MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — AT&T has been denied in its request to build a 350-foot cell phone tower near Voyageurs National Park.
The Koochiching County Board voted this week against the tower, which AT&T wanted to erect about 3 1/2 miles south of the park boundary near International Falls.
County administrator Teresa Jaksa says commissioners were willing to help identify other possible sites, but AT&T said this was the most viable site.
It marks the second clash this month over AT&T’s efforts to erect a cell tower on the edge of a major natural area in northern Minnesota.
AT&T wants to build a 450-foot tower near Ely that would be visible in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness sued to block the plan, and a court ruling is pending.
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