Superior Zoo reopening; Wilderness vs cell tower; Bison return

Bill diluting mining rules passes U.S. House

Statewide: “Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) says the measure will allow development in the PolyMet mining project to be expedited.”

Wilderness advocates advance case against AT&T tower on edge of BWCA

Statewide: “The Friends of the BWCAW will continue a case against telecommunications giant AT&T that challenges the company’s plan to erect a 450′ cell phone tower on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.”

Our view: Welcome back, zoo

Duluth News Tribune: “Another nugget of normalcy returns to flood-ravaged-but-still-here Duluth today with the reopening of Lake Superior Zoo.”

DNR partners with zoo to conserve bison

Prior Lake American: “The DNR will work with the Minnesota Zoo to cooperatively manage a genetically-pure bison herd at Minnesota state parks and at a zoo exhibition. A herd of more than 100 bison currently reside at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota.”

Franken-sponsored campaign disclosure bill to get vote next week

MinnPost: “The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a campaign finance disclosure bill co-authored by Sen. Al Franken next week, though Republicans have objected to such efforts in the past, complicating its chances of passage.”

Deadlock on taxes will raise what most Minnesotans pay into the government

Statewide: “With a tax-package set to expire in less than six months, Congress and the White House are in a debate over whichincome groups should continue to get breaks. If the deadlock endures, and a compromise isn’t agreed to, middle-class Minnesotans could see their taxes go up by more than $1,200 next year.”

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