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DULUTH — The International Joint Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 30, advised the governments of Canada and the United States to take strong action on toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers that have accumulated across the Great Lakes. The flame retardants have been used for decades in products to reduce the risk of fire and now have accumulated in the Great Lakes at levels that could be harmful to human health, the IJC notes.
ELY, Minn. — The environmental group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness has asked a federal judge to let them intervene in a lawsuit that could decide mineral leases under the proposed Twin Metals copper mine near Ely. The group filed paperwork Tuesday, Nov. 22, in federal district court in St. Paul in hopes it can intervene in the suit filed by Twin Metals against the U.S. Department of the Interior.
DULUTH, Minn. — Fueled by the cheapest November gas prices in years, Americans are expected to travel more for Thanksgiving this year than any year since before the Great Recession. AAA last week forecasted that 48.7 million Americans will travel for the holiday, the busiest Thanksgiving period on U.S. roads and in the skies since 2007. AAA said that between Nov. 23 and 27, a full million more Americans will travel at least 50 miles from their home compared to last year's Thanksgiving holiday.
DULUTH, Minn.—The La Nina cooling of the Pacific Ocean that was predicted to bring the northern U.S. a colder and snowier winter isn't a sure thing but still may have an impact in coming months. That was the report Thursday from the National Climate Prediction Center, which now forecasts a 55 percent chance of La Nina conditions persisting into winter.
COOK, Minn.—AngloGold Ashanti continues to move quickly in its efforts to find mineable gold in Koochiching County in far northeast Minnesota.. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports this week that AngloGold has submitted a plan to do exploration drilling on state-owned mineral leases about 20 miles west of Cook.
DULUTH, Minn.—Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence rallied supporters at the Duluth International Airport on Monday to turn out the vote for his boss on Election Day, and then implored party regulars who might have wavered to "come home" to the party's ticket and Donald Trump.
DULUTH, Minn. — PolyMet Mining Co. on Thursday submitted its massive application for a state permit to mine, the first ever for a copper mine in Minnesota. The more-than-15,000-page document, years in the works, lays out the company's detailed plans to blast open the mine pit, build a processing center near Hoyt Lakes, design and operate water treatment technology and then close the mine and rehabilitate the site when the copper, nickel, gold and other precious metals are played out.
DULUTH, Minn.—Nicole Sorenson and Lily Cannella aren't old enough to vote, but that didn't stop them from driving from Grand Rapids, Minn., to the University of Minnesota Duluth on Friday morning to attend a Democratic political rally. After all, it's not every day you get a chance to see the vice president of the United States. "We just wanted to see what it's all about, and what he's about," Sorenson said. "And we hope we can get some (school) credit for it."
Minnesota Power announced Wednesday, Oct. 19, that it will shut down two more of its coal-fired electrical generators, Boswell Units 1 and 2 in Cohasset, as the utility continues its...
DULUTH, Minn.—Reaction was quick and fierce Tuesday to published reports that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used cheaper Chinese steel rather than steel made in the U.S. to build recent casinos and hotels. Officials of the United Steelworkers of America, whose members work in Minnesota taconite iron ore mines and in steelmaking mills across the U.S., said the news shows Trump has been dishonest about his wishes to rebuild American manufacturing that has drifted to China in recent decades.