Minnesota Couple Sets Off For A Year In The BWCAAnyone who has ever paddled through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness knows just how fortunate we are to have it in our backyard. A couple of adventurers from Grand Marais know that too, and they are about to spend an entire year exploring the BWCA's woods and waters.
Union Expects Recall Soon Of All Laid Off Minntac WorkersThe United Steelworkers union says it expects all laid off employees at U.S. Steel's Minntac mine to be recalled in the next two weeks. In a statement on the Local 1930 website, local president Lowell Carlon says the company has already recalled 68 maintenance and other employees in preparation.
Finding Minnesota: The 'Grand Canyon Of The North'This year, thousands will take a side trip to a giant hole in the ground in northern Minnesota that locals like to call “the Grand Canyon of the North.”
Mining Company Closing Office In Northern WisconsinThe company looking to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin announced Friday it was closing its office in Hurley, saying future investment was "unfeasible at this time," a move that marks the end for now of the project near Lake Superior that sparked fierce debate and opposition from environmentalists and tribal members near the site.
21 New Cancer Cases Found In Study Of MinersMinnesota health officials and university researchers say they've found 21 new cases of a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma among a group of miners who they've been following since the late 1990s.
PolyMet Mine Hearing Brings Clash Of InterestsA House committee opened hearings Tuesday on a plan to open a copper-nickel mine on northern Minnesota's Iron Range.
Wetlands, Mining On Agenda For 2015 LegislatureOne of the top environmental issues in the legislative session that opens in January could be how best to protect Minnesota's wetlands.
Mining, Wetlands On Agenda For 2015 LegislatureOne of the top environmental issues in the legislative session that opens in January could be how best to protect Minnesota's wetlands. The GOP takeover of the Minnesota House has changed the landscape for the environment and natural resources at the Capitol. Republican leaders have given a strong signal of their priorities by restructuring the committees that will deal with those issues.
8th District Candidates Debate Guns, Taxes And Mining In the first debate in Minnesota's hotly contested 8th Congressional District, the candidates talked guns, taxes, and mining.
Mine Plan Spurs Sharp Jabs In Governor Debate A mining project under regulatory review has fueled a sharp exchange among Minnesota's candidates for governor. At a debate Wednesday night, Republican challenger Jeff Johnson accused Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration of "slow-walking" a regulatory review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine project in northeastern Minnesota.
Scientists To Review Wild Rice-Sulfate Research The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is holding a two-day meeting to review research on the effects of sulfates on wild rice. The St. Paul meeting Wednesday and Thursday is meant to provide scientific peer review for studies the MPCA commissioned as it prepares to decide whether the state's sulfate standard for waters that produce wild rice should stay the same or be changed.
UMD Plans Center To Train New Generation Of MinersThe University of Minnesota-Duluth is creating a new program to turn out more graduates who can work in the mining field. UMD geology professor Jim Miller says the goal of the Mineral Resources Center is to graduate people with a full understanding of the mining cycle, even if they specialize in certain areas.