Great Lakes

Duluth cyclists halfway on Great Lakes journey

Kris McNeal, 26, and Zach Chase, 25, are heading back to Minnesota after passing the 3,000-mile mark on their mission to encircle all five of the Great Lakes. The University of Minnesota Duluth graduates started their 5,300-mile trek in May and plan to return home in early August. The Duluth News Tribune notes the two men also made a 1,700-mile bicycle trek along the West Coast in 2008.

Feds agree to shorter timeline for developing Asian carp strategy

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will come up with a short list of options for blocking the spread of the invasive fish by the end of next year. The Corps had earlier said the process would take until 2015. Asian carp have already invaded the Mississippi River watershed. Officials hope to keep them from migrating into the Great Lakes.

Obama officials, states reach deal to speed approval of Great Lakes wind farms

Minnesota is one of five states to sign on to a deal with White House officials that will speed up the regulatory process for offshore wind farms. The deal comes with some controversy: Critics worry offshore turbines would harm wildlife, lower property values and spoil scenic vistas. Supporters say they will mean new jobs, more homegrown energy and less pollution.