MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has blocked AT&T’s plan to build a 450-foot cellphone tower near the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northeastern Minnesota.

Hennepin County Judge Philip Bush ruled Wednesday the proposed tower would likely hurt the “scenic and aesthetic resources” of the BWCA. But he says a smaller, unlighted tower of up to 199 feet would be OK.

The judge sided with Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The group argued the 450-foot tower’s flashing lights would be visible from several lakes and waterways within the BWCA.

AT&T contended one tall tower would do the best job of extending cellphone service east of Ely and allowing paddlers to call for help in emergencies.

An AT&T spokesman says the company is reviewing the ruling and considering its options.

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Comments (6)
  1. Patrick PatPat Lilja says:

    Life isn’t always safe. You go out there, and you have to take the chances with it. That’s the way it has always been. I certainly hope nothing bad ever happens to anyone who goes into the BWCA, but things happen in life. If you don’t want to take the chances, don’t go.

  2. Redneck Purist says:

    I say build it right next door to this over-reaching, environmentalist-whacko, activist judge’s house. It’s not in the BWCA. He should have no control. If people don’t like it, don’t look at it.

    1. Sam says:

      Ever tried not noticing the brightest light in the sky? Not all that easy to do.
      Basically, what this came down to was that AT&T wanted to save a little bit of money (by building one big tower rather than several smaller ones) at the cost of the enjoyment of those people who go to the BWCA in order to spend some time in a place that is almost truly wild. Not so many of those around anymore, and there would have been even fewer if this tower had gone in.

  3. Corey Stringer died today. says:

    This is old news. This story broke this spring in March. The real story is that this was an appeal by ATT. Come on CCO do you guys have a hard time keeping up with your own lies? haha Just tell the truth and life is grand.

  4. Paul Smrekar says:

    My only comment is, It Figures!!!! What eles is new!!!