A judge began listening to attorneys make arguments during an evidentiary hearing about PolyMet in Ramsey County on Tuesday. Environmental groups believe the MPCA suppressed comments about the project from the EPA during the permitting process.
The tailings dam for PolyMet's proposed copper nickel venture remains a highly scrutinized part of the project. Specifically, some have concerns about the design of the dam, which has been banned in other countries.
Several environmental groups and a Native American tribe filed lawsuits in federal court Tuesday saying the Army Corps of Engineers violated federal law when it issued a permit authorizing the destruction of wetlands for the PolyMet project.
The Eagle Mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is expected to remain in operation more than a year longer than earlier expected. The mine's owner says estimates have increased for the amount of nickel and copper.
Musher Ryan Redington is the first to cross the finish line for the 2020 Beargrease marathon. He left the final Mineral Center checkpoint at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with seven dogs on his team. He crossed the finish line at 4:36 p.m. He was followed about 15 minutes later by Keith Aili.