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Forest Service speeds up environmental review for mine near Boundary Waters

Yeah, not the kind of thing you want to take your time with. The Washington Post’s Dino Grandoni reports: “The Trump administration has decided to shorten an environmental review aimed at determining how preventing mining on 230,000 acres of public land in Minnesota would affect a nearby region of pristine lakes that is popular with caneoers. … The move, detailed in documents obtained by myself and Juliet Eilperin for The Washington Post, could give the public a smaller voice in reviewing an Obama-era ruling blocking mining in a swath of forest near Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a glacially carved region west of Lake Superior that is speckled with lakes.”

We’re gonna need a bigger … magnet. The Rochester Post Bulletin’s Anne Halliwell reports: “Mayo Clinic is now the proud owner of the only 7-Tesla MRI scanner earmarked for clinical use. … Most MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machines are either 1.5-Tesla or 3-Tesla scanners, said Kimberly Amrami, a musculoskeletal radiologist at Mayo. … The new machine, called a MAGNETOM Terra, has more than two times the magnetic field strength of any other clinical MRI scanner in North America (though there are some 7-Teslas used for research purposes) — and it cost two to three times as much as any other machine at Mayo as well, Amrami said. Mayo did not disclose a price for the scanner.”

Klobuchar’s guest to the State of the Union (which is Tuesday, by the way). The West Central Tribune’s Shelby Lindrud report: “When President Donald Trump gives his first State of the Union address Jan. 30 in the United States Capitol, Shelly Elkington of Montevideo will be in the gallery as a guest of Sen. Amy Klobuchar. … ‘I must say I was speechless after the invite,’ Elkington said, adding Klobuchar's staff was grateful she accepted. … The two have been working together for the past two years to increase awareness about the ongoing opioid addiction crisis gripping the country, along with finding ways to help stop it.”

It’s slow going downtown. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow reports: “Eight blocks, 45 minutes. That's how long it took some buses to make their way along Marquette Avenue during the peak of Wednesday's evening rush hour in downtown Minneapolis. … At 5 p.m., buses inched their way along the busy corridor prompting some to wonder if that will become the normal commute as Super Bowl festivities get under way. … Officially events don't start until Friday, but bus riders are being warned to prepare for delays and adjust their travel plans accordingly.”

In other news…

Sounds like a gouda cause:Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a 2nd chance” [Star Tribune]

Great service journalism:Unlimited budget? Here’s how high rollers should spend Super Bowl week” [Pioneer Press]

That’s not a very nice thing to say about our Super Bowl guests:World’s clowns to converge on Twin Cities for the 'Olympics' of clowning” [City Pages]

The Guthrie’s Endless Bridge makes the list:12 Times When Architects Defied Gravity with Incredible Cantilevers Photos” [Architectural Digest]

The horror:'A new reality': West Coast marijuana operations shipping more down I-94 corridor” [Fargo Forum]

Turning things around:Legal problems behind him, ex-Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson takes college job” [Pioneer Press]

RIP:Former Park Board Commissioner Annie Young dies” [Southwest Journal]

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Comments (5)

Klob's S of U Guest

Hopefully in 2019 Sen. Klobs will bring a different guest: the surgeon who gives her a spinal transplant later this spring.

We can hope.

Mayo MRI

Aside from its size, what's the added function it offers? And, I guess, how will it be paid for? This brief note hungers for more information.
Bill

More info

These are "gleans" inside the story along with links to the article. It takes some work on your part to get more information, just click on the link.

Limit of three

The Rochester Post Bulletin has a limit of three articles. You might consider the possibility that Mr. Davnie may have already reached that limit. It's presumptuous for anyone to assume otherwise.

Interesting: that MinnPost

Interesting: that MinnPost would choose to "glean" from the Washington Post, rather than any Minnesota publication, news about how the Trump administration is treating the potentially-catastrophic initiation of copper mining near the Boundary Waters.

Trump pro-business, anti-environmental, anti-regulation administrators are not making the environmental review shorter, they are grossly weakening that review (the level is down several notches in seriousness).

And, the emphasis in the WaPo and MinnPost turns out to be skewed, as if any review's attention would be on the effects on tourism of denying mining, rather than the effects on Minnesota's land and water, for hundreds of years, of permitting it.

And, this isn't just "mining" we're talking about, as if it were some continuation of the iron-ore mining of many decades. It's a very destructive, never-proved safe copper mining.Absolutely new to Minnesota.

This is really sloppy and biased, MinnPost.