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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Swap To Get Environmental Study

The U.S. Forest Service is planning an environmental review on a proposal to swap state-owned land in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for national forest system land elsewhere.

08/25/2015

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Teen Trapped In Boundary Waters Tells His Story

A teenage boy is speaking after being trapped in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Asher Bloom got trapped under a rock in the water after his canoe went over a waterfall Wednesday afternoon.

07/10/2015

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Environmental Groups, EPA Settle Suit Over Sherco Emissions

Clean air advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a subsidiary of Xcel Energy have reached a settlement that will reduce emissions from the Sherco plant in Sherburne County. The settlement was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

05/15/2015

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Sheriff: 27-Year-Old Man Falls Ill, Dies While Hiking In BWCA

Authorities are investigating after a 27-year-old Duluth man fell ill and died while hiking in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Monday.

04/21/2015

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Forest Service Extends Comment Period On BWCA Land Swap

The U.S. Forest Service is giving the public more time to weigh in on a proposal to swap state-owned land within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for federal land elsewhere in the Superior National Forest.

03/27/2015

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PolyMet Mine Hearing Brings Clash Of Interests

A House committee opened hearings Tuesday on a plan to open a copper-nickel mine on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range.

02/03/2015

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EPA Reaches Tentative Settlement With Mines Over Park Haze

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a tentative settlement with four iron mines in Minnesota and Michigan that’s aimed at reducing haze over pristine areas including Voyageurs and Isle Royale national parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

01/28/2015

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BWCA To Begin Accepting Online Reservations Wednesday

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area begins accepting online reservations for the summer season Wednesday, The 1.1 million acre Boundary Waters is America’s most visited wilderness area, attracting 250,000 visitors annually.

01/27/2015

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Minnesota Tightens Walleye Rules For 3 Popular BWCA Lakes

Authorities are tightening walleye regulations for three lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area but loosening them for another popular northern Minnesota lake.

01/26/2015

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Minn. Couple Paddles To Wash. DC For BWCA Protection

Dave and Amy Freeman are making their way to Washington, D.C. — in a canoe. The couple is paddling 2,000 miles from Ely to the nation’s capitol. They’re on a mission to draw attention to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

09/06/2014

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Spiny Waterflea Found In Basswood Lake In BWCA

Officials have confirmed the presence of the invasive spiny waterflea in another popular lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Department of Natural Resources says Basswood Lake near Ely will be added to the list of infested waters, as well as three downstream lakes and two connected rivers.

09/05/2014

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Campers Hurt When Storm Slams The BWCA

A dramatic rescue occurred Tuesday morning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness after a big storm knocked down trees onto a campsite.

07/22/2014

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EPA To Consider If Power Plant Adds To Park Haze

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to consider whether pollution controls at Xcel Energy’s Sherco power plant are adequate for cutting haze over two national parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The federal agency and six environmental groups filed a proposed consent decree Tuesday that obligates the EPA to take action on a 2009 National Park Service finding that haze from the coal-fired plant near Becker impairs the views at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota and Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. The consent decree would settle a lawsuit the groups filed in 2012.

06/25/2014

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Meeting To Look At Watershed That Includes BWCA

Water quality experts will kick off a multi-year water quality study on an important northern Minnesota watershed at a public informational meeting Thursday. The Rainy River-Headwaters Watershed includes about 95 percent of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and most of Voyageurs National Park.

06/15/2014

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Debate Over Polymet Mine Heats Up At Capitol

A controversial plan to bring more mining to the state of Minnesota is getting some attention at the State Capitol on Thursday. Dozens of Minnesotans held a meeting to try and keep a Canadian Company, PolyMet, from operating a new sulfide mine to extract copper and nickel.

03/13/2014

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Lawmakers Debating If PolyMet Should Front Mine Clean-Up Costs

Minnesota lawmakers are debating whether the PolyMet Mining Corporation should put up hundreds of millions of dollars for future cleanup before the company even mines its first load of ore.

02/11/2014

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U Of M Makes Plans For Wilderness Research Center

It’s a well-preserved gem of boreal forest, around 350 acres fronting two lakes on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. It long belonged to a wealthy Chicago family with a deep love of the wilderness.

01/12/2014

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Good Samaritan Reunites Dog Missing In BWCA With Owners

A dog that went missing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for two weeks is back home with his St. Paul family.

08/01/2013

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Ely Inspection Station To Open For Summer Season

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Ely inspection station will open for the summer tourist season Saturday. The border station is located in the National Forest Service Complex in Ely, in northeastern Minnesota.

05/24/2013

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Minn. House Avoids Vote On Wolf Trapping Ban

Wolf hunting opponents plan to make a move in the Minnesota House to stop wolf trapping.

04/18/2013

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BWCA Makes Annual Top 10 Endangered Rivers List

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area has made an environmental group’s annual Top 10 list of the country’s most endangered rivers.

04/17/2013

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EPA Issues Rules To Cut Haze Over Voyageurs, BWCA

Federal regulators have issued final regulations aimed at reducing pollution from taconite processing plants that causes haze over northern Minnesota’s wild areas including Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, as well as Isle Royal National Park in Michigan.

01/17/2013

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Nolan Says BWCA Land Swap Unlikely To Advance

Congressman-elect Rick Nolan says a bill to swap state-owned land in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for federal land is probably dead, and will need revisiting in the next Congress.

11/09/2012

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Forest Lake Couple Drowns In BWCA Canoe Accident

A couple from Forest Lake died on Sunday after the canoe they were in capsized in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

10/09/2012

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Lakes Reopen, Campfire Restrictions Still In Place At BWCA

Several lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe and Wilderness Area are reopening Wednesday morning. They had been closed because of wild fires near Ely in northern Minnesota.

09/12/2012

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