Updated: 01/18/2014 1:41 PM
Created: 01/16/2014 8:58 PM WDIO.com
Hundreds of people packed public forum on a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
An estimated 1,500 people turned out in Duluth Thursday night for the first of three forums on PolyMet Mining Corp.'s proposed open-pit mine near Babbitt.
Seven busloads of supporters from the Iron Range came down.
Environmental groups rallied their people as well.
People were submitting written comments. And they attended an open-house where they could ask questions about the project from the three host agencies, the MN DNR, USACE, and U.S. Forest Service.
But the main draw of the night was the opportunity for people to speak in front of the audience.
Folks signed up in advance, and were picked at random to speak.
They were allowed three minutes in total to speak. Many folks applauded after the speeches, but that was discouraged so there would be more time for speaking.
At the end of the night, 80 people in total spoke. 171 had signed up for the opportunity.
If you didn't have time to give your comment, you still have more chances.
Similar meetings are scheduled for Aurora on Jan. 22 at the Mesabi East High School and St. Paul at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Jan. 28.
And you can always submit comments online here.
Itasca Co. Man Charged in Infant Son's Death
Authorities have charged a rural Itasca County man in connection with the death of his infant son. An autopsy determined the 2 1/2 month old boy suffered blunt force trauma.
Woman Charged with Murder after Stabbing in Stoney Brook Township
There is new development in the murder case on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The husband of the victim has been released, and he is facing no charges. Instead, the woman who police had been searching for, Lydia Marie Barney, has been charged with second degree murder.
Wisconsin Health Officials Start Ebola Hotline
The state Department of Health Services announced Friday that the line is for fielding questions Wisconsin residents have about the Ebola virus. The toll-free number is 844-684-1064.
NYC Tries to Ease Ebola Fear after Doctor Infected
Officials tamped down New Yorkers' fears Friday after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola in a city where millions of people squeeze into crowded subways, buses and elevators every day.
Minn. Officials Walk Through Mock Ebola Scenario
More than 100 representatives from several Minnesota agencies are going through a mock exercise to review the state's preparedness in the event of a case of Ebola.