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A Look Back at 2017

As we round out the past few weeks full of positive momentum for the mining industry, we want to express our sincerest thanks to all of you who have written letters, sent an email or tweet, made a call, or otherwise voiced your support for industry in our region. We are grateful to have your […]

Wild Rice Sulfate Standard Statement

Better In Our Back Yard writes today to express our concerns regarding the new wild rice sulfate standard proposed by MPCA. We care about wild rice and believe it’s important to protect the state grain, but we do not think either the current or proposed standard is necessary for many reasons:   Increasing Uncertainty The […]

We Stand with Enbridge

Those of us at Better In Our Back Yard write today to express our support of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project. We’re ready for this project to move forward because it stands to benefit our great state in so many ways. We Want a Stronger Minnesota Economy We all live in Minnesota for a few […]

Conversations To Be Had In The Middle

Supporters of responsible industry and their opposition are getting more and more accustomed to attending public hearings across the state to make their voices heard. The most recent of these hearings have been on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)’s proposed wild rice sulfate rule. These hearings were held in St. Paul, Virginia, Bemidji, and […]

Congressional Support of Line 3 Project

Congress of the United States Washington, DC 20515 Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Attn: Mr. Scott Ek 121 7th Place E, Suite 250 Saint Paul, MN 55101-2147 RE: MPUC Docket Nos. CN-14-916 and PPL-15-137 OAH Docket Nos. 65-2500-32764 and 65-2500-33377 Dear Commissioners: We write in support of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project under consideration by the […]

Enbridge Line 3 Replacement to Ensure Our Way of Life in Minnesota

Those born and raised in Minnesota and those who have relocated here for education or work can agree: we live in a spectacular state. It’s beautiful. It’s got character. It has fun cities and excellent outdoor activities. And it’s worth protecting. We must strive to protect both our environment and our way of life – […]

We Care Too – Our Response to the New York Times Article

A recent article in New York Times Magazine is making the rounds in the Northland and likely other places across the country this week. While the reporting in the article was fair and unbiased – it explained the difference between tourism jobs and industry jobs, the geology of our region, history of industry here, and […]

5 Compelling Reasons for Copper-Nickel Mining in Minnesota

Copper-nickel mining in Minnesota is an issue often met with intense debate. Is copper-nickel mining right for Minnesota? Can it be done safely? Will our watersheds be safe? Will the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness be impacted? These are valid questions, and it is important that they are asked (and answered) publicly. The copper-nickel mining […]

If Not in My Back Yard, Where?

Recently, environmental activists have been vocal about their opposition to a proposed open-pit copper mine from a Canadian-based company. Many of their arguments focus on concerns that it could harm air and water quality, and that this type of mining just shouldn’t be risked in a vital environment, watershed, and state – like Arizona. Arizona? […]