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DULUTH, Minn.—Minnesota drivers are slightly more likely to hit a deer on state roadways this year compared to last year, and Wisconsin drivers face about the same odds of a deer collision. That's the report from State Farm Insurance, which complies an annual list of the states where drivers are most likely to hit a deer, moose or elk. Minnesota again placed seventh out of the 50 states, with Wisconsin sixth, South Dakota fifth and North Dakota 11th.
DULUTH, Minn.—A Nebraska couple with Northland ties are still hoping to build a multi-million dollar nonprofit trauma recovery center in the woods north of Duluth, but their efforts so far have slowed with lagging donations. Jonathan and Juanita Trexel are planning a $15 million facility for traumatized and injured military personnel, police, first responders and others who are struggling to cope with events from their past.
ELY, Minn. – A homeless man who was arrested by Canadian authorities one year ago after wandering the Quetico lakes wilderness with no shoes, no food and no passport is...
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a proposal to raise electric rates for homeowners and small businesses in Minnesota Power's service area in order to lower rates for taconite plants and paper mills. The commission voted 3-2 for the rate shift which was ordered by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature to help reduce operating costs for Northeastern Minnesota's largest industries, both hard-hit by foreign imports.
David Andrew Smithson had already conceded he was high on several drugs when the van he was driving struck and killed Brian Respler, who was walking along Grand Avenue in...
ELY, Minn.—More than 17 years after a historic windstorm raked the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, downing millions of trees, wildfire experts say the danger of increased fires still exists from all that dead and drying wood. Superior National Forest officials on Wednesday said they will conduct four intentional fires this autumn to remove some of that dead wood under controlled conditions to rob any future wildfire of the fuel to grow out of control.
DULUTH, Minn.—Duluth residents critical of the proposed PolyMet copper mine are asking the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to call in an administrative law judge to oversee independent hearings on the company's application for a mining permit. Critics of the copper mine's pollution potential said the independent oversight is critical for PolyMet's application for the DNR "permit to mine," the most important of nearly two dozen permits the company needs before it can start building out the state's first-ever copper mine near Hoyt Lakes.
CARLTON, Minn.—A solar farm that will generate enough electricity to power more than 150 homes, or about 10 percent of the Black Bear Casino's electric needs, was unveiled today by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The $2.2 million solar project is among the largest to come online in the Northland with several more expected in coming months. Supporters say solar is an emission-free energy choice that will help cut pollutants, including carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that most scientists agree is pushing global climate change.
DULUTH, Minn.—A team of Northland researchers and volunteers will search the open water and beaches of Lake Superior today looking for tiny microplastic pollution, part of a Great Lakes-wide effort by scientists and activists. It's being billed as the largest single-day effort ever to document the presence of microplastics, tiny pieces of pollution originating from personal care and other consumer products, even clothing and carpeting. All-female groups of scientists from each Great Lake will be conducting the research along with citizen volunteers.
Fire and explosions severely damaged a Lakeside home late this morning but both occupants escaped without injury. The cause of the fire is unclear at this point but much of...