Mining & Environmental News

NWS Confirms 7 Tornadoes in Wednesday Storms

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (KMSP) - The National Weather Service confirmed seven tornadoes hit Minnesota Wednesday afternoon and evening, according to the NWS damage survey. A band of heavy rain moved north through Minnesota, dropping seven tornadoes along the way. Two EF-0…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Relax Mining Rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced legislation to repeal a law that requires mining companies to prove they've operated without polluting before they can mine in the state. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Republican Sen. Tom…

Lake Superior Beach Advisories

DULUTH, Minn. - As of August 18, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health has reported advisories for the following beaches. These advisories recommend no water contact due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria identified from samples collected and tested.…

Minnesota Releases Review on Enbridge Line 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota regulators have released the final environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, which carries Canadian crude across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin. The document has been updated since the draft…

West Duluth Equestrian Trail To Be Built

DULUTH, Minn. - The West Duluth Equestrian community will soon have a trail of their own. The project was approved by the Duluth City Council in 2014, due to high demand from West Duluth…

Group Wants Hearing on Proposed Mine

DULUTH, Minn. - A group of concerned citizens sent a message to Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday regarding PolyMet's proposed copper–nickel mine. The group called Duluth for Clean Water wants an evidentiary hearing before a permit to mine is issued to…

Starry Stonewort Confirmed on 1 New Minnesota Lake

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After a search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. Starry stonewort is…

Canadian Based Oil Company Buys Out Calumet

SUPERIOR, Wis. - One of Superior's largest employers, Calumet Oil Refinery, is being sold to a Canadian company. "This is a key wonderful addition to our asphalt business into our integrated corridor in North…

Farm Production Costs in Wisconsin Hold Steady

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - New figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show production costs for Wisconsin farmers remained steady in 2016. The average Wisconsin farm spent nearly $159,000 on feed, labor, machinery, fuel, and other items last year. That's…

Walleye Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake Reopens Friday

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait returns to Mille Lacs Lake on Friday, Aug. 11, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Night fishing will continue to be prohibited from 10 p.m. to 6…

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