MN Denied In Attempt to Retake Essar Mineral Leases

MN Nature in St Paul, MN, just learned federal bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon rejected the state of Minnesota’s effort to rescind state mineral leases under the former Essar Steel Minnesota project in Nashwauk today. —Story at Duluth News —More on the plant —More on Essar

MN Iron Range Bedrock May Contain Gold

According to a new report just out “Tests indicate Minnesota Iron Range bedrock could contain gold” . . . Tests conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources indicate there could be gold in bedrock . . . independent tests are ongoing by groups such as local Vermillion Gold. FULL STORY . . .http://crookstontimes.com/article/20160128/NEWS/160129519

MN’s 10-year Conservation Plan

Moose, invasive species, prairie birds, tourism, mining, and timber sales all make the list. For the complete read, click HERE. To explore specific goals by subtopic, see HERE.   Recap of four key areas of focus: 1. Conservation: “The cumulative effects of land use change, invasive species spread, pollution and a changing climate are combining […]

DNR halts clear-cutting of northern MN forests

A Fargo-based potato grower prominent in northern Minnesota has requested to clear-cut some 27,000 acres of forestland. DNR commissioner not convinced that is in the best interest of state. “Altogether, the forest lands that have been cleared, or are at risk of being cleared, cover a total area of about 42 square miles,” which is […]

Latest on Enbridge’s Sandpiper Line

There are many environmental concerns with the Sandpiper project but a new one involving endangered species is in the news today. The story is HERE Info. on MN Bats and particularly the plight of white-nose syndrome in the northern long-eared bat HERE