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Report outlines sulfate limits for wild rice

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Wednesday released its preliminary findings on how much sulfate pollution is too much for wild rice, saying a two-year, $1.5 million field and laboratory study shows sulfate above 4-16 parts per million can produce a chain reaction in the ecosystem that harms wild rice.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/13/2014

MPCA releases preliminary findings from wild rice-sulfate study

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today released its preliminary findings on how much sulfate pollution is too much for wild rice, saying a two-year study shows that sulfates between 4 and 16 parts per million can produce a chain reaction in the ecosystem that harms wild rice.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/12/2014

PolyMet comments surpass 40,000

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has received more than 40,000 comments on the proposed PolyMet copper mine and expects thousands more by the time the public comment period officially closes Thursday afternoon.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/12/2014

St. Louis County Board backs election change

The St. Louis County Board voted 5-1 Tuesday to support changing the election term for one Iron Range county commissioner seat.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/12/2014

Lake Superior, Great Lakes ice breaking up

The frigid winter of 2014 threw its best at Lake Superior, but the big lake was just too stubborn to freeze over completely. Satellite photographs over the past few days show ice on Lake Superior beginning to diminish, with vast areas of open water along the North Shore and fissures developing across the lake.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/12/2014

St. Louis County board backs election change

County board voted today to support election change. Legislation would return Iron Range seats to staggered terms.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/11/2014

Gogebic Taconite plans public meetings

Gogebic Taconite representatives have scheduled meetings across Iron and Ashland Counties in Wisconsin Wednesday to speak with public and address questions about the company’s proposed taconite iron ore mine and processing center.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/11/2014

Monday was warmest day in the Northland in nearly four months

The ice is melting, the snow is sagging, and the puddles and potholes are getting bigger. It hit 52 degrees officially at Duluth International Airport on Monday — the first time Duluth has reached 50 since Nov. 14. That’s nearly four months between 50-degree marks, some 114 days.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/11/2014

Mesabi Nugget’s pollution variance rescinded

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and two environmental groups over the sulfate discharge from the Mesabi Nugget iron nugget plant near Hoyt Lakes.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/11/2014

Snow load on roofs diminishing with melt

That sigh you hear when the house is quiet tonight may be your roof trusses relaxing a little after carrying an aching load of snow this winter.

Duluth News Tribune, 03/11/2014

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