Environment

Dredging Project to Help Boaters at Arrowhead Fishing Pier

Flooding has caused extra sediment to pile up near the dock along the Saint Louis River

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – A project in Superior is aiming to make fishing a little easier on the Saint Louis River. The city is working with the DNR to dredge the area around the Arrowhead Fishing Pier. Flooding over the last few years has caused extra sediment to pile up near the dock. Fishermen have expressed frustrations about their motors bottoming…

Munger Trail Construction to Begin Soon

Will Last Until August

DULUTH, Minn.-A five-mile section of the Willard Munger State Trail between Grand Avenue and Becks roads in West Duluth will be closed from mid-April through August, during a construction project. The project is set to the tread-way damaged during the 2012 flood. It would bring the trail up to current standards as well, making it wider. “While the construction will…

Suit Filed in Federal Court to Overturn Forest Service Decision on Land Exchange with PolyMet

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), the Center for Biological Diversity, and the W.J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League filed suit in federal court on Monday, March 27, to overturn the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to approve a land exchange with PolyMet Mining. According to the suit filed, the Forest Service instructed its…

Enbridge Tax Appeal Could Cost Counties Millions

BAGLEY, Minn. (AP) – Some northern Minnesota counties could end up paying millions of dollars to Enbridge Energy if the company is successful in its tax appeal. Enbridge claims the Minnesota Department of Revenue unfairly valued its oil pipeline network and overcharged it in five years of tax collections. Clearwater and Red Lake counties could end up refunding more money…

March 6 Tornado in Minnesota was Earliest on State Record

(National Weather Service) BRICELYN, Minn. (AP) – The National Weather Service says a tornado that hit a southern Minnesota campground this month, was the earliest twister on record in the state. The agency recently conducted a survey that confirmed a tornado tore through the Pihls Park campground northeast of Bricelyn on March 6. The Mankato Free Press reports the weather…

World Water Day

Tours At The Water Treatment Plant

Superior, Wis Today was world water day. 150 miles of sewer, drains 4 million gallons of water directly to the superior water treatment plant daily. The public was allowed on site for tours to find out exactly what happens after you flush water down your toilet. Every gallon that moves through the plant goes throw a vigorous process to make…

Wastewater Treatment is Focus of World Water Day

Superior Wastewater Treatment Plant Gives Tours for Education

SUPERIOR, Wis. – World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22 with a different theme each year. In 2017, the focus is on wastewater treatment. The City of Superior’s wastewater treatment plant is hosting tours and an open house today in honor of the holiday. Tours take about 45 minutes and include both indoor and outdoor sites. The Open…

Aquatic Invasive Species Course

Stopping A Problem With The Public's Help

Duluth, Minn Invasive species have caught the attention of the St. Louis River Alliance and there doing what they can to take on the issue before it gets worse. Ordinary citizens are taking a course on how to identify invasive species and their possible impacts on the waters in the Twin Ports. They’ll also learn how to record data and…

Man Drowns While Rescuing Dog in Chequamegon Bay

ASHLAND, Wis. – Around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male, Ashland resident, Ronald Werchowski, 55, who was overdue from walking his dog near Krehr Park in Ashland. The caller reported finding personal belongings of Werchowski at the park, as well as several holes in the ice on Lake Superior….

Group Hopes to Spread Meaning of Wellness

Northland Community Wellness Day

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Northlanders are promoting wellness in the region and at home for the whole family for the Northland Community Wellness Day. This is a free community event highlighting local wellness resources and services through interactive exhibits, workshops, and family-friendly activities. There will be more than 80 wellness-related exhibits in Romano Gym at the University of Minnesota –…

MPCA Chief Sounds Alarm About Trump Cuts to EPA Grants

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota official who heads a group that represents state environmental agencies nationwide says the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency grant programs would cripple their ability to protect air, land, and water. The Environmental Council of the States says Categorical Grants to states would take a 44.5-percent hit. Those grants support…

Duluthians Say ‘No More’ to Mother Nature

Shorts Against Winter Happens Annually the Friday Before the First Day of Spring

DULUTH, Minn. – A hardy group of Duluthians were sending a strong message to Mother Nature Friday morning. The 5th Annual Shorts Against Winter event is a chance for Northlanders to wear shorts to work before the official start of spring on Monday, March 20. Shorts Against Winter started by Swim Creative Advertising Firm employee Kevin Cain, and has since…

Art Of Local Food

Good Food And Art All In One Place

It was all about good food, local artist, and great company tonight at Clyde Iron Works. It was the 6th annual Art of Local Food fundraiser to benefit the Duluth Community Garden Program and the Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association. It was 40 years ago that a few gardeners saw the need for fresh locally grown food and now 220 families…

Students Learn How to Protect St. Louis River

15th Annual River Watch Congress Drew About 200 Kids

CLOQUET, Minn. – Kids from area schools got hands–on lessons on how to protect the St. Louis River Thursday. St. Louis River–River Watch is a program that gets kids involved with studying the environment up close and personal, by actually getting in the river. While students didn’t get in the water as part of Thursday’s 15th annual River Watch Congress…

Coast Guard Breaks Ice to Make Way for Ships

Coast Guard Clears Way Before Shipping Season Begins

DULUTH, Minn.- The Alder cruised through Lake Superior, cracking and breaking the ice that formed on the water’s surface. “The Alder is a 225 foot buoy tender, it is ice capable, so it’s not actually designated as an ice breaker, we just have the ability to break ice,” explained Lt. Christian Von Stralendorff of the U.S. Coast Guard. Shipping season…

Walker Opposes Trump Over Great Lakes Funding

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Governor Scott Walker tells The Associated Press he opposes President Donald Trump’s proposal to remove federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Walker talked to AP on Thursday after Trump released his budget calling for elimination of the funding that has sent $2.2 billion to the eight-state region since 2009, Walker says “it makes sense…

Officials Confirm 1st Capture of Silver Carp on St. Croix

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota officials have confirmed the first capture of an invasive silver carp on the St. Croix River. The Department of Natural Resources says a commercial angler caught it near Prescott, Wisconsin, as part of a monitoring project, just upstream where the St. Croix meets the Mississippi River. DNR invasive fish coordinator Nick Frohnauer says it’s…

Cheerios Working to Bring Back the Bees

The effort is to battle the declining bee populations seen across the country

General Mills brand Cheerios is working to raise awareness for declining bee populations by starting the movement #BringBacktheBees, and removing their iconic mascot, Buzz.  Cheerios partnered up with Veseys Seeds to give away 100 million wildflower seeds for the cause. Those who are interested in joining the movement can sign up on their website and are asked to plant them in…

DNR, St. Louis County Warn of Water Skipping Activities

MINNESOTA – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are issuing a public notice to those planning to participate in any “water skipping” activities. This practice will no longer be allowed and those participating will be cited under Minnesota Statute 84,87 Sub 2, which states: It shall be unlawful for any person…

Great Outdoors – St. Louis River Offers Many Opportunities to Get Outside

Summit at UW-Superior Addressed How Northlanders Can Improve and Protect River Corridor

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The St. Louis River Summit is happening at UW-Superior. We’ll take a look at how important the St. Louis River is to our region and how Northlanders use it for all kinds of outdoor recreation. “Once I was out kayaking in the St. Louis River on opening day of fishing.” says Deanna Erickson, the Education Coordinator for…

Dakota Access Pipeline Ready for Oil

Oil Could go Through Pipeline by Next Week

NORTH DAKOTA-The Dakota Access Pipeline may have oil flowing through it by next week. Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, has asked a federal judge to reject some Native American Tribes from trying to stop the project. The pipeline has gathered protesters from all over the country as they believe it’s going through sacred tribal land and has an impact…

Lawmakers Block State from Regulating Insecticides

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers have stripped out legislation meant to help reduce the use of insecticides harmful to bees. The fight over neonicotinoid insecticide has become a major environmental effort as bee populations continue to decline in Minnesota and across the nation. State regulators have sought greater authority to regulate certain seeds treated with the insecticide. Minnesota…

Lakewalk Utility Project Started Today

Detour Will be in Place

DULUTH, Minn.-Utility work began today on the Lakewalk trail, between Fitger’s and the old Endion building. That part of the trail will be closed for about two weeks during the day in order for crews to work on the underground drainage system. Lakewalk users will take a detour into Lake Place Park and then reconnect back to the trail. The Lakewalk…

Mid-March Cold Snap

Wind Chill Advisory Doesn't Stop Northlanders From Their Daily Routine

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been an unseasonably cold Mid-March day across the Northland and it’s likely the last cold snap of the season. A Wind Chill Advisory was in effect earlier this morning until 9am, feel like temperatures dropped down to -30° below zero. This frigid Friday didn’t stop some Northlanders from their daily routine though. “I like the weather…

Ice House Removal Dates Approaching for Northern Minnesota Lakes

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ice anglers in northern Minnesota are being reminded by the Department of Natural Resources that ice shelter removal dates are approaching for lakes located north of Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 2. Due to rapidly deteriorating ice conditions, anglers may need to remove shelters before the deadline. Dark houses, fish houses, and portable shelters must be…

ATV Rescue on Leech Lake

CASS COUNTY, Minn. – The Cass County Sheriff’s office received a report that a Class 2 side by side ATV had gone through the ice in the Agency Narrows area of Leech Lake, just after 2 p.m. on Thursday. Deputies and first responders arrived on scene to find the male occupant of the vehicle standing on top of the vehicle,…

Section of Lakewalk to Temporarily Close for Utility Project

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is planning utility work along the Lakewalk Trail in Canal Park, specifically the segment located between the restroom facilities by Endion Station and the Fitger’s Complex. The Lakewalk Trail will be closed for two weeks beginning on Monday, March 13 in order for crews to work on the underground drainage system. Lakewalk users…

Minnesota EagleCam Captures Hatching

First Eagle Chick Born on Camera This Year

TWIN CITIES, Minn.-The bald eagles on the Minnesota DNR’s EagleCam, had their first chick born today. It’s expected two others will be born by this weekend. Biologists were concerned that the first egg might not hatch, as it was left in the cold for quite a while.   To view the EagleCam, visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/webcams/eaglecam/index.html Categories: Entertainment, Environment, News, News – Latest…

Milder Bird Flu Found in Jennie-O Farm in Wisconsin

BARRON, Wis. (AP) – Officials confirm a low-pathogenic bird flu strain has been detected in a Jennie-O Turkey Store operation in western Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of Agriculture posted notice of the case to the Organization for Animal Health’s website Tuesday. Austin, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Corp., which owns Willmar, Minnesota-based Jennie-O, confirmed the H5N2 strain was detected Saturday at it’s…

Commissioner Jewell to Chair Minnesota Water Council

Has Been on Water Council Since 2015

DULUTH, Minn.-St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell has been tapped to chair the Minnesota Water Council. The council was established in 2006 to advise the legislature and governor on how to implement the Clean Water Legacy Act. “I am honored to have been nominated and elected by my colleagues as chair of the Clean Water Council,” Jewell said in a…

St. Louis County Emerald Ash Borer Update

Quarantine boundaries have been formalized in SE St. Louis County

  ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced today, it has formalized a quarantine for emerald ash borer (EAB) in southeastern St. Louis County. The EAB quarantine limits the movement of firewood and ash material out of the quarantined area of the county. This is to reduce the risk of further spreading the insect. The quarantined…

Tornado Reported Near Princeton; Earliest for March

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A confirmed tornado near Zimmerman, Minnesota at 5:49 p.m. Monday. At 5:56 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located over the south side of Princeton, moving northeast at 40 mph. Law enforcement reported the tornado in east-central Minnesota, about 44 miles northwest of Minneapolis, late Monday afternoon. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Krause says if confirmed, the tornado would…

Sea Grant Battling Government to Stay Alive

Federal Government Looking to Cut NOAA by 17 Percent

DULUTH, Minn.-Discussions are looming on Capitol Hill to cut 17 percent of the budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These cuts could affect many different organizations including the National Weather Service and the local chapter of the Minnesota Sea Grant. The Sea Grant helps with fighting invasive species, along with other environmental issues related to the Great Lakes,…

Bald Eagles Migrating Earlier

Warm Weather Big Factor

DULUTH, Minn.-In other environmental news, bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota a few weeks ahead of schedule. The early migration, comes after February melted much of the snow, while ice is breaking up along the rivers. Small groups of eagles have already been seen along the Minnesota River. Only two states have larger populations of eagles – Florida and…

DNR Gives Western Wisconsin Sand Plant Preliminary OK

(Photo: Courtesy of Hi-Crush Partners)MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources has given a timber company subsidiary preliminary approval for a sand plant in western Wisconsin that would destroy more than 16 acres of wetlands. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the DNR notified Meteor Timber of the approval on Wednesday. The agency has set an April 18…

Reusable Bags Now Available for Food Shelf Clients

Part of Bag It Duluth Campaign

DULUTH, Minn.-Clients of Churches United in Ministry will now be able to use reusable bags when picking up their groceries. The bags were collected recently by the League of Women Voters at a recent Bag It Duluth film screening. The Bag It Duluth campaign, which involves 70 different organizations, has developed a proposal to phase out plastic bags. “We know…

Minnesota state parks get 2 new campgrounds for 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – New campgrounds, a new water trail and a new chance to see bison are coming to the Minnesota State Parks and Trails system this year. The Department of Natural Resources says two new campgrounds will open this summer at the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota and Whitewater State Park in the…

Wild Winter Temperature Swings Have Been Damaging to Plants, Experts Say

HERMANTOWN, Minn. — We have seen some pretty dramatic temperature swings this winter, which, according to some experts, has not been good for our plants or lawns. At Miller Creek Lawn and Landscape in Hermantown, all the plants are buried under snow, which is good for the plants that need to lay dormant during the winter. Landscape Architect Trish Crego…

Stearns County Farmer Drowns When Machine Breaks Through Ice

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – Stearns County authorities say a Freeport man drowned when the skid loader he was driving broke through the ice on an abandoned manure pit on his farm. The sheriff’s office says 46-year-old Duane Herzog was submerged for about 20 minutes before rescuers extricated him from the machine and pulled him from the water Tuesday afternoon….