For twelve weeks this summer, leading up to the start of the Minnesota State Fair in August, WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio are highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
A major partner has given up the right to take a bigger stake in a proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota. Chilean-based mining company Antofagasta PLC said Thursday it has terminated its option to buy another 25 percent of Twin Metals Minnesota. The announcement says Toronto-based Duluth Metals Ltd. is now assuming control of the joint venture.
A group of canoeists in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area was to the hospital Thursday with mild hypothermia after two canoes capsized. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department responded after receiving a call at about 4 p.m. of eight people in the waters of Basswood Lake near Ely.
Everyone loves a good laugh. April 1 is, of course, a day to be on the lookout for pranksters. Docudramas and reality shows are the hot thing in TV, so the city of Ely wanted to cash in.
Neighbors of a Minnesota man who was denied a permit to continue his research told an administrative law judge Tuesday that the wild bears he studies aren’t dangerous and don’t cause problems.
Minnesota wildlife managers say fewer wolves are being shot or trapped for predator control.
Another round of arctic air has arrived in Minnesota, pushing temperatures to subzero double digits. The wind is making those subzero temperatures feel like 35 to 40 degrees below in some parts of the state.
Authorities in northern Minnesota have a suspect in custody after a 55-year-old man was murdered on Monday. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s office, the Babbitt Police Department responded to a medical emergency call just after 11 a.m. and found Paul John Bulen lying injured on a road. Bulen was brought to an Ely hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police arrested 24-year-old Shawn Russel Doherty, who is currently being held in the St. Louis County Jail
Minnesota opens it second wolf hunting season Saturday since the animals came off the endangered list. The Department of Natural Resources has set the target harvest at 220 wolves, down from 400 for last year’s inaugural season when hunters and trappers killed 413.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed another research bear has been killed in northern Minnesota, making it the third research bear to have been shot this month.
Bear Head Lake State Park was voted America’s Favorite Park in 2010 in an online contest sponsored by Coca-Cola. The $100,000 prize provided seed money for additional state and federal funding.
A 13-year-old collared research bear has been shot and killed this weekend, according to the North American Bear Center.
A Minnesota bear researcher remains under orders to remove radio collars from bears he’s studying by the end of the month, but will be allowed to appeal. Bear researcher Lynn Rogers sounded optimistic after a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr on Monday. But Landwehr said afterward he does not plan to lift his decision to rescind Rogers’ permit to keep tracking collars on bears in the Ely area.
Embattled bear researcher Lynn Rogers is hoping to take his fight to the top. He said Wednesday he’s trying to get a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton to appeal a Department of Natural Resources decision not to renew his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens. The Ely-based researcher has a devoted following, but he’s run afoul of DNR officials who say he’s made wild bears too comfortable around humans and question the scientific value of his work.
Fans of environmentalist Sigurd Olson may find out a bit more about the famed outdoors writer through an exhibit at the International Wolf Center this month. The display at the Ely center runs through the end of October.