On the Chippewa National Forest – Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service are trying to find ways to save northern Minnesota from the emerald ash borer, a tiny pest with a voracious appetite. Since it was discovered in Michigan nearly 20 years ago, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees across the Midwest and Canada. In Minnesota, infestations have been found in the Twin Cities and in the state's southeastern corner.
In Duluth, city workers have replaced 8-foot culverts wiped out in a 2012 storm with two sections 10 feet wide, more than doubling their capacity. In Minnetonka, the city is creating computer models to see where increased rainfall is putting the most pressure on its stormwater system. In north Minneapolis, a street has been torn out to make room for huge tanks that can store stormwater and prevent it from overwhelming the city's system that drains into the Mississippi River. In all three cases, whether officials say it in so many words or not, they are adapting their cities' infrastru
One of Gov. Mark Dayton's first tasks in the new year is to name a new commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. The person leaving the position jokes that 90 percent of the job is explaining what the IRRRB is. "Once somebody fully understands it, especially a politician in St. Paul, they tend to retire, then you have to start the process all over again," said Tony Sertich, who has served four years as IRRRB commissioner.
HIBBING - Iron Range miners show higher than expected rates of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and a rare cancer known as mesothelioma — but it's not clear if taconite ore is what's making them sick. Those are the conclusions from the final report of a six-year University of Minnesota study into the health of Iron Range miners released Monday. For decades, some miners have wondered if microscopic needle-like fibers found in the dust of crushed taconite iron ore can lodge into workers' lungs and cause respiratory diseases including mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lining of the lu
VIRGINIA - State transportation officials on Tuesday unveiled a $220 million plan to build Minnesota's tallest bridge and grand gateway into the Iron Range town of Virginia. The bridge would...
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TAMARACK- If Minnesota enjoys another mining boom, it may not be limited to the Iron Range. Although towns like Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes are on the leading edge of the current wave of copper-nickel mine development, mining companies also are exploring much farther south, in an area without a rich mining history. Such explorations have brought workers about an hour west of Duluth to a swampland just outside of Tamarack, population 94. As workers fired up a drill rig on Aug.
DULUTH - A proposed massive underground copper mine near Ely would operate for 30 years and employ approximately 850 people, according to a draft "pre-feasibility study" released today by Toronto-based Duluth Metals. The Twin Metals project, a joint effort of Duluth Metals and Chilean mining giant Antofagasta, would be one of the largest underground mines in the United States, targeting a rich deposit of copper, nickel and precious metals on either side of Birch Lake, near the southern edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The technical report predicts the mine would produce
DULUTH - George Hovland will never forget the first time he scaled one the first ski jump at the the Chester Bowl park. At 11, Hovland climbed one of the...
DULUTH – A visit to Glensheen estate was once a staple of the summer family road trip to northeast Minnesota. But the mansion's Lake Superior views and built-in murder mystery...