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Officials from the United Steelworkers of America union and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar say they like President-elect Donald Trump's pick for commerce secretary, heaping praise on billionaire Wilbur Ross and his stand against unfairly imported steel. Klobuchar questioned Ross on Wednesday at his confirmation hearing, praising his stand against so-called "dumped" Chinese steel into the U.S. that was blamed for a deep decline in production of domestic steel in the U.S.
For years the discussion about global climate change has been about how warm it's going to get in many areas, or how wet, how dry or how stormy. But scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Princeton University wanted to answer a different question: How will worsening climate change impact nice weather? Their answer, for much of the United States and indeed across the Earth, was that there will be far fewer "mild days" in the near future than there has been in the recent past.
The ice from the rain that fell over Christmas weekend is finally eroding off sidewalks and sidestreets. Outdoor hockey rinks are melting around the boards. The weekend forecast includes rain. Late-March in the Northland? Nope, mid-January. The customary January thaw has arrived just as winter outdoors enthusiasts were settling into their routines, with warm weather now threatening trails and rinks. The National Weather Service reports that Duluth has already lost about three inches of snow on the ground in recent days, from 13 inches to about 10.
The joint Canadian-U.S. commission that oversees border water disputes and Great Lakes environmental health says the lakes are doing better but still need more work from both governments. That's the latest assessment of the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes progress report issued every three years.
Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming on Tuesday introduced their version of a bill that would once again allow hunting and trapping of wolves in those states. The bill is similar to one introduced earlier this month in the U.S. House and signals the likelihood that federal endangered species protections will end for the big carnivore sooner rather than later.
Rustic log furniture imported from China into Minnesota and Wisconsin has been found to be infested with invasive insects that could damage native trees. Both states’ agriculture departments on Tuesday confirmed multiple incidents of two different species of Chinese bugs hitchhiking on rustic, whole-log furniture in 2016.
Tony Miller's voice stood out, even in the crowd of more than 500 people marching through downtown Duluth on Monday to honor civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. It wasn't that Miller's voice was unusually loud. It's because he was singing the wrong words. On purpose. "We are over-coming, every-day," Miller sang with gusto as other marchers sang "We Shall Overcome." "It's not like we are going to do it in the future. We are doing it right now. We are overcoming," Miller said as he walked along Superior Street. "United we stand, divided we fall."
Some supporters of copper mining in Northeastern Minnesota are back-lashing out against an opinion column published in the St. Cloud Times newspaper by an official of the Rapala fishing lure company. Gregg Wollner, executive vice president of the Minnetonka-based division of the Finnish parent company, wrote the article published on Jan. 7 that called for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to be protected against potential pollution from copper-nickel mines.
One person died and two others were hospitalized with injuries suffered in a house fire Friday morning in Mountain Iron. The house, located at 5747 Mesabi Ave., was destroyed by the the fire and firefighters from several Iron Range departments battled the blaze for much of the morning and into the afternoon, said Virginia Fire Marshal Chris Clark.
Essar Global has responded to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Delaware, denying allegations that the company siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars off its Minnesota taconite project to pay for other ventures worldwide. The Mumbai, India-based Essar says the allegations are untrue and that they will "vigorously contest'' the suit in court.