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With a rising population of wolves and more of them attacking livestock and pets, a federal program to trap and kill problem wolves in northern Minnesota has run out of money. While Great Lakes-region wolves are currently protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, they are listed as officially “threatened” in Minnesota — a step below endangered that allows U.S. Department of Agriculture trappers to kill wolves where livestock and pets have been killed.
One week before public hearings begin on Minnesota's proposed new rules for protecting wild rice from sulfate pollution, the state's mining industry, Steelworkers and Iron Range officials and activists are restating their fervent opposition. Critics say the new rule could cause increased regulation for taconite iron ore processing operations and some municipal sewage treatment plants. If the new rules are applied and enforced, critics say it could cost millions of dollars for the mining companies to comply, spurring mine shutdowns and layoffs.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Duluth on Tuesday explained their agency's newly trimmed-down list of winter weather alerts, part of an effort to streamline and make the warning system easier to understand. Starting with the snow season's first storms (don't worry, there are none in the forecast yet) some alerts seen in past years will instead be covered by more general alerts that also include the predicted weather.
Here's mud in your eye isn't just an old-school toast, it was pretty much reality for most of the 900 youth mountain bike racers at Spirit Mountain Sunday afternoon. Everyone but the ones out front and ahead of the pack. An overnight rain caused race-day headaches for organizers and last-minute course changes and delays, but the second-to-the-last race of the season for the Minnesota High School Cycling League appeared to go well anyhow.
Another 618 waterways in Minnesota — both lakes and segments of streams — are being added to the state list of officially impaired waters for specific problems, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Wednesday. The PCA updates the list every two years and reports to the federal government on progress being made cleaning up the state's waterways — things like mercury contamination; excess phosphorus and nitrogen; fish habitat; and sedimentation.
The state of Wisconsin is taking legal action against an airplane manufacturer that received $4 million in state loans and millions more in tax incentives in 2012 to build a plant in Superior that was to employ 665 people. Five years after the loans were made to Kestrel Aircraft, the manufacturing plant hasn't been built, there are no aircraft manufacturing jobs in Superior and Kestrel — now part of ONE Aviation, headed by Northland aviation mogul Alan Klapmeier — hasn't made a loan payment to the state in 11 months.
The Minnesota Vikings will play the Cleveland Browns in London on Oct. 29 and bar owners in rural St. Louis County say they want in on the action. Vikings game days are traditionally big days for watering holes across the county, however the game at Twickenham Stadium will start at 2:30 p.m. London time — but 8:30 a.m. Minnesota time.
The 2017 growing season came to a frosty end for most of the Northland early Tuesday with temperatures falling as low as 18 degrees in Embarrass, typically the region’s coldspot. Other low temperatures included 22 in Hibbing, 23 in International Falls and Aitkin, 25 in Siren and Brule and 29 at the Duluth International Airport.
Duluth could wake up to its first frost Tuesday morning as the largest pool of cold air of the fall season spreads across the Northland. The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a freeze warning for nearly all of the Northland for Tuesday morning, with a freeze watch for some Northwestern Wisconsin counties. With clear skies and calm winds, temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-20s in many areas, for a hard plant-killing freeze, and into the lower 30s near Lake Superior. Similar cool morning conditions are expected Wednesday morning.
The machines that put the swirly top on the soft-serve cones are long quiet but the former Dairy Queen property on Central Entrance in Duluth is up for sale. St. Louis County is including what could be a highly sought after chunk of business property in its upcoming tax-forfeited land auction set for Thursday at the Miners Memorial complex in Virginia. The former Dairy Queen, like dozens of other homes and businesses, became forfeited to the county after the owner failed to pay property taxes for the past five years.