Eight Forest Service workers faced down death last year in BWCA fire
Star Tribune: “A dramatic new post-mortem on last summer’s Pagami Creek forest fire acknowledges that eight U.S. Forest Service employees feared for their lives when trapped by a surprise surge of the inferno and recommends several changes in fire-management tactics to prevent loss of life in the future.” Report highlights from the Duluth News Tribune: “Incoming information was incomplete; maps were based on that information; managers made decisions based on those maps, and field personnel didn’t know what the maps were showing,” the report notes in one analysis.
Obama comes to town
MPR News: “Unlike four years ago when Obama and his Republican opponent visited Minnesota frequently, it looks like the state may not draw as much attention from the presidential candidates — in part because Mitt Romney has not started an active campaign here.”
Washington Times: Obama Minn. trip to test gay marriage’s political clout
Jack Meeks, chair of Romney’s MN Steering Committee, expects Romney to campaign in MN in the next few months but didn’t have specifics.
— tomscheck (@tomscheck) June 1, 2012
Minnesota cabin owners lose mineral lease fight, for now
Forum of Fargo Moorhead: Landowner brings family to fight against more exploration
“The concerns about sulfide mining are understandably far greater than they are about the kind of mining we’ve had in Minnesota so far” — Gov. Mark Dayton (MPR News).
Firefighting effort at Sartell mill could reach 6 figures
St. Cloud Times: “The cost of fighting a fire that has been burning since Monday at the Sartell Verso paper mill could run into the six figures, city officials said Thursday.”
3 Minnesota trails get national designation
Pioneer Press: “Federal officials have designated three Minnesota trails national recreation trails.”
Build-ready projects? $47.5M in Minn. money up for grabs
Star Tribune: “The state of Minnesota is offering disappointed communities a second shot at millions of dollars for local projects.”
Oil patch schools in dire need
Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “Oil Patch school districts seeing an influx of new students are in a state of emergency.”
Lumberjack Days investigation done, forwarded to county attorney
Pioneer Press: “The Lumberjack Days Festival Association was accused last fall of issuing worthless checks for more than $35,000 to three vendors and the Stillwater Area High School boys hockey booster club.”
Foreclosure protest puts Minneapolis officials in tight spot
Star Tribune: “Demonstrators said they’ll be back, despite repeated ousters. Owners moved two months ago.”
Conservative Moments: an Interactive History
Public Insight Network: “This interactive timeline of political and cultural moments in American conservatism is built from interviews and correspondence with hundreds of people across a wide spectrum of political thought.”