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Summer in the corps

September 21, 2012 in Lake County News-Chronicle

The Civilian Conservation Corps is most well known as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s program that put young men to work conserving government-owned lands during the Great Depression. A modern version of the program still exists, with a branch active in northern Minnesota. Continue Reading

Wildfires still burning in Boundary Waters; one just across Canadian border now at 500 acres

September 14, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Officials continue to monitor several small fires burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, as well as a 500-acre blaze burning just across the Canadian border. Continue Reading

Nearly a dozen fires burning in Boundary Waters

September 6, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Light rain was falling in various locations across Minnesota’s Arrowhead on Thursday but it wasn’t enough to make a difference in firefighting efforts. Superior Forest officials were monitoring nearly a dozen fires, most of them spurred by lightning, all of which were small but any of which could fan back up if left unchecked. Continue Reading

Lightning strikes start new fires in Boundary Waters

September 5, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Thunderstorms that crossed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on Tuesday night and Wednesday produced lighting that sparked several new forest fires, but officials said it didn’t offer enough rain to help snuff any blazes. Continue Reading

Professors: Court erred on BWCA cell tower

August 3, 2012 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Six law professors from four universities in two states said last week that the Minnesota Court of Appeals was wrong to allow a 450-foot cell phone tower on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and asked the state Supreme Court to review the case. Continue Reading

Friends of the BWCA requests Supreme Court review of cell tower ruling

July 20, 2012 in Lake County News-Chronicle

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals decision in the organization’s lawsuit against AT&T over the company’s proposed cell tower near Ely. Continue Reading

Man’s stroke in BWCA sends his friend on race against time for help

July 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Scott Pirsig wasn’t quite sure what happened to his friend, Bob Sturtz, but he knew medical help was needed. To make matters worse, fog engulfed the lake. Could Scott find the portage on the other shore without getting lost? Continue Reading

Minn. Appeals Court allows AT&T to build cell tower near Boundary Waters Canoe Area

June 18, 2012 in West Central Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Reversing a lower court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals says AT&T can build a 450-foot cellphone tower with flashing lights that would be visible within parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Continue Reading

Burned wilderness area reopens in northern Minnesota

May 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Much of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness burned in a wildfire last year will reopen Wednesday. The 93,000-acre area was closed last year because of concerns over standing dead trees. Continue Reading

Security vs. environment: Fed bill would give Border Patrol unprecedent authority in BWCA, Voyageurs bill pits security against the environment

November 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

More than 30 environmental laws would be waived and the Department of Homeland Security would be allowed to build roads, erect fences, set up monitoring equipment and use vehicles to patrol public lands within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders, according to proposed legislation in the House. No current plans exist to build such infrastructure, but a border-long environmental assessment is being completed to expedite such plans if needed in the future.
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