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Newly released documents detail EPA’s concerns over PolyMet

MINNEAPOLIS — Documents that the federal Environmental Protection Agency tried to keep confidential show that its staffers criticized how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine, and concluded that the permit would violate federal law because it lacked pollution limits based on the state’s water quality standards.

Pikangikum evacuee killed after hit by car

COCHRANE, Ont.—Officials say a 16-year-old girl who had been evacuated from a remote First Nation in northern Ontario was hit by a car and killed yesterday.

The chief of Pikangikum First Nation says Kelsey Strang was one of more than 2,000 community members forced from their homes by a nearby forest fire.

Chief Amanda Sainnawap says Strang had been evacuated to Cochrane, Ont.

Canadian zoo saves snake-bitten woman

PETERBOROUGH, Ont.—A woman who was bitten by a snake while on a trip to Thailand was treated in Ontario after the symptoms returned, said the reptile zoo founder who provided the antivenin.

Bry Loyst of Indian River Reptile Zoo, just east of Peterborough, said he was contacted by provincial police and hospital staff in Kitchener on Friday to provide the antidote to the woman.