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WASCOTT, Wis. — Dave Sanda threw his state-issued pickup into park and jumped out, striding quickly down to the water's edge at the small boat landing on Leader Lake. "How's it going out there?'' Sanda yelled to four anglers casting from a boat on a mirror-calm morning. I hadn't even seen the boat from the truck. But Sanda saw the situation as another chance to make contact with the public, another chance to educate a boatload of outdoorspeople, none of whom were wearing life jackets.
DULUTH—Alex Comstock pulled back on his bow, steadied his aim and let fly an arrow across a steep gully. The 57-yard shot was perfect, nailing the 6 x 6 bull elk right in the sweet spot. And it was the second bug bull he shot in 10 minutes. Of course, Comstock was shooting at foam targets and not the real thing — testing out a couple of the 80 different outdoor 3D archery targets available at Mont du Lac Resort July 27-29 as part of the second annual Bowest event.
Nearly nine in 10 region residents support paying to protect and restore the Great Lakes, according to results of a poll released Tuesday by the International Joint Commission.
DULUTH — The 1970s was a heady time for environmentalists in Minnesota and across the country. After decades of industrial exploitation of natural resources — air, water, land, wildlife and forests — environmentalists won a string of victories that seemed to stem the tide of destruction as Americans woke up to the consequences of unrestricted pollution.
OULU, Wis. — David Lindelof stopped his Buick along Highway B in Bayfield County and watched a bluebird perched on top of a wooden nesting house, just as a ray of sunshine poked through the clouds. "It's a bluebird morning for sure now,'' Lindelof said as he watched the scene through binoculars.
DULUTH — If you're hoping for a campsite at Gooseberry Falls State Park over Memorial Day weekend, you're probably out of luck. Same for Jay Cooke, Split Rock, Tettegouche and most of the region's other most popular state park campgrounds — they're 100 percent booked for the three-day, unofficial opening of the summer camping season. But if you're willing to drive a little and maybe try some new locations, there are still available campsites in the state park system for the upcoming long weekend.
MINNEAPOLIS—We've known for years that tiny bits of plastic, called microplastics, have become ubiquitous in the oceans and across the Great Lakes. We've also known that so many of these tiny plastic particles are floating around that they are ending up inside fish. Another recent study found plastic particles in many popular brands of supposedly filtered and purified bottled water drawn from multiple sources, including wells and springs.
GRAND RAPIDS, MInn. — Rick Horton of Grand Rapids was just back from a spring turkey when he noticed the ticks, about a dozen of them, dug into his skin. "They were several on my back, between my shoulder blades. And several in places I can't mention," said Horton, who spent three days crawling around in Kansas prairie grass to shoot a tom turkey. "I was camping out. No shower. I was literally crawling on top of ticks for three days. And I didn't do anything to prevent it."
SUPERIOR, Wis. — At the height of the Husky Energy oil refinery fire Thursday, April 26, as a massive plume of smoke billowed into the sky for miles, Superior Mayor Jim Paine was asked by reporters if the air was safe for people. Yes, the mayor said, later repeating his claim. While Paine may have been right that the air at his location upwind of the fire was safe, multiple experts say the black plume of smoke from the refinery fire was almost certainly full of toxic fumes and carcinogens.
A series of explosions and fires rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior Thursday, sending a black plume of acrid smoke across the city, forcing massive evacuations and sending several people to local hospitals.