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Northland Couple on 2000 Mile Bike Trek to "Save the Boundary Waters"

WDIO-TV
Updated: April 22, 2018 10:54 PM

DULUTH - A Northland couple is on a 2000 mile bike trek to the nation's capital to raise awareness about the need to protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.

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Dave and Amy Freeman left Ely on Friday and made it to Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth on Sunday, hoping to spread their message along the way.

"Mining near the Boundary Waters would not only have environmental impacts, but significant economic ones as well which is why Amy and I feel compelled to do what we do and protect this special place," said Dave Freeman in a release. 

They are hoping to arrive in Washington D.C. in June with dozens of stops along the way.

"We need people all across the country to stand up for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, as well as public lands everywhere. I think the value of these public lands is immense," said Amy Freeman.

Dave and Amy are also towing a red canoe for people to sign as as a reminder of the wilderness they have pledged to support.

The Freemans spent 366 days living year-round in the 1.1 million acre Boundary Waters Wilderness.

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