Scott Pirsig wasn’t quite sure what happened to his friend, Bob Sturtz, but he knew medical help was needed. To make matters worse, fog engulfed the lake. Could Scott find the portage on the other shore without getting lost?
The Forest Service says continued precipitation over most of the Superior National Forest means the restrictions are no longer needed. Campfires will be allowed any time of the day in all areas of the Boundary Waters.
Complex rules aimed at reducing haze over Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area were approved Tuesday by the citizen's board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The board, which oversees the agency, unanimously voted to send the rules to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
With just a few weeks before the spring camping season opens in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the U.S. Forest Service expects as many as 76 campsites on 23 lakes to be unavailable in a hangover from last year's big Pagami Creek fire.
The Superior National Forest partly backed off plans to eliminate the lottery system for issuing Boundary Waters Canoe Area entry permits and said today it will keep the lottery for the popular entry points on two lakes near Ely.
Lighter winds and cooler temperatures delivered encouragement today as firefighters continued efforts to contain a blaze that was in a "pause mode" — days after it moved at breakneck speeds, swallowing roughly 160 square miles of forest along the Minnesota-Canada border.
A rapidly expanding wildfire in Minnesota's north woods spread a plume of smoke across the Upper Midwest, with haze smudging the sky as far away as Chicago and Milwaukee, where the Brewers closed their stadium roof before a night game.
A judge on Wednesday blocked AT&T’s plan to build a 450-foot cellphone tower near the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, ruling that the proposed tower with its flashing airplane safety lights would likely hurt the “scenic and aesthetic resources” of the pristine northeastern Minnesota wilderness.
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