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DNR to take comments on Lutsen's use of trout stream water
The ski resort's use of Poplar River water for snow-making is Minnesota's only exception to a law banning the withdrawl of water from a trout stream. Last year lawmakers approved a twelve-fold increase in the amount of water Lutsen is permitted to take. Now the DNR wants to lower the minimum river flow required, to allow withdrawls during a drought.
Competing ski areas oppose state funding for pipeline to Lutsen
Lutsen Mountains ski resort currently makes snow by pulling water from a protected trout stream that's suffering from drought. Governor Dayton wants the state to spend more than $3 million on a pipeline that would bring Lake Superior water to Lutsen. But competitors around the state have banded together to oppose the subsidy.
Lutsen Mountains wants to nearly double its ski area
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