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Yet another lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Forest Service decision to approve the land exchange that enables PolyMet Mining Inc. to acquire the property where it wants to build Minnesota's first copper mine. The groups Save Our Sky Blue Waters, Save Lake Superior Association and the Sierra Club North Star Chapter filed the suit late Monday in federal court in Minnesota, claiming the Forest Service violated the federal Weeks Act that dictates how some national forest land must be used.
Giants Ridge, the Biwabik ski and golf resort complex owned by the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, now has its first private management team. IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips on Tuesday said the agency has awarded the management contract to Guest Services, Inc., in partnership with Billy Casper Golf, set to start May 1.
A five-mile section of the popular Willard Munger State Trail in Duluth will be closed for much of the spring and summer season for major reconstruction. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that the Grand Avenue-to-Becks Road segment of the trail will be closed from mid-April through August The project will stabilize parts of the trail damaged during the June 2012 flash flooding as well as bring that section of the trail up to current standards that call for a wider surface and shoulders.
Three environmental groups filed suit in federal court Monday to overturn the U.S. Forest Service decision to trade land to PolyMet Mining Inc. for the land where the company wants to dig Minnesota's first-ever copper mine. Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Duluth Chapter of the Izaak Walton League filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota.
The maples were too cold to run sap on a bright March morning so Dave Rogotzke didn't mind a walk through his 40-acre sugarbush across a crusty layer of leftover snow. Rogotzke carefully stepped over lines of plastic tubing that carry sap from the trees to his sugar shack boiler, pointing out what happened in the pre-dawn windstorm of July 21.
Northern Wisconsin received another 28 wild elk this week that arrived in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County. The elk, relocated from Kentucky, are being held in a seven-acre holding pen to monitor their health and allow them to acclimate to the area. They will be released in early July to roam free, after the cow elk have had their calves. The DNR is making sure the elk don't carry any diseases that could be transmitted to cattle, said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR elk and deer ecologist.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of the Northland for rain that's expected to freeze when it hits the ground overnight. Rain is already moving across the region and, starting later tonight, is expected to start freezing on roads, sidewalks and tree limbs as temperatures near the ground drop just below the freezing mark. The Weather Service says a quarter-inch or more of ice buildup is possible in some areas, and that travel overnight and early Friday could be hazardous.
White-nose syndrome has now killed bats in six counties in Minnesota, up from two last year, and probably has spread to virtually everywhere in Minnesota where bats spend their winters. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the expansion of the fatal disease on Thursday.
Engineering students are smart, nerdy and get jobs when they graduate. We all knew that. But they can also build one kick-butt snowmobile. University of Minnesota Duluth students in the school's Clean Snowmobile Team took home a boatload of awards recently from the annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Technological University.
Millions of acres of wildlife habitat have been lost to corn production across America's heartland in recent years and the damage is worst nearest ethanol production plants. That's the finding of a new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters that found nearly 4.2 million acres of habitat, generally prairie grasslands, converted to crops within 100 miles of an ethanol plant between 2008 and 2012 alone.