Minnesota Public Radio features by Dan Kraker http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31036 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:50:58 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Dan Kraker http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 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