Wilderness and the economy in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District

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Incumbent Rep. Chip Cravaack (GOP) and former Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) are in a heated contest to represent the 8th Congressional District. The candidates are at odds over Nolan’s support of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act.

Cravaack accused Nolan of putting the interests of “Twin Cities environmentalists” before the economic needs of the Iron Range when he voted, in 1978, to support the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act that established the BWCA largely as it is today.