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Thousands of tree tops stolen in northern wilderness

2003
Nov 26, 2003

Minnesota DNR conservation officers are investigating a possible suspect in a tree top caper, that's devestated a state-owned black spruce plantation.  Officials say the tops of ten to twenty thousand spruce trees were lopped-off recently, in a remote area north of Nashwauk on the Iron Range.  It

Will ventures north again to fight global warming

2003
Nov 25, 2003

Polar explorer Will Steger is preparing a quest across Northern Canada - a six month sled dog adventure that will bring the arctic into thousands of classrooms. Steger hasn't led a sled dog journey in five years, but says he came out of retirement concerned about global warming.

If Energy Bill continues to stall, Minnesota programs could suffer

2003
Nov 24, 2003

A stalled federal energy bill is causing major headaches for Minnesota's wind energy industry. The legislation extends a tax credit for wind production. Without the credit some wind projects in the state could be in jeopardy.

Aid for Excelsior

2003
Nov 21, 2003

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on the federal energy bill. The bill would provide money to help build a new power plant in northern Minnesota. The plant would convert coal into gas to make electricity. Burning gas is much cleaner than burning coal.

Columbia Heights has a deer problem

2003
Nov 19, 2003

Columbia Heights is trying to figure out what to do about the approximately 45 deer that have made themselves at home in the Twin Cities suburb. The herd resides on a 76-acre enclosed area owned by the Minneapolis Water Works.

Federal Energy Bill includes money for Iron Range power plant and ethanol

2003
Nov 14, 2003

An 800-million dollar loan package earmarked for an electrical power plant on Minnesota's Iron Range has survived in the Federal Energy Bill.  The loan package is one provision in a 17-hundred page bill that's expected to go before the U-S House and Senate next week.   The bill also includes supp

Koochiching County residents don't like new ATV law

2003
Nov 14, 2003

Some people in northern Minnesota are frustrated over a new law regulating all-terrain vehicles. The law says it's illegal to ride an ATV on certain types of wetlands. But in Koochiching County on the Canadian border, most of the land -- more than a million acres -- is wet.

October weather

2003
Oct 31, 2003

Preliminary Climate Summary for October.  It appears that mean October temperatures will range from 1 to 3 degrees F warmer than normal for most communities around the state.

Duluth schools in trouble if levy doesn't pass

2003
Oct 30, 2003

The Duluth Schools are in trouble. The district is short $6 million dollars for next school year. The district is asking voters to raise property taxes to help close the gap. But even if the tax increase wins at the polls, the district will face a $2 million shortfall. And Duluth is not alone.

In Wayzata they'll vote whether to save some of the Big Woods

2003
Oct 30, 2003

There's a tiny piece of the Big Woods still standing in Wayzata. Tuesday, voters in the western Twin Cities suburb next to Lake Minnetonka will decide its fate.

The fight to stop the pollution at Reserve Mining Company was an early chapter in the history of the environmental movement. It established the principle that the government can force industry to clean up its pollution

2003
Oct 29, 2003

 People visit Lake Superior to feel the power of nature or the peace of a quiet walk on the beach. But Lake Superior was once a battleground. The fight ultimately changed the way U.S. industry approaches the environment. Reserve Mining Company used to dump its waste rock into the lake.

Storm hitting Duluth

2003
Oct 28, 2003

A winter storm warning is in effect for the Northeastern part of Minnesota due to heavy snow and periodic freezing rain.  A small craft advisory is also in effect along the North and South shores of Lake Superior.  Craig Sanders is a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Duluth.  He say

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