Dan Kraker, MPR.org/100.5 FM
New figures from the U.S. Forest Service show a recent uptick in visits to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness — a departure from the recent steady decline in visitors...
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is denouncing a decision from Mille Lacs County officials last week to end a cooperative law enforcement agreement with the band. The county says...
A package of subsidies designed to lure a still-unnamed wood siding manufacturer to the Iron Range was included in bills passed by the Minnesota Legislature over the weekend. Supporters say the incentive plan, which ultimately could total in the tens of millions of dollars, would create 250 jobs in Northeastern Minnesota.
In a move that could have an impact on mining in Northeastern Minnesota, the state started taking public comment this week on a proposal to change the way it protects waters where wild rice grows. The state has had a law on the books since the 1970s limiting how much sulfate can be discharged into wild rice waters, but that law has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years from business groups, state legislators and others. What is the origin of the wild rice standard? A biologist named John Moyle sampled lakes and rivers around the state in the 1930s and '40s.
BRAINERD — The 75-foot ladder truck Brainerd bought for its fire department in 2007 arrived in pretty good economic times, so the cost was relatively painless and the truck filled...
An environmental group is suing the U.S. Forest Service, arguing the agency is letting outfitters run too many motorized boats into Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The lawsuit by Montana-based Wilderness Watch alleges the Forest Service has allowed outfitters to exceed the cap on motorized tow trips allowed each year. The group wants the agency to implement a new permitting process in advance of each season to ensure towboat numbers are held to the legal limit. Twenty-three outfitters offer towboat services into the BWCAW.
Every day, about 2.3 million barrels’ worth of crude oil crosses Minnesota through 10 pipelines, and eight trains carry another 500,000 barrels’ worth. Eight of the pipelines are operated by Enbridge Energy and the other two by the Koch Pipeline Co., which transports 465,000 barrels a day to the Twin Cities through its MinnCan line. Soon, there will be much more. North Dakota’s oil fields hit a major milestone this week, hitting daily production of a million barrels.
They will never be confused with Hollywood, but the forests, lakes and small towns of Northeastern Minnesota have growing appeal to filmmakers who are flocking to the region to shoot small-budget movies. The state’s decision to sweeten the pot hasn’t hurt. 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. The effort, first established in 1997, is made possible by $10 million in s