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DULUTH, Minn.—Scientists have been saying for years that Minnesota winters are getting warmer, but a new report from the nonprofit group Climate Central shows the region in the bull's-eye for climate change in the U.S. The report, released this week, found winters warming faster in the Great Lakes and Great Plains than anywhere else in the U.S., with winters in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and northern New England warming at an average rate of more than 1 degree per decade since 1970 — more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit total.
FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. — On a sunny, mid-August afternoon, Drew Erickson took a quick GPS reading and then bolted into the woods just off Moorehead Road, mosquitoes and swamps be damned. Erickson, of Grand Rapids, is part of a crew of four wildlife technicians hired by the University of Minnesota who bushwhacked in to survey more than 100 forest plots in Carlton and St. Louis counties this summer to see what food might be available for elk.
DULUTH — The future of golden-winged warblers in northern Minnesota forests, ringneck pheasants in farm country and sage grouse in the mountainous west are tied to the massive farm bill that's starting to wind through the Washington labyrinth, a coalition of wildlife and government agencies said Wednesday.
DULUTH — Scientists have been studying emerald ash borers since the Chinese insects started killing ash trees near Detroit 15 years ago. They've been following the imported insects' march east, then north and now west and watching the bugs kill nearly every ash tree in their path. But those were mostly green ash, with some white and blue ash, too — the kind of trees that once lined urban avenues, wooded parks and farm woodlots across much of the country.
DULUTH, Minn.—Many trees common in forests across the eastern U.S., including Minnesota and Wisconsin, won't be able to keep up with the current pace of climate change, according to a new study by the Woods Hole Research Center. The study echoes the findings of other, recent scientific research that shows some northern tree species simply won't adapt fast enough to climate change that scientists say already is occurring.
ODANAH, Wis. — The Bad River Tribal Council has taken formal action to kick the Enbridge Energy Line 5 pipeline off reservation land. The band government voted to not renew easement rights of way for the pipeline that runs from Superior east across Michigan. The band also called for the decommissioning and removal of the pipeline from all Bad River lands and the river's watershed.
CLEARBROOK, Minn. — Activists protesting the movement of tar-sands oil from Canada into the U.S. have apparently taken action today against five different pipelines, including an Enbridge Energy Line in northern Minnesota. Shannon Gustafson, a spokeswoman for Enbridge, said on Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, that a company valve station near Clearbrook had been damaged. Gustafson said it wasn't yet clear if the line had been shut down, if there was any oil spill or what the extent of the damage was.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Five St. Louis County commissioners have joined their counterparts in other northern Minnesota counties supporting construction of new and expanded oil pipelines across the region.
ST. PAUL -- Bernie Sanders hit on all the progressive high notes Tuesday during a two-stop mini-tour of Minnesota. The Vermont senator drew crowds of more than 6,000 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena in the afternoon, while more than 4,500 were diverted to overflow viewing on top of the 10,000 admitted to the St. Paul RiverCentre during the nightcap of his visit.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Four of the seven environmental activists charged with trespassing in the Duluth offices of Enbridge Energy last month while protesting proposed oil pipelines across northern Minnesota appeared in court Tuesday. The protesters refused to leave the oil pipeline company's offices at the downtown Tech Village building on Superior Street and were arrested, booked into jail and quickly released Nov. 2.