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The move follows last week's initiation of a mineral withdrawal in the same watershed as the Boundary Waters.
The move bans new leases for at least two years and could lead to a 20-year mineral withdrawal. The move does not immediately target Twin Metals' existing leases.
Mike Forsman is retired U.S. Coast Guard, and is taking over after 17 years of leadership under Scott Dane.
A red flag warning was in effect Sunday afternoon for northeastern and much of north-central Minnesota, and Superior National Forest officials reported that conditions were "very windy and very dry."

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Fire managers have identified three fires with the potential to spread across the border, according to a news release from Superior National Forest officials.
The famed Boundary Waters advocate struggled to be known first as a great writer.
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When asked to present his argument for Donald Trump's reelection, Ely Mayor Chuck Novak introduced Forum News Service to former Vikings mascot Joe Juranitch, who says his blade-sharpening business has benefited from the president's policies.
The 34-year-old Indiana resident activated a satellite SOS device.
The LaTourell family has operated LaTourell’s Resort, LaTourell’s Moose Lake Outfitters and a motorized portage inside the Boundary Waters.

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In October 2018, the 29-year-old New Mexico resident took on the challenge of winter camping by himself in northern Minnesota. How he died there remains a mystery.
The rules, written in 1993, should be updated to ban mining in the same watershed as the BWCAW, Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters said.
With businesses closed and large events canceled, sharp decline in advertising revenue threatens the future of local journalism in Minnesota and across the country.

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