Veteran Iron Range DFLer Tom Rukavina sent a letter to Pequaywan Township board saying if they don't want mining they could be removed from the Taconite Tax Relief Area. He calls the board's resolution critical of copper mining "full of B.S."
St. Cloud man fires shot at police in hours-long standoff, surrenders
Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 37, was arrested just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after he surrendered.
Beloved small town MN baseball field destroyed by severe storm
The mid-May storm system blasted the area with 90+ mph winds.
Woman, 32, killed in crash with dump truck west of Twin Cities
The dump truck driver was unharmed.
CD-1 Primary: Jeff Ettinger gets DFL nod, Brad Finstad wins GOP vote
Jennifer Carnahan also was on the ballot as a GOP candidate — and fell about 11,000 votes shy of claiming victory.
6-year-old and his grandparents killed in trailer home fire
"Found among the charred debris were two adults and a child," the sheriff's office said in a release.
Uvalde massacre: MN schools react with horror, increase security
A gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Texas Tuesday afternoon.
Ex-South St. Paul coach dies by suicide 2 days before sentencing
Matthew McCollister was to be sentenced for fraud in federal court on Wednesday.
Minnesota 'glampground' named one of 10 best in U.S.
In Nevis, Minnesota, campers can stay in a refurbished 1905 train car.
Two men charged over terrifying armed robbery at Newport apartment
They shot the woman who lives in the apartment in the abdomen, and put a gun to a man's head.
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.
Townships look to impose their own restrictions on frac sand mining in Red Wing area
Townships in Goodhue County are talking about setting up their own restrictions to limit the mining of silica sand, which is used to help extract oil and gas from wells. Some opponents of the sand mines think the county has not done enough to keep them out.
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.
Mining lobbyist appointed to citizen oversight board
News blogger the Cucking Stool says a conflict of interest is "inevitable" with mining association president and registered lobbyist Craig Pagel serving as a citizen on the Fisheries Oversight Committee. The blog quotes the DNR itself as saying "these appointments are for individuals, not formal representatives of particular organizations."
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.
St. Louis County backs copper mines after contentious Ely hearing
Critics warn new copper and nickel mines will harm northeastern Minnesota's land and water. But St. Louis County commissioners sided with those who say mining can be done well and bring economic prosperity.
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.
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.
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