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Sled dogs leave Duluth today to deliver mining petitions to governor

Protesters worried that sulfide mining could harm the Northland's environment gathered Sunday in a Duluth park, along with a dozen sled dogs waiting to carry 10,000 signatures to the state Capitol in St. Paul. Musher and former state representative Frank Moe will lead the dogs to the Twin Cities starting Monday.
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Protesters worried that sulfide mining could harm the Northland's environment gathered Sunday in a Duluth park, along with a dozen sled dogs waiting to carry 10,000 signatures to the state Capitol in St. Paul. Musher and former state representative Frank Moe will lead the dogs to the Twin Cities starting Monday.

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