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Final EPA pollution regs affect Nortshore Mining in Silver Bay

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 5:08am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made public the final regulations aimed at cutting pollution from taconite plants that causes haze over northern Minnesota wild areas.

Included in the regulations is the Northshore Mining Co. operation in Silver Bay.

The regulations come after months of delay and will force some taconite operations to add expensive new pollution control equipment to curb nitrogen oxides, or NOx, and sulfur dioxides, SO2.

According to a Duluth News Tribune report Thursday morning, environmental and public-health groups, and now the EPA, say that pollution causes haze over pristine areas like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Isle Royale and Voyageurs national parks. The groups and the EPA say it also can cause lung ailments in people.

The plan “will reduce pollutants that are harmful to people’s health and impair visibility in national parks and wilderness areas,” the EPA said in announcing the final rule. The agency said the pollution controls are expected to reduce NOx emissions by about 22,000 tons per year and SO2 emissions by about 2,000 tons per year.

The News Tribune reports the rules affect all six taconite operations in Minnesota as well as the lone taconite operation on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. New plants also would be expected to meet the standards. Many coal-fired power plants already have been required to make similar upgrades.

The federal government stepped in after regulators concluded that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency didn’t go far enough to limit haze from taconite plants. The state in April essentially said the industry was doing all it could within reason to control haze pollution.

Amy & Adams perform at O'Phelan's Pub at Cascade Lodge Friday, Jan. 18

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 11:49pm

Amy & Adams of St. Paul will be performing at O'Phelan's Pub at Cascade Lodge on Friday, Jan. 18 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Amy & Adams share their inspiring upbeat music with folks in the Midwest and beyond, and for nearly two decades they’ve touched audiences of all ages at schools, churches, libraries, city parks, art fairs, weddings, wineries, radio, television, and especially elder care facilities.
Amy and Mark Adams-Westin found each other in the Twin Cities after decades of playing in their own worlds. They’ve produced five well-received CDs that have garnered national and international airplay; they cover a musical territory far wider than folk which they’ve dubbed Eclectic/FolkRock/ TinPanAlley/BluesGrass.
Their newest CD, Gone…aloft may be heard at

North Shore Visitation Center offers safe place for parents and children

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 1:02pm

 The North Shore Visitation Center provides a safe place for families who need supervised visits among parents and children. Annie DeBevec (D Beh vic) and Lucy Perpich talked with WTIP's DayBreak host Roger Linehan about who the program is for, how it works and the change in leadership from Annie to Lucy.

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Soo Locks are closed for season

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 1:02pm
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DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District reports that the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are closed for the winter season.

The season’s final vessel was the the 767-foot Cason J. Callaway . The Callaway entered the Poe Lock and out of Lake Superior just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, downbound with 25,000 net tons of taconite pellets.

During the 2012 navigation season, 4,086 cargo vessels passed through the Soo Locks carrying about 75 million tons of iron ore, coal, grain and other commodities. In addition to cargo vessels, a total of 3,278 tour boats, private boats and other recreational vessels used the locks this past year.

The Corps has operated and maintained the locks as part of its navigation mission since 1881 and will use the downtime to perform critical winter maintenance on the lock structures. 

"The Soo Locks is the linchpin of the Great Lakes Navigation System, and it is vitally important that we keep this infrastructure in good working order," said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, district engineer. "This time of year, our dedicated and hard-working staff at the Soo Area Office perform important maintenance and repair work under strict time constraints to prepare the locks for the next shipping season. The district puts a high priority on this work to keep the locks functioning safely and reliably for the benefit of our nation."

District personnel will perform a 5-year periodic inspection of the MacArthur Lock, while work crews repair watertight doors and miter gates, and install a new air bubbler ice suppression system on the MacArthur Lock gates. Concrete upgrades and installation of gate fenders are also planned in the MacArthur Lock. Piping will be installed in the Poe Lock for a new hydraulic system to operate the gates, booms and valves. Once winter maintenance is complete, the locks will reopen in March.

Dan Swalm seeks amends for Grandmother whose US citizenship was taken

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 11:32am

Back in 1907, the US Congress passed the Expatriation Act. That act had some nasty consequences including "denationalizing" American women who were naturally born citizens, but who married men who immigrated to the country.

One of the women who lost her citizenship was the grandmother of Dan Swalm of Minneapolis. He recently discovered that she died as a "woman without a country" and he's setting out to do something about that.

In an interview with WTIP DayBreak Host Roger Linehan, Dan explained what happened to his grandmother how  he is working on getting the US to make amends.

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Cook County boys take basketball win at Cromwell

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 6:04am

The Cook County boys’ basketball team is the only North Shore team to win in Tuesday night action. .

The Vikings traveled to Cromwell where they took a 62-43 win on the Cardinals’ court. The Viking girls dropped a 60-55 decision to Cromwell.

And, Silver Bay dropped two basketball games at home with North Woods. The Grizzlies beat the Mariner boys 81 -46. In the girls’ game, North Woods stopped Silver Bay 82-23

In boys’ hockey, it took an overtime for Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl to take a 5-4 win over the North Shore Storm. The Storm is made up of skaters from Cook and Lake counties.

The Viking boys upped their record to 7-2 for the season with the win at Cromwell. The Vikings led 30-18 after the first half and outscored Cromwell 32 to 25 in the second for the win.

Cook County had double-figure performances from Kale Boomer with 18, Colin Everson with 14 and Lars Scannell with 12. Boomer had two three pointers while Scannell and Everson had one each.

Other Viking scoring came from Jonny Jacobsen with six, Trevor Deschampe with four and Jamie Wick with 3, on a three-point basket. Justin Goldstein and Peter Warren rounded off the points for Cook County with two each.

Jared Hutar led the Cardinals with 12.

The Viking girls didn’t fare as well, losing a close one, 60-55 to Cromwell. The loss dropped the girls to 5-9 for the season. Cook County dropped behind 31-24 after the first half before outscoring the Cardinals 31-27 in the second to almost catch up.

Breana Peterson led Cook County and all scorers with 22 points including three, three-pointers. Theresa Morrin scored 16 while Lily Gruber-Schuluz had nine. Rounding out the Viknig scoring were Kaitlynn Linnell with five and Leah Utities  with three. Utities’ points came on a three-pointer.