Federal study says copper-nickel mining poses risks to BWCA


Steve Karnowski, AP’s editor, writes: “The U.S. Forest Service published a draft of an environmental assessment on Thursday to establish the basis for a proposed 20 year moratorium on copper-nickel mines upstream from Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The proposal would “withdraw” from any new mineral leases for 20 years covering 352 miles in the Rainy River watershed of the Superior National Forest, around Ely. This plan could endanger the Twin Metals Mine near Birch Lake. It drains into a river which flows into the Boundary Waters. It would not impact a separate project, however, the PolyMet mine proposed near Babbitt Lakes and Hoyt Lakes. This is located in a different watershed.

The Star Tribune’s Faiza Mahmud reports that Minneapolis officials requested a District Court to issue an injunction stopping an order that would have prevented them from enforcing 2040 plans. This is because the appeal is. A Hennepin County district judge ruled last week in favor of groups, who claimed that the city’s long range plan to eliminate single-family zoning was a threat for the environment. Judge Joseph Klein ordered that the city not enforce the plan until it meets certain requirements set forth in the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act.

MPR’s Dan Kraker states that the state’s gray wolf population is “resilient, robust,” and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to maintain it that . TThis is the thrust of the new, 50-page draft wolf management plan that the agency released on Thursday. It outlines a roadmap for the DNR for the next 10 year to strengthen wolf conservation and reduce conflicts between humans and Northwoods predators.

Erin Adler, Ryan Faircloth and are the Star Tribune’s editors. Scott Jensen, Republican candidate for governor, presented a comprehensive plan to combat inflation that included eliminating Minnesota’s state income taxes and cutting government spending. During a news conference at the State Capitol, Jensen said he wants Minnesota to phase out its personal income tax over time, joining neighboring South Dakota and eight states that do not have a state income tax Minnesota’s individual income tax, which generates an estimated $30 billion annually over the two-year period, is the state’s largest revenue generator. … Former state senator and family physician , Chaska, said that he would finance the plan with budget cuts and economic growth. However, he did not provide any details.

Elena Schneider, editor of Politico, says that the DNC’s rules board heard presentations from 17 states over a three-day meeting. South Carolina presented on Friday, while the committee considered how to reorder early states to better reflect party’s racial diversity, and eliminate caucuses. As the rules committee prepares to make a final recommendation on the early states, the pitches helped clarify the dynamics ahead of the September full DNC vote. New Hampshire and Iowa were at defense while Nevada was looking to jumpfrog into the top slot on the calendar. Minnesota and Michigan are battling it out for the Midwestern slot.”

Also in Star Tribune ” Chetholmgren was second in the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn. After the Orlando Magic made Duke freshman forward Paolo Banchero No. 1, the Oklahoma City Thunder chose the 7-foot center. His all-around game includes point guard-level ball handling and three-point shooting. The No. 1 overall pick. Holmgren was the highest-drafted Minnesotan in NBA history. Hibbing’s Kevin McHale (a Gophers forward) was No. In 1980, Holmgren was drafted 3rd overall.

According to WCCO, a WCCO TV story states, but Mohamed Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer, has been transferred to an undisclosed location ahead of his scheduled release on Monday. Noor was convicted in 2017 of third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Justine Ruszczyk-Damond in a Minneapolis alleyway. Noor was sentenced in 2019 to 12 and a half years imprisonment, but the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction in 2017. Noor was sentenced again for the manslaughter conviction , which was increased to 57-months.

Courtney Godfrey, KMSP-TV says that Caden Fritz was just 16 years of age when he decided to open his own construction company. He’s now a well-respected businessman with a growing reputation in the metro. Fritz said, “I started pressure washing thinking that I would make a few hundred dollars, but it gradually started growing larger and bigger.” Fritz, a recent Edina High School grad, managed to start his own business while earning his high school diploma. He also played on the Edina hockey and varsity lacrosse teams.

Chris Hine from the Strib states, “The Timberwolves began draft night with one pick in the first round. They finished it with two. Tim Connelly, President of Basketball Operations, moved down and back up in Thursday’s draft. He made four deals during his first draft with Wolves. The Wolves were ranked No. 19 overall, the Wolves dealt with the Grizzlies in order to take Memphis’ 22nd & 29th picks. But they weren’t done. They kept the first pick and picked Auburn center Walker Kessler as No. 22. However, they were unable to pick at No. 29. Connelly signed a deal for Houston to acquire No. 26 and selected Wendell Moore, Duke. No. 19, after Jake LaRavia, Wake Forest forward, was selected by the Grizzlies. The Wolves also received a 2023 second round pick as part of this deal.

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