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DULUTH — Rustic log furniture imported from China into Minnesota and Wisconsin has been found to be infested with invasive insects that could damage native trees. Both states' agriculture departments on Tuesday confirmed multiple incidents of two different species of Chinese bugs hitchhiking on rustic, whole-log furniture in 2016. The brown fir beetle was found in rustic pine log furniture imported from China, while the velvet longhorned beetle was discovered in rustic walnut log furniture, wrongly described as hickory, also from China.
DULUTH — First there was Kramer vs. Kramer. Now there's Essar vs. Essar. The company formerly known as Essar Steel Minnesota has filed a $1 billion lawsuit claiming its former parent company, Mumbai, India-based Essar Global, siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars off the Minnesota project to pay for other ventures worldwide.
DULUTH — Two environmental groups on Tuesday said they will file suit in federal district court to stop the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., a long-expected move that would mark the first legal action to stop the project.
The rusty patched bumble bee, a native of Minnesota and Wisconsin that was once common across the Midwest but which has declined rapidly in recent years, was officially declared endangered Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s the first species of native bee in the continental U.S. to be placed on the endangered species list.
ODANAH, Wis. — The Bad River Tribal Council has taken formal action to kick the Enbridge Energy Line 5 pipeline off reservation land. The band government voted to not renew easement rights of way for the pipeline that runs from Superior east across Michigan. The band also called for the decommissioning and removal of the pipeline from all Bad River lands and the river's watershed.
DULUTH, Minn.—The global effort to stop plastic shopping bags from lining roadside ditches, choking waterways and filling landfills will blow into Duluth soon if a new group gets its way. Bag it Duluth on Thursday announced a campaign for a city ordinance that would ban thin plastic shopping bags and impose a minimum 5-cent fee on all paper bags distributed within the city. The ban would be phased in over a year to allow retailers and consumers time to adjust.
Minnesota’s infamous winters are the absolute worst, the most miserable of anywhere in the U.S, according to the website thrillist.com. The website on Tuesday ranked every state on how bad its winters are. Hawaii was 50th, Minnesota was first. The assessment was made by Kevin Alexander and Matt Lynch who write about travel for the website. Michigan was ranked second worst, North Dakota fourth (beating Alaska which was ranked third), South Dakota sixth and Wisconsin seventh worst.
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota's largest mining companies got some gifts a few days late this holiday season, but it was well worth the wait. The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board on Wednesday doled out nearly $6 million in taconite tax rebates to mining companies. That's on top of nearly $3 million approved for the companies in October. The companies pay a tax on every ton of taconite iron ore shipped out of the Iron Range. But the state gives some of that money back for construction projects.
ASHLAND, Wis.—Ten anglers were rescued Monday morning on the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin after the ice they were fishing on broke away from shore. The Ashland Fire Department responded with its Ice Angel air sled to the scene off Bono Creek, about halfway between Ashland and Washburn, at about 8:30 a.m. The site is about 70 miles east of Duluth, Minn.
DULUTH, Minn. — A new study by Rochester Institute of Technology estimates that nearly 22 million pounds of plastics enter the Great Lakes every year. Scientists at the university worked to track and inventory where and how much plastic enters the lakes and where it goes then, with their results now published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin. "This study is the first picture of the true scale of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes," said Matthew Hoffman, assistant professor in RIT's School of Mathematical Sciences and an author of the report.