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Steve Piragis of Ely, Minn., portages his solo canoe around a set of falls near Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota in April 2010. (Sam Cook /

1964 federal law set stage for the second “W” in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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DULUTH -- The wheels were set in motion in 1902, when federal officials set aside a half-million acres in northeastern Minnesota, keeping it wild instead of offering it to homesteaders.


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