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The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday, Aug. 5, ruled against environmental groups seeking to hold up a mining project in northeast Minnesota that the environmentalists say could pollute Lake Superior. The ruling upheld the state’s non-ferrous mining rules, which were challenged after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources granted PolyMet a permit to mine for the company's proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes — the first mine of its kind to be permitted in Minnesota.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission again on Tuesday, March 26, stood by its decisions to permit Enbridge’s contentious Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. In late June, the Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted in favor of granting the project a certificate of need, but requested Enbridge make additional compliance filings, or modifications, to its plan while also requiring the company to pledge $100 million for economic opportunities to tribal members and businesses.
BISMARCK -- Rep. Marvin Nelson got a face full of glass but no broken bones after his van struck a moose on Friday night, Feb. 15. The Democrat from Rolla picked up his granddaughters in Jamestown and was heading home when he spotted a moose in the ditch south of Rocklake in northern North Dakota. A moment after Nelson safely passed the moose and was feeling relieved, he encountered a second moose in the middle of Highway 281. “There was a big one standing right there with no place to go,” Nelson recalled Monday from his desk in the House chambers.