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In A Reversal, McFadden Appears To Agree To Use U.S. Steel For Keystone Pipeline

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden may have shifted his position on the Keystone pipeline after taking heat from Minnesota labor groups. Last week he told The UpTake it would be OK to use cheaper chinese steel to build the yet-to-be-approved Keystone pipeline. Continue Reading →

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REPLAY: Hearing On “Financial Assurance” Question For PolyMet Mining Proposal

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REPLAY: A Minnesota House committee heard testimony Tuesday from environmental activists, mining advocates and other stakeholders on the controversial copper-nickel mining proposal for northern Minnesota that is being advanced by PolyMet Mining Corporation. Continue Reading →

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Protect “Manoomin” Wild Rice from Sulfates, say Native Americans

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A group of Anishinaabeg and non-Native peoples gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday to protest proposed legislative changes that would remove the protection of “Manoomin,” or Minnesota wild rice from harmful sulfates. Native peoples consider Manoomin a spiritual food. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Battles in Egypt, Budgets in MN

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Follow The UpTake today and this week as we broadcast news of budget battles here in Minnesota and the battle for democracy on the streets of Egypt. As we have all month, we’ll continue to provide livestreams of legislative turf wars between the Republican-controlled State House and Senate, and Governor Dayton’s office. Continue Reading →

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EPA’s Ken Westlake Explains Very Negative Environmental Rating For Polymet Mine Project

One more Polymet mine witness–Ken Westlake from the EPA. By Craig Stellmacher

Did 12 hours of Senate Environmental Committee Hearing help progress in the Polymet Mine Project?  If you’re a booster–this progress must seem glacial.  This plan was studied for years with $20 million dollars, while out of work miners, and businesses on the Iron Range agonize over the beaurocracy and lawmakers that question the project.  At the start of the hearings, Senator Jim Carlson’s financial assurance bill requiring mining companies to pay for any environmental cleanup from the mines was before the Senate last week. Continue Reading →

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