meeting, an event the company's CEO called a major milestone in its more than decade-long effort to open the state's first copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/20/polymet-meeting-permit-applications?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:06:18 -0500 PolyMet supporters, critics expected at permit info meeting This is the first public meeting on PolyMet since the DNR signed off on the decade-long environmental review of the proposed mine last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/19/polymet-permit-meeting?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Explaining the Iron Range downturn: Layoffs amid the challenges of a global economy Minnesota's Iron Range has nearly always lived on the boom-and-bust roller coaster of a mining-based economy. How did this current downturn happen? And where does it fit in the complex global steel industry? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/explaining-the-iron-range-economic-downturn?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Mine layoffs bring new calls to remake Iron Range economy, but into what? Iron Range leaders are talking again about easing the region's dependence on mining. While there's some momentum, diversifying this economy isn't easy. The story of the chopsticks factory is always near. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/iron-range-economy-layoffs-diversification?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Audit calls out Iron Range board on losses, loans, governance The state agency charged with boosting Minnesota's Iron Range economy has spent millions subsidizing losses at its Giants Ridge resort and has fallen short overseeing the loans it makes, a legislative audit said Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/18/irrrb-audit-constitutionality-questioned?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:41:43 -0500 Iron Range turning a corner? Northshore mining to reopen May 15 Northshore's restart offers hope for Minnesota's hard-hit mining industry. Demand for taconite pellets is improving and the volume of unfairly traded steel is starting to ebb, the mine's CEO says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/14/northshore-mining-to-reopen?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:08:03 -0500 Grand Portage Band, state diverge on collaring moose Last year Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the state DNR to stop collaring moose, saying the stress of the research into the declining population was harmful to the animals. The Grand Portage Band of Chippewa came to a different conclusion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/11/moose-collaring?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2016 03:00:00 -0600 Twin Metals lease on mine areas under environmental review Mining opponents are looking ahead to a pending federal decision that will have further bearing on whether copper-nickel mines are to be developed within the watershed of the protected wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/08/twin-metals-mine-lease-environmental-review?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:56:13 -0600 Dayton lays out opposition to proposed Twin Metals mine near BWCA The governor released a letter to the head of Twin Metals Minnesota saying the state will oppose any new mining agreements on state lands close to the massive outdoor recreation area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/dayton-opposes-twin-metals-copper-nickel-mine-bwca?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19:19:26 -0600 PolyMet gets Minnesota's OK to proceed on massive copper mine The state Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it gave its final blessing to the complex environmental analysis of the PolyMet mine, paving the way for the company to begin applying for permits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/03/polymet-gets-minn-ok-to-proceed-on-massive-copper-mine?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:55:00 -0600 DNR seeks changes to NE Minnesota deer hunting to aid moose The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing to shift the state's deer hunting boundaries in far northeastern Minnesota to protect moose from a deer-borne parasite that's killing them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/23/dnr-seeks-minnesota-deer-hunting-changes-to-aid-moose?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:35:13 -0600 UMD seeks funding for titanium mining research UMD is seeking funding to demonstrate the viability of a new technology for processing a mineral called ilmenite. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/22/ilmenite-titanium-mining-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Feds probe northern Minn. wolf killings, offer reward for information The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information tied to the illegal killing of three gray wolves in northern Minnesota near Floodwood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/18/feds-probe-northern-minn-wolf-killings-offer-reward?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:05:03 -0600 State order means delays for oil pipelines Last month the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission said Enbridge Energy can't proceed with permitting for two proposed oil pipelines until an environmental analysis is completed. Enbridge has challenged that order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/two-enbridge-pipelines-delayed?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:49:43 -0600 DNR: Moose count finds herd not recovering in NE Minnesota Northeastern Minnesota's struggling moose population remains low, although the rate of decline has eased, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/16/northeast-minnesota-moose-count-herd-not-recovering?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:25:09 -0600 Deep in winter, Duluth's ship repair season hums Great Lakes ship owners are investing more than $100 million this winter to upgrade vessels. But finishing by spring takes "swat teams" of workers and a ballet of cranes. Here's how it's done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/15/duluth-winter-ship-repair-season-hums?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Lone wolf kills off-leash dog in Duluth park The dog's owner was walking him on a trail he'd hiked for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/10/wolf-kills-dog-duluth?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:46:02 -0600 Winter classic: Duluth youth hockey keeps it old-school, outdoors Duluth is home to one of North America's last all-outdoor youth hockey leagues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/05/duluth-outdoor-youth-hockey?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 'Stand up for our rights': Indian treaty tensions run deep in Minnesota Ojibwe protesters charged with illegally harvesting wild rice and netting fish hope to force a definitive answer to the question of who controls Indian hunting and fishing. A case from more than 30 years ago suggests it may not happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/minn-indian-treaty-tensions-run-deep?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:00:00 -0600 Dying breed? Costs, commitment take a toll on Minnesota sled dog racers Lots of people still raise sled dogs, but there are fewer Midwestern mushers putting in the time and money required to run long races like the John Beargrease marathon, which starts Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/money-demands-take-toll-on-minnesota-sled-dog-racers?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Upbeat Cliffs CEO: Iron Range mines stay idled but better times near Northshore Mining and United Taconite will stay idled through March, but an improving steel market should have those mines back running this year, Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves said Wednesday in a surprisingly positive analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/27/cliffs-ceo-idled-minnesota-taconite-plants-reopen-2016?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:02:40 -0600 Sanders draws 20K to rallies in Duluth, St. Paul Bernie Sanders has drawn big audiences in Minnesota before, but yesterday's were his biggest ever here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/26/sanders-minnesota-campaign-stop?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:09:56 -0600 Chaga boom: Health, cash drive northern Minnesota fungus hunt Chaga, a forest fungus, has become an alternative health sensation. Believers claim it helps everything from joint pain to Lyme disease. The $20 a pound it can fetch is leading chaga hunters into Minnesota's woods, and that worries the DNR. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/minnesota-chaga-fungus-hunters-harvest-health-cash?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 U regents respond to discrimination charges from ex-coaches The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has made an initial response to discrimination charges alleged by former Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/22/regents-respond-umd-descrimination-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:25:53 -0600 Synthetic drug charges upheld for Duluth head shop owner A three-judge panel ruled that the federal law used to convict Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson is constitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/lastplaceonearth-synthetic-drug-charge-upheld-duluth?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:16:15 -0600 Lack of snow means Beargrease race will start in Two Harbors again But the 383-mile race isn't being shortened much because it now extends up to Grand Portage, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/13/beargrease-race-start-two-harbors?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:49:06 -0600 Can Silver Bay survive latest round of mining layoffs? It's impossible to escape mining's fingerprints on Silver Bay, a northshore town hit hard by recent layoffs at the taconite plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/13/silver-bay-mining-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:17:00 -0600 Duluth, Fargo vie to be nation's most conservative city (on energy) Fargo and Duluth are among 50 finalists in a national energy conservation competition. The cities are taking different paths to win the $5 million prize. Here's what they're doing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/05/duluth-fargo-energy-conservation-prize?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:50:00 -0600 New Duluth mayor's challenges: Build bridges, keep economy on track Emily Larson today becomes the city's 39th leader. She hopes to build on Duluth's new economic growth and rising reputation for outdoor fun. She also knows plenty of challenges lie ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/04/new-duluth-mayor-larson-economy-challenges?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:23:33 -0600 Dayton: Essar Steel OKs plan to repay $66 million state loan Essar has agreed to begin making payments in February on a loan tied to its construction of an Iron Range taconite plant. Gov. Mark Dayton had called the deal his final offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/31/essar-steel-loan-repayment?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:55:18 -0600 Iron Range makes sure White House gets the message Obama's chief of staff heard speaker after speaker blame shuttered taconite plants on illegal dumping of foreign steel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/iron-range-white-house-meeting?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:26:15 -0600 Obama's chief aide to see a strapped Iron Range Many blame illegal foreign dumping for the layoffs that have hammered the Range this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/iron-range-struggles-2015?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Duluth police chief to take Wichita post Gordon Ramsay is taking over a department in Kansas four times the size of Duluth's. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/duluth-police-chief-to-take-wichita-post?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:44:18 -0600 Ship detained at Duluth port more than a month finally leaves It was bon voyage this morning for the Cornelia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/ship-cornelia-to-depart-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:58:37 -0600 Will Waukesha's water needs open Great Lakes floodgates? Waukesha, Wis., hopes to draw water from Lake Michigan to replace polluted wells. But Great Lakes governors, including Mark Dayton, must OK it. Critics warn it's a dangerous precedent in a thirsty world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/16/waukesha-great-lakes-water-source-issues?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:48:27 -0600 New MnDOT plan would slash cost of Mpls.-Duluth high-speed rail Previous estimates to build the Northern Lights Express passenger rail service approached $1 billion. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says it can halve the cost by trimming proposed speeds and service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/16/project-costs-drop-minneapolis-duluth-high-speed-rail?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:31:00 -0600 Missing payments from Essar Steel spur anger on the Iron Range Work has stopped on a new $2 billion taconite mine and plant on the Iron Range, as Essar Steel owes contractors more than $10 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/contractors-await-payment-essar-steel-iron-range?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:04:16 -0600 DNR extends comment period on PolyMet environmental review The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is giving the public an extra week to comment on the final environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/dnr-extends-polymet-environmental-review-comment-period?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:29:02 -0600 Run aground by regulators, Duluth 'saltie' just wants to go home Authorities won't let the ocean-going ship Cornelia leave Duluth harbor until past questions of environmental violations are answered. The ship's been stuck for weeks, and winter is coming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/duluth-saltie?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:13:10 -0600 Ex-coaches, athletes claim gender discrimination at UMD Their complaint lists 53 alleged disparities at the Duluth campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/umd-discrimination?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:31:36 -0600 Tough times, overfishing shake Superior's herring fleet Lake Superior herring numbers are plummeting, putting the lake's small but iconic commercial fishery in jeopardy. Overfishing is a problem. New research suggests climate change could also be partly to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/lake-superior-herring?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Get out: Minnesota state parks offer free admission Friday The Department of Natural Resources today has waived the usual $5 fee for a one-day vehicle pass at Minnesota's 75 state parks and recreation areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/27/free-state-park-admission-today?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:22:01 -0600 Mine worker unemployment benefits begin to expire About 1,500 taconite mine workers have been laid off this year amid record low iron ore prices and a flood of cheap, imported steel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/mine-worker-unemployment-benefits?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:36:48 -0600 Long-silent Duluth Armory may hear music once again Now a century old, the disused armory may be nearing a rebirth as a space for retail, restaurants and music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/20/duluth-armory?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:20:15 -0600 Another day, another layoff blow for the Iron Range Magnetation adds to the job losses by announcing it expects to close a plant in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/18/magnetation-closing-iron-ore-plant?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:56:45 -0600 Enbridge announces 40 layoffs in Duluth and Superior The pipeline company, based in Canada, plans to cut its workforce by 5 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/enbridge-announces-layoffs-in-duluth-and-superior?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:09:30 -0600 For Iron Range towns, a bad economy gets worse As layoffs mount, observers blame foreign dumping and excess inventory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/for-iron-range-towns-a-bad-economy-gets-worse?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:48:22 -0600 Files: Duluth diocese wanted to give abusive priests 2nd chance In the first release of documents from the diocese, a former bishop is depicted as trying to help priests "rehabilitate themselves." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/16/duluth-diocese-files?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:00:17 -0600 Minnesota Power proposes residential rate hike The residential increase would offset a proposed 5 percent rate reduction for a dozen large mining and paper companies in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/13/power-rate-hikes?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:25:29 -0600 What's next for PolyMet mine? Minnesota regulators are closer than ever to approving the state's first copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/09/polymet?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:05:58 -0600 DNR: PolyMet mine safeguards would protect NE Minn. environment A milestone Minnesota Department of Natural Resources report says PolyMet's plans to control pollution from a proposed massive copper-nickel mine are sufficient to protect the region's natural resources. Critics are unlikely to agree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/polymet-impact?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:05:00 -0600 Key question in PolyMet mine fight: Whose data to trust? State officials today release their final environmental review of the proposed copper-nickel mine. But the report may not stop the debate over whether pollutants will flow away from -- or toward -- the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/polymet?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 06:00:00 -0600 At St. Scholastica, the kicking coach wears a habit Sister Lisa Maurer sees coaching as part of her ministry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/06/kicking-coach-football-nun?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. school districts hope voters in giving mood on Election Day Tuesday is a critical day for many Minnesota school districts. Voters will decide on more than 100 property tax levies that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/02/school-levies-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:39:47 -0600 Changing the protection of wild rice waters: What you need to know In a move that could have an impact on mining in northeastern Minnesota, the state started taking public comment this week on a proposal to change the way it protects waters where wild rice grows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/27/wild-rice-water-standard?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton to visit mines to help him decide on PolyMet The governor wants a firsthand look at both the perils and the promise of the proposed Minnesota mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/25/dayton-to-visit-mines-to-help-him-decide-on-polymet?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Vote counts? Duluth mulls ranked-choice elections Duluth voters will soon decide if their future elections will use ranked-choice voting. Backers say it gives voters more options. Critics say the method is too confusing and hasn't delivered on its promises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/22/ranked-choice-duluth?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Mille Lacs winter walleye season coming; DNR sees hopeful signs Officials on Monday said details on a Mille Lacs ice fishing season would come soon but they made it clear that a season will happen with a walleye limit higher than last winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/19/mille-lacs-winter-walleye?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:14:38 -0500 New movie studio to open on Minnesota's Iron Range Ironbound Studios Minnesota founder Jerry Seppala hopes rebates offered by the state and the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board will draw productions to the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/16/film-production-chisholm?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Forest Service: Proposed groundwater study near BWCA poses few concerns The U.S. Forest Service has found few significant environmental effects in its assessment of Twin Metals' plan to drill groundwater wells near Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/twin-metals?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:25:39 -0500 Dang beetles: Warm weather triggers Asian ladybug breakout The Asian lady beetle descended on homes across Minnesota and Wisconsin over the weekend. Introduced to the U.S. to control pests, they've become quite the pests themselves. Yes, they bite. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/12/asian-lady-beetle-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:59:22 -0500 Whose day? Cook County struggles over honoring native people, Columbus A proposal to recognize today, Columbus Day, as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Cook County, has blown up into a public controversy over how best to recognize Native American heritage in Minnesota's Arrowhead region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/12/columbus-day-controversy-cook-country?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0500 Fire trucks or firefighters? Brainerd cuts show tough choices How do you structure fire departments to meet public safety -- and a budget? It's a question many Minnesota cities are asking. Brainerd is taking a different tack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/07/firefighter-changes-brainerd?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:29:51 -0500 DNR puts guides, scientist on panel to study Mille Lacs walleye woes The 17-member panel includes many with a stake in the future of the Mille Lacs fishery. It's expected to recommend changes to grow the lake's shrinking walleye population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/06/mille-lacs-walleye-panel?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:56:03 -0500 Great Lakes ships face change after court slams EPA ballast water rules Environmentalists called the ruling a victory in the fight against invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/ballast-rules?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:57:53 -0500 Mineview in the Sky, an Iron Range tourist attraction, to close Sunday For 36 years, Mineview in the Sky has offered views of the operating United Taconite Mine and the waters that fill the abandoned Rouchleau mine pit. It will close Sunday to make for United Taconite's expansion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/03/mineview-in-the-sky-closes?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:21:24 -0500 Environmental group: Throttle back motorized Boundary Waters trips Montana-based Wilderness Watch is suing the U.S. Forest Service, arguing the agency is letting outfitters run too many motorized boats into Minnesota's Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/motorized-boundary-waters-trips?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:19:12 -0500 Ecklund wins special DFL primary to replace Dill Ecklund won nearly 44 percent of the vote in the four-way House District 3A primary. He will move on to the general election in December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/ecklund-primary-3a?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:46:20 -0500 Ex-U of Minnesota Duluth coaches file discrimination lawsuit The plaintiffs include former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, who led the Bulldogs to five NCAA national championships, and two other female coaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/28/umd-coaches?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:20:35 -0500 Race for northern MN House seat defies convention A half-dozen candidates are vying to replace state Rep. David Dill, who died this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/21/house-race-to-replace-dill?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:57:18 -0500 Brainerd poised to eliminate full-time firefighter jobs The city says switching to on-call firefighters would save money. The Minnesota Professional Firefighters union, however, says the change would lead to delays in response time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/16/brainerd-firefighters?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:56:52 -0500 Duluth mayoral race down to two after primary Current City Council President Emily Larson and former boxing promoter Chuck Horton hope to replace popular outgoing Mayor Don Ness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/16/duluth-mayoral-race?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:26:43 -0500 MN court: Oil pipeline needs environmental review before agency OK An environmental impact statement must be completed for the controversial Sandpiper oil pipeline before it can be approved, the state appeals court ruled Monday, overturning the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/14/sandpiper?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:26:55 -0500 DNR chief: No guarantees for Mille Lacs winter walleye season Gov. Dayton wants an ice fishing season for Lake Mille Lacs walleye, but DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr says he won't decide until he sees the results of a key fall fish survey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/winter-walleye-season?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:06:40 -0500 Mille Lacs ice fishing: Still uncertain, but Dayton says he'll insist on it The ice fishing season is crucial for many resorts and businesses around the lake, especially after the open-water walleye season was cut short this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/11/mille-lacs-walleye-ice-fishing?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:01:54 -0500 Judge to hear Alberta Clipper oil pipeline expansion challenge The pipeline carries oil from Canada's oil sands region across northern Minnesota to Enbridge's terminal in Superior, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/10/alberta-clipper-pipeline?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:13:59 -0500 Why walleye is Minnesota's 'holy grail of fish' The DNR's move to close the walleye season on Lake Mille Lacs triggered a mini-cultural crisis this summer in Minnesota. What is it about that fish that keeps us hooked? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/walleye-icon?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Affordable housing building in Duluth wins EPA award for energy efficiency The building is one of only 100 apartment and condominium buildings that have received this energy efficiency certification nationwide; only a handful are located in the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/05/duluth-building-earns-epa-award?refid=0 Sat, 05 Sep 2015 07:14:40 -0500 On new Duluth bus, next stop is the grocery store The weekly service is part of a nationwide trend toward bringing healthy food options into areas without stores of their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/02/grocery-express?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:10:26 -0500 Mineworkers' contract negotiations down to the wire United Steelworkers is in talks with both U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal, which operate three of northeast Minnesota's six big iron ore mines. The union's current contract expires at midnight Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/mineworkers-negotiations?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:18:54 -0500 Poetry anthology celebrates Lake Superior's many moods A small publishing house is releasing a collection of poems on a big subject. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/lake-superior-poetry?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Mine workers, supporters rally on Iron Range A thousand-plus mine workers and supporters rallied on the Iron Range Thursday in Virginia, Minn. to show their support for new labor contracts for thousands of taconite mine workers who still have jobs after layoffs have racked the industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/21/mineworkers-rally-iron-range?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:07:46 -0500 DNR: Minnesota wolf population down slightly; packs grow in size The count from the past winter estimates 2,221 wolves, down about 200 from last year. A drop in Minnesota's deer population, however, is compelling wolves to travel in larger packs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/wolves?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:11:44 -0500 Glensheen mansion renovations complete after flood damage Major flooding in Duluth in 2012 damaged the historic Duluth tourist attraction, but workers have now finished renovations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/08/glensheen-mansion-renovations?refid=0 Sat, 08 Aug 2015 11:32:38 -0500 Company drops plans to ship oil across Lake Superior Calumet Specialty Products in 2013 began exploring the construction of a crude oil loading dock on Lake Superior. But it faced strong opposition. Calumet says it's focused now on higher profit projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/06/calumet?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 15:27:56 -0500 After halting walleye season, DNR loosens rules on Mille Lacs bass The agency hopes its new rules will lure more bass-fishing tournaments to the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/04/mille-lacs-bass?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:58:46 -0500 Tribal chair: No walleye netting next year on Lake Mille Lacs "It's a huge sacrifice," Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chair Melanie Benjamin said, adding, "We want to be part of the solution in the best possible way." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/no-walleye-netting?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:20:20 -0500 420 on Minn. Iron Range face layoffs as United Taconite idles plants Cliffs Natural Resources will temporarily idle its United Taconite mine in Eveleth, Minn., and its pellet plant in Forbes, Minn., company officials said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/iron-range-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:18:17 -0500 DNR: 'Conservative' deer hunt planned for 2015 Minnesota's deer numbers are recovering, but officials say one-deer limits will apply again for most hunters this fall as the state moves into its second herd rebuilding year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/28/deer-hunt?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:33:10 -0500 MinnTac calling 400 back to work on Iron Range Officials applauded news of jobs returning to Minnesota's largest taconite plant. Some 1,000 Iron Range workers have been laid off this year due to a struggling ore market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/24/minntac-workers?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:45:34 -0500 Duluth orchestra, Iranian composer make music history Hooshyar Khayam accepted a commission from the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and the result is the world premiere of "Kalileh." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/23/duluth-orchestra-iranian-composer-make-music-history?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:39:13 -0500 DNR: Mille Lacs walleye catch may hit limit next week Warm weather and a strong catch mean the walleye fishing season on Mille Lacs Lake may close as soon as Aug. 3, Minnesota officials said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/21/mille-lacs-walleye?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:25:11 -0500 Hundreds show up for free dental care in Duluth About 1,500 people are expected to receive dental care by late Saturday at a free clinic in Duluth. Organizers say they are among millions across the country who need assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/free-dental-clinic-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:39:49 -0500 Three years later, county finishes flood repairs in Duluth More than three years after flash floods tore through northeast Minnesota, St. Louis County celebrated the completion of its final flood-related repair project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/duluth-flood-repairs?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:28:43 -0500 Duluth asks residents to limit water use Duluth officials have asked residents and businesses not to use washing machines, hot tubs and dishwashers until late Thursday. Workers are repairing a water line dating back to the 1800s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/duluth-water?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:15:42 -0500 Cloquet mill to lay off about 250 workers The Sappi Fine Paper mill in Cloquet will close its paper-making operations for eight days to reduce inventory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/cloquet-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:08:18 -0500 Wolves dying, moose booming on Isle Royale as Park Services plans next move Since the late 1940s, when they first arrived on the island, the wolf population has averaged around 20 animals. But now, due in part to genetic inbreeding, there are only three remaining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/isle-royale-wolves-moose?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:50:05 -0500 Appeals court upholds DNR decision to deny permit to bear researcher But researcher Lynn Rogers is claiming partial victory, saying the ruling allows him to once again place cameras in bear dens to broadcast the hibernating animals over the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/13/bear-research-ruling?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:49:03 -0500 Amid traditional industry, Maurices builds fashion success in Duluth Maurices, a growing retailer of women's fashion, is cementing its presence in Duluth -- Minnesota's capital of fleece and flannel -- with an $80 million new headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/amid-traditional-industry-maurices-builds-fashion-success-in-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Gas plant marks milestone for NE Minnesota power Minnesota Power officials today will recognize the opening of the company's first natural gas fired power plant, an operation that used to run on coal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/02/minnesota-power?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:46:55 -0500 Federal officials reject threatened status for wolves The Humane Society sought to protect wolves under threatened status as a compromise between the current endangered listing and proposals to remove wolves from protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/30/wolves-threatened-status-rejected?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:35:29 -0500 Environmentalists press Dayton on PolyMet MN copper mining plan Warning of possible disaster, environmental groups implored Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday to change PolyMet's plans to mine copper, nickel and precious metals near the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/29/polymet-dayton?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:18:21 -0500 State and federal officials weigh environmental impact of new electric transmission line Minnesota Power is proposing a new electric transmission line to carry hydroelectric power from Manitoba, Canada to the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/27/environmental-report-new-electric-line?refid=0 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:37:54 -0500 As DNR report on PolyMet mine emerges, critics question safeguards PolyMet Mining officials are praising a third preliminary environmental report on the company's proposed mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. But critics say it doesn't include enough environmental safeguards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/26/polymet?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:22:02 -0500 Judge OKs Duluth sewer, wastewater upgrades Federal officials say Duluth sent 47 million gallons of sewage into the St. Louis River and Lake Superior from 1999 to 2004. Mayor Don Ness called the old system an embarrassment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/duluth-sewage?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:13:22 -0500 On the Iron Range, a push for a new kind of iron As the steel industry contends with disappearing blast furnaces and a changing market, some say the Iron Range needs to produce a purer kind of iron for electric arc furnaces. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/taconite-mn?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 DNR plans to allow mineral leases in northeast forests The state Department of Natural Resources plans to allow mining companies to look for metals in seven counties. Environmentalists worry how the operations would affect a sensitive region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/23/dnr-mineral-leases-in-forests?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:14:05 -0500 Near Ely, even good fires bring a little dread Prescribed burns in the Boundary Waters help prevent bigger wildfires, although it's hard to escape the anxiety of a fire in the woods. Here's how the Forest Service does it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/22/ely-controlled-burn?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Environmental groups press for review of iron ore expansion Three environmental groups want a court to order the DNR to conduct an environmental impact statement of the proposed expansion of Northshore Mining's Peter Mitchell pit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/17/iron-ore-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:03:32 -0500 Jay Cooke State Park celebrates 100th birthday The park is best known for its iconic swinging bridge, which was toppled by floods in 2012 but rebuilt the following year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/13/jay-cooke-state-park-birthday?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:11:42 -0500 Canadian fires bring yellow sky, unhealthy air to northern Minnesota Officials say people who are sensitive to air pollution should limit their activity until the air clears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/09/air-pollution?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:49:28 -0500 Trapshooting hits the mark in Minnesota high school sports Seven years ago, only about 30 students statewide competed. Now, it's Minnesota's fastest growing high school sport. As state championships start this week, how did it get so popular? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/08/trap-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:23:59 -0500 New Ely folk school is 'digital detox camp' A new school offering courses on traditional northern crafts and skills is launching in Ely this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/07/folk-school-in-ely?refid=0 Sun, 07 Jun 2015 14:09:31 -0500 Key vote on Minnesota oil pipeline expected this week The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hears testimony today on whether the Sandpiper pipeline proposed by Enbridge Energy is needed to transport North Dakota crude to refineries in the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/sandpiper-preview?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota tribes press concerns over pipeline plan, wild rice Two bands worry wild rice crops may be damaged by the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline. As the tribes hold hearings, state officials plan a major ruling on Sandpiper this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/sandpiper-wild-rice?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:46:55 -0500 Duluth waterfront project expected to boost port's global reach The $17.7 million project will replace corroded sheet piling and wooden dock walls. Crews also will add a new dock and rail and road connections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/27/duluth-dock-project?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2015 17:01:40 -0500 Ore market woes trigger more Iron Range layoffs In the latest round of Range cuts, Steel Dynamics said Tuesday it will shut two operations for at least two years due to the drop in pig iron prices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/ore-market-woes?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 13:27:24 -0500 Bird watching: Endangered piping plovers spotted in Duluth Conservationists in Duluth are hopeful that an endangered bird is on the cusp of nesting in the area for the first time in more than 30 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/23/duluth-plovers?refid=0 Sat, 23 May 2015 10:21:09 -0500 Duluth library's seed-sharing program restocked Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a law that exempts seed libraries and individuals from rules that require seeds to be tested and labeled before they are sold or given away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/22/seed-library?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 17:54:48 -0500 To save moose, coalition spends millions on habitat Government agencies, tribes and nonprofit groups are spending millions to plant trees and restore forests in northeast Minnesota so moose will have the food and shelter they need to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/22/minnesota-moose?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 15:59:48 -0500 Researchers sample Superior's waters to study lake's rapid changes Superior is 5 degrees warmer than it was 30 years ago. The amount of surface ice is down a whopping 80 percent. There's less food for fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/19/researchers-study-a-changing-lake-superior?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's newest state park closer to completion Gov. Mark Dayton and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty held a ceremonial ground breaking Friday for a campground at Lake Vermillion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, a camp for more than 250 campers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/vermilion-state-park?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 17:32:34 -0500 Walleye worries dart just below the surface on eve of fishing opener Walleyes remain the prized catch of Minnesota anglers. But concerns over invasive species and the fishery's long-term health are clouding this year's fishing season, which opens Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/walleye-worries?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 16:26:30 -0500 Duluth weighs replacing zoo; supporters say it's needed With a costly upgrade needed for the Lake Superior Zoo, city officials are weighing whether to transform it into different kind of attraction. But zoo supporters say the city needs it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/04/duluth-zoo?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 14:35:57 -0500 Dayton orders DNR to stop collaring moose Concerned that collaring is killing some moose, Gov. Mark Dayton is stopping the research practice "immediately and indefinitely." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/collaring-moose?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:53:28 -0500 Tired of conflicts, landowner closes part of Superior Hiking Trail The Superior Hiking Trail largely traverses public land, but it also crosses about 50 sections of private property. One owner now wants hikers off his land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/28/superior-hiking-trail?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Now on endangered list, wolves are difficult to control There has been a sharp increase in the number of dogs killed by wolves in northern Minnesota. Controlling them is difficult, as they are on the Endangered Species List. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/endangered-wolf-control?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Duluth Homegrown Music Festival puts local acts in the spotlight The festival showcases 200 bands from the Duluth-Superior area, from relative unknowns to well-known favorites like Trampled by Turtles and Charlie Parr. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/25/duluth-homegrown-music-festival?refid=0 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:50:48 -0500 DNR says it has enough info to OK mine expansion Opponents had pushed for a full environmental impact statement on the bigger taconite mine near Babbitt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/23/mine-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:48:43 -0500 With mine layoffs coming, Iron Rangers prepare for hard times Iron Rangers are bracing for the impending layoffs of 1,100 mine workers later this spring. The job losses likely will significantly affect a regional economy that relies heavily on mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/22/iron-range?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Man dies while hiking in northern Minnesota Rescuers traveled by boat and on foot as snow fell in the dark to reach the man, who is in his late 20s. He was dead when they arrived. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/minnesota-hiker-dies?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:09:44 -0500 1 dead, others injured in Duluth city bus crash Two Duluth city buses collided downtown around 5 a.m. Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were injured. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/14/fatal-duluth-bus-crash?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:24:25 -0500 Global reach: Duluth welcomes season's first 'saltie' The season's first oceangoing ship arrived Monday in Duluth-Superior. It's a change from last year when Great Lakes ice brought shipping to a virtual standstill for much of the spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/13/salties?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:35:09 -0500 New MN taconite mine finally arrives, but will market be there? While officials applaud the new Essar taconite mine, questions linger about the health of the ore business and Essar's decision to abandon plans for a steel plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/30/taconite-mine?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:57:01 -0500 It's the thrill of the chase for 'aurora hunters' When conditions are just right, Northern Lights can dance across the Minnesota night -- for those who know how to find them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/aurora-hunters-northern-lights?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:15:51 -0500 After decades of falling, western Duluth ready to climb Duluth's leaders want to spend $50 million on outdoor recreation projects to revitalize a long overlooked part of the city. The plan faces a key vote tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/west-duluth-revitalization-plan?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Commercial shipping season opens in Duluth Two Coast Guard cutters will lay tracks in the ice to help ships navigate through the still-frozen passages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/21/commercial-shipping-season-opens-in-duluth?refid=0 Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:38:07 -0500 Keewatin taconite plant to be idled, affecting 412 workers It's the latest blow in the area. Last month, Minnesota iron ore producer Magnetation said it would also idle a plant in Keewatin that employs about 50 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/taconite-plant?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:37:14 -0500 Why proposed BWCA land swap roils some waters More than three decades after the controversial deal that established the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, relatively small plots of land in the wilderness continue to generate big disputes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/11/bwca-land-swap?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:33:02 -0500 After controversial autopsy attempts, medical examiner resigns Dr. Thomas Uncini is stepping down in St. Louis County, one month after scheduling controversial autopsies on Native Americans in Carlton County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/10/medical-examiner-resigns?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:15:48 -0500 In warmer climate, a bid to preserve trees threatened by emerald ash borer Given that the emerald ash borer is only kept at bay at temperatures of 30 below, experts are seeking ways to save Minnesota's northern forest as the climate changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/09/ash-borer-research?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Study: Shift in ocean temperatures temporarily slowed global warming A natural swing in ocean temperatures explains why the rate of global warming has slowed since the late 1990s. But UMD professor Byron Steinman said the trend will reverse itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/04/global-warming-study?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:12:52 -0600 Forest Service pitches swap with state to acquire BWCA land For decades the state and federal government have failed to reach a deal. Environmental groups oppose a proposed swap of 30,000 acres. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/boundary-waters-swap?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:46:04 -0600 Duluth mayor delivers final state of the city address Don Ness called the first two years of his term a "profoundly awful" time for Duluth. But now, he says, the economy is good and quality of life for residents is better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/03/don-ness-address?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:11:04 -0600 Investigation or desecration? Tribes press for power to stop autopsies Some Minnesota tribes want to change state law to prohibit an autopsy on religious grounds. Skeptics warn there are consequences to letting families stop the procedures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/02/autopsies?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:52:23 -0600 Apostle Islands ice caves to open Saturday The National Park Service says Wisconsin's Lake Superior caves will be reachable if the weather holds, but rangers caution that the hike will be slippery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/25/ice-caves?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:07:54 -0600 Magnetation to close plant on the Iron Range Citing falling ore prices, Grand Rapids-based Magnetation, which mines the waste piles left behind in the mining process, will lay off more than 40 employees. It still employs 300. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/iron-range-plant-closing?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:18:51 -0600 Group pulls UMD's gay-friendly status over coach's firing Campus Pride lists the University of Minnesota-Duluth among the nation's friendliest campuses for gay students. But the group says it's dropping UMD over the firing of women's hockey coach Shannon Miller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/20/coach-firing-impact?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:40:36 -0600 DNR: Moose count confirms continuing decline Scientists aren't sure why moose are declining, but say warmer weather, parasites, disease and changing habitat are likely contributing factors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/17/moose-count?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:25 -0600 Duluth seeks state money for aviation industry expansion The city of Duluth is seeking $4 million from the state to help Cirrus Aircraft expand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/14/duluth-seeks-state-money-for-aviation-industry-expansion?refid=0 Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:20:53 -0600 At UMD, a face off over gender, money, sports The University of Minnesota-Duluth is firing successful women's hockey coach Shannon Miller. UMD says it's about money. Miller and others say the university doesn't want to discuss the real reasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/13/shannon-miller?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:00:19 -0600 Judge blocks autopsies of two Ojibwe members killed in crashes After the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Fond du Lac Band objected to two planned autopsies, Judge Robert Macaulay ordered Medical Examiner Thomas Uncini to release the bodies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/11/native-autopsies?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:03:18 -0600 Duluth officer to receive Medal of Valor The Medal of Valor is the highest national award for officers who show exceptional courage to protect human life. Also being recognized are two Wisconsin officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/11/medal-of-valor?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:34:31 -0600 Minnesota's efforts to fight climate change lose steam Eight years ago, Minnesota leaders were out front in calling for more renewable energy and trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Lately, that push has faltered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/06/climate-change-enough?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 As climate changes, cities grapple with big rains Bigger storms are making culverts and other infrastructure inadequate, as Duluth learned in June 2012. Now, cities are taking steps to deal with more rain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/04/climate-change-infrastructure?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 19:00:00 -0600 DFL legislators introduce bill guaranteeing paid sick time The bill would require employers to offer at least one hour of sick time off for every 30 hours worked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/sick-leave-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:38:16 -0600 A forest dilemma: What will grow in a changing climate? Managers of Minnesota's forests know their world is changing. But they disagree on how urgently new species should be introduced and how far they should be moved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/climate-change-forestry?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 02:03:00 -0600 As state warms, a few spots keep their cool Even as northern Minnesota gradually grows warmer, some scientists are trying to find and preserve "cold spots" to sustain pieces of what defines the north woods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/03/climate-change-coldspots?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 02:01:00 -0600 Footnotes on climate change Explore the sources for our series "Climate Change in Minnesota" to learn more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/climate-change-explore-the-footnotes?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Climate Change in Minnesota: More heat, more big storms A century of data proves it: Climate changes have arrived in Minnesota. It's warmer on average, especially in winter, and heavier rain falls in bigger storms. Part of our week-long series, "Climate Change in Minnesota." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/climate-change-the-proof?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Chilean firm seals Duluth Metals deal, moves toward mine Antofagasta calls its completed purchase of Duluth Metals a "positive next step" toward building a massive underground copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/21/duluth-metals-deal?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:18:46 -0600 Winter is here: Last vessel of 2014 shipping season enters Duluth-Superior harbor The John G. Munson is one of five ships that will lay up in the Duluth-Superior harbor this winter for maintenance and repair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/20/duluths-last-ships?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:28:26 -0600 Proposed pipeline draws jeers, cheers in Duluth Opponents of the Sandpiper line said it would exacerbate climate change and threaten lakes and rivers. Supporters say it would create jobs and be safer than shipping oil by train. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/06/duluth-sandpiper-public-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:57:42 -0600 Critics object to pumping oil through MN lakes country Public hearings this week will gather opinions about the proposed Sandpiper pipeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/enbridge-pipeline-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 1st Minnesota sled dog race of season this weekend Fourteen mushers and their 12-dog teams have signed up for the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/02/gunflint-sled-dog-race?refid=0 Sat, 03 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota begins quarantine to block mountain pine beetles A new pest quarantine aimed at keeping the destructive mountain pine beetle out of Minnesota goes into effect Jan. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/31/quarantine-mountain-pine-beetle?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:22:44 -0600 Iron Range agency looks to the day when ore's no more As it nears a leadership transition, IRRRB moves to keep its resources intact. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/30/iron-range-without-mining?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:15:45 -0600 Old Duluth high school to become new housing Duluth will need 4,740 new housing units by 2020 to keep up with demand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/29/duluth-central-high-school-development?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:50:30 -0600 Ely highway reroute addresses environmental concerns The Minnesota Department of Transportation has chosen an alternate route for a dangerous stretch of Highway 169 south of Ely, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/23/highway-169?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:37:36 -0600 A look back in time: Tall ships on tap for Duluth in 2016 Organizers have high hopes for the next festival and expect to bring a dozen iconic sailing ships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/22/tall-ships-return-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:18:53 -0600 Great Lakes wolves ordered returned to endangered list The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections from those wolves in 2012 and handed over management to the states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/19/wolves?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:59:14 -0600 Iron Range board creates nonprofit to protect money from legislators In 2011 the state Legislature voted to take $60 million from the fund to help balance the state's budget. Gov. Dayton vetoed the provision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/18/-irrrb-trust-fund?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:30:40 -0600 Duluth council calls for free seed exchanges A Duluth City Council resolution asks the Minnesota Legislature to exempt seed libraries from testing and labeling. State Sen. Roger Reinert will propose that amendment to the seed law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/duluth-seed-exchange?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:22:13 -0600 Fat bikes get 78 miles of new state trails Fat bikes have exploded in popularity recently in Minnesota, especially in the winter. The bikes' extra wide tires with very low pressure are designed to float over a couple inches of snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/15/minnesota-fat-bike-trails?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:39:26 -0600 Ice caves redux? Officials at the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin say conditions look good so far to possibly allow access to the Ice Caves later this winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/13/ice-caves-redux?refid=0 Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:30:24 -0600 Environmental groups ask for full review of pipeline impact The Sandpiper pipeline would transport crude oil from North Dakota to Superior, Wis., across northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/12/pipeline-suit?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:58:56 -0600 Great Lakes water level slump over, future unclear The slump began in the late 1990s. It continued for 15 years, culminating early last year when Lake Michigan and Lake Huron set low-water records. Since then, levels have sharply rebounded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/10/great-lakes?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:52:29 -0600 At Vikings game, protesters decry police brutality About 40 demonstrators lay down on the plaza in front of TCF Bank Stadium. They chanted slogans against police brutality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/07/protestsvikingsgame?refid=0 Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:50:42 -0600 Midterm voter turnout varied widely across Minnesota Cook County, in far northeast Minnesota, had the highest voter turnout at 70 percent. Winona County had the lowest at 39 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/minnesota-voter-turnout?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:34:19 -0600 Mountain beetle threatens Minnesota's pine forests The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is proposing a quarantine to keep freshly cut logs from states infested with the mountain pine beetle out of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/02/mountain-beetle-poses-threat-to-minnesotas-pine-forests?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Study: Iron Range miners show higher cancer rates but reasons unclear Iron Range mine workers suffer mesothelioma at three times the rate of Minnesota's general population, but University of Minnesota researchers say they can't pinpoint an exact cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/01/iron-range-miners-mesothelioma?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:30:00 -0600 Duluth library's seed sharing program hits a hurdle Minnesota Department of Agriculture regulators say the Duluth exchange violates state law because it does not test seeds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/30/duluth-librarys-seed-sharing-program-hits-a-hurdle?refid=0 Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans rally over Ferguson ruling; car hits woman during protest Students and activists across the state Tuesday protested the Missouri grand jury's decision. Rallies were peaceful, although a woman was hit by a car during a late afternoon rally in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/25/twincities-ferguson-protests?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:10:12 -0600 MnDOT chooses new path for Highway 53 on the Iron Range A $220 million project will carry Highway 53 on the state's highest bridge across the abandoned Rouchleau Pit on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/18/highway-53?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:06:25 -0600 Report: Feds must help communities adapt to climate change A panel lists dozens of ways the federal government can better help communities deal with extreme weather and other impacts of climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/climate-change-panel?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:17:24 -0600 Tumbling dice: Moe wins tiebreaker for Cook County Board A quick game of chance led to Frank Moe's election as a county commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/10/cook-county-tie?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:11:11 -0600 Drawing of Scrabble tiles to decide deadlocked county election The Cook County auditor will place two scrabble letters, an A and a Z, in a bag. The candidate drawing the Z wins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/09/drawing-of-scrabble-tiles-to-decide-deadlocked-county-election?refid=0 Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:14:47 -0600 Sertich to leave the IRRRB Tony Sertich, the head of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, will be leaving Governor Dayton's administration in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/07/sertich-to-leave-the-irrrb?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:26:09 -0600 US House: DFLer Nolan wins 8th District; Emmer takes 6th; incumbents prevail Minnesotans returned DFL and GOP U.S. House members to Washington, though it was close in the Minnesota 8th. The GOP easily held the seat vacated by retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/us-house-election?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:10:00 -0600 Apartment project in Duluth could ease housing crunch A $36 million apartment and retail complex is planned for a site near downtown Duluth. The 150 apartments will help inch the city towards solving its housing needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/24/duluth-housing-crunch?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:45:30 -0500 Dayton, Johnson duel over middle-class mantle in Duluth debate While Gov. Mark Dayton said the state is on the right track, Jeff Johnson argued Minnesota is losing ground to other states and said the way of life in northern Minnesota is under attack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/dayton-johnson-debate-duluth?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:36:15 -0500 After helping Duluth remake itself, Ness decides not to run again As he nears the end of his seventh year, the popular mayor prepares to hand the baton to a successor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/13/don-ness-not-running-for-reelection?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:29:32 -0500 Rail delays prompt Cliffs Natural Resources to truck taconite Company officials said the truck deliveries to Superior, Wisconsin, are needed for about two months to ensure that steel mills on the lower Great Lakes have enough pellets to stay open. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/11/rail-delays-taconite?refid=0 Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:17:03 -0500 DNR chief: Expect PolyMet environmental review by early spring Commissioner Tom Landwehr called it a frustrating process but said officials were working as fast as possible to get the review 'out the door.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/07/polymet-environmental-review?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:00:28 -0500 Former Cook Co. Attorney Scannell sentenced to jail after criminal sexual conduct conviction A Duluth jury found Scannell guilty in July of two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/26/scannell-sentenced?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:16:16 -0500 In Duluth, unemployment rate drops as private-sector jobs grow Duluth's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in August, to its lowest rate since December 2006. Private-sector jobs grew to nearly 110,000 for the broader region, a record high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/25/duluth-data?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:25:23 -0500 Copper-nickel mining could move south of the Iron Range South of the Iron Range, Kennecott Exploration is searching for nickel and copper, efforts which could expand mining to untapped areas. The company initially received a rocky reception. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/09/tamarack-mine?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:49:28 -0500 Five things to know about Beargrease as registration begins Organizers expect a full field of 80 racers this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/06/beargrease?refid=0 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 15:08:25 -0500 Lawsuit filed over E. coli outbreak near Cloquet The first lawsuit has been filed as a result of an E. coli outbreak on the Fond du Lac Lake Superior Chippewa reservation near Cloquet earlier this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/05/e-coli-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:07:07 -0500 Invasive spiny water flea spreading throughout the Boundary Waters These fleas are a concern because they compete with small fish as they forage on microscopic animal plankton. Yet because of its long tail spike, the water flea is not a food source for those fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/spiny-water-flea?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:13:55 -0500 'Wilderness has no price': Remembering the Boundary Waters battles, 50 years later The debate over the Wilderness Act 50 years ago helped galvanize the environmental movement but also ignited a huge battle, centered in Ely, over who should control Minnesota's wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/boundary-waters-fight-fifty-years-later?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:44:16 -0500 Mudslide to keep West River Parkway closed until next summer The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board will vote on a $640,000 engineering contract for the project on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/mudslide-to-keep-west-river-parkway-closed?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:46:22 -0500 Former Independence Party leaders endorse McFadden for Senate Uldrich and Dillon endorsed McFadden over Steve Carlson, who scored a surprise win in the Independence Party primary last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/01/mcfadden-endorsements?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:29:23 -0500 St. Louis River cleanup 'jump started' The EPA designated 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern in 1987. Since then, only one has been removed from the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/30/st-louis-river?refid=0 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:56:35 -0500 More Canadian crude could soon flow across northern Minn. under State Dept. plan The State Department has signed off on a temporary plan from Calgary-based Enbridge Energy to divert oil from its Alberta Clipper pipeline to an adjacent line before it crosses the U.S. border, and then return the oil to its original line once its in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/enbridge-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:21:46 -0500 Copper mine study forecasts 30 years of profits, 850 jobs The Twin Metals project, a joint effort of Duluth Metals and Chilean mining giant Antofagasta, would be one of the largest underground mines in the United States, near the southern edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/twin-metals?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:41:06 -0500 Ski jumps that launched Olympians come tumbling down The two ski jumps, built in 1924 and 1969, served as early training ramps for a generation of Olympic ski jumpers. But they haven't been used for nearly a decade as children exchanged their jumping skis for snowboards and other pastimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/chester-bowl-ski-jumps?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:54:27 -0500 Oliver Traphagen House fire was arson, officials say The three-story red stone mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is on the market for about $750,000. The fire caused more than 150 thousand dollars in damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/oliver-traphagen-house-arson?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:00:30 -0500 Duluth considers running its own casino The goal is to replace lost Fond du Lac funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/18/duluth-casino-vote?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Duluth can see the finish line for new mountain bike trail City leaders and biking groups celebrated completion of phase one of the Duluth Traverse trail system on Friday. When complete, the trail will consist of five trail hubs linked by a trail spanning 26 miles along city's steep hillside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/duluth-mountain-biking?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:05:46 -0500 Judge sentences Last Place on Earth owner to 17 years A federal court jury in Minneapolis in October found Jim Carlson guilty of 51 felony counts for selling the products labeled under names like "bath salts," "incense" and "watch cleaners" at his shop, Last Place on Earth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/duluth-head-shop-owner-sentenced?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:12:55 -0500 OK to touch? Glensheen, home museums rethink rules to lure visitors Attendance at the Glensheen estate has fallen two-thirds since the 1980s, to a point now where the mansion might close to the public if the decline continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/11/ok-to-touch-glensheen-home-museums-rethink-rules-to-lure-visitors-?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:46:01 -0500 Fond du Lac Band wants EPA to impose tougher air quality rules If the EPA approves the request, the band will become only the sixth tribe nationwide to achieve the status, Fond du Lac Air Program Coordinator Alex Jackson said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/fond-du-lac-band-wants-epa-to-impose-tougher-air-quality-rules?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:18:35 -0500 Duluth to remove Chester Bowl ski jumps in August Three years ago the city removed parts of the jumps to try to prevent people from climbing them. Officials estimate it would cost over one million dollars to renovate them. The city is planning a historic marker to honor its legacy of ski jumping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/02/duluth-ski-jump-demolition?refid=0 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 16:18:58 -0500 Cook County fires convicted prosecutor Scannell In most cases, local governments can't remove an elected official from office. But state statute considers an elected office to be vacated if the official is convicted of a felony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/cook-county-fires-convicted-prosecutor-scannell?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:22:40 -0500 Highway 53: Expanding mine returns Minnesota to its road-moving ways It may seem crazy, to move an entire highway to the sake of a mine, but it's not as unusual as it sounds. On the Iron Range, there's a long history of moving roads — and entire towns — to make way for mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/highway-53-mining?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:15:45 -0500 Cook County attorney found guilty of criminal sexual conduct On Tuesday, the young woman at the center of the case testified that Scannell touched her inappropriately and tried to convince her to have sex with him when she was 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/25/cook-county-attorney-found-guilty?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:14:23 -0500 DNR plans 'conservative' 2014 deer hunt to rebuild populations Hunters in northeast Minnesota will feel the greatest impact from a bucks-only season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/23/dnr-plans-conservative-deer-hunt-to-rebuild-herds?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:13:50 -0500 Teen testifies Cook County attorney touched her inappropriately A young woman Tuesday testified that Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell touched her inappropriately and tried to convince her to have sex with him when she was 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/23/teen-accuser-faces-cook-county-attorney-in-court?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:21:09 -0500 Cook County Attorney Scannell's sexual misconduct trial opens Attorneys made their opening statements Tuesday at the St. Louis County Courthouse in the trial of Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell, who is charged with criminal sexual conduct. Scannell is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact two summers ago with a 17-year-old girl, when he was 46. Here's a recap of where the case stands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/scannell?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:32:22 -0500 Fermenting a new city: Fitger's Brewhouse brings change to Duluth Beer. It's helped Duluth transform itself from a city largely built on the mining and shipping industries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/fermenting-a-new-city-fitgers-brewhouse-brings-change-to-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:59:00 -0500 Minnesota Power reaches deal on coal-fired plants Federal authorities say Minnesota Power has agreed to install technology to reduce air pollution from three coal-fired plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/minnesota-power-reaches-deal-on-coalfired-plants?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:54:52 -0500 Kayakers rescued on Superior; no injuries The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three kayakers off the shore of Grand Portage on Lake Superior Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/kayakers-rescued-on-superior-no-injuries?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:02:16 -0500 Harsh winter blamed for lower iron ore shipments Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes through the end of June are down 17 percent from a year ago. A harsh winter that produced thick ice is to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/harsh-winter-blamed-for-lower-iron-ore-shipments?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:06:32 -0500 Voyageurs National Park closes backcountry to deal with flood damage They've set a target date of July 21 for reopening the backcountry. Visitors may rebook backcountry reservations online starting July 21. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/07/voyageurs-national-park-closes-backcountry-?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:51:56 -0500 U.S. steel industry, workers, say low-cost foreign steel puts U.S. jobs at risk Steel companies and union workers are claiming that the illegal dumping of steel into the United States at below-market costs by South Korea and other countries threatens thousands of American jobs -- including those on Minnesota's Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/minnesota-steel-jobs?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:51:00 -0500 As pipeline production soars in Minnesota, critics urge focus on safety Every day, about 2.3 million barrels of crude oil crosses Minnesota through 10 pipelines, and eight trains carry another 500,000 barrels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/as-pipeline-production-soars-in-minnesota-critics-urge-focus-on-safety?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:09:20 -0500 Homes, mills feel rising waters in northern Minnesota Reservoir dams there control the water level on the river and a number of lakes, and even with the dam gates fully open there's been so much rain in the region that the Rainy Lake levels continue to rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/flooding-northwest-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:24:07 -0500 Gypsy moth battle opens in Duluth The insect has defoliated millions of acres of trees over the past several decades as it's slowly migrated from the East Coast to the Midwest. Last year, it gained a foothold in northeast Minnesota along the North Shore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/gypsy-moth-battle-opens-in-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:19:09 -0500 Boy Scout troop rescued in BWCA lake after capsizing More than two dozen people from several agencies responded with boats, a float plane and a state helicopter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/boy-scout-troop-bwca-rescue?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:08:04 -0500 Explosion of black flies forces loons to abandon nests Flies have forced about 70 percent of nesting loons in an area of north-central Wisconsin to leave their eggs. That's more than twice the highest rate of abandonment in the past 22 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/explosion-of-black-flies-forces-loons-to-abandon-nests?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:16:47 -0500 After federal judge's same-sex marriage ruling, Wisconsin county clerks say 'I do' After a federal judge Monday refused to temporarily halt same-sex marriages in Wisconsin, and the state plans a court challenge, same-sex couples in many counties there are continuing to get married. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/10/judge-same-sex-marriage-ruling?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:00:35 -0500 DNR revises moose study after finding high rates of abandoned calves Researchers have now found a way to place GPS collars on newborn moose that doesn't seem to lead to mothers leaving them behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/08/dnr-refines-study-so-moose-mothers-stick-around?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 10:29:19 -0500 DFL Rep. Nolan touts record as he launches re-election bid Nolan faces a well-financed challenger in the 8th District in GOP businessman Stewart Mills whose family owns the Mills Fleet Farm chain of stores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/nolan-reelection?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:39:23 -0500 Small films flock to Minnesota lured by location -- and rebates Aiming to lure more filmmakers to Minnesota, state lawmakers last year resurrected the "snowbate" program which provides rebates to film companies for 20 percent of what they spend in the state -- and 25 percent if they shoot outside of the Twin Cities metro area. Most of the film crews coming to the state are heading to northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/minnesota-snowbate-program?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Rain Man: How one Tucson resident harvests the rain Brad Lancaster, perhaps the nation's expert on capturing and using rainwater, creates an oasis in the desert where he lives. And what he used to do illegally is now sanctioned by the city and imitated by neighbors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-tucson-rain-man?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 04:01:00 -0500 What Minnesota can learn from Arizona about water In a groundwater Q and A with MPR News reporter Dan Kraker, University of Arizona water expert and author Robert Glennon says Minnesota's water situation is not all that different from that in dry Arizona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-tucson-questions?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 20:00:00 -0500 Judge sides with DNR to block Rogers' bear research permit Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust agreed with the DNR that Rogers' hand-feeding of bears in the Eagles Nest Township area southwest of Ely constituted "a risk to public safety." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/lynn-rogers-bear-researcher-ruling?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 12:33:32 -0500 Desert city uses water, then uses it again Encouraging residents to use less water is one thing. But perhaps the biggest water gains Tucson has achieved come from using water more than once. It's a water idea that some in Minnesota think needs to gain importance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-tucson-water-reuse?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 07:20:00 -0500 Tucson's water ethic: Blueprint for Minnesota? By conserving water at every turn, the residents of Tucson have developed an attitude toward water that some think the Land of 10,000 Lakes should emulate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/ground-level-beneath-the-surface-tucson-water-blueprint?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 07:00:00 -0500 Tough winter gives Minnesota's moose a boost So far this year, an ongoing state Department of Natural Resources study shows moose mortalities are down two-thirds from what they were at this point last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/21/tough-winter-gives-minnesotas-moose-a-boost?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 16:51:15 -0500 Ice melts in NE Minn. just in time for fishing opener Most lakes are ice free south of a line from roughly Bemidji to Grand Rapids to Duluth, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/07/ice-fishing-opener?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 14:23:44 -0500 In waste rock, mining companies find opportunity and create jobs Minnesota's Iron Range is littered with the legacy of 130 years of iron mining. Mine pits, enormous waste rock piles and tailings basins dot the landscape. A newfound interest in the leftover rock is leading to a resurgence of mining on the western edge of the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/03/in-waste-rock-mining-companies-find-opportunity-and-create-jobs?refid=0 Sun, 04 May 2014 17:00:00 -0500 Iron Range residents say Oberstar never forgot his roots Jim Oberstar grew up a tiny house on the Iron Range. His dad was an underground iron ore miner during an era of often brutal working conditions. But from those humblest of beginnings, he became Minnesota's longest-serving Congressman, conversant in six languages, renowned for his intellect and rambling oratory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/04/iron-range-remembers-oberstar?refid=0 Sun, 04 May 2014 17:00:00 -0500 Judge delays ruling in bear researcher case Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust agreed this week to reopen the record until Friday because of 28 pages of new documents from the Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/judge-delays-ruling-in-bear-researcher-case?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:19:15 -0500 Duluth airplane maintenance firm plans for growth An airplane maintenance operation that opened in Duluth in 2012 celebrated a milestone Tuesday as it announced a new five-year contract and plans to grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/duluth-airplane-firm?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:30:26 -0500 Winds rip trees, power lines across NE Minn. The biggest outages came in Duluth and International Falls, Minnesota, where more than 1,000 customers temporarily lost power Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/wind-power-outages-northeast-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:36:05 -0500 Heavy ice slows Lake Superior shipping season Three heavy ice breakers are escorting ships in convoys of five across the lake, where stacks of wind-blown ice are still 8 feet thick in places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/lake-superior-shipping-ice?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:25:46 -0500 Duluth's roads need work, but city needs money first Duluth drivers wait for the city's decision on how to plug a four-year budget hole that's tearing up the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/duluth-road-repairs?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500 UMD opening center to train next generation of miners There is a growing need for skilled mining workers in Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Duluth is developing a center to train a new generation of workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/u-of-m-to-develop-new-generation-of-skilled-mining-workers?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:20:23 -0500 For some resorts, spring snow means skiing in May Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort has announced that heavy recent snowfall will allow it to stay open into May, its latest closing date ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/lutsen-mountains-ski-resort-to-stay-open-into-may?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:38:33 -0500 Critics worry proposed Twin Metals mine will affect Boundary Waters, tourism Twin Metals has been quietly completing its plans for a massive underground mine just a few miles south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The mine would create more than 1,000 jobs, but those benefits aren't enough to win over critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/twin-metals-mine-impact?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Power seeks permit for new power line; skeptics question need The Great Northern Transmission Line would carry at least 750 megawatts of electricity into the U.S. beginning in 2020. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/minnesota-power-seeks-permit-for-new-power-line?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:54:30 -0500 Two Harbors fined over wastewater spill in Lake Superior In addition to a $19,000 fine, the city also has to install sand filters at its treatment plant to remove mercury from its effluent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/environment/two-harbors-wastewater?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:21:56 -0500 Dozens of wet, soft trails closed in N Minn. Many of the closed roads and trails are located in state forests in the northern half of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/trails-closed?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:17:14 -0500 Cold Weather Rule about to expire State officials are reminding Minnesotans who may need help with heating bills to ask for assistance now before a key rule expires on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/13/cold-weather-rule-expires-tuesday?refid=0 Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:34:25 -0500 19 people arrested after Gophers' Frozen Four loss Minneapolis Police say 19 people have been arrested after crowds filled the streets of Dinkytown following the Gophers' NCAA hockey title game loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/13/19-people-arrested-after-gophers-frozen-four-loss?refid=0 Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:35:28 -0500 Emmer wins endorsement in 6th District Tom Emmer has won the Republican endorsement in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/12/emmer-wins-endorsement-in-6th-district?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:07:26 -0500 HCMC reopen after lockdown The Hennepin County Medical Center has reopened after it went into an emergency lockdown late Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/12/hcmc-reopen-after-lockdown?refid=0 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:52:40 -0500 Trial against former Cook County attorney to proceed St. Louis County Judge Shaun Floerke ruled Friday that a grand jury in October had cause to indict Scannell on two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct for his alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl two years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/trial-against-former-cook-county-attorney-to-proceed?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:58:39 -0500 Fond du Lac Band to spear walleye in 13 lakes The quotas for individual lakes range from 304 walleyes from Tait Lake north of Lutsen in Cook County to 59 for Cadotte Lake southeast of Hoyt Lakes in St. Louis County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/fond-du-lac-band-to-spear-walleyes-in-13-lakes?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:00:13 -0500 As fat bikes gain popularity, trail conflict follows During the winter, when there is deep snow, there are few trails for fat bikers to ride. Snowmobile "grants-in-aid trails," which snowmobilers pay to maintain, are illegal for fat bikes, but tempting to their riders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/as-fat-bikes-gain-popularity-trail-conflict-follows?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:55:48 -0500 Artists take on Duluth head shop controversy A four-year long war waged between defiant "Last Place on Earth" owner and synthetic drug hawker Jim Carlson and the city of Duluth -- which played out on newspaper front pages, TV screens, and eventually in federal court - is now the subject of a new art exhibit. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/04/artists-take-on-duluth-head-shop-controversy/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:14:10 -0500 Duluth is adding jobs, but running out of housing The need for more housing has increased as Duluth's unemployment rate has shrunk to pre-recession levels. The city's rental vacancy rate is less than two percent, half of what housing experts consider a healthy rate. Other towns far from the Twin Cities metro area face similar dilemmas, from Roseau and Thief River Falls to Worthington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/duluth-housing?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Duluth mayor wants to renew tourism tax Duluth needs the Legislature's approval to renew the tax. Don Ness aims to raise as much as $18 million for new trails, amenities and improved river access along the St. Louis River in West Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/duluth-mayor-wants-to-renew-tourism-tax?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:07:57 -0500 Cirrus completes test flight of new personal jet Cirrus made its name with a sleek four-seat piston-engine plane that features a safety parachute. For much of the last decade, the company has been developing a seven passenger personal jet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/cirrus-personal-jet-test-flight?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:53:49 -0500 As Duluth's icebreakers usher in spring, cargo shippers are anxious to begin work The first cargo ships are scheduled to leave the Duluth harbor Saturday. But it's going to be a slow start to the season because the harbor is clogged by ice that's five feet thick in places. A Coast Guard cutter and local tugs are working feverishly to break up the ice to allow the ships to depart. We rode along with one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/business/duluth-icebreakers-spring-cargo?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 06:54:40 -0500 Duluth, Superior mayors support oil pipeline expansion Duluth Mayor Don Ness on Wednesday waded into the controversy over the growing web of oil pipelines across northern Minnesota as he endorsed Enbridge Energy's pipeline expansion plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/environment/duluth-superior-mayors-pipeline?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:56:06 -0500 Public to have say on northern Minn. oil pipeline expansion Enbridge Energy plans to boost the capacity of its Alberta Clipper pipeline that carries oil from Edmonton in the Alberta Tar Sands region to Clearbrook, Minn. and then to Superior, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/enbridge-pipeline-expansion-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:28:49 -0500 Pellet gun killed wolf that fled Isle Royale park Scientists who study the park's wolves and moose say the wolf was a loner and had been attacked by other wolves before escaping this winter across a Lake Superior ice bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/environment/isle-royale-wolf-shot?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:42:28 -0500 Finns, friends celebrate tall tale of St. Urho As the Irish and would-be Irish prepare to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Monday, in small towns across Minnesota and the nation, Finnish-Americans are readying for the celebration of St. Urho, which falls on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/st-urho-finland-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:55:00 -0500 Wild rice study reveals more questions for state officials Three years after the Legislature ordered a study on how a key pollutant affects wild rice, state officials said more questions remain about whether and how Minnesota water quality standards should change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/wild-rice-study?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:46:31 -0500 Scale of PolyMet technology leads to more questions Minnesotans have until Thursday to comment on the environmental analysis of the proposed PolyMet mine, a huge document containing detailed plans on how the company would keep pollutants from the mine and tailings basin out of nearby lakes and rivers. That plan hinges on new technologies and engineering that PolyMet added after its last proposal was sharply criticized four years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/09/scale-of-polymet-technology-leads-to-more-questions?refid=0 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:25:08 -0500 Teenagers taken into custody after report of gun at UMD; campus declared safe Two teenagers were taken into custody as police responded to a report of a gun on campus. One of the teenagers was carrying an Airsoft pistol, which looks like a real gun but fires plastic pellets. Campus officials have lifted an early morning shelter-in-place order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/teenagers-taken-into-custody-after-report-of-gun-at-umd-campus-declared-safe?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:15:29 -0600 Enbridge eyes third oil pipeline project through northern Minnesota The Calgary-based company this week proposed spending $7 billion to replace its 46-year-old Line 3 pipeline, which runs from near Edmonton to Clearbrook, Minn., on to Superior, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/enbridge-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:57:01 -0600 Controversial bear researcher's attorney says no permit needed Rogers' attorney argued that since he doesn't possess or control the bears he studies, and since it is not illegal to feed bears in Minnesota, Rogers should not be required to obtain a DNR permit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/lynn-rogers-hearing?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:18:40 -0600 Mayor Ness turns Duluth's attention towards St. Louis River communities Mayor Don Ness laid out a plan to make Duluth equally well known for its location on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River inhis State of the City address. He envisions a renaissance on the west side of Duluth that stretches along the river to attract tourists, as well as new residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/politics/mayor-ness-turns-duluths-attention-towards-st-louis-river-neighborhoods?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 06:14:48 -0600 Slushy ice is keeping emergency crews busy Conditions seem to be worst on scattered lakes in north central Minnesota. Deep snow acts like a heavy blanket, trapping a slushy, crusty layer of ice underneath. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/01/slushy-ice-is-keeping-emergency-crews-busy?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:41:53 -0600 Duluth, NE Minn. counties receive new flood recovery funding The funding will help stabilize banks and build retaining walls along several streams that run through Duluth into Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/funding-flood-recovery-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:25:49 -0600 DNR will not extend comment period on proposed PolyMet mine About two dozen environmental groups asked the DNR to extend the comment period from 90 days to 180 days. They wanted more time to analyze the complex study and to address what they say are newly discovered gaps in the document. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/polymet-mine-comment-period?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:22:32 -0600 Duluth school board backs Ojibwe language immersion program It builds off a preschool Ojibwe immersion program sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth that has taught more than 40 students over the past three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/26/ojibwe-language-immersion-duluth-schools?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:12:21 -0600 Isle Royale wolf's death a blow to repopulation hopes The loss is a blow to an already struggling wolf population at Isle Royale, which has fallen sharply in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/25/environment/isle-royale-wolf-found-dead?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:21:34 -0600 Bear researcher Lynn Rogers' permit at issue in hearing Lynn Rogers' work collaring research bears near Ely and placing web cams in their dens has won him legions of online fans and made him the star of several BBC documentaries. But it's also raised the ire of Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/environment/bear-researcher-rogers-permit-at-issue-in-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:42:01 -0600 Duluth gets EPA grant to protect Lake Superior basin The so-called "green infrastructure" grant will help the city reduce stormwater runoff from the Lake Superior Zoo parking lot and Chambers Grove Park at Duluth's far southern edge, both of which were extensively damaged by flooding in 2012. A third project will help redevelop a contaminated site near the St. Louis River that once housed a cement plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/duluth-gets-epa-grant-to-protect-lake-superior-basin?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:10:58 -0600 Number of alleged sex abusers greater than church has revealed An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/catholic-church/2014/02/19/investigation-more-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-in-twin-cities-catholic-church/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:13:33 -0600 Overwhelmed by ice cave visitors, park needs back-up to handle crowds The Park Service estimates about 50,000 people have visited so far -- more than come to the area most summers. The Bayfield County Tourism estimates those tourists have spent as much as $10 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/lake-superior-ice-caves?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:15:22 -0600 Numbers improve, but Minn. moose not out of the woods Though their numbers show "no significant change" compared to last year, the moose population is still down dramatically from years past, the state DNR says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/environment/moose-survey?refid=0 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:00:54 -0600 Fire damages NorShor Theatre in Duluth Officials believe the fire started with a faulty blower motor in the building's heating system. Damage to the building is estimated at $15,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/regional/duluth-norshor-theater-fire?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:22:45 -0600 Snow spurs crashes, closes I-35 in Duluth Five inches of quickly falling snow on Thursday caused dozens of accidents across Duluth, including a multi-car crash that closed a stretch of Interstate 35 for hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/regional/duluth-crashes?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:40:24 -0600 Duluth Council plans $9.50 wage hike vote tonight If passed, Duluth would become the first city in the state to back a higher wage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/politics/duluth-minimum-wage?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:59:33 -0600 Not so nutty: Fat-burning squirrels may hold clues for future diet drugs While a gopher diet pill is a long way away, UMD scientists have identified thousands of genes in the fat of these creatures that could someday lead to drugs that help burn fat in humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/health/fat-burning-squirrels?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:28:39 -0600 'Regular guys' from northern Minnesota hope for curling gold in Sochi The team navigated a tough field at the U.S. Trials in Fargo in November. Then they won five straight matches at a tournament in Germany to qualify for the Olympics. The team is hoping to come back from a disastrous performance in 2010 games, which they think actually fueled growth in the sport's popularity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/team-usa-curling-duluth?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:54:45 -0600 Thousands pack final public hearing for PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposal More than 2,100 people packed a Saint Paul RiverCentre ballroom, matching in size but surpassing in feistiness the combined 2,000 or so people who attended two earlier meetings in Duluth and Aurora. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/polymet-st-paul-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:04:32 -0600 PolyMet environmental study inconclusive on water treatment, fueling confusion Debate over the need for long-term water treatment has dominated public testimony surrounding PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine, but the agencies studying the plan didn't ask the one question seemingly everyone wants the answer to: How long exactly will that treatment be needed? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/polymet-water-treatment-confusion?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:33:41 -0600 Dayton takes responsibility for troubled MNsure rollout Although Dayton defended the federal Affordable Care Act for extending insurance for young adults and to people with pre-existing conditions, he described the rollout of the $100 million state online insurance marketplace as "horrible" and said the buck stops with him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/dayton-mnsure-rollout-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:24:08 -0600 DNR: New water data could alter PolyMet environmental study The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the current draft of the environmental impact statement for PolyMet's mine and processing facility estimated the nearby Partridge River's flow using data that differs from other, more recent data. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/water-data-poymet-environmental-study?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:05:29 -0600 Mining supporters dominate hearing on PolyMet proposal Aurora, a small town of 1,600 on the northeastern edge of the Iron Range, is a hotbed of support for the proposal. Many residents once worked at LTV Steel, a nearby taconite plant that shut down in 2001, causing more than 1,000 employees to lose their jobs. PolyMet is proposing to reuse the shuttered plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/22/polymet-hearing-aurora?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:39:43 -0600 PolyMet mine hearing in Duluth draws large, passionate crowd The first public hearing on what could be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine drew some 1,300 people to Duluth on Thursday to rally for jobs, ask questions and poke holes in the 2,200-page environmental study that must pass muster before the project can go forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/17/polymet-hearing-draws-huge-crowd?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:24:29 -0600 Live: Public hearing on PolyMet mine proposal Minnesota is potentially on the brink of a copper mining boom. Tonight in Duluth is the first of a series of public hearings on a proposed copper-nickel mine in Hoyt Lakes. Follow updates from MPR News and Duluth News Tribune reporters. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/Public_hearing_on_PolyMets_proposed_copper-nickel_mine?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:49:11 -0600 Lake Superior shipping season ends tonight Thick ice was a challenge for ships this winter. Icebreakers in the Duluth harbor had to cut through two-foot thick ice starting in mid-December to keep shipping channels clear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/news/lake-superior-shipping?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:43:07 -0600 Forest tent caterpillars expected to invade Minnesota The native insects stripped the leaves off about a million acres of hardwood trees across the state last year and in the next year or two their numbers will likely peak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/forest-tent-caterpillars-expected-to-invade-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:54:59 -0600 Duluth City Council expected to pass Homeless Bill of Rights If approved, the resolution would direct the Duluth Human Rights Commission to draft an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination against the homeless in education, employment, public services, public accommodations and other areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/duluth-city-council-expected-to-pass-homeless-bill-of-rights?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:40:15 -0600 Plan to ship oil across Lake Superior hits snag The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has rejected an application by Calumet Specialty Products to repair a loading dock in Superior, Wis., where the company had proposed loading oil on to ships that would travel to eastern refineries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/09/environment/lake-superior-oil?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:52:06 -0600 More than 3,000 have commented on PolyMet mine review so far The public will also be able to comment at public meetings starting next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/public-comment-polymet-mine-environmental-review?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:34:10 -0600 For Embarrass, Minn., record lows bring bragging rights People in most of the state may have been hunkered inside on Monday, but residents of Embarrass are used to frigid weather. School was even open last week, when it was 10 degrees colder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/06/embarrass-cold-temps-bring-bragging-rights?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:51:06 -0600 Fates of wild rice, mining intertwined in northern Minn. A 40-year-old state law limits how much of a mining byproduct called "sulfate" can be discharged into wild rice producing waters. Prompted by mining industry concerns that the standard is too stringent, the state has been giving it another look. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/04/fates-of-wild-rice-mining-intertwined-in-northern-minn?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:00:00 -0600 Duluth Diocese names 17 ex-priests credibly accused of abuse The Diocese of Duluth today released the names of 17 former priests it says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a young person sometime in the years from 1950 to the present. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/news/duluth-diocese-priest-list?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:56:43 -0600 Duluth demolishing 13 blighted properties The vacant houses, spread throughout the city, near downtown and in eastern and western neighborhoods, have been holding back the community for years by reducing property values, officials said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/regional/duluth-demolishing-13-blighted-properties?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:50:21 -0600 Last 'saltie' leaves Duluth harbor for Italy The last ocean-bound ship to leave the Duluth - Superior harbor for the season departs this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/busines/saltie-duluth-harbor?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:28:27 -0600 More than 60 wolves killed as NE Minn. hunt ends The wolf hunting and trapping season will close today in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/18/environment/arrowhead-wolf-hunt-ends?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:23:22 -0600 EPA asked to measure mining's effects on Lake Superior Representatives of 59 Midwestern groups asked the Environmental Protection Agency today to consider the cumulative effects of mining across the Lake Superior basin, including from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/16/environment/lake-superior-mining-effects?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:15:56 -0600 Progressive coalition: More infrastructure spending needed for job growth A coalition of national labor and environmental groups released a report today calling for significant additional spending on roads, sewers, water lines and other public projects in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/news/infrastructure-spending?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:11:29 -0600 Lawsuit seeks list of accused Duluth priests Attorneys suing the Diocese of Duluth are pressing for the release of a list of 17 priests accused of sexually abusing minors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/regional/duluth-priests-list?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:30:31 -0600 Water treatment a central question in PolyMet's environmental study A proposed copper-nickel mining operation in northeast Minnesota would need long-term water treatment to ensure potentially toxic rock won't pollute area waterways, according to an environmental review released Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/environment/polymet-environmental-review?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:55:58 -0600 PolyMet's copper-nickel mine rekindles decades-old environmental debate The battle over copper-nickel mining has its roots in a 1948 discovery by Fred Childers, of Ely. He discovered mineralized rock while blasting to build a Forest Service road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/environment/polymet-copper-nickel-mining-history?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 First the storm, now the arctic blast Northeast Minnesota is digging out from over two feet of snow that's fallen in some places since this major winter storm began on Monday. That's wreaked havoc on the roads -- but it's also transformed the region into a winter playground. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/04/weather/massive-winter-storm-hits-northeast-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:25:56 -0600 Map: Proposed copper-nickel mines in Minnesota A study on how an open pit copper-nickel mine could change the landscape just north of the town of Hoyt Lakes will be released in a 1,800-page environmental impact statement available on Dec. 6. This map shows the locations of proposed sites for the PolyMet and Twin Metals copper-nickel mines northern Minnesota. /features/2013/12/mining/metalsmining.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 PolyMet copper-nickel mine: Economic opportunity or too environmentally risky? This Friday the public will get its first peek at a long anticipated environmental study of one of the state's most controversial development projects in years: copper and nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/environment/copper-mining-polymet-environmental-impact-statement?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 FAQ: Everything you need to know about PolyMet A detailed look at copper-nickel mining proposals in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/environment/copper-mining-faq?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0600 State auditor wants more info on copper-nickel mining's effects Minnesota needs to know more about the potential effects of copper-nickel mining in the state, State Auditor Rebecca Otto said Tuesday, to a group of about 75 people in Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/26/environment/copper-nickel-mining?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:17:36 -0600 Workers 'lucky' to find Duluth bridge corrosion The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed a busy stretch of Interstate 35 in Duluth for the next three to four weeks, after inspectors found corrosion in pilings that help support a bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/news/duluth-bridge-corrosion?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:20:19 -0600 Bridge repair to close part of I-35 in Duluth A southbound stretch of Interstate 35 through Duluth will be closed three to four weeks to repair a bridge after corrosion was found in the piling supporting one of the bridge's 38 piers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/21/news/bridge-repair-to-close-i35-south-of-duluth?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:29:36 -0600 Lake Superior water levels on the rise This past spring, Lake Superior rose by 20 inches, fueled by massive runoff from big rain and snowstorms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/environment/lake-superior-water-levels?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:47:28 -0600 Bridge damage closes I-35 in Duluth A damaged bridge piling has prompted the closure of close a nearly two-mile stretch of Interstate 35 in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/19/regional/duluth-i35-closed?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:25:43 -0600 Twin Ports colleges, businesses team up on research Business groups and Duluth-area colleges are teaming up on research, including new consumer and business confidence surveys, to help spur economic growth in the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/business/twin-ports-colleges-business-research?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:30:42 -0600 Minn. deer harvest running behind as hunt ends The firearms deer hunting season for most of the state ends this weekend and the harvest so far is still running behind last year's. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/16/environment/deer-hunt?refid=0 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:49:04 -0600 Environmental review requested in Minntac expansion Environmental advocates Thursday asked a court to order a full environmental review of plans to expand Minnesota's largest taconite mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/14/environment/us-steel-minntac-court?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:54:22 -0600 Arguments involving Minntac mine expansion in court Thursday The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears arguments Thursday in a case involving the proposed expansion of the state's largest taconite mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/environment/minntac-mine-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:49:38 -0600 Enbridge to revise ND-Wis. oil pipeline route Pipeline operator Enbridge has agreed to a revised route for a new oil pipeline from North Dakota across northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/12/regional/enbridge-pipeline?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:04:25 -0600 Minn. man guilty in sex trafficking case The jury found 27 year old Antonio Dion Washington-Davis of Brooklyn Park guilty Friday night on multiple felony charges for his role in running the sex trafficking ring. Between 2010 and 2012, he enslaved and prostituted several women and girls, according to Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/09/news/minn-man-guilty-in-sex-trafficking-case?refid=0 Sat, 09 Nov 2013 13:30:29 -0600 DNR cites record number for deer baiting Last year the DNR issued a record 166 citations for deer baiting, in addition to 49 warnings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/09/news/dnr-cites-record-number-for-deer-baiting?refid=0 Sat, 09 Nov 2013 09:56:52 -0600 Deer hunt mixes tradition, wildlife management Nearly 500,000 orange-clad hunters will head for the woods Saturday for the opening of Minnesota's deer hunting season, and for the state's second managed wolf hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/environment/deer-hunt-wildlife-management?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Environmental review of proposed copper nickel mine delayed until Dec. 6 The release of a major environmental document for a proposed copper nickel mine has been delayed for two weeks because of the recent federal government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/06/environmental/eis-copper-nickel-mine-delayed?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:26:05 -0600 Delta expected to get $5.9M Minn. loan Minnesota officials this week are expected to back a $5.9 million state loan to Delta Air Lines to expand a reservation sales center on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/business/delta-loan?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:32:02 -0600 Superior National Forest taking comments on Twin Metals study The Superior National Forest is accepting public comment this week on a study related to a major proposed copper nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/environment/twin-metals-public-comment?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:56:06 -0600 Carlton, Thomson to vote on merging towns Both city councils support unifying. So do the mayors, including Lawrence St. Germain, mayor of Thomson. His town has only 159 residents and two part time employees now and would see improved service under a merger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/04/politics/carlton-thomson-to-vote-on-merging-towns?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:33:51 -0600 In Duluth, big demand for 'pop-up' free retail space The Greater Downtown Council began offering six retail spaces rent-free starting Nov. 1st for short-term, or "pop-up" stores. Council President Kristi Stokes says they received over two dozen applicants in the first 24 hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/03/business/in-duluth-big-demand-for-popup-free-retail-space?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 11:26:46 -0600 Fond du Lac band's Diver named to White House climate panel Karen Diver of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is the only Minnesotan on the task force, and the only tribal representative from the lower 48 states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/01/climate-panel?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:18:20 -0500 Jay Cooke State Park's iconic bridge swings again The iconic swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park reopens today, 16 months after it was destroyed by raging floodwaters on June 20, 2012, when ten inches of rain poured across northeast Minnesota in a 24-hour period. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/11/jay-cooke-state-parks-iconic-bridge-swings-again/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:47:17 -0500 Cook County attorney charged with criminal sexual conduct Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been indicted on two counts of criminal sexual conduct stemming from allegations he engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a 17-year-old girl. The investigation came after a restraining order was issued against Scannell to keep him away from the girl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/tim-scannell-charged-criminal-sexual-conduct?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:49:06 -0500 Enbridge files application to run pipeline across northern Minnesota; opponents gird for fight The 610-mile "Sandpiper" line would carry more than 200,000 barrels per day from western North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to the company's terminal in Superior, Wis. The web of pipelines that transport Bakken oil now is straining to keep up with supply, so a new line is crucial, company officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/environment/enbridge?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:54:33 -0500 Record number of gypsy moths turns fight to quarantining invasion Minnesota is losing its battle to keep out the gypsy moth and state officials say that in some areas their only recourse may be to try to slow the insect's spread. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/22/environment/gypsy-moth-invasion?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:59:44 -0500 Construction begins on Lake Superior-Lutsen Mountains pipeline The project will replace a controversial pipeline from the Poplar River, a designated trout stream. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/20/environment/lutsen-lake-superior-pipeline?refid=0 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 09:52:12 -0500 John Beargrease sled dog race canceled due to financial woes In coming years, organizers will consider shortening the race or moving it to later in the winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/18/beargrease-race-canceled?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:54:24 -0500 State wolf hunt continues to divide The Department of Natural Resources has cut the number of wolves that hunters can kill this year, which frustrates hunters and trappers. But Native American groups and the Humane Society want to see the hunt stopped altogether. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/17/wolf-hunt-remains-divisive?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:30:18 -0500 DNR to review proposed taconite mine expansion in northeast Minn. Northshore Mining wants to expand its Peter Mitchell Mine south of Babbitt, Minn. Environmental groups, arguing the expansion could cause acid mine drainage, petitioned the Department of Natural Resources for an environmental assessment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/environment/dnr-to-review-mine?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:49:34 -0500 Arson charges for former Babbitt fire chief Ryan Scharber has been charged with three felony counts of setting forest fires while he was fire chief in the Iron Range town south of Ely, Minn. He is also charged with attempting to set a fire at Mattila's Birch Lake Resort in Babbitt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/news/arson-charges-for-former-babbitt-fire-chief?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:06:46 -0500 Wisconsin authorizes more kills in second wolf hunting season Wisconsin's goal is to reduce the population of gray wolves from its current level of more than 800, down to 350. Hunt opponents say 350 wolves is too few to maintain a sustainable population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/wisconsin-second-wolf-hunting-season?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:10:14 -0500 DNR asks Duluth residents to stop feeding wild animals Instances of people feeding wildlife has increased as urban and suburban developments have steadily encroached on wildlife habitat -- and this is not necessarily good for the animals. Foxes, for instance, are growing increasingly tame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/14/environment/tame-foxes-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:56:31 -0500 Duluth will be home to state's first public seed library Starting next spring, library customers can borrow heirloom seeds to grow in their gardens. After the growing season, they'll be asked to save a portion of seeds for themselves and return a portion to the library. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/10/duluth-public-library-seed-library?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:58:34 -0500 Duluth touts growing aviation industry The region's aviation sector, which includes plane manufacturers Cirrus and Kestrel, is expected to grow by 40 percent in the next seven years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/duluth-aviation-industry?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:48:32 -0500 DNA test confirms ID of wolf that bit Minn. teen The wolf had deformities that might have limited its ability to hunt, which may have contributed to its unusual behavior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/wolf-id-confirmed?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:18:24 -0500 Pollution control upgrades approved for coal plant The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan by Duluth-based Minnesota Power to install pollution control upgrades at one of the state's largest coal-fired power plants. The $350 million project is expected to reduce mercury emissions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/25/environment/pollution-control-upgrades-approved-for-coal-plant?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:29:20 -0500 Duluth-based National Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan next month The 114th Transportation Company will spend 10 months in Bagram, Afghanistan. This will be the unit's second deployment in the past four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/24/national-guard-unit-to-deploy-to-afghanistan?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:32:11 -0500 Hawk enthusiasts gather in Duluth for festival Haw Festival attendees will be looking broad-wing and sharp-shinned hawks, goshawks, eagles and other raptors on their long journey south from as far away as the Arctic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/21/hawk-festival?refid=0 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 14:52:40 -0500 Hot air balloonists to take flight over Duluth Organizers are hoping the conditions are right for 11 balloonists to take flight over Duluth this weekend in the city's first-ever hot air balloon festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/21/duluth_hot_air_baloon_festival?refid=0 Sat, 21 Sep 2013 07:28:43 -0500 Ely highway reroute bogged down by safety, environmental concerns A long-awaited highway safety project by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to improve Highway 169 could make the road safer for drivers. But progress has been slowed by concerns over potential water pollution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/news/highway-169-reroute?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:37:55 -0500 'Last Place on Earth' federal trial set to begin Jim Carlson, owner of Last Place on Earth, faces 54 counts of violating federal drug and regulatory laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/15/last-place-on-earth-federal-trial-set-to-begin?refid=0 Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:29:00 -0500 Urban deer hunts aim to control population, but may not Urban hunters contend with blaring sirens, barking dogs, even kids jumping on trampolines. But if they want to harvest a deer, this is the hunt for them. City deer hunts are spreading across the state and country as a way to control the animal's booming population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/environment/urban-deer-hunt?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:23:46 -0500 Fond du Lac Band cancels moose hunt The Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa is canceling its moose hunt because it wants to find out what's causing the plunge in moose population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/fond-du-lac-cancels-moose-hung?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:44:57 -0500 Ash borer quarantine causes trouble for North Shore loggers When city crews discovered the ash borer this summer in Superior, Wis., all of Douglas County was quickly placed under quarantine. That stopped firewood from being moved outside the county. But it's also kept the region's timber industry from transporting unprocessed ash trees through September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/ash-borer-north-shore-timber?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:20:10 -0500 Duluth settles lawsuit with men who wanted to preach at festival Duluth settled a lawsuit with two men who wanted to preach Christian views at at a popular holiday festival. The city will pay for legal fees but will also restrict preaching to a 'free speech area.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/bentleyville-preacher-lawsuit-settled?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:09:54 -0500 Grand Marais looks to harvest heat from an overcrowded forest On the leading edge of interest in community energy generation, Grand Marais is contemplating using locally harvested wood to heat its buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/ground-level-energy-grand-marais?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Court: Environmental reviews not needed to award mining exploration leases A panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals today agreed that the environmental review requirement for mineral exploration is only triggered when a specific project is proposed, and not when leases are awarded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/environment/court-mining-exploration-leases?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:56:42 -0500 Grand Portage Chippewa cancels moose hunt under legal threat The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has canceled its moose hunt for this fall, a decision that came after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources initiated a legal process to try stop the hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/grand-portage-chippewa-moose-hunt?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:43:26 -0500 Duluth gets grant to rebuild old wooden dock The project will create a transportation hub that combines truck, rail and shipping facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/05/duluth-gets-grant-to-rebuild-old-dock?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:09:44 -0500 Remembering the 'Root Beer Lady' of Knife Lake The Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, telling the story of the last, full-time resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Above, paddles left for Dorothy by visitors to her cabins on Knife Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/04/human-interest/remembering-the-root-beer-lady-dorothy-molter-?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:15:34 -0500 BWCA portages and campsites to reopen after fire Nearly two inches of rain have helped firefighters suppress a wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near the Canadian border. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/bwca-fire-suppressed?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:42:13 -0500 Duluth to get more disaster aid to offset flood costs More financial help is on the way to the city of Duluth to repair lingering damage from last summer's devastating flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/28/news/duluth-disaster-aid-flood?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:02:09 -0500 Small fires prompt BWCA closures Two small fires burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area have prompted the Superior National Forest to close some campsites and portages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/27/bwca-fires-prompt-closures?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:18:22 -0500 Forest managers want 'prescribed' fires to prevent wild ones In an effort to prevent the kind of catastrophic fires burning across the western United States, northern Minnesota forest managers are laying the groundwork for a "prescribed" fire near Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/prescribed-burn-ely?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:21:03 -0500 In northern Minn., a campaign against feeding wolves "Don't feed the wildlife!" is a message frequently trumpeted at campgrounds around Minnesota. It's usually meant to warn people not to feed deer or bears. But this summer wildlife managers are expanding that message to wolves. In northeast Minnesota, people are feeding wolf pups -- easy meals that could have very negative consequences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/environment/campaign-against-feeding-wolves?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Scientists searching Great Lakes for microplastics A team of scientists begins a 10-day trip on the Great Lakes Sunday searching for microplastics, tiny plastic balls that researchers fear could be harming fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/18/environment/scientists-searching-great-lakes-for-microplastics?refid=0 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:30:49 -0500 Tanker carrying explosive material overturns A tanker truck carrying 40,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate rolled over just after 8 a.m. today at the entrance to Hibbing Taconite. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/regional/tanker-overturns?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:00:15 -0500 Duluth prepares for emerald ash borer Duluth officials say it's not a question of whether the tree-killing emerald ash borer crosses the St. Louis River, but when. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/15/environment/duluth-emerald-ash-borer?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:33:12 -0500 DMR's Hibbing expansion to add dozens of jobs An electronics manufacturer on the Iron Range broke ground on a new facility Wednesday that could bring another 50 jobs to the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/detroitdiesel?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:20:56 -0500 EPA sees "significant progress" on Polymet's review The federal agency cites progress in the design and documentation of PolyMet Mining's proposal to mine copper, nickel and precious metals near Hoyt Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/polymet-letter?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:38:17 -0500 Advocates want 5 percent raise for care assistants A new coalition of advocates for people with disabilities and the elderly is calling for a 5 percent increase in state funding for services they receive at home and in the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/13/health/advocates-care-assistants?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:45:02 -0500 Jane Goodall offers support to Minn. bear researcher Lynn Rogers Famed scientist Jane Goodall, best known for her 54-year study of African chimpanzees, has lent her support to Lynn Rogers, the embattled black bear researcher in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/12/environment/lynn-rogers-jane-goodall?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:56:18 -0500 Duluth mayor proposing big changes for waterfront Hoping to create a large waterfront pedestrian plaza, Duluth Mayor Don Ness on Thursday unveiled plans on to build a walkway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/regional/duluth-waterfront-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 09:10:32 -0500 NE Minn. higher education to get $2M boost State economic officials are set to approve nearly $2 million to boost higher education efforts in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/education/iron-range-higher-education-boost?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:25:49 -0500 Erosion program pays to repair flood damage More than a year after torrential rainfall led to massive flooding in northeast Minnesota, many people are still struggling to piece together small loans, grants and savings to repair their homes. Meanwhile, another pool of money has funded some fairly expensive projects to repair erosion damage near lakes and streams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/news/flood-damage-recovery?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Duluth Dylan statue Kickstarter falls short An effort to raise $159,000 to fund the completion of a giant bronze sculpture of Bob Dylan, to be placed in the songwriter's hometown, has fallen well short of its goal. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/08/proposed-dylan-statue-for-duluth-goes-back-to-drawing-board/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:11:47 -0500 'Whitefish Bay,' first ship of new fleet, arrives in Duluth The Whitefish Bay, one of six new ships built for Canada Steamship Lines, marked its first transit in the Great Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/business/whitefish-bay?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:01:44 -0500 Ely researcher vs. DNR over collars on bears Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers goes to court on Monday in Ramsey County to ask a judge to allow him to keep GPS collars on 10 study bears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/28/environment/bear-researcher-goes-to-court?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:29:39 -0500 Tall ships expected to draw 250,000 to Duluth Duluth's Tall Ships Festival begins today, bringing nine replicas of historic sailing ships to the lakefront -- and a significant economic boost to the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/25/human-interest/tall-ships-expected-to-draw-250000-to-duluth?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:37:40 -0500 Police seize $4 million worth of pot plants near Hinckley Law enforcement officials from 11 different agencies seized more than 5,500 marijuana plants from a pot-growing operation near Hinckley, Minn., Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/24/crime/police-raid-pot-operation?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:57:00 -0500 That lovely bamboo in your yard? It's not bamboo. And it's killing local plants. Minnesota officials are struggling to fight the spread of knotweed, buckthorn, wild parsnip and other noxious weeds and invasive species. It's a battle fought on thousands of different fronts against a clever enemy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/environment/battling-invasive-species?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:30:28 -0500 Dayton, bear researcher Rogers meet Monday Black bear researcher Lynn Rogers meets with Gov. Dayton on Monday, with hopes on convincing the governor to allow him to continue his controversial program beyond the end of this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/environment/dayton-bear-researcher-rodgers-meet-monday?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:22:59 -0500 Duluth housing falling behind regional economy Duluth is growing jobs in health care, engineering, aviation and other sectors. But its aging housing stock is falling behind the region's growing economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/economy/duluth-housing-regional?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:05:44 -0500 Report: Duluth housing slows job growth City officials say adding more affordable housing is crucial to building the city's workforce and population. On Wednesday, they celebrated the opening of a 37-lot subdivision as a step forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/economy/duluth-housing?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:40:14 -0500 Lark of Duluth crashes into Superior Bay No one was hurt when a replica biplane crashed into Superior Bay in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/news/lark-of-duluth-crash?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:19:14 -0500 Judge denies Last Place on Earth owner's request over license A federal judge Monday denied a request to block a new Duluth ordinance requiring anyone who sells synthetic drugs to first apply for a city license. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/15/regional/last-place-on-earth-license?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:54:19 -0500 Federal judge to rule on city license for owner of Last Place on Earth A federal magistrate judge in Duluth is expected to decide Monday whether the owner of a controversial head shop has to apply for a city license to sell synthetic drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/13/regional/duluth-head-shop-city-license?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:29:44 -0500 Historic 'Lark of Duluth' recreated by aviation buffs A little known piece of aviation history will be recreated in Duluth. A group of aviation buffs there have built -- from scratch -- a replica of a historic plane dubbed "The Lark of Duluth." The air boat, as it was known, went on to become the nation's first commercial airliner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/news/aviation-lark-of-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:28:06 -0500 Diesel fuel spills into Lake Superior State regulators are monitoring a diesel fuel spill in far northeast Minnesota that leaked into Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/regional/fuel-spill-lake-superior?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:17:02 -0500 Climate change might be enabling beetles' rise against pine trees Stately, tall white pines all over the state and the tamaracks of northeastern Minnesota have had their natural defenses from beetles weakened. Scientists suspect climate change is to blame in both cases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/08/bark-beetle-destruction?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 06:53:25 -0500 Long out of use, synagogue comes back as museum Abandoned as Jewish families left the Iron Range, a century-old synagogue is getting new life as a town museum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/01/ground-level-reviving-minnesota-relics-synagogue?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 23:00:00 -0500 Duluth health system phasing out soda sales The largest health care system in Duluth is phasing out the sale of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, following a growing trend across the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/02/health/soda-sales-duluth-health-care-system?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:06:03 -0500 Ely bear researcher loses DNR permit Lynn Rogers was known to hand-feed the animals and broadcast the birth of cubs over the Internet. Now he is losing his Minnesota permit to do his close-up research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/bear-researcher?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:49:21 -0500 Stewart Mills to run for 8th Dist. seat We're only six months into the 2013-2014 campaign cycle and already multiple challengers have stepped into U.S. House races across the state. The latest: Republican Stewart Mills announced today that he plans to challenge DFL U.S. Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/rep-rick-nolan-gets-new-gop-challenger?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:49:20 -0500 Flooded-out homeowners near Duluth face limited options a year later "This is unsellable land, so if we decide to stay, we're stuck here for the rest of our lives," says Cathedral Pines homeowner Denny Gertzen, a year after the bloated Moose Horn River swallowed his property whole. His dilemma is emblematic of the challenge faced by many people in his community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/weather/cathedral-pines-flooded-homeowners-face-limited-options-a-year-later?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Flood-ravaged Duluth, northeast Minnesota, still recovering a year later A year ago today, 24 hours of torrential rain unleashed epic floods that tore apart homes, schools, streets, parks and communities across Duluth and northeast Minnesota. In the first of a series if reports, we assess the overall damage, and the repair work that's still taking place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/weather/duluth-northeast-minnesota-flood-anniversary?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:50:00 -0500 Duluth marks anniversary of memorial to 3 lynching victims Duluth residents are commemorating the 10-year anniversary this weekend of the construction of a memorial to honor the vicitms of a lynching nearly a century ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/15/regional/duluth-lynching-memorial?refid=0 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:24:56 -0500 Duluth man dies in officer-involved shooting Duluth police say a car crash led to an officer-involved shooting that killed a 26-year-old man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/news/duluth-man-dies-in-officer-involved-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:35:43 -0500 Participation soaring in Minn. mental health first aid classes A new kind of first aid class is soaring in participation across Minnesota and the nation, as tens of thousands of people seek training in how to help people with mental illness and perhaps slow the incidence of shootings in public places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/health/mental-health-first-aid-classes?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:19:58 -0500 Lawsuits challenge EPA over MN iron plant Two lawsuits are seeking to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to grant a water quality variance to the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, saying regulators violated the Clean Water Act and other federal laws when they approved it late last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/environment/epa-lawsuit-mesabi-nugget-plant?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:53:36 -0500 MnDOT begins new bridge at Jay Cooke park Nearly a year after last summer's historic flooding, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin building a bridge on Monday to span a huge washout in Jay Cooke State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/02/regional/new-bridge-at-jay-cooke-state-park?refid=0 Sun, 02 Jun 2013 08:40:39 -0500 Copper-nickel mining divides Ely residents The polarizing divide over the future of mining around Ely will be on display this weekend, when an anti-mining group opens shop on the canoeing mecca's main drag. The new center will encourage tourists to take action against proposed copper-nickel mines in the region. Organizers see mining as a major environmental threat, but many in town believe it can be done safely and jumpstart the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/environment/ely-copper-nickel-mining?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Port Authority head announces plan to retire The executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority has announced plans to retire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/25/news/adolph-ojard-port-authority?refid=0 Sat, 25 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Hibbing, sans locals, celebrates native son at Dylan Days Bob Dylan turned 72 this week, and the Iron Range town of Hibbing is again celebrating its most famous son this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/arts/dylan-days?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 13:49:07 -0500 It's cabin-opening season for some Minnesotans Memorial Day weekend is upon us and many Minnesotans are heading north on clogged highways to summer cabins. With the long winter and late ice-out on many lakes, for some this could be the first visit since last fall. One family opened up the cabin that's provided a summer retreat to four generations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/news/summer-cabins?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Family fought to keep rustic wilderness As it turned out, a blind man can stop a bulldozer. Bill Muir did it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/news/summer-cabins-sidebar?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Paddlers honor legendary Minn. kayaker Jim Rada died 10 years ago of a heart attack while paddling the Presque Isle River, seen above. Ever since, his friends have held a race on the river in his honor. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2013/05/on-the-10th-anniversary-of-his-death-paddlers-honor-legendary-minnesota-kayaker.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 12:18:28 -0500 Study: Rising Lake Superior temperatures affecting fish species A new study shows that climate change could mean better conditions for some Lake Superior fish species, but worse for others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/20/environment/lake-temperature?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 16:39:34 -0500 Nearly $21B in goods exported from Minn. annually The importance of exports to Minnesota's economy was highlighted by state economic development officials and Duluth business leaders in a news conference on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/economy/minnesota-export?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 20:18:27 -0500 UMD graduates first cohort of tribal management program The first cohort of a new degree developed to prepare leaders for the unique challenge of tribal management graduates today from the University of Minnesota Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/education/umd-master-tribal-management?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 17:49:43 -0500 DNR collaring moose calves to study, protect species The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started the second phase of its ambitious study to determine why the state's moose population is declining so rapidly. Last week, they began collaring newborn moose calves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/environment/study-moose-calves?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 18:41:18 -0500 Wildfires break out near Park Rapids and NW Wisconsin High temperatures and desert-like humidity readings are helping to drive an outbreak of wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/weather/wildfires-break-out-near-park-rapids-red-lake-hinkley?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 08:15:46 -0500 New PolyMet environmental study released to DNR, EPA and tribes A controversial proposed copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota reached a major milestone Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/environment/polymet-study?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 21:37:29 -0500 Same-sex marriage: Reaction from Minnesota residents As the Minnesota Senate debated the same-sex marriage bill Monday, some of our reporters in greater Minnesota asked state residents what they thought of the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/politics/same-sex-marriage-reaction-from-minnesota-residents?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 18:34:06 -0500 Photos: North Shore thaw brings world-class kayaking Along the North Shore of Lake Superior, streams like the Lester River in Duluth are roaring, full of chocolate-brown, frothy, churning spring runoff. It's that time of year when hikers are warned to stay away from the creeks -- and when kayakers like Chris Baer flock to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/sports/photos-north-shore-thaw-brings-worldclass-kayaking?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 07:29:23 -0500 With spring comes world-class kayaking at North Shore Along the North Shore of Lake Superior, streams like the Lester River in Duluth are roaring, full of chocolate-brown, frothy, churning spring runoff. It's that time of year when hikers are warned to stay away from the creeks -- and when kayakers like Chris Baer flock to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/news/north-shore-kayak?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Voyageurs Park moose population holding steady, bucking trend The moose population at Voyageurs National Park near International Falls is holding relatively steady, wildlife biologists announced Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/07/environment/voyageurs-park-moose-count?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 12:46:41 -0500 Minnesota's maple syrup production runneth over Many Minnesota maple syrup producers are reporting record harvests. This season's big sap days result from the same weather that draws howls of protest from mostly elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/news/maple-syrup-production?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 18:15:00 -0500 Snowmelt raises flood concerns in NE Minn. Rapid snowmelt is causing flooding concerns along some rivers and streams in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/news/snowmelt-raises-flood-concerns-in-ne-minn?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 17:25:03 -0500 Snowstorm brings flood concerns up north After record snowfall in April, an unusual May snowstorm is forecast for soggy northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/regional/snowstorm-flood-concerns?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 15:10:30 -0500 Duluth Homegrown festival is music scene's coming-of-age story The coming-of-age story of Duluth's music scene could easily be called "North by Northeast." Now in its 15th year, the annual Homegrown Music Festival is a far cry from the late 1990s in Duluth, when there were hardly any local bands playing original music and even fewer places for them to play. The festival kicks off Sunday in Duluth, and over the next eight nights features more than 180 local bands playing 25 venues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/arts/duluth-homegrown-festival?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:40:11 -0500 Cliffs Natural Resources ready to produce new kind of iron ore pellet A company that operates three taconite mines in northeast Minnesota says it is ready to produce a new kind of iron ore pellet that could potentially open new markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/business/cliffs-dri-pellet-production?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:05:55 -0500 Duluth mayor urges legislators not to reallocate unspent flood relief funds Duluth Mayor Don Ness and other northeast Minnesota leaders are urging state lawmakers not to reallocate unspent flood relief funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/news/duluth-mayor-legislators-unspent-flood-relief-funds?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:50:49 -0500 Great Lakes water levels reaching record lows The water levels on some of the Great Lakes are near all-time lows, including Lake Superior, according to a new report released Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/environment/great-lakes-water-levels-reaching-record-lows?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:17:17 -0500 Duluth-based Cirrus to deliver personal jet by 2015 Duluth-based aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft is on pace to unveil its long-awaited lightweight personal jet by 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/business/cirrus-personal-jet?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:08:05 -0500 NE Minn. digs out of record spring snowstorm Northeast Minnesota dug out Friday from a record-setting storm that dumped nearly two feet of snow on parts of the region, closed schools and cut off electricity to thousands of customers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/regional/northeastern-minnesota-spring-snowstorm?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:45:33 -0500 Winter blast buries portions of Minnesota Another wintry blast has buried portions of Minnesota under more than a foot and a half of new snow, disrupted travel and closed schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/weather/winter-storm-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 06:44:10 -0500 Reroute of Highway 53 riles Iron Rangers Officials on the Iron Range are meeting with Minnesota Department of Transportation officials to discuss how to relocate a major highway in the region. Highway 53 between Eveleth and Virginia must be moved to make way for an open pit taconite mine expansion. But a newly proposed option would completely bypass both towns, and that's raised the ire of many local business owners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/news/highway-35-iron-range?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:14:00 -0500 Dayton pitches budget on Iron Range Gov. Mark Dayton continued his budget-selling swing across Minnesota with a town hall meeting Tuesday in the Iron Range town of Virginia, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/16/news/dayton-virginia-town-hall?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:39:04 -0500 Study: Cancer, work in taconite industry linked Researchers at the University of Minnesota told Iron Range workers to protect themselves from taconite dust, despite a new study that was unable to prove that exposure to the dust causes the rare cancer mesothelioma. The study linked time spent working in the taconite industry to a higher risk of mesothelioma but stopped short of pinpointing its cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/health/cancer-and-taconite-work-linked?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:21:14 -0500 Iron Range miners, families await report on respiratory diseases, including mesothelioma Researchers today will visit the Iron Range to share findings of their study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and the deadly lung disease, mesothelioma. More than 80 former miners have died from the rare cancer. For more than five years, researchers have been trying to determine whether exposure to dust in the mines and processing plants makes workers more vulnerable -- not only to mesothelioma but to other respiratory diseases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/health/report-iron-range-miners-respiratory-disease?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 With soda bans, NE Minn. hospitals are at leading edge of US trend In the last few months, several hospitals in northeast Minnesota have stopped selling soda and other beverages that are sweetened with sugar. They are at the forefront of a growing national trend among health care facilities that are trying to combat the nation's obesity problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/regional/hospital-soda-ban-in-northeastern-minn?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 17:36:33 -0500 AT&T completes cell tower near BWCA AT&T has completed construction of a controversial new, 450-foot tall communications tower near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/environment/att-completes-communications-tower-bwca?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:15:45 -0500 Last Place on Earth owner, son formally charged The owner of a Duluth head shop and his son today were formally charged by the state with four felony counts of selling a controlled substance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/01/news/last-place-earth-owner-formally-charged?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:35:43 -0500 Duluth prepares for its Tall Ships to come in Tickets will go on sale Monday for this summer's Tall Ships festival, which can attract about 250,000 people to Lake Superior. That's how many came to the port city in 2010 to see the grand sailing ships that evoke the nation's nautical past in the largest event ever held in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/31/regional/duluth-tall-ships-festival?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Hunters can apply for bear licenses Monday Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses will be available starting Monday. The 3,750 licenses are available in 11 permit areas, down from the 6,000 available last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/30/regional/bear-hunting-licenses?refid=0 Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:38:06 -0500 Arrival of season's first 'saltie' will be record earliest The first oceangoing ship of 2013 is expected to reach Duluth around midnight Friday, in the earliest arrival in the city for a "saltie." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/business/saltie-duluth-arrival?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:15:49 -0500 Last Place on Earth head shop owner arrested on new state charges Police arrested the owner of a controversial head shop Friday afternoon in Duluth for allegedly selling illegal synthetic drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/news/last-place-on-earth-head-shop-owner-arrested?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:48:10 -0500 Councilmember's Skype participation in meetings raises questions The use of video conferencing software by a northern Minnesota city councilmember to attend meetings raises questions about how elected officials should face their constituents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/politics/elected-officials-skype?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:05:36 -0500 Iron Range's copper-nickel mining poses opportunity and possible threat After more than a century in which iron mining has played a central role in the economy and culture of northeastern Minnesota, a new kind of mining is poised to join the taconite industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/26/environment/iron-ranges-copper-nickel-opportunity-threat?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Delay for reroute of Iron Range Hwy. 53 A project to reroute a major highway on the Iron Range could be delayed by a year or more, after a plan to have the highway span an operating taconite mine was rejected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/23/regional/mndot-rerouting-iron-range-highway?refid=0 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:44:43 -0500 Dayton keeps up 'fair share' tax talk in Duluth Gov. Mark Dayton held a town hall meeting before a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people in Duluth last night, to make the case for a budget plan that includes a tax hike on the wealthy and spending in education and other programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/politics/dayton-duluth-town-hall?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:16:08 -0500 Duluth shipping season set to begin The 2013 Lake Superior shipping season is getting under way at the port of Duluth: The 1,000-foot Mesabi Miner is scheduled to be the first departure of the season Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/regional/duluth-shipping-season-set-to-begin?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:25:52 -0500 Northern Lights Express high-speed rail closer to connecting Twin Cities, Duluth The proposed high-speed rail line between Duluth and the Twin Cities inched one step closer to possible construction Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/business/northern-lights-express?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:16:14 -0500 Marathon mining forum draws 100 participants More than 100 supporters and opponents of copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range gathered Friday for a five-hour informational forum in Virginia, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/16/environment/iron-range-mining-forum?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:10:03 -0500 Invasive species may be key to understanding death of hundreds of loons Loons will soon begin their migration back to the north woods. The birds are a cultural and natural icon, not only in Minnesota but across the Great Lakes states. But last fall, nearly 900 loons died while migrating south across Lake Michigan. Scientists are not sure what killed the loons, but they suspect that invasive species may be to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/09/environment/invasive-species-may-be-killing-loons?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Beargrease sled dog race begins Sunday The 29th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon takes off from Duluth on Sunday. The race was postponed from January because of a lack of snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/09/regional/beargrease-race-starts-sunday?refid=0 Sat, 09 Mar 2013 18:00:00 -0600 Magnetation iron ore mining lease approved The Minnesota Executive Council unanimously approved an iron ore mining lease today as part of a continued mining renaissance on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/magnetation-iron-ore-mining-lease-approved?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:39:58 -0600 Mayor Ness: Duluth thriving mid-sized city on upswing Departing from tradition, Duluth Mayor Don Ness showed a video as he delivered his State of the City address Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/politics/don-ness-duluth-state-of-city?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:24:17 -0600 On the Iron Range, debating whether long-term prosperity follows more mining Mining has always been a boom and bust industry on the Iron Range. But proponents of the PolyMet plant and another proposed copper-nickel mines by Twin Metals, say the area is poised for a rebound. While backers of the mines tout the jobs they could bring, opponents ask whether those jobs are worth the environmental risk to the region's lakes and rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/regional/minnesota-mining-jobs?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 09:00:00 -0600 NORAD may shed 24-hour alert sites in Minn., Va. NORAD is considering removing two of its 18 Air Force sites from 24-hour alert, saying it would save millions of dollars without compromising its ability to defend against 9/11-style attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/regional/norad-duluth-alert-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:33:31 -0600 Mining firm vetoes Hwy 53 reroute plan A veto by a taconite mining company has taken a popular plan to reroute a major northern Minnesota highway off the table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/regional/highway-53-reroute?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:55:05 -0600 Duluth sues feds over casino revenue The city of Duluth has sued the federal government as part of its long-running dispute with the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Band over revenues from its Duluth casino. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/news/duluth-sues-federal-govt-over-ojibwe-casino-revenue?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:50:30 -0600 Meetings to discuss strategy against gypsy moth Meetings to discuss plans to slow the spread of the invasive gypsy moth are being hosted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture this week in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/26/environment/strategy-against-gypsy-moth?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:15:56 -0600 Minn. iron ore producer 'bullish' on future Cliffs Natural Resources discussed the company's flagging financial results for last year but sounded an upbeat note about this year at a meeting in Virginia Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/business/cliffs-iron-ore-producer-bullish?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:11:45 -0600 Birdwatchers converging in NE Minnesota Birdwatchers from around the country have converged on northeast Minnesota this weekend to attend a well-known bird festival and to see rare owls along the North Shore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/16/regional/minn-bird-festival?refid=0 Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:25:50 -0600 PolyMet says environmental improvements made to copper-nickel mine project The company planning the first proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota says it has made several environmental improvements to the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/environment/polymet-copper-nickel-mine?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:29:41 -0600 Higher grade iron-ore pellets coming from Iron Range producer The CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources announced Tuesday that two of its Minnesota taconite facilities have produced much higher grade iron-ore pellets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/business/higher-grade-iron-ore-pellets-coming-from-iron-range-producer?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:58:53 -0600 Surfing Lake Superior: Great waves, but not for beginners Though it might seem impossible to many, a thriving scene has emerged on a North Shore beach where about 50 surfers brave the frigid water for waves they swear can compare to some of the best surfing in Hawaii or California. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/human-interest/lake-superior-surfing?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:30:14 -0600 Some business leaders concerned sales tax plan could hinder ability to compete Some Duluth business leaders are concerned that the governor's plan to tax clothing and many professional services could hurt Duluth employers. But there is confusion and little clarity about how the tax plan would would affect business and competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/business/dayton-sales-tax-plan?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:26:30 -0600 30 arrested in crack cocaine for EBT scheme Authorities have arrested 30 people for selling crack cocaine in Duluth and neighboring Superior, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/news/operation-crackdown-ebt?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:32:17 -0600 Bill would change IRRRB oversight board A bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature would change the makeup of the board that oversees an Iron Range economic development agency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/politics/bill-would-change-irrrb-oversight-board?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:59:49 -0600 $6M upgrade for siding plant in Two Harbors A mill in Two Harbors, Minn., that makes wood siding for homes has closed for four weeks as it undergoes a $6 million upgrade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/03/regional/wood-mill-plant-upgrade?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 10:03:21 -0600 Western Minn.'s Hoot Lake plant to stop burning coal A plan to shut down Otter Tail Power's coal burning Hoot Lake power plant by 2020 has been approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/business/hoot-lake-plant-stop-burning-coal?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:08:44 -0600 Deadline extended for flood relief loans The deadline to apply for some flood relief loans in northeast Minnesota has been extended another month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/economy/duluth-flood-relief-deadline?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:29:11 -0600 US Steel promotes Minn. mining industry The CEO of Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel announced a new initiative to promote the importance of iron ore mining in Minnesota at a speech in Minneapolis Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/business/iron-range-mining-us-steel?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:17:15 -0600 Heavy snow slows ultra-marathoners Racers in the Arrowhead 135 ultra marathon in far northern Minnesota battled nearly a foot of snow that fell during the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/regional/heavy-snow-slows-down-arrowhead-ultramarathon-participants?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:27:50 -0600 Plant fanatics climb up trees hunting for 'witch's brooms' Now about brooms -- witch's brooms, to be exact. Small, tightly woven masses of branches that can appear high up in pine trees across northern Minnesota. These "brooms" are actually the genetic source of a lot of the landscape plants and shrubs sold at nurseries. They're not often easy to retrieve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/human-interest/witchs-brooms-collectors?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Dead birch trees tell story of drastic change on North Shore Anyone who has driven along the North Shore of Lake Superior recently has likely noticed huge stands of dead birch trees. In recent years, several factors, including hungry deer, drought, development and thin, rocky soil, have drastically changed the forest in one of Minnesota's most popular and scenic areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/19/environment/north-shore-forest?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Wis. wood salvage firm debuts on reality TV A Superior, Wis., company that reclaims old growth lumber from a grain elevator was making its debut Sunday night on a reality TV show called "Ax Men." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/27/business/wood-salvge-tv-reality-show?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:17:45 -0600 Mining job fair in Chisholm as demand grows The mining industry is holding a job fair on the Iron Range on Friday as mining employment in northeast Minnesota is growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/business/mining-job-fair-chisholm?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:54:27 -0600 DNR downgrades permit for bear researcher Lynn Rogers The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has cut the number of bears that controversial researcher Lynn Rogers can collar near his research station outside of Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/environment/dnr-downgrades-permit-for-bear-researcher-lynn-rogers?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:32:37 -0600 Schools closed in northern Minn. due to cold School children across northern Minnesota are enjoying an extra day off today because of frigid cold weather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/regional/schools-closed-due-to-cold-weather?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:14:39 -0600 EPA rules target BWCA, Voyageurs haze The Environmental Protection Agency has issued final rules aimed at cutting air pollution from Minnesota's taconite plants that contribute to haze over the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/environment/epa-haze-bwca-voyageurs?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:50:53 -0600 Duluth icebreaker keeps winter maritime traffic moving Believe it or not, there are still ships on the Great Lakes headed for Duluth even though the harbor there is clotted with ice. Their routes are made possible by the Coast Guard Cutter Alder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/regional/duluth-icebreaker?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:38:32 -0600 Court sides with tribe on casino revenue-sharing dispute A federal appeals court ruled today that the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Band does not have to share revenues with the city of Duluth from its downtown casino. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/law/court-ruling-ojibwe-casino?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:42:53 -0600 $78M airport terminal opens in Duluth A new $78 million airport terminal will open in Duluth on Monday after nearly 10 years of planning and construction. More than half the funding came from federal grants, with state and local dollars covering the rest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/12/regional/airpot-terminal-opens-duluth?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Ness declares Jan. 'Duluth Trafficking Awareness Month' Duluth Mayor Don Ness on Wednesday declared January as Duluth Trafficking Awareness Month, kicking off a series of events across the city to raise awareness about girls being sold for sex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/regional/duluth-trafficking-awareness-month?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:32:17 -0600 In Duluth, a campaign to reduce sex trafficking of young girls Daily in Minnesota and across the country, young girls are bought and sold for sex. A group of advocates and law enforcement officials in Duluth is trying to increase awareness of the dangers and bring an end to the trafficking of girls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/news/sex-trafficking?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 07:00:00 -0600 $6 billion tab projected for Minnesota water line fixes In many Minnesota cities, water system are aging and in need of replacement. Recent major water main breaks have highlighted the massive labyrinth of underground pipes that delivers water to homes and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/news/aging-infrastructure?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Judge orders Last Place on Earth to pay for cost of policing A St. Louis County judge has ordered the controversial Duluth headshop Last Place on Earth to pay for police presence outside its downtown storefront. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/law/last-place-on-earth?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:04:11 -0600 New sled dog race set for North Shore A new sled dog race begins Sunday, Jan. 6, on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior. The Gichigami Express will include teams from Minnesota, Michigan, Alaska and Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/regional/sled-dog-race-north-shore?refid=0 Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Study: interest in wildlife, outdoors resurges Study reports resurgence in the number of Americans who say they hunt, fish and watch birds or other wildlife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/environment/hunting-outdoors-popularity?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:38:49 -0600 Wolf hunting in Wis. closes for season Wisconsin closed the last of its six wolf hunting zones on Sunday evening after reaching its target quota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/environment/wolf-hunt-closes-in-wisconsin?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:12:17 -0600 Bentleyville Tour of Lights to continue despite legal battle A popular holiday lights festival that has been embroiled in legal battles over free speech will continue for at least three more years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/news/bentleyville-tour-of-lights-to-continue-despite-legal-battle?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:53:18 -0600 Excelsior Energy to build natural gas-fired power plant A company that spent more than $40 million in taxpayer money on a coal-gasification power plant that was never built, now says it has secured the land it needs to build a natural gas-fired facility. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/business/excelsior-energy-natural-gas-fired-power-plant?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:58:46 -0600 Duluth head shop owner faces federal charges The owner of a Duluth head shop and three workers have been charged in a 54-count indictment accusing them of violating federal drug and regulatory laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/regional/last-place-on-earth-federal-indictments?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:28:28 -0600 Minn. court affirms wild rice protection The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling Monday dismissing a challenge to the state's water quality standard protecting wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/environment/wild-rice-ruling-court-of-appeals?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:47:07 -0600 Flood aid trickles in 6 months after NE Minnesota deluge Six months ago this week, flash floods tore through northeast Minnesota, ripping up roads and filling basements. The disaster caused more than $40 million in damage to private homes -- many of them without flood insurance. But some of the hardest hit areas have so far received very little state or federal funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/15/regional/minn-flooding-recovery?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:45:00 -0600 Family of teen girl blasts Cook County attorney as 'predatory,' 'hypocrite' The family of embattled Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell said his conduct with a 17-year-old girl is the result of serious emotional problems following his shooting a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/law/cook-county-attorney-tim-scannell-motive?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:09:46 -0600 Minn. prosecutor ordered to stay away from teen A Minnesota prosecutor has been ordered to stay away from a 17-year-old girl and her parents after being accused of an improper relationship with the girl. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/regional/scannell-restraining-order-young-girl?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:40:27 -0600 Broken lines leave 650 people without phone service A break in a fiber optic line west of Duluth has left about 650 people without telephone and emergency 911 service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/news/broken-fiber-optic-lines?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:00:00 -0600 Copper-nickel deposit estimates grow near BWCA A huge copper-nickel mine proposed for just south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area has again increased the estimate of minerals at the site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/04/environment/bwca-copper-nickel-deposit-estimated-size-grows?refid=0 Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:45:50 -0600 Groups sponsor rally against Minn. wolf hunt Opponents of wolf hunting planned to hold a rally on the Iron Range on Saturday to protest the state's first ongoing managed wolf hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/01/regional/wolf-trapping-protest?refid=0 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 10:17:55 -0600 Gaps in Duluth flood recovery, Mayor Ness says Duluth and its surrounding areas are continuing to recover from the record June flooding that washed out roads and destroyed hundreds of homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/01/disaster/flood-recovery-duluth?refid=0 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Union members at paper mill authorize strike About 400 union members at a paper mill in Cloquet have voted to authorize a strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/labor/union-cloquet-paper-mill-authorize-strike?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:09:39 -0600 Ness, environmentalists push for wind subsidy extension Mayor Don Ness joined environmentalists in Duluth Wednesday to call on Congress to extend a federal wind energy subsidy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/regional/duluth-wind-energy-subsidy-extension?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:37:14 -0600 Duluth showing signs of economic revival After years of economic struggles and budget deficits, the city of Duluth may be poised for a new era of prosperity. The city has announced several major industry investments in the area, unemployment is down and the local economy is diversifying. Business and civic leaders are more optimistic about the city's future than they've been in decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/business/duluth-economic-revival?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Analysts say taconite layoffs not the start of a trend Iron ore mining is a classic boom and bust industry. When times are good, they can be really good. Of course, the opposite is true when the economy slows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/business/analysts-say-taconite-layoffs-not-the-start-of-a-trend?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:32:40 -0600 Ski areas open today with limited runs Several ski areas around the Twin Cities metro area are open this weekend and the state's largest resort, Lutsen Mountains, opens today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/17/business/ski-area-open-today-with-limited-runs?refid=0 Sat, 17 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Sweden's yen for herring roe fuels Lake Superior fishery For about six weeks in October and November, Lake Superior anglers pull thousands of the silvery fish, also called cisco, from the lake's icy waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/regional/lake-superior-herring-fishery?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:00:13 -0600 Duluth asks judge to shutter Last Place on Earth head shop The city of Duluth asked a county judge Friday to shut down the controversial business Last Place on Earth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/regional/duluth-asks-judge-to-shutter-last-place-on-earth?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:37:42 -0600 Nolan defeats Cravaack in 8th District Former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat, has defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in the 8th District race. Cravaack conceded the race a short time ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/8thdistrict-cravaack-nolan?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:35:22 -0600 66 wolves killed in opening days of hunt Minnesota wolf hunters have killed 66 wolves as of 10 p.m. Monday in the first weekend of the state's first regulated wolf hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/environment/wolf-hunt?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 20:00:26 -0600 Wis. 7th Dist. race like Minn. 8th, with more lumbering Like Minnesota's neighboring 8th District, Wisconsin 7th District race is garnering outside attention and money. But the candidates are more colorful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/politics/wisconsin-seventh-district?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:24:08 -0500 Ojibwe bands ban wolf hunting - but only on Indian-controlled lands Minnesota's inaugural regulated wolf hunt, set to begin Saturday, is being received with sadness by many Ojibwe people. For them, killing the animals is unthinkable. To guard against it, all seven of Minnesota's Ojibwe bands forbid wolf hunting on their lands. While the bands acknowledge their legal authority over land they don't own may be limited, they still intend to make a point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/environment/ojibwe-ban-wolf-hunting?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:53:11 -0500 Wellstones, crash victims remembered 10 years after their deaths The late Sen. Paul Wellstone is being remembered for his caring for people on the 10th anniversary of the plane crash that killed him and seven others near Eveleth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/politics/wellstone-anniversary-service?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:37:44 -0500 Minn. ranchers laud wolf hunt, but say it won't help save livestock When Minnesota's wolf hunt begins next Saturday, many of the state's cattle producers will be celebrating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/environment/minnesota-cattlemen-laud-wolf-hunt?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:00:47 -0500 One worker injured in power plant explosion An injured worker is able to speak and move after an explosion Monday morning at a coal-fired power plant along the North Shore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/22/accident/power-plant--coal-explosion?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:05:44 -0500 Wis. hunters kill 4 wolves in first week Wisconsin hunters killed four wolves Monday during the opening day of the state's wolf hunting season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/environment/wisconsin-wolf-hunt-begins?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:55:35 -0500 New legal tactics take aim at synthetic pot State officials are finding it difficult to police synthetic forms of marijuana. As a Duluth businessman continues to sell thousands of dollars worth of synthetic marijuana every day, authorities are trying new legal tactics to stop the sales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/15/law/last-place-on-earth-legal?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:07:36 -0500 NE Minn. flood help deadline nears People who suffered damage from this summer's record flooding in northeast Minnesota only have a few more days to apply for disaster assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/news/minnesota-flood-help-deadline-nears?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:24:38 -0500 Iron Range board to consider economic development loans today An Iron Range development agency today is expected to approve two economic development loans that could result in nearly 70 new jobs in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/business/iron-range-board-economic-development-loans?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Estimates grow of underground ore's amount, value It's estimated that nearly $100 billion worth of copper, nickel and precious metals are contained beneath land outside Ely. But that could change later this month when the company is expected to release another estimate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/business/estimates-grow-mining-potential?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 07:00:00 -0500 $1.4M grant to fund mercury contamination education The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Minnesota a $1.4 million grant to better educate women on the North Shore about the risks of eating fish with mercury contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/health/grant-to-educate-women-on-mercury-contamination?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:35:56 -0500 Sup Co won't hear 'roadless rule' appeal The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeal of the "roadless rule," a policy established in 2001 that bars development on about 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, including parts of the Superior National Forest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/environment/supreme-court-declines-roadless-rule-appeal?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:27:05 -0500 Minn. county opposes marriage amendment The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to take a stand against the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/politics/st-louis-county-board-approves-resolution-opposing-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:24:12 -0500 Duluth blazes trails for talent, quality of life Duluth Mayor Don Ness wants his city to be one of the nation's premier destinations for people interested in biking and hiking. The city is building trails hoping they will lure young educated professionals to town, who in turn, will attract entrepreneurs seeking a talented workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/human-interest/duluth-builds-trails?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:42:32 -0500 Photos: Timber trucks rumble through downtown Duluth in protest The loggers are trying to draw attention to their effort to change federal law to allow them to carry heavier loads on interstate highways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/regional/downtown-duluth-logging-truck-protest?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:52:22 -0500 Loggers protest interstate truck weight limits Logging truckers, protesting a federal law that limits the loads they can carry on interstate highways, will rumble down the old brick streets of downtown Duluth today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/business/logging-truck-protest?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Loggers plan convoy demonstration through Duluth Loggers protesting to be allowed to carry heavier loads on the interstate plan a truck convoy demonstration through downtown Duluth Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/news/loggers-plan-convoy-demonstration-duluth?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:58:09 -0500 USDA cites Duluth zoo for shelter issues in flood The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth for providing inadequate shelter for its farm animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/news/lake-superior-zoo-cited-inadequate-shelter?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:19:44 -0500 New campaign to help NE MN flood victims Officials in northeast Minnesota have launched a new campaign to help homeowners who suffered damage in this summer's record flooding find the resources they need to rebuild their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/regional/new-campaign-to-help-ne-minnesota-flood-victims?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:09:02 -0500 Researcher Lynn Rogers feeds the bears, battles critics Last month, the Department of Natural Resources shot a bear that wore a tracking collar. The animal had refused to leave an area where children were present. That bear's death lies at the heart of a longstanding tension between mainstream wildlife scientists and a controversial researcher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/environment/lynn-rogers-bear-researcher?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 06:28:00 -0500 Duluth Metals anticipates approval for drilling permits A company involved with developing a controversial mine near the Boundary Waters expects to receive permits Thursday to do more exploration in the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/17/business/duluth-metals-drilling-permit?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:19:51 -0500 Firefighters still battling BWCA blazes Firefighters continue to battle several small wildfires burning in and around the parched Boundary Waters Canoe Area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/regional/firefighters-still-battling-bwca-blazes?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:44:12 -0500 Maurices to anchor new Duluth tower A women's fashion retailer headquartered in Duluth will anchor a new $80 million office building in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/business/maurices-to-anchor-new-duluth-tower?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:50:07 -0500 More BWCA closures after new fires ignite U.S. Forest officials have closed some areas of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area because more small wildfires have ignited. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/environment/more-bwca-closures-after-new-fires-ignite?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:16:07 -0500 Last year's Pagami Creek blaze part of trend of worsening fires A year ago, the Pagami Creek fire roared across the Boundary Waters, engulfing 90,000 acres of forest in a single day. Signs of the devastation are still present. But the potential for another such fire isn't remote. That blaze was part of a nationwide pattern of bigger, more extreme wildfires, http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/environment/pagami-creek-fire-one-year?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 After Pagami Creek fire, worry accompanies BWCA forest renewal A year ago the Pagami Creek fire scorched 145 square miles of forest, mostly in the Boundary Waters area. Despite a striking amount of new growth, forest managers have major concerns, among them a huge loss of organic matter and the presence of invasive plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/09/environment/pagami-fire-aftermath?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 BWCA fire nears 1999 blowdown area The Superior National Forest has expanded a closure area in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area because of a small wildfire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/environment/bwca-fire-nears-1999-blowdown-area?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:08:22 -0500 Fires force closure of parts of BWCA The Superior National Forest has closed a small portion of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness because of five spot fires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/environment/bwca-fire?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 20:19:47 -0500 BWCA fire still burning near Ely Firefighters attacked a wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by air while ground crews built containment lines northwest of Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/news/bwca-wildfire?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 06:51:14 -0500 Relief on Iron Range after labor deal is reached Leaders of some Iron Range communities are breathing a sigh of relief after the United Steelworkers union agreed to terms Sunday on a new labor contract with U.S. Steel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/03/regional/contract-iron-range?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 15:31:15 -0500 Firefighters battle small blaze near Ely About 15 firefighters were battling a small wildfire Monday about 10 miles northwest of Ely in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/03/regional/ely-fire?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 11:17:53 -0500 Fits and starts for Iron Range labor talks over holiday weekend Labor negotiations affect nearly 3,000 mine workers at five facilities on the Iron Range that mine low-grade iron ore and process it into taconite pellets used to make steel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/labor/iron-range-union-negotiation-labor-day-weekend-?refid=0 Sun, 02 Sep 2012 11:55:00 -0500 Clock ticking on mining contract negotiations Time is running out on the United Steelworkers Union and five Iron Range taconite operations to hammer out a new contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/business/iron-range-possible-strike?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:43:26 -0500 For 5 Range mines, 3,000 workers, 2 days left for contract talks Contracts between three giant mining companies on the Iron Range and the United Steelworkers of America will expire at midnight Friday, and an apparent stalemate threatens to set in motion a strike that could disrupt the nation's steel supply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/business/iron-range-mine-contracts?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:51:18 -0500 Duluth proposed budget smaller, but no staff or service cuts In another sign of Duluth's ongoing fiscal turnaround, Mayor Don Ness has proposed a budget that avoids layoffs and maintains city services at current levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/politics/duluth-city-budget?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:46:19 -0500 Dayton, state officials meet with laid-off Duluth Georgia-Pacific workers Georgia-Pacific announced earlier this week it would shut down its plant in Duluth that makes a product known as Superwood. One hundred-forty one employees will lose their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/business/georgia-pacific?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:24:16 -0500 Dayton: Flood relief package is 'solid' Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday called the disaster relief package the state Legislature will take up in a special session "a solid package." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/politics/dayton-flood-package-solid?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:27:35 -0500 Legislators take up flood aid in special session today The state legislature today will consider a $167.5 million relief package for Duluth and other towns ravaged by summer floods and storms. The bulk of the funding would go to northeast Minnesota, where massive June flooding tore apart roads and submerged basements. Two months later some homeowners are still stuck in limbo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/government/flood-aid-special-session?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Gauthier reverses earlier decision; will not run for re-election DFL state Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth announced that he will not run for re-election, amid calls to step aside after a scandal in which he admitted to sexual contact last month with a 17-year-old boy at a highway rest stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/politics/gauthier-seeks-reelection?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:05:42 -0500 Duluth plant closure puts 141 out of work Georgia-Pacific says it will permanently close its plant in Duluth at the end of the month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/21/business/georgia-pacific-closing-duluth-plant?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:09:55 -0500 Two announce candidacy for Gauthier's House seat Two DFLers have announced their intention to run for the House seat currently held by Kerry Gauthier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/politics/gauthier-candidates-announce?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:13:45 -0500 Video expands Duluth police force Their budget under pressure, Duluth police have turned to video camera surveillance to fight crime. They say it works. But they aren't cheap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/ground-level-price-of-safety-video?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Nolan, Cravaack rally faithful in 8th District After winning a hard-fought DFL primary in the closely watched 8th Congressional District, former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan found himself launched into a competition for attention with his general election opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/politics/eighth-district-showdown?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:03:13 -0500 Range prepares to replace veteran lawmaker Rukavina The competition to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack has received most of the political attention in northeast Minnesota. But there's another hotly contested DFL primary under way in the region: The battle to be the DFL's nominee to replace state Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/12/politics/rukavina-replace?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 With many policy similarities, 8th District DFLers stress experience The three DFL candidates competing for the party's nomination in the 8th Congressional District talked Tuesday morning about the need for elected officials to compromise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/politics/eighth-district-debate-nolan-clark-anderson-cravaack?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 13:36:51 -0500 Robot divers to report on Lake Superior's depths With its frigid, often ice-choked water and legendary storms, Lake Superior can be a dangerous place for scientists to conduct research. But with two mechanical divers, researchers aim to tap the wealth of information deep inside the big, cold lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/science/automated-underwater-research-platform?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 07:40:00 -0500 Minn. building new state park near Ely Construction is under way at Minnesota's newest state park, Lake Vermillion State Park near Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/04/regional/vermillion-park?refid=0 Sat, 04 Aug 2012 11:02:11 -0500 Film revives 'larger than life' Wild Bill Cooper A new documentary explores the life and mystery of "Wild Bill" Cooper of Willow River, Minn., the famous snowmobiler and infamous criminal. He disappeared more than 30 years ago and hasn't been seen since. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/regional/wild-bill-cooper?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:17:27 -0500 DNR reports fish kill in Aitkin Co. DNR officials say warm weather and recent flooding have combined to kill of fish in Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin County, about 60 miles west of Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/22/regional/fish-kills?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:35:31 -0500 Dayton hears of needs on tour of flood zone Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday toured flood-damaged towns in Carlton County southwest of Duluth, where local officials briefed him on the needs of communities and residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/regional/dayton-flood-tour?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:29:40 -0500 Dayton seeks more flood aid from feds Gov. Mark Dayton has requested federal assistance to help individual home and business owners who suffered property damage in last month's record flooding in northeast Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/regional/dayton-flood-aid?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:18:04 -0500 State-federal flood recovery office opens in Duluth Federal and state officials opened a joint field office in Duluth to manage the recovery from flooding in northeast Minnesota one month ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/19/regional/flood-fema?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:14:16 -0500 Flooded Duluthians 'in big trouble,' even with aid Another federal disaster declaration would provide some assistance to homeowners, but that still likely won't cover all their needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/regional/duluth-flood-private-property-damage?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:13:24 -0500 8th District DFLers signal support for mining Two of the DFL candidates running to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in Minnesota's 8th District held press conferences Wednesday to tout their support for copper-nickel and taconite mining. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/politics/8th-district-dflers-signal-support-for-mining?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:43:23 -0500 Lake County broadband effort turns into fight over government stimulus help The attempt to bring high-speed Internet access to rural regions has sparked debate over the proper role government should play in upgrading the information superhighway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/business/rural-broadband-service?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Officials in Duluth to size up flood damage Federal and state officials meet in Duluth Wednesday morning to begin assessing the damage done to homes and businesses by recent flooding. Results of the assessments could lead to federal aid for the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/disaster/fema-assessment?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:37:47 -0500 Carlton County phone, 911 service cut Much of Carlton County in northeast Minnesota is expected to remain without emergency 911 service and other communications until about 7 p.m. tonight. So far, the loss of service has not resulted in any major public safety issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/news/carlton-county-phone-service-cut?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:00:43 -0500 Small towns bear brunt of flood damage The city of Duluth grabbed headlines following flooding that surged across northeast Minnesota nearly three weeks ago. But several small towns just to the southwest suffered some of the most extensive damage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/disaster/thomson-flood-recovery?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Hundreds of volunteers turn out to help Duluth neighborhood recover from flooding As they try to recover, hard-hit Duluth residents count on help from hundreds of volunteers from across the Midwest. The volunteers have come to the aid of people whose homes were inundated with water, helping them rebuild their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/disaster/volunteers-flood-recovery?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:21:58 -0500 Exhibits closed indefinitely at Duluth zoo Officials at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth say they will reopen in about a week, but animal exhibits remain closed indefinitely, as they continue to clean up after major flooding last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/06/regional/duluth-zoo?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:19:46 -0500 Jay Cooke State Park closed indefinitely Jay Cooke State Park in northeastern Minnesota will remain closed indefinitely because of damage to Highway 210 during recent severe flooding, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/region/jay-cooke-state-park-closed-indefinitely?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:33:16 -0500 Flood-damaged Duluth counting on Fourth of July business jolt Two weeks after heavy rains flooded Duluth, closed a major state park and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, locals are hoping for a big boost from the Independence Day holiday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/region/flood-damaged-duluth-counting-on-fourth-of-july-business-jolt?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 06:37:48 -0500 Relief fund to fill gaps in flood aid The United Way announced a new relief fund today for the region surrounding Duluth devastated by recent floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/02/disaster/flood-relief-fund?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 19:33:21 -0500 Why the water overwhelmed Duluth Last week, Duluth residents awoke to the worst flooding in recent memory. Water overwhelmed a system designed to handle big storms, but not this big. It became apparent that Duluth's aging sewers could not handle so much water. City officials acknowledge that it may not be possible to prepare for such a storm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/disaster/flood-duluth-overwhelmed?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:36:00 -0500 Extent of flood damage to private property still unknown Duluth officials said today they are transitioning from assessment to repair mode in the wake of last week's catastrophic flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/25/disaster/flood-assessment?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:26:30 -0500 Most Duluthians lack flood insurance coverage Inside homes and businesses, people are still drying out waterlogged basements and assessing the damage from records floods -- much of which is not covered by insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/regional/duluth-flood-insurance?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:39:26 -0500 After deluge, Duluth will turn to federal government for help Duluth is beginning the arduous task of taking stock of the devastating damage left behind from Wednesday's historic floods, but this much is clear: The city is going to need to helping hand from the federal government to put itself back together again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/disaster/flood-assessment?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 06:54:26 -0500 Officials to assess damage in flood-ravaged Duluth State and local emergency management officials on Thursday will begin to assess the damage in Duluth after rain flooded rivers and creeks, sending torrents of water into the city and overwhelming the storm water system. Dozens of streets and highways were closed, giant sinkholes swallowed cars and homes and apartments were flooded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/flood/duluth-damage-assessment?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 06:40:00 -0500 U.S.-Canada effort cuts pollution in Lake Superior basin A joint environmental program between Canada and the U.S. is on target to reduce toxic chemicals like mercury and PCBs from within the Lake Superior basin by 2020. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/16/environment/lakes-pollution?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:30:00 -0500 Cravaack takes heat at Duluth roundtable Minnesota GOP U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack took some more heat at a meeting in Duluth Friday, as some critics pushed for a town hall meeting in the 8th District's largest city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/environment/cravaack-holds-polymet-roundtable?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:40:13 -0500 Magnetation kills plans for Minn. tac plant An Iron Range company that recycles old iron ore tailings has announced it will not build a new taconite plant in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/business/magnetation-taconite-plant-plans?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:27:40 -0500 Revolting sea lamprey an environmental success story The sea lamprey was one of the first non-native species to invade the Great Lakes, and it's been one of the most destructive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/environment/revolting-sea-lamprey-an-environmental-success-story?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:42:46 -0500 Duluth gets $850K to clean polluted sites The Environmental Protection Agency today awarded $850,000 to the city of Duluth to help the city clean up contaminated "brownfield" sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/business/duluth-epa-grant?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:15:58 -0500 Voter turnout high for Wis. recall election Wisconsin election officials are reporting heavy turnout today in the state's historic gubernatorial recall election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/05/politics/wisconsin-walker-barrett-recall-voter-turnout?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:48:45 -0500 Oberstar endorses Nolan in 8th District Long-time DFL U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar endorsed Rick Nolan today in his bid to unseat GOP freshman incumbent Chip Cravaack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/politics/oberstar-endorses-nolan?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:38:04 -0500 Firefighters recount harrowing day during Pagami Creek fire The Superior National Forest has issued a harrowing new report recounting how several firefighters thought they were going to die during last year's Pagami Creek Fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/pagami-creek-report?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:51:40 -0500 Union stronghold Superior, Wis. mobilizes for Tom Barrett The effort to recall Wis. Republican Gov. Scott Walker has bitterly divided many towns and families. In Superior, a union stronghold just across the Duluth harbor, Walker's opponent Tom Barrett enjoys strong support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/politics/wisconsin-scott-walker-tom-barrett-recall-vote-superior?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Babbitt's pharmacy victimized by fire, then the times A fire last fall destroyed a small town's pharmacy. The trend toward big retailers and mail-order drugs is making it difficult to replace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/ground-level-rural-health-care-babbitt-pharmacy?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Grateful Ely watches, regroups after wildfire Residents of Ely are regrouping after an extremely close call Thursday after a wildfire burned to within a couple hundred yards of the Iron Range town's southeastern edge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/ely-fire?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 17:43:37 -0500 Highway 1 Fire edged dangerously close to Ely Several small fires quickly grew into a 216-acre blaze. Superior National Forest District Ranger Mark Van Every says the fire got to within a couple of hundred yards of Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/ely-wildfire?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 07:25:34 -0500 Coal power plants under cost, environmental pressure Inside the Taconite Harbor Energy Center along Lake Superior's North Shore, three turbines the size of train engines crank out 225 megawatts of electricity. That's enough for all of Duluth and Superior, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/coal-power-plants-cost-environmental-pressure?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 17:34:56 -0500 Job fairs are good politics, but unlikely to lead to work National unemployment figures are still high and with an upcoming election, members of Congress are organizing job fairs back in their home districts. While these fairs might make good politics, they don't often lead to jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/congress-unemployment-job-fairs?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Taconite recycler fined $40K for dust emissions A company that recycles taconite mining waste into iron ore concentrate has been fined $40 thousand dollars for violating the state's dust emission rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/02/taconite-recycler-fined-dust-emissions?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 16:02:55 -0500 Hunting, livestock main topics of Duluth wolf conference The two main issues being discussed at the Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference are hunting and the depredation of livestock by wolves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/duluth-wolf-conference?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:57:51 -0500 Neutrinos, smelt and dredging are in the news in Duluth Reporter Dan Kraker talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the stories that people are talking about in Duluth. Kraker tells us about a new sub-atomic research facility, the growing need for dredging in Lake Superior and the running of the smelt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/kraker_debrief?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:31:44 -0500 Smaller runs but smelt tradition alive and well in Duluth Forty years ago, Duluth was nuts over smelt. Hordes of people flocked to Lake Superior streams and beaches every spring to net the the small silver fish. The smelt population crashed in the 1980s, but diehard smelters are still keeping the tradition alive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/24/duluth-smelt-season?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:36:59 -0500 Three DFLers debate in Duluth to challenge Cravaack Freshman U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack is expected to be one of the most heavily targeted incumbents this year. But the question of who will emerge as his challenger in the 8th District November's election is still very much up in the air. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/20/nolan-clark-anderson-debate-in-duluth?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 06:51:19 -0500 Cirrus finally gets funding to develop personal jet Cirrus Aircraft's new Chinese owners will provide a nearly $100 million investment to complete development of the company's long-delayed personal jet, the Vision SF-50, a project that could create hundreds of jobs in the area. The Duluth-based company expects to deliver its first plane in 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/cirrus-finally-gets-funding-to-develop-personal-jet?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:34:15 -0500 Aircraft company bringing more than 200 jobs to Duluth A large aerospace company called AAR announced plans Tuesday to open a major aircraft maintenance center in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/aircraft-company-bringing-more-than-200-jobs-to-duluth-mayor-says?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:21:21 -0500 Photos: Spring snow in NE Minn. In a year of upside-down weather, it was fitting in a way that parts of northeast Minnesota awoke to about a foot of heavy snow Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/northeast-minnesota-snow?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:37:50 -0500 New housing project opens for homeless American Indians A new center opened in Duluth to provide badly needed housing for homeless American Indian families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/native-american-housing-center?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:20:51 -0500 Duluth not welcoming, young transplants looking for work say Despite a thriving arts and outdoors scene, young people say Duluth does not welcome them -- a perception business and civic leaders are trying hard to change to meet a new population growth goal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/duluth-population-growth-plan?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:12:29 -0500 First 'saltie' of season reaches Duluth harbor Salties make up only about 10 percent of shipping traffic in the Duluth harbor, but help Midwestern farmers reach international markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/first-saltie-of-season-reaches-duluth-harbor?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 14:43:16 -0500 Duluth mayor calls for optimism in state of city address Duluth Mayor Don Ness called for a more confident and optimistic Duluth in his state of the city address Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/duluth-don-ness-state-of-city?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 08:49:33 -0500 Study shows deer population reducing valuable North Shore trees The white-tailed deer is one of Minnesota's most iconic and abundant wild creatures. But the deer are taking a toll on our forests. A new study released today documents the drastic impacts deer are having on the forest along the North Shore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/north-shore-deer-population?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Warm weather brings some birds back In the fall, Duluth is famous among birdwatchers for the scores of hawks that fly past. But it's also a birding haven in the spring, when both raptors and songbirds migrate north. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/early-spring-vignette-bird-migration?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Geologists revise state's potential for geothermal energy Minnesota is a cold place. But a new study released Tuesday shows the state has more geothermal energy potential than previously understood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/geothermal-energy-potential?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:34:04 -0500 Agencies step up fight against gypsy moths Minnesota is at the front line of a national effort to slow the spread of invasive gypsy moths, which have defoliated and killed thousands of acres of trees on the East Coast. Although they have made incursions into Minnesota for decades, so far they have not established a reproducing population in the state. The destructive critters have slowly munched their way westward and are now hungrily eyeing the forests of the Arrowhead region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/gypsy-moth-invasion?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:46:37 -0500 Low-tech handcraft has never been more popular at North House Folk School The chance to work with their hands, learn from peers and create something lasting draws a growing number of people to North House's woodworking classes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/woodworking-low-tech-craft?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:31:02 -0500 Officials will consider fate of Isle Royale wolves Officials at Isle Royale National Park are deciding how best to address a sharply declining wolf population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/park-officials-isle-royale-wolves?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:09:33 -0500 Warm weather, drought conditions heighten wildfire risk Unseasonably warm weather and drought conditions have land managers scrambling to make early preparations for what could be a severe fire season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/drought-conditions-wildfire-risk?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 18:45:28 -0500 Dan Kraker checks in from Duluth Each week, we check in with one of our reporters in Greater Minnesota to hear about some of the stories they're tracking. This week, Dan Kraker tells us about closed campsites in BWCA, the opening of the shipping season on the Great Lakes and new rules which should make it easier to cross the border. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/kraker-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:37:39 -0500 Lake Superior's shipping season begins this week The waning mild winter sets up a promising start to shipping season on Lake Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/shipping-season-start?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:21:02 -0500 Legislator wants quicker approval for new Magnetation plant A northern Minnesota state lawmaker who is trying to shorten the approval timeline for a proposed new iron pellet plant has changed plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/magnetation-iron-range-approval?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:02:52 -0500 Cravaack: PolyMet review to be released in Oct. Release of the long-awaited review was delayed last fall when the EPA asked PolyMet for more modeling of how the controversial precious metals project would meet water and air quality regulations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/polymet-environmental-review?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:53:34 -0500 Mild winter melts profits at N Minn. tourism businesses For many small business owners in northeast Minnesota, winter typically brings the sound of money. Not this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/snow-tourism-northeast-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:00 -0600 SkyWest begins air service to Bemidji SkyWest Airlines began providing air service to the Bemidji area today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/bemidji-air-service?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:52:59 -0600 Researchers update number of mesothelioma deaths among Iron Range workers Researchers have updated the number of Iron Range workers known to have died from a rare lung cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/mesothelioma-iron-range?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:58:14 -0600 PR offensives for and against controversial mining proposal Both proponents and foes of controversial proposed sulfide mining projects in Minnesota are launching public relations offensives, starting with events in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/sulfide-mining-dispute?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:08:20 -0600 Late-winter blizzard shuts down Duluth "Today is not the day to make a trip up to Duluth," a State Patrol captain said after a major winter storm hit parts of northern Minnesota. The storm slowed the commute in the Twin Cities as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/winter-storm?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:13:03 -0600 MPR's Dan Kraker reports on sexual abuse in Grand Marais Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Dan Kraker about his investigative reporting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/kraker0227?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:00:52 -0600 In Grand Marais, pattern emerges of older men pursuing teen girls The courthouse shooting in Grand Marais last December shocked the small North Shore town of about 1,000 people. The consequences of the incident, however, are resonating far beyond the violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/grand-marais-older-men-pursuing-teen-girls?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:00:00 -0600 Rick Nolan gets Teamsters endorsement in 8th District The Teamsters Union endorses former Congressman Rick Nolan for the DFL nomination in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/nolan-teamsters-endorsement?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:10:26 -0600 Winnipeg-to-Minn. high-voltage power line proposed Minnesota Power, the utility serving the Arrowhead region, is proposing a new transmission line from Winnipeg to the Iron Range to bring additional hydropower to northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/winnipeg-to-minnesta-high-voltage-power-line-proposed?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:13:18 -0600 Ely Wolf Center says new Neeson film full of 'scat' Wolf educators in Minnesota are panning the new Liam Neeson thriller "The Grey," calling it "as accurate a portrayal of wolf behavior as King Kong was about gorillas." /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/02/wolf-center-says-new-liam-neeson-film-full-of-scat.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 12:23:54 -0600 Super Pac money to target Cravaack Every Wednesday we chat with one of our reporters in greater Minnesota to learn about some of the news they're tracking. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Dan Kraker who was in our Duluth bureau. They talked about a Super Pac that's going after Eight District Congressman Rep. Chip Cravaack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/duluth?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:58:15 -0600 'Carnage' a draw for some Arrowhead 135 ultra-marathoners Frostbite, sleep deprivation and harrowing descents in pitch blackness are all part of the strange allure of an extreme ski, bike or foot race in far northern Minnesota that begins before dawn on Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/arrowhead-135-ultra-marathon?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:03:57 -0600 Edgy posters, billboards come out against racism in Duluth Community organizations in Duluth launched a new anti-racism campaign Tuesday featuring edgy billboards and posters to spur community dialogue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/duluth-racism-campaign?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:49:41 -0600 Full-time sheriff's deputy to patrol Grand Portage reservation For the first time the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will have a full time sheriff's deputy patrolling the reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/grand-portage-sheriff?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:38:08 -0600 Equipment failure cuts power to 4K in NE Minn. Cook County in far northeastern Minnesota lost electricity for nearly two hours early Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/cook-county-electricity-outage?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:07:13 -0600 Duluth vets seek to honor state's only living Tuskegee Airman The only living Tuskegee Airman in Minnesota, will be a guest of honor at the first Duluth showing of "Red Tails," the new George Lucas film about the pilots. Their military successes helped end segregation in the U.S. military. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/duluth-tuskegee-airman?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:18:25 -0600 Lake Superior shipping season ends tonight The last laker of the 2011 shipping season pulled into port in Duluth Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/lake-superior-shipping-season-ends?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:17:32 -0600 Proposal would build water pipeline for ski resort The bonding proposal announced today by Gov. Mark Dayton includes $3.6 million to build a water pipeline from Lake Superior to the Lutsen Mountains ski resort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/water-pipeline-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:30:37 -0600 Lack of snow threatens Beargrease; organizers wait to decide status Organizers of the 29th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon this winter in northeastern Minnesota will decide Sunday afternoon whether to proceed with this year's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/beargrease-status?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:39:06 -0600 DNR takes more aggressive measures against zebra mussels The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced new strategies for trying to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/06/zebra-mussel-tactic?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:53:26 -0600 Duluth mayor threatens to close casino over money spat The city of Duluth laid out its strategy Thursday in an increasingly fractious dispute with the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Band. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/05/duluth-mayor-threatens-to-close-casino-over-money-spat?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Duluth foundry announces $12 million expansion The strong global mining industry is fueling more job growth in northeastern Minnesota. A Duluth foundry has announced a $12 million expansion that will create 30 new jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/mining-expansion?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 18:00:15 -0600 Retiring forestry service supervisor leaves legacy of strong stewardship Jim Sanders, who for 15 years was the calm presence at the center of some of northern Minnesota's most fractious environmental battles, retires today from his position as the Superior National Forest supervisor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/jim-sanders-retires?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Courthouse shooting suspect dies in custody The man who was accused of shooting a prosecutor and witness in a Cook County courthouse earlier this month has died in custody. There is no evidence of foul play, according to law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/cook-county-suspect-dies?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 10:26:42 -0600 Demand at Arrowhead region food shelves up dramatically There are signs that the recession of the past few years is lifting across some of Minnesota. But demand at food shelves in the northeastern part of the state is soaring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/26/northeast-food-shelves?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 11:14:48 -0600 Minn. state park reservation system shutting down for repairs Monday is the last day for more than two months to make a reservation at one of Minnesota's state parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/25/state-park-reservations?refid=0 Sun, 25 Dec 2011 12:16:33 -0600 Winter businesses, tourism stunted by lack of snowfall A couple of inches of snow fell on much of the North Shore Friday. But the unusually dry winter is taking a toll on some tourism related business in the Arrowhead region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/23/north-snowfall?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 17:31:17 -0600 Duluth, Ojibwe at odds over ruling on casino payment The Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe and the city of Duluth are both appealing a recent court decision that ends an agreement over the tribe's downtown Fond-du-Luth casino. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/duluth-ojibwe-casino-payment?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:47:05 -0600 $300M initiative to clean up Great Lakes Congress has approved $300 million to continue a multiyear program aimed at fixing some of the Great Lakes' most severe environmental programs. Some of the money is expected to benefit Lake Superior and Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/clean-up-great-lakes?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:48:45 -0600 Judge sides with 'street preachers' at holiday festival A federal judge has sided with two "street preachers" saying they have the right to express their views at a holiday festival in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/judge-street-preachers?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:26:13 -0600 New Duluth schools superintendent lacks required state license The newly-hired superintendent of the Duluth public schools does not have a state license as required by Minnesota law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/duluth-schools-superintendant?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:14:27 -0600 Courthouse shooting victims doing better It's Wednesday, when we check in with one of Minnesota Public Radio's reporters outside of the Twin Cities. The big news in northeast Minnesota of course is the shooting that took place in the Cook County courthouse last Thursday. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Dan Kraker was in Grand Marais last week covering the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/regionaldebrief?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:02:35 -0600 Investigation, unspecified allegations against new Duluth schools superintendant The Duluth School Board voted late Monday to place school superintendent I.V. Foster on paid administrative leave. A Minneapolis law firm that represents the Board will investigate unspecified allegations made against Foster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/unspecified-allegations--duluth-superintendant?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:33:54 -0600 Man faces charges in NE Minn. courthouse shooting A 42-year-old Grand Marais man was charged Monday with attempted murder for allegedly opening fire on the Cook County prosecutor and a trial witness at the courthouse last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/19/cook-county-shooting-charges?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:15:39 -0600 Grand Marais in shock after courthouse shooting Daniel Schlienz, 42, is accused of opening fire on the county prosecutor and two others after a jury convicted him of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/cook-county-courthouse-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 13:00:57 -0600 3 people shot at NE Minnesota courthouse A Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman says 3 hurt in Grand Marais shooting. The suspect is in custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/courthouse-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:40:26 -0600 Abandoned mine pits could store wind-generated energy New research from the University of Minnesota Duluth says abandoned iron ore mine pits could be ideal places to store electricity generated by wind turbines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/abandoned-mine-pits-wind-energy?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:07:59 -0600 Street preachers allowed at Duluth festival for now A federal magistrate judge recommends that two men be allowed to preach their Christian beliefs at a popular winter festival in Duluth. A federal district judge will affirm or reject the recommendation later this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/duluth-street-preachers?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:44:42 -0600 Bad road conditions in Duluth after snow and rain An early morning blast of snow hit the Duluth area Wednesday, creating treacherous road conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/duluth-snow-rain?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:16:27 -0600 Minn.'s frigid climate a selling point for data storage industry For the data storage industry, Minnesota's frigid climate is a selling point. Server computers generate so much heat that the companies are looking to take advantage of ways to save power and costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/minn-data-storage?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Mining projects in St. Louis County up for vote The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners will vote on a resolution Tuesday to support non-ferrous mining projects in the county, including the highly controversial PolyMet Mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/mining-project-st-louis-county?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 18:00:57 -0600 Sell or swap? DNR considers Boundary Waters land exchange Minnesota DNR officials will unveil a plan Friday in hopes of fixing a long-standing problem involving state land inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/dnr-bwca-land-exchange?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Forest Service releases report on Pagami fire management The Superior National Forest has released the first of several reports assessing its management of the Pagami Creek Fire, which burned nearly 150 square-miles in and near the Boundary Waters this past summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/pagami-fire-management-report?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 17:07:00 -0600 Court: Duluth can cut health benefits for retirees The city of Duluth won a major victory at the Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday in a long-running dispute over retiree health care benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/duluth-retirees-health-benefits?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:45:33 -0600 Ground zero in legal fight against synthetic pot is the Last Place on Earth Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth headshop, doesn't think the government has the right to shut down sale of his products, or the junk food he struggles with. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/23/last-place-on-earth?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Ruling in Duluth casino spat could mean millions for tribe The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has prevailed in its long-running dispute with the city of Duluth over revenues from the tribe's downtown Fond-du-Luth Casino. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/fond-du-luth-casino-ruling?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:01:52 -0600 Push to keep invasives out driving force behind ballast water measures The quest to stop invasive species from reaching the Great Lakes in the ballast water of ocean-going ships is moving forward, but there's a lot of argument over how strict requirements should be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/ballast-water?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:58:21 -0600 US House OKs creating new ballast water standard The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday that would create a national standard for cleaning ballast water in ships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/ballast-water?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:52:40 -0600 Deer hunting season starts out slowly The deer hunting season wraps up this weekend for most hunters, and they are starting to make up for a slow opening weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/15/deer-hunt-season?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:06:56 -0600 Legislators scrutinize skyrocketing costs of air service As lawmakers in Washington struggle to slash federal spending, a transportation program called Essential Air Service has received close scrutiny. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/skyrocketing-costs-of-air-service?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Virginia voters approve charter change to save hospital Voters in the Iron Range town of Virginia decided overwhelmingly Tuesday to surrender control of their local hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/vrmc-city-charter?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Virginia, Minn. voters to decide fate of local hospital Voters will decide whether to change the city charter to allow city-owned Virginia Regional Medical Center to affiliate with another system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/07/virginia-hospital-vote?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 In BWCA, new growth blooms even as hot spots still burn More than a month after the Pagami Creek Fire ripped through a slice of the most popular area in the canoe area, signs of life are beginning to show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/boundary-waters-pagami-creek-fire-new-growth?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:17:37 -0500 Report quantifies importance of Great Lakes shipping to economy Cargo shipping in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River navigation system supports 227,000 jobs and pumps billions into the U.S. and Canadian economies, says an industry-funded report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/great-lakes-shipping-study?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:00:47 -0500 Norway's royalty rededicates Enger Tower in Duluth An estimated 500 people braved frigid winds to greet Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja at a Duluth park Monday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/norway-royalty-dedicate-enger-tower?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Norway's royalty rededicates Enger Tower in Duluth An estimated 500 people braved frigid winds Monday to greet King Harald V and Queen Sonja at Enger Park in Duluth this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/17/norway-royalty-dedicate-enger-tower?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:30:15 -0500 Duluth prepares for visit from Norwegian royals The King and Queen of Norway arrive in Duluth this afternoon on the last full day of their trip to the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/16/norwegian-royal-visit-to-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 As bear season in Minn. wraps up, far fewer killed so far In Minnesota's bear hunting season, which wraps up Sunday, far fewer bears were killed this year than last. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/bear-season-wrap?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Pagami fire costs going up On Wednesdays, we check in with one of our reporters based outside the Twin Cities to find out what's going on in that part of Minnesota. For the past several weeks our Duluth reporter Dan Kraker has been covering the Pagami Creek Fire, still burning in the Boundary Waters. He's also gearing up for a royal visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/kraker?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:40:24 -0500 Solar company opens new plant on Iron Range Seattle-based Silicon Energy celebrated a grand opening Monday on the Iron Range. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/solar-energy-plant-iron-range?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 17:18:33 -0500 Wild rice poses another obstacle to mine proposal As review of a controversial Polymet mining project proposal nears conclusion, some supporters are worried about a potential environmental roadblock: wild rice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/wild-rice-obstacle-mine?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 19:10:15 -0500 Duluth prepares for Norway's royal visit The King and Queen of Norway are coming to Duluth, and preparations are being finalized for the royal visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/duluth-norway-royal-visit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:27:59 -0500 Hot, dry conditions slow containment of BWCA fire Crews in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area will be facing hot and dry conditions for the rest of the week as they work to fight the Pagami Creek fire, which is still 71 percent contained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/hot-dry-conditions-slow-containment-of-bwca-fire?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 12:15:13 -0500 Taconite deal could bring 300 new jobs to Iron Range An Iron Range company that recycles taconite waste from old mines has announced a major deal with a steel company that could result in more jobs in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/05/magnetation-iron-range-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 13:01:14 -0500 Proposed Ely mine hires firms to prep project for review A controversial proposed copper and nickel mine project south of Ely has hired two huge engineering firms to help prepare the project for formal environmental and regulatory review. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/twin-metals-engineering-firms?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:47:45 -0500 4th DFLer Daniel Fanning enters 8th District race A fourth Democrat has entered the race to try to unseat first term Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, who scored a surprising victory last November over longtime incumbent Jim Oberstar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/daniel-fanning-enters-8th-district-race?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:45:41 -0500 Funding expires to capture, remove protected timberwolves Federal funding expired today for a program to capture captured timberwolves that have preyed on livestock, killed pets or threatened people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/funding-expires-to-capture-remove-protected-timberwolves?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:13:17 -0500 As BWCA fire dies, call for controlled burns is renewed Advocates say more controlled burns are the best way to balance the benefits and danger of fires, but the National Forest says they try to let the forest's natural processes work on their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/boundary-waters-pagami-creek-fire-controlled-burns?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:21:19 -0500 BWCA fire mostly contained, but wind poses risk The huge wildfire still burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Areas is 64 percent contained. But windy weather could test the fire lines cut through the forest to contain the blaze. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/bwca-fire-contained-wind-poses-risk?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:51:43 -0500 BWCA wildfire fighting costs $11 million to date The effort to contain the Pagami Creek wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has cost $11 million to date, according to officials battling the 93,000-acre blaze. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/boundary-waters-wildfire-11-million-dollars?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:35:37 -0500 Iron Range DFLers want state to sue USFS over BWCA fire A group of five DFL state legislators from the Iron Range is asking the DNR and the Minnesota Attorney General to sue the U.S. Forest Service over its management of the Pagami Creek Fire, which is still burning in the Boundary Waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/iron-range-lawmakers-want-to-sue-forest-service-over-bwca-fire?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 16:45:32 -0500 Cravaack opposes high speed rail to connect Duluth to Twin Cities Rep. Chip Cravaack opposes funding for a proposed high speed rail line connecting Duluth and the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/cravaack-opposes-high-speed-rail-duluth-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:44:52 -0500 Officials hope BWCA fire will be contained by Saturday Superior National Forest officials say they hope to have the huge Pagami Creek fire fully contained by the end of the day Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/officials-hope-bwca-fire-will-be-contained-by-saturday?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:38:55 -0500 Wet, cool weather a boon to BWCA firefighters Wet weather is helping firefighters strengthen their grip on the Pagami Creek fire, which has now burned for more than a month in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/bwca-wildfire-23-percent-contained?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 08:53:37 -0500 Firefighters gain some ground with help from rain Firefighters are optimistic that the wet weather will continue to help contain their battle against a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness wildfire that as already burned about 147 square miles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/pagamikraker?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 08:42:12 -0500 N. Minn. residents question fire management policies The Pagami Creek wildfire is now 23 percent contained, permanent residents evacuated a week ago have been allowed to return, and parts of the Boundary Waters that had been closed are open again. But that doesn't mean everyone's happy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/residents-question-fire-management-policies?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:11:51 -0500 Dayton pledges support for homeowners affected by BWCA fire The governor said today the state will do whatever it can to protect homes threatened by the fire. Officials also warned the blaze would "wake up" in coming days as dryer conditions take hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/bwca-fire-friday?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:35:47 -0500 'Hotshots' adapt to watery wilderness of BWCA wildfire Elite western "hotshot" firefighters have a lot of expertise in arid and mountainous terrain, but the Pagami Creek Fire in the Boundary Waters presents challenges many of them have never faced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/hotshots-adapt-to-bwca-watery-wilderness?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:17:42 -0500 Rocky Mountain team takes over Pagami Creek fire management The size and scope of fighting the Pagami Creek wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is growing by leaps and bounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/rocky-mountain-team-takes-over-pagami-creek-fire-management?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:39:04 -0500 BWCA fire pauses with help from weather Rain, cooler temperatures and even a few snow showers helped more than 300 firefighters on Wednesday as they continued to struggle to get a handle on the Pagami Creek wildfire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/boundary-waters-fire-rages-uncontained?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 BWCA Pagami Creek Fire slows its spread Calmer winds and cooler temperatures are helping slow the spread of a fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/bwca-pagami-creek-fire-slows?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 09:05:14 -0500 Pagami Creek Fire in BWCA now estimated at 100,000 acres The Pagami Creek Fire that started in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has now engulfed about 100,000 acres, prompting officials to consider more evacuations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/pagami-fire-60000-acres-evacuations-underway?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 'Precautionary evacuation' for residents, campers near BWCA Pagami Creek Fire Smoke is obscuring so much of the ground that pilots are unable to give an accurate description of how much land has been burned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/pagami-fire-in-bwca-prompts-evacuations?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:07:10 -0500 Residents being asked to evacuate as wind gusts fuel wildfire in northeastern Minn. Residents and campers near the Boundary Waters fire are being asked to evacuate as a wildfire burning in northeastern Minnesota continues to grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/wind-gusts-fuel-wildfire-in-northeastern-minn?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:17:47 -0500 Pagami Creek fire in BWCA grows to 11,000 acres The Pagami Creek fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness grew from 4,500 acres to 11,000 acres over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/pagami-creek-fire-grows?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 09:05:24 -0500 Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing pilots recall eerie days after 9/11 Soon after two airplanes slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2011, a Minnesota Air National Guard unit launched into action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/09/148-fighter-wing-pilots-recall-eerie-days-following-911?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 13:21:01 -0500 Firefighters work to control Pagami Fire in Boundary Waters More than 100 firefighters are working to control a wildfire burning in the Boundary Waters wilderness area east of Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/firefighters-work-to-control-fire-in-boundary-waters-wilderness-?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:00:16 -0500 BWCA Pagami Creek Fire being left to burn Lightning ignited the Pagami Creek Fire on Aug. 18. It smoldered for a week, then low humidity and higher winds caused it to quickly grow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/bwca-pagami-creek-fire-being-left-to-burn?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 13:34:05 -0500 Duluth airport gets grant for terminal project The Duluth Airport Authority has received a $4.7 million grant from the FAA to continue work on a new terminal. It's part of the FAA's commitment to pay one-third of the project's $60 million cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/duluth-airport-grant?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 12:24:02 -0500 Minn. AG, others, step up pressure on Feds over invasive carp Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has joined five of her colleagues in the region in a new effort aimed at keeping Asian carp and other invasive species out of the Great Lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/great-lakes-invasive-species-swanson?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:05:12 -0500 Tens of millions at stake in spat between Duluth, casino A long-running dispute between the city and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is back in federal court, where a judge could determine if a revenue-sharing agreement is legal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/fond-du-luth-casino?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:02:18 -0500 Duluth mayor floats cuts, tax hikes to cover state aid cuts Duluth Mayor Don Ness laid out his plan Thursday for how to close a big hole in next year's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/duluth-mayor-don-ness-cuts-tax-hikes-state-aid-loss?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 18:00:00 -0500 Cravaack meets with constituents in spirited town hall It was a meeting focused on bread and butter issues — jobs, taxes, and education — when Rep. Chip Cravaack met with his Duluth constituents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/cravaack-town-hall?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Rep. Cravaack to hold town hall meeting in Duluth Amid mounting pressure, 8th District GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack has announced he will hold an open town hall meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Duluth airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/cravaack-duluth-town-hall?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:24:07 -0500 Cravaack takes flak for town hall accessibility, avoiding constituency Responding to growing criticism that he has avoided his district's largest population and media center, U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack announced Tuesday that he will host an open town hall meeting Wednesday at the Duluth airport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/cravaack-takes-flak-for-town-hall-accessibility?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 06:45:00 -0500 Scientists developing new method of curbing invasives in Great Lakes Federal scientists are one step closer to developing a new way to treat ballast water in ships on the Great Lakes in a effort to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/great-lake-ballast-water?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:14:37 -0500 Aviation company eyes Duluth for maintenance facility The city of Duluth is courting a major aviation company that officials hope could provide 250 well-paying jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/19/duluth-aar-aircraft-services?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:44:17 -0500 Iron ore shipments on Great Lakes are sharply up Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes are up sharply, according to new data from the Lake Carriers' Association. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/iron-ore-shipments-great-lakes-sharply-up-?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:32:34 -0500 DNR drafts plan to study decreasing moose population The DNR has drafted a moose management and research plan that lays out several strategies for reversing a steep decline in the state's moose population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/moose-policy?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:44:07 -0500 Fond du Lac Band buy sacred island The Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa has purchased a sacred Ojibwe island on the St. Louis River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/fond-du-lac-band-buy-sacred-island?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 13:45:32 -0500 Split Rock Lighthouse designated a National Historic Landmark The National Park Service has designated Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore of Lake Superior as a National Historic Landmark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/15/split-rock-national-historical-landmark?refid=0 Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:40:39 -0500 Hibbing Taconite fined for pollution violations Hibbing Taconite has been fined more than $15,000 for air pollution violations at its giant production facility near Hibbing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/hibbing-taconite-violations?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:18:58 -0500 Cravaack urged to meet constituents in Duluth Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack held public meetings in the relatively remote towns of Deer River and Grand Portage in his 8th District this week. Some of his constituents are urging him to host a town hall meeting in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/cravaack-more-meetings-urged?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:10:59 -0500 Civil tone marks Cravaack's town hall meeting in NE Minn. The new Republican congressman was warmly received by an audience in the state's 8th Congressional District, a traditional DFL stronghold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/cravaack-eighth-district-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 06:43:28 -0500 Mining industry holds up in volatile economy Recent economic events don't seem to be affecting several high-profile mining projects in the northeastern part of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/mining-industry-holds-up-in-volatile-economy?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:19:08 -0500 Klobuchar lobbies for Duluth Air National Guard Base Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is urging the Air Force to assign active duty personnel to the Duluth Air National Guard Base. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/klobuchar-lobbies-for-duluth-air-national-guard-base?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 17:49:58 -0500 Maritime union strike ended The American Steamship Company and more than 100 employees on the Great Lakes have reached an agreement to end their week-long strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/great-lakes-strike-ended?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 17:30:57 -0500 Maritime union strikes, holding up taconite shipments Fourteen freighters that haul taconite and other goods across the Great Lakes have been laid up by a strike, without resolution in sight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/maritime-union-strikes-holding-up-taconite-shipments?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 19:21:29 -0500 FAA shutdown could delay construction at Duluth airport The partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration could delay construction of a new terminal at the Duluth airport by a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/faa-shutdown-could-delay-construction-at-duluth-airport?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:11:38 -0500 Cravaack struggled with debt ceiling vote This week's debt ceiling vote in Congress was particularly agonizing for U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/cravaack-debt-ceiling-struggle?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:49:40 -0500