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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Wednesday said it has filed a response defending its proposed wild rice sulfate standard that in January was panned by a state administrative law judge. PCA officials say their proposed sulfate pollution standard is a good compromise that protects wild rice in places where sulfate pollution might damage it, but also allows more sulfate pollution in lakes and rivers where it may not harm the plant.
Isle Royale's decimated wolf population will get a lifesaving infusion of 20 to 30 new wolves over the next three years under a National Park Service plan published today in the Federal Register. The Park Service published its final environmental impact statement after studying the potential of wolf reintroduction for two years and deciding on bringing in new wolves over other options, including doing nothing.
DULUTH, Minn. — The maples were too cold to run sap on a bright March morning so Dave Rogotzke didn't mind a walk through his 40-acre sugarbush across a crusty layer of leftover snow. Rogotzke carefully stepped over lines of plastic tubing that carry sap from the trees to his sugar shack boiler, pointing out what happened in the pre-dawn windstorm of July 21.
WASHINGTON — The beleaguered rusty patched bumblebee has received official federal protection after all, thanks to a change of heart by the Trump administration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday officially listed the effective date of federal protection as March 21. The listing was originally set to occur on Feb. 10.
DULUTH, Minn. — Millions of acres of wildlife habitat have been lost to corn production across America's heartland in recent years and the damage is worst nearest ethanol production plants. That's the finding of a new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters that found nearly 4.2 million acres of habitat, generally prairie grasslands, converted to crops within 100 miles of an ethanol plant between 2008 and 2012 alone.
A little-known branch of the federal government charged with getting rid of unwanted and invasive pests killed 2.7 million animals in 2016, the agency's annual report shows. The Wildlife Services wing of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is called on to kill species considered a threat or nuisance to people or their livelihoods, including trapping wolves in northern Minnesota in areas where livestock or pets have been attacked.
FINLAND, Minn. -- Global explorer Will Steger was hiking the North Shore ridge in 1996, at a vista along the Superior Hiking Trail, when he noticed something in the distance, off to the northwest. “It almost looked like foothills; high country with big trees. I had never seen anything like it before up there and it just intrigued me,” Steger said in an interview on Tuesday.
Commissioners in Minnesota's St. Louis County on Tuesday moved one step closer to allowing all-terrain vehicles, with drivers as young as 12 operating at speeds up to 55 mph, on all county roads and highways. The board's committee of the whole advanced a draft county ATV ordinance that allows ATVs on all county roads and highways, gravel or blacktop, as long as they comply with posted speed limits and other motor vehicle laws.
The U.S. Interior Department on March 14 said Minnesota’s Fond du lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has $3.8 million available to buy back interest in multiple parcels of land on the reservation. Interior officials said formal offers have been made to 3,200 landowners with “fractional interests” in the reservation as part of the federal land buy-back program for tribal nations. Interested sellers have 45 days — until May 2 — to return accepted offers in the prepaid postage envelopes provided.
One year after a federal judge ordered gray wolves in the Great Lakes region back under federal Endangered Species Act protection, the future management of the big carnivores remains as uncertain and controversial as ever. Most everyone agrees wolves are doing well in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. But there's broad disagreement on how many wolves there should be here and how much further they should be allowed to range before federal protections are relaxed.