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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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Study Shows Twin Metals Mine Economically Feasible

The majority owner of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota says a study shows the project would be economically competitive.

08/20/2014

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Family: Our Dog Died After Ingesting Blue-Green Algae

Our wet weather could be making lakes dangerous for dogs. One dog named Copper died last weekend after fetching a tennis ball from Prairie Lake north of Becker. His family shares the warning for dog owners.

06/26/2014

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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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More Than 10,000 Comment On PolyMet Mine

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the agency has fielded more than 10,000 public comments on the environmental impact statement for PolyMet Mining’s plan to build the state’s first copper-nickel mine in the Iron Range.

02/12/2014

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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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2nd Meeting On PolyMet Mine Set For Aurora

The second public meeting on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine is being held in the Iron Range city of Aurora. The meeting at Mesabi East High School runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

01/22/2014

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Study For Proposed Twin Metals Mine Due Mid-2014

The parent company for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely expects to reach a key milestone in the coming months. Duluth Metals Limited says its “pre-feasibility” study is progressing well and is scheduled for completion by mid-year.

01/08/2014

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Minn. To Release PolyMet Mine Environmental Review

Regulators on Friday will release a long-awaited environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources officials say the document has grown to 2,200 pages. And it’s just a draft.

12/06/2013

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Minn. Recycler Taking Old Holiday Lights

If you’re one of many Minnesotans replacing traditional holiday lights with energy-efficient LEDs and wondering what to do with all those old jumbled cords, the answer might be at your local hardware store.

11/29/2013

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Doctor: Lead Bullets Poisoning Minnesota’s Raptors

Hunters across the state have been waiting for this weekend as deer season starts. And as Minnesotans load up to head out, a veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center is making a plea. Eagles it seems are being taken down by bullets, without even being hit.

11/08/2013

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$5,000 Reward Offered In Duluth Copper Wiring Theft

A $5,000 reward has been offered to anyone who can offer information leading to an arrest after approximately $40,000 worth of copper wiring from a Duluth construction site.

04/03/2013

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Charges: 3 Stole Copper From Abandoned Circuit City

Three people have been charged with stealing copper wire from an abandoned Circuit City store. Police were called to the store on Coon Rapids Boulevard after the alarm was set off.

11/28/2012

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Hunters Asked To Use Copper Bullets, Protect Bald Eagles

The ammunition deer hunters choose could have an impact on the overall health of the eagles. Now, there’s a push to get hunters to switch to copper bullets.

11/01/2012

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Cops: Irrigation Systems’ Electrical Wiring Being Stolen For Copper Content

Sherburne County authorities need the public’s help with any information concerning recent electrical wire theft from irrigation systems.

10/17/2012

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DNR Taking Bids On NE Minn. Minerals Leases

The Department of Natural Resources is auctioning rights to prospect and mine for metallic minerals on close to 64,000 acres in northeastern Minnesota.

09/19/2012

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Battle For Underground Minerals Brews Among Homeowners

It is a place known for captivating views and a comforting quiet. It’s a peace that, these days, many have set aside to take a stand on a subject that runs as deep as the potential riches themselves.

07/26/2012

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Projections Boosted For Copper Mine Near Ely

The company planning a copper-nickel mine near Ely has boosted its estimates of how much metal it’s sitting on.

06/13/2012

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Environmentalists Launch Campaign Against Mining

Environmental groups are launching a campaign ahead of the summer vacation season against plans for copper, nickel and precious metals mining in northeastern Minnesota.

05/23/2012

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More Than $15K In Copper Stolen From St. Cloud Business

St. Cloud Police are asking for the public’s help after they say $15,000 to $20,000 worth of copper was stolen from a business.

04/16/2012

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Police Search For Man Wanted In HVAC Thefts

The Minneapolis Police Department is searching for a man suspected in several copper tubing thefts from rooftop HVAC units.

02/07/2012

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Police: Copper Thieves Are Targeting AC Units

We rarely think about our air conditioners in the middle of winter, but Minneapolis police say we should.

02/04/2012

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Copper Cable Stolen From Minn. Power Substation

St. Cloud police are looking for thieves who broke into an Excel Energy power substation and stole copper cable.

05/27/2011

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IRRRB To Vote On $4M Loan For PolyMet Mine Land

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board has voted to lend $4 million to PolyMet Mining Corp., which plans to develop a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

04/15/2011

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In Minn., Copper Mining Runs Afoul Of Wild Rice

Wild rice is sacred to the Ojibwe of Minnesota, but that may not be enough to protect it from the promise of jobs that a new copper-nickel mining industry would bring to the state.

04/15/2011