DNR finds gold in Iron Range state forest

We’re gonna be rich! For the Forum News Service, John Myers writes, “The DNR reported significant gold findings on state forest land across an area from Cook to near Babbitt, along the historic Vermilion Iron Range. … The DNR didn’t find the mother lode — at least not that they’re saying — but found lots of gold “grains” across the area, including several hot spots with so-called ‘pristine’ deposits. By far the highest concentrations were found on state land south of Soudan and north of Embarrass. … Before you dig out your shovel and pick, however, know that the vast majority of the gold grains were less than 100 microns, barely visible to the naked eye.”

Lake Calhoun to remain Lake Calhoun. MPR’s Riham Feshir reports: “The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board denied a proposal Wednesday to drape Lake Calhoun signs with black cloth on the anniversary of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. … The board denied Commissioner Brad Bourn’s request to add a resolution to the meeting’s agenda. The resolution also requested support to rename the lake.”

The artist formerly available on Spotify. “Prince, the mercurial artist best known for his ’80s-era hits, will not stream 4 u,” Variety’s Todd Spangler reports. “The artist, among the industry’s top-selling acts, is removing his music catalog from ‘all streaming services,’ according to Spotify in a notice that appeared Wednesday on Prince’s page on the service. … Prince’s music also has been pulled Rdio and is unavailable on Apple Music, which launched earlier this week.”

On Indpendence Day weekend, St. Paul joins the growing Sunday beer freedom movement. MPR’s Jon Collins reports: “Taprooms in St. Paul will be able to sell their beer in growlers on Sundays starting on July 5. The Legislature voted earlier this year to let taprooms sell the 64-ounce jugs of beer even though liquor stores aren’t allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. … At least five taprooms in the city plan to be open for the first Sunday of sales. Burning Brothers Brewing’s taproom manager Hannah Hautman is hoping that sometimes slow Sunday business will pick up due to the Sunday growler sales.”

In other news…

Your daily Walker: “Scott Walker’s Hard Right Turn in Iowa May Hurt Him Elsewhere” [New York Times]

Cargill chops its pork division. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Ever wanted to dig through Twins Manager Paul Molitor’s high school yearbook? Well, here you go. [Pioneer Press]

Congrats to Minnesota teachers Leif Carlson and Peter Bohacek! They received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. [Star Tribune]

Sally Jo Sorensen rounds up selected Minnesota Republican politicians’ social-media reactions to the Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decision. [Bluestem Prairie]

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