Superior National Forest

Federal judge lifts hold on lawsuits against PolyMet mine

PolyMet completed swapping 6,650 acres of federal land in the Superior National Forest for a similar amount of private land last June. (U.S. Forest Service)MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minnesota has lifted a hold that had been placed on four lawsuits challenging the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The decision by U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen doesn’t…

PolyMet land swap amendment clears Senate

Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land or land permanently protected by conservation easements may apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife. (U.S. Forest Service)MINNEAPOLIS — A bill containing a provision from Sen. Tina Smith to complete a land exchange…

Hunting deer – and spotting an American marten [video]

While participating in Minnesota’s gun deer season outside of Ely in the Superior National Forest, Wisconsin Outdoor News columnist Patrick Durkin made a relatively rare observation for most deer hunters – an American marten on the hunt. Durkin was able to get a bit of video on the little predator on a cold early November day. For more on Durkin’s Minnesota deer…