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By Steve Karnowski The Associated Press

Minnesota announces restrictions on using herbicide dicamba

the group’s president, Michael Petefish, said in a statement. “We also need these new restrictions. Producers need to have the ability to adapt this product to their operations, and these additional guidelines will allow users to do just that in a safe and environmentally sound manner.”

But Monsanto criticized Minnesota’s new restrictions.

Feds deny leases for Minnesota mine; company to press ahead

MINNEAPOLIS — Two longstanding mineral rights leases that are critical for a proposed large underground copper-nickel mine upstream from the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota will not be renewed, two federal agencies announced Thursday, but the company said it will press forward.

A plan for Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine has passed a major milestone

MINNEAPOLIS A plan for Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine passed a major milestone Thursday with the Department of Natural Resources approving the project’s final environmental review, meaning the company can now start pursuing the long list of permits it needs to move forward.

Cargo ship that was anchored over a month outside Minnesota harbour gets permission to dock

MINNEAPOLIS A German-operated cargo ship that was forced to stay outside a Lake Superior port in Minnesota for more than a month over alleged environmental violations was allowed to dock Wednesday, and port authorities said they were hopeful that the oceangoing ship would be allowed to leave in time to avoid getting stuck for the winter.