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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Citizens in northeastern Minnesota plan to file a petition today objecting to the state’s plans to auction off more metallic minerals exploration leases.
The Associated Press reports the petitioners say the potential for new prospecting and mining could have a significant impact on the environment. Included in the leases is an area about two miles west of Tettegouche State Park in Lake County.
A copy of the petition provided to The Associated Press asks for the Department of Natural Resources to prepare an environmental assessment worksheet before awarding the leases. The petition says the leases could affect trout streams and other sensitive natural resources, drinking water wells, popular recreational trails and property values. More than 140 people have signed.
The DNR announced plans to auction the mineral rights to 64,000 acres earlier this month amid growing interest in the large untapped reserves of copper, nickel and precious metals under northern Minnesota. In addition to the Lake County area, the affected lands are in St. Louis County, in and near the city of Hoyt Lakes and in a rural area of eastern Aitkin County.
Matt Tyler, a self-employed logging contractor from Finland organized the petition. He says, “There are quite a few folks who were not happy to hear this was coming down. What it comes down to is communities should be consulted about these things. The state shouldn’t set things out by decree.”
The DNR plans to open the new bids Oct. 24. The Executive Council could consider them as early as its next scheduled meeting Dec. 6.
The US Forest Service reported Monday evening that during the day, they had a Beaver fly over several fires on the Tofte and Gunflint Districts.
Mark Lawler from the USFS said the Emerald Lake Fire on the Ontario side of the border in Quetico is still showing several smokes but no new activity today and still no fire on the American side.
There was no smoke detected on the Mora Lake Fire, Lawler said, and none from the Polly Lake or Jock Mock Point Fire on the Brule. .
"This is very good news considering the higher winds we are experiencing today. The forecast calls for diminishing winds tonight," Lawler said. .
Join the Superior Hiking Trail Association for a great hike in the Arrowhead this month, beginning at 10 a.m., rain or shine.
On Sept. 29, hikers should meet at the Caribou Trail parking lot for a 6.4-mile climb and descent from Lutsen to the Caribou Trail. Good fall colors should add to the outdoor experience.
Note that the meeting place is the end point of the hike, and there is a group car shuttle to the starting point. For more information call (218) 834-2700.
The Cook County ATV Club invites members and friends to join them for the club’s annual Fall Color Ride on Saturday, September 29. Meet at the Trestle Inn, 9459 County Road 7, Finland at 11 a.m.
This beautiful fall color ride will last 3 - 4 hours depending on conditions. Bring beverage of choice and snacks. The ride will be postponed if it’s a steady rain day, but organizers say there is no postponement for cold weather – just dress warmer!
Riders will head back to the Trestle Inn for supper. Arrival at the Trestle Inn should be around 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Whether you ride or not, you are invited to join the club for dinner at the historic Trestle Inn.
For more information about the Cook County ATV Club, visit www.ATV.rideupnorth.com.
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