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Mercury levels mostly down in Great Lakes

A newly released report says mercury levels in the Great Lakes region generally have dropped over the past four decades, although concentrations in some fish and bird species have increased more recen

Amy and Dave in their winter mode

North American Odyssey nearly over

On Earth Day, April 22, 2010, Cook County’s Dave and Amy Freeman of the Wilderness Classroom Organization began an 11,000 mile expedition, traveling across North America by kayak, canoe, and dog


Cool, wet weather helps in fight of Pagami Creek Fire

Firefighters in northern Minnesota continue to battle a wildfire that started in August in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and continues to burn over nearly 145 square miles.

Working on the Pagami Creek Fire

Pagami Creek Fire Update -Saturday, Oct. 8

The Pagami Creek Fire remains at 92,682 acres and is 71% contained. Aircraft were able to keep the fire’s forward progress in check on Friday.

No campfires

Campfire restrictions in the Northeast are back in force

Fire danger across Minnesota currently ranges from high to extreme.  This means that wildfires can easily start and spread quickly.

Gov. Mark Dayton

State leaders delay decision on mineral leases

Minnesota officials Wednesday unexpectedly postponed prospecting for copper and other minerals on private lands near Ely, giving cabin owners and local residents six months to try to change state law

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Copper exploration near Ely to be appealed

Private property owners from the Ely area will make a final appeal today to the state's top leaders to stop exploration for copper on their land, which lies in a part of the state cherished for its cl

Wolf in the wild

Federal wolf trapping funds to continue

The federally funded wolf-trapping effort in Minnesota that ran out of money and shut down Friday could be running again within days after the U.S.

At Temperance River State Park

Special deer hunts are scheduled for some area state parks

Numerous special deer hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall.

Pagami Fire closure map

Pagami fire containment continues as weather warms and winds increase

The Pagami Creek Fire remains at 92,600 acres and is 71% contained.