Federal study says copper-nickel mining poses risks to BWCA

Steve Karnowski of the AP writes: “The US Forest Service released a draft environmental assessment Thursday to lay the groundwork for a proposed 20-year moratorium on copper-nickel mining upstream of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Formally, the proposal would “withdraw” from new mineral leasing for 20 years, approximately 352 square miles within the Rainy River watershed in the Superior National Forest surrounding the city of Ely. The plan threatens to destroy the proposed Twin Metals mine at Birch Lake, which flows into a river that flows into the boundary waters† But it wouldn’t affect a separate project, the proposed PolyMet mine at Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes, which is in a different watershed.”

In the Star Tribune, Faiza Mahamud reports:Minneapolis officials have asked a district court to issue an injunction halting an injunction — preventing them from implementing the city’s 2040 plan — from taking effect as the appeal is pending† Last week, a Hennepin County district judge ruled in favor of groups claiming the city’s multi-year plan to phase out single-family homes would pose an environmental threat. Judge Joseph Klein issued an injunction prohibiting the city from executing the plan until it meets certain requirements set forth in the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act (MERA) or “takes precedence in setting up an affirmative defense.”

MPR’s Dan Kraker says: “The state’s gray wolf population is ‘resilient and robust’ and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to keep it that waytThat’s the gist of a new 50-page draft report on wolf management released by the agency Thursday, which sets out a blueprint for the DNR to follow over the next 10 years to both strengthen wolf conservation and conflict between humans and the environment. predator of Northwoods to a minimum.

In the Star Tribune, Erin Adler and Ryan Faircloth write:Republican nominee for Governor Scott Jensen on Thursday unveiled a sweeping plan to fight inflation, including abolishing Minnesota’s income tax and cutting government spending.† Speaking at a news conference at the state capitol, Jensen said he wants Minnesota to phase out its personal income tax and join neighboring South Dakota and eight other states with no state taxes. Minnesota’s individual income tax is the state’s largest source of income, with an estimated $30 billion over two years. … Chaska’s primary care physician and former state senator said he would pay for the plan through budget cuts and economic growth, but offered few details.”

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Speaking to Politico, Elena Schneider said: “The DNC’s Rules Committee listened to presentations from 17 states at a three-day meeting — South Carolina will present on Friday — as members consider how to rearrange early states to better reflect the party’s racial diversity. The pitches clarified the dynamics at play as the rules committee prepares a final recommendation for the set of early states in August ahead of a full DNC vote in September. Iowa and New Hampshire were on the defensive, while Nevada is looking to jump to number one on the calendar. Michigan and Minnesota are trying to take over the Midwestern lock.

Also in the Star Tribune: “Chet Holmgren, who spent a college season with Gonzaga after a standout high school career at Minnehaha Academy, was runner-up in the 2022 NBA draft in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday night.† The 7-foot center, whose all-round game includes deadly three-point shooting and point guard level ball handling, was chosen by the Oklahoma City Thunder one pick after Orlando Magic Duke freshman forward Paolo Banchero made the No. 1 overall pick. Holmgren is the highest drafted Minnesotan in NBA history; Kevin McHale of Hibbing, a Gophers forward, was number three in 1980.

A WCCO-TV story says:Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been transferred to an undisclosed facility ahead of his scheduled release date on Monday., WCCO has learned. Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after fatally shooting Justine Ruszczyk Damond in a south Minneapolis alleyway in 2017. Noor was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison in 2019, but the Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed his murder conviction last year. He was again sentenced for manslaughter to 57 months.”

On KMSP-TV, Courtney Godfrey says: “He was barely” 16 years old and at home in the middle of a pandemic when Caden Fritz decided to start his own construction company† Two years later, he built a successful company with a growing reputation in the metro. “I started high-pressure washing thinking I’d make a few hundred dollars, and it just got bigger and bigger,” Fritz said. Recently graduated Edina High School managed to build his business while also completing his high school diploma and playing on the varsity lacrosse and hockey teams.”

Chris Hine from the Strib says: “The Timberwolves started draft night with one first-round pick. They ended up with two† President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly went down and up in the draft Thursday, swinging four separate deals while making his first draft with the Wolves an eventful one. When the Wolves came in at number 19 overall on the clock, they treated the Grizzlies to go back and take Memphis’ 22nd and 29th picks; but they weren’t ready. The Wolves held the first of those picks and selected Auburn center Walker Kessler at number 22, but before they could pick at number 29, Connelly struck a deal with Houston for number 26 and selected Duke’s Wendell Moore. The Wolves traded number 19 after selecting Wake Forest forward Jake LaRavia for the Grizzlies and also sent a runoff for 2023 as part of the deal.

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