Smoke from Canadian wildfires breaks air quality records

Just after last week’s heavy smoke from Canadian wildfires, more smoke came into the area this week behind northerly winds. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s air quality monitor in Red Lake recorded an index of 397 last Tuesday, a then-preliminary record with an “extremely unhealthy” air quality. Air quality monitors in St. Cloud and Brainerd…


More counties added to burning restriction list

Clearwater and Mahnomen counties are joining a large swath of the state in strict burning restrictions. Effective as of 12:01 a.m. today, areas within state jurisdiction in Aitkin, Becker, Benton, Carlton, Clearwater, Mahnomen and Stearns counties are included in burning restrictions already in place for the eastern portion of Roseau County and all of Beltrami,…


Judge grants “water protectors” restraining order against Hubbard County ahead of weekend of demonstrations

Opponents of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline say a judge has granted a temporary restraining order. The judge has ordered Hubbard County law enforcement to cease blockading a protesters’ encampment, the Namewag Camp, and to stop issuing citations. It came on another day of protests Friday that prompted officials to close an eight-mile stretch of Highway…


MPCA issues statement on drilling fluid releases

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says there is misinformation spreading about drilling fluid releases at Enbridge construction sites. According to a social media announcement, there have been inadvertent releases of drilling fluid, described as mud, at nine different Line 3 sites. The drilling fluid is for the horizontal directional drill used to install pipe under…

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