The opening salvo has been fired in a war over what might be Minnesota's next great mining boom. Three environmental groups on Wednesday launched a campaign to alert Minnesotans about large mining operations proposed near popular vacation spots in northern Minnesota. The mining industry says it welcomes debate.
Scott County attorney candidates differ on marijuana possession
Scott County is one of a few Minnesota counties where the incumbent prosecutor is facing a challenger in November.
Construction worker killed in collision in downtown St. Paul
The incident happened Wednesday afternoon.
Teen charged in shooting outside of Richfield football game
Due to the age of the suspect, the case won't be made public.
Twin Cities Summer Jam no more: popular festival brought to an end
The festival noted how the land they host camping on has recently been sold.
Expect major traffic delays on Renaissance Festival's final weekend
Scott County officials said road closures will be to blame.
Minnetonka 22-year-old dies in motorcycle crash on I-394
The crash happened around noon Tuesday.
Car hits deer, bursts into flames on highway in Isanti County
Witnesses helped the driver at the scene.
Ramsey County sends out ballots with deceased candidate on it
The county said it's addressing the issue with the Minnesota Supreme Court.
New haunted house experience coming to Inver Grove Heights
The exhibit will feature family-friendly and 18+ events.
Gallery: A look at the under construction Highland Bridge development
Take a look around the development.
Niche rankings identify best Minnesota schools, districts
Eden Prairie has schools ranked in both the private and public categories.
Walker, The Current announce end of Rock the Garden festival
The Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio announced the festival will retire so the organizations can dream up new events.
"What's the rush?": critics of frac sand mining seek moratoriums
The energy industry is anxious to use southeastern Minnesota sands to help release petroleum deposits that conventional drilling can't reach. They've likened the mining of that sand to a gold rush. But activists concerned about the environmental effects of the sand mines want to allow time for more studies.
Environmental review of PolyMet mine could be ready for public in October
PolyMet Mining wants to open a copper and nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The company has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency on how the project will meet air and water quality standards. Congressman Chip Cravaack says a supplemental environmental impact statement could be released to the public in October.
PolyMet reports breakthrough in getting pollutants out of mining water
PolyMet Mining says tests using reverse osmosis have succeeded in removing sulfates from water. The development could be a key step in removing a top environmental objection to the company's proposed copper mine near Hoyt Lakes.
Minnesota mining jobs, wages highest in more than a decade
The number of taconite jobs in 2011 was up nearly 11 percent compared to the year before, according to figures by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Wages in 2011 were also the highest since 2000 -- totaling $357 million. The Iron Range took a major hit during the recession in 2009 when all six of Minnesota's taconite plants temporarily shut down.
House votes to shorten timeframe for review of mining projects
Minnesota Congressman Chip Cravaack inserted a provision that would have the shorter timeframe apply to mining projects already in the works, such as the copper mine proposed near Hoyt Lakes. The bill limits the permitting process to 30 months, which will reduce time for public input and legal challenges.
Twin Metals formally submits plans for mine near Boundary Waters
Environmental groups have urged Gov. Tim Walz to reject it.
Winona County expected to vote on frac sand mining moratorium Tuesday
Several silica sand mining projects are planned or proposed in Winona County. But some residents want to slow things down to let the county consider stricter regulations to guard against environmental and health risks.
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