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The proposed changes could make it easier for some Iron Range mining operations to meet their water pollution discharge regulations, but it will depend on the chemical nature of the lake or river that they release pollution into. "For some facilities that discharge sulfate, it could be that they don't have to make any changes in their discharge" because the waters they discharge into are not as sensitive to creating sulfides, said Shannon Lotthammer, who directs the environmental analysis and outcomes division at the PCA. Facilities upstream of more sensitive wild-rice waters with high sulfides may be required to reduce their sulfate discharge, Lotthammer said. <
Every spring as the snow melts, every summer after heavy rains, the Nemadji River spews red clay and other muck into Lake Superior. In fact, it's the worst offender among all streams in the region. The plume of muck into Lake Superior was so bad after the June 2012 flood, it could be clearly seen in photos taken from space.
Orange Asian lady beetles, the little buggers who have replaced ladybugs across much of the landscape, are making their annual trek from the outdoors to indoors, and the infestation seems worse than ever to many Northlanders. "We've had them before, but never this bad. It's been pretty nasty," said Dan Woodhull of South Range, who had hundreds of the beetles in his house in recent days. Reports of beetle outbreaks are coming in from across the region.
Forest tent caterpillar numbers crashed in 2014, a year they should have multiplied, surprising forest pest experts but leaving residents and visitors of northern forests grateful and their trees intact. Even better news is that the number of leaf-eating north woods caterpillars likely will be down again this year just when it was expected they would peak.
Light snow continued to fall in Duluth this afternoon on top of 8 to 16 inches reported across the city overnight and this morning -- and there's more to come Wednesday across most of the Northland. As much as 26 inches had fallen just north of Two Harbors by 8 p.m.
Enbridge Energy officials said today that they want to drop part of a proposed new pipeline route in Carlton County that had farmers and rural residents upset. Company officials said they will ask the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to consider a revised route for about 1.5 miles of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline that would have crossed undisturbed farm and woods in Carlton County. Enbridge wants the PUC to consider a new alignment that will follow existing pipelines and then follow electric and gas-utility corridors for that portion of the pipeline. The news came after the Carlton
A 62-year-old Cloquet man was killed Wednesday evening at an Interstate 35 rest area in Carlton County. A 55-year-old rural Duluth man arrested after the 25-mile-long high-speed chase is in the Carlton County jail. The Carlton County Attorney's office said he's expected to be charged Friday morning. State Patrol officials said they were first called to the Culkin Rest Area off northbound I-35 about 5:30 p.m. on reports that a 2004 Ford pickup struck a man who was walking at the rest stop.
Record April snow, an unusually warm string of days, thunderstorms and now the possibility of snow in May are all contributing to Northland rivers spilling over their banks, some of them flooding roads. No major flooding was occurring or expected in the Northland, but the National Weather Service has posted advisories for small streams across the region, and several roads have been closed.
The St. Louis River at Scanlon is expected to rise to near the level that it causes problems for a couple of businesses along the river, the National Weather Service said this morning. A flood warning has been issued through Thursday night for the river, which was at 9.9 feet this morning, to reach 10.5 feet or higher, which is the flood stage for low-lying areas. This morning, law enforcement reported water over the road at the intersection of Lakewood and Pioneer roads near the French River, north and east of Duluth. The road has been closed.
Convertibles will have their tops down, motorcycles will be plying the highways and we should see our first shorts and T-shirts of the season this weekend when highs under mostly sunny skies are expected to rise to near 60 degrees in Duluth for the first time since Oct. 16. But first, one more blast of winter. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. today through noon Tuesday for Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, the North Shore and all of Northwestern Wisconsin.