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The Ominous Environmental Bill

Posted by & filed under Legislature, Loon Commons blog.

I know, let’s sell Split Rock Lighthouse State Park! Think how much tax income we could secure if it was private condos along those six miles of shoreline! All those pesky citizens around Ely and Isabella, asking the state’s executive council to protect their private property from mineral leases underneath? Let’s cut them off. And,… Read more »

Clean your boats: Minnesotans get it, why doesn’t the EPA?

Posted by & filed under Great Lakes, Loon Commons blog, Transit and Transportation, Water.

“Pick It or Ticket.” That’s a tortured line of poetry, but it sums up the message the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sending to Minnesota boaters. When you trailer your boat from one lake to another, you have to clean it thoroughly. Otherwise, you could be transporting aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels or… Read more »

Bonding: For herring, not for hugging

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, Parks and Trails, State Budget.

This session of the Minnesota Legislature is supposed to be about bonding. By bonding, I don’t mean the “Hug a Ranger” campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the Iron Range. Bonding in this session means the Bonding Bill, a collection of perhaps up to one billion dollars in capital projects that have been… Read more »

Clean water or jobs? Both, but only with strong regulation

Posted by & filed under Sulfide mining, Water.

Ely, Minnesota has been an environmental battlefield for decades. Ely was founded as an iron mining town, and a century later, conflicts today focus on mining. The conflict came to a head last month at a meeting of the St. Louis County board of commissioners in Ely. Commissioners were hearing testimony about a proposed resolution… Read more »

Mixed blessings from super ships

Posted by & filed under Great Lakes, Water.

On my walk to work, I cross Duluth’s iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. During the shipping season, my commute can be seriously disrupted by traffic…shipping traffic that is. The span of the bridge is nearly as long as a city block, and when a boat comes off of Lake Superior, the entire span raises up about… Read more »