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President Donald Trump will meet with local mining industry representatives and elected leaders during a formal "roundtable" discussion before his campaign event Wednesday in Duluth, White House officials announced Monday. Trump will arrive in Duluth about two hours before the 6:30 p.m. campaign rally at Amsoil Arena.
Only one of 67 streams along Lake Superior's far North Shore fails to meet state criteria for clean and healthy waterways, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reported Monday. All of the 157 lakes in the area meet state guidelines, the PCA reported. It's the third and final report on North Shore streams and lakes following reports on the Duluth area and the near North Shore earlier this year. Those reports showed more problems with sediment, bacteria and other pollution and human impact problems.
Local law enforcement officials have reported that the dam holding back the Radigan Flowage in southern Douglas County has likely been breached due to heavy rains and a huge inflow of water. The National Weather Service said that, if the dam does fail it will send a huge amount of water down the Tamarack River, which flows south into the St. Croix River in Pine County, Minn.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources had bad news for the state’s grouse hunters last week, announcing statewide drumming activity decreased significantly this spring compared to 2017. The survey results showed a 34 percent decrease statewide from 2017 levels and showed drumming down 39 percent in northern Wisconsin counties.
TURTLE LAKE — Steve Long maneuvered his big pontoon boat closer to a patch of weeds on the north side of the lake and then held the boat steady.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday confirmed that it will try, once again, to develop a proposal to remove wolves from the Endangered Species Act protections across the Great Lakes region and in other parts of the Lower 48 states. The agency has tried multiple times — through the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations — to delist wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, saying the big predators have fully recovered here after brushing with extinction in the 1960s and '70s.
PolyMet Mining Co. this morning said it has received notice from the U.S. Forest Service that the land exchange for the company's proposed mine north of Hoyt Lakes will officially close June 28, giving PolyMet title to the mine site.
The popular late winter and early spring walleye season on the Rainy River would become catch-and-release only, and the winter limit for sauger on Lake of the Woods would be reduced, under changes proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The changes are part of a draft, long-term management plan the DNR unveiled this week that's out for public comment through July 11. The DNR next week is expected to propose the reduced limits as part of an official rule change process that will include public meetings and signs at local boat landings.
The 1970s was a heady time for environmentalists in Minnesota and across the country. After decades of industrial exploitation of natural resources — air, water, land, wildlife and forests — environmentalists won a string of victories that seemed to stem the tide of destruction as Americans woke up to the consequences of unrestricted pollution.
COTTON — Bob Reed has a little breathing problem that requires oxygen, had a heart stent put in last winter and can't walk very far because of arthritis. But get him on his Polaris four-wheeler ATV and Reed looks like a 15-year-old kid ready to cut loose.