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HOYT LAKES — Of the bad things that could happen once PolyMet starts running Minnesota's first-ever copper mine, critics say, among the worst would be a catastrophic breach of the tailings basin dam. A hulking, man-made earthen dike that will stretch for miles and reach 252 feet high when finished, the dam will hold back millions of gallons of water mixed in a slurry with finely ground rock left over after crushing and processing — after the copper, nickel and other valuable metals are extracted.
One of Matt Entenza's first actions as governor would be to pull Minnesota out of the No Child Left Behind program, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said today in Duluth. "We need to scrap No Child Left Behind and set real accountability standards that will help our kids achieve," he said. Dropping out of the federal program is one of several parts of Entenza's education plans, details of which he released at an 11 a.m. news conference before Duluth's Historic Old Central High School. He will hold additional news conferences later in St. Paul and Rochester.
A fisherman was saved today from Lake Superior after being swept into the lake by the Lester River. The man was in the middle of the river at the mouth "and the current just caught him and swept him out," said Shane Lindemoen of St. Paul. Lindemoen and two others tried pushing a log that was floating near the river's mouth out to the man but the current pushed it back to shore. Lindemoen and another man debated going into the water to reach the man but decided not to. "It's way too cold," Lindemoen said.