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WARBA — Golden-winged warblers are little birds in big trouble. Scientists say they are declining faster than any other songbird in North America. They are under consideration for federal Endangered Species Act protections. The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology says only about 400,000 breeding adults remain, a decline of 66 percent since the 1960s. In some eastern states, their population has crashed by 98 percent.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday announced that Minnesota's rapidly declining moose herd may warrant protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. The federal agency is responding to a petition filed last year by the Center for Biological Diversity that moose in Minnesota, which have declined by 60 percent over the past decade, need federal protection to ensure their survival.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota Power on Wednesday unveiled plans to triple the size of rebates available to its customers who install solar panels on their rooftops, garages or yards by adding an extra $1 million annually to the program for the next three years. Customers could receive up to $20,000 back on the new solar panels they install, with the rebate program covering nearly one-third of the initial cost of installing solar, depending on the size of the system.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- The National Wildlife Federation on Monday filed suit in federal court in Detroit against the U.S. government agency that oversees oil pipeline safety, saying the government has illegally allowed oil to pass through an Enbridge Energy pipeline in Michigan. The environmental group is asking the court to shut down the pipeline until the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration complies with federal law.
DULUTH -- If you're among the generations who remember AM radios, black-and-white TV and dial telephones, you probably remember hotel keys. In the days before magnetic-strip cards were swiped to enter hotel rooms, there used to be old-fashioned door keys. And attached to each door key was a piece of plastic or wood with the hotel name and address stamped on. In case you accidentally absconded with the key and drove on to the next city before realizing it, no problem: Drop in any mailbox, a message read; postage was guaranteed.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Water bombing airplanes and helicopters snuffed a fire in Park Rapids, Minn., Tuesday before flames approached a Wal-Mart store as dry, windy conditions continue to fan any wildfires that start across the region. Winds are expected to subside some as the week goes on, but little or no rain is forecast and fire danger is expected to remain very high into the weekend.
DULUTH -- The great horned owlet, a gray puffball of feathers with eyes, was snapping its beak at the prospect of lunch, and Tara Smith was not about to disappoint. Smith forked over a piece of raw chicken, and then another, and the owlet still wanted more. "Owlets are always hungry," said Smith, a staffer at Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation Center which just moved into its new home at 4009 Arrowhead Rd. in Duluth.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Cliffs Natural Resources beat industry expectations in the first quarter of 2016 with revenues of $306 million and a net profit of 62 cents per share, the company announced Thursday. It's a remarkable turnaround from the first quarter of 2015, when Cliffs lost $773 million and was preparing to shutter two of its taconite iron ore operations in Minnesota because its steel mill customers weren't producing steel and weren't buying ore.
DULUTH -- A 3,900-year-old Sumerian poem honoring Ninkasi, the patron goddess of brewing, contains the oldest known recipe for beer made from barley. Seventh-century monks sold beer from their monasteries. Ben Franklin loved it. Delta House gave it to their pledges. Barack Obama brewed it inside the White House. Yet despite its illustrious and long history, this is apparently the first semester that beer has ever been the subject of an academic course offering at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
A 115-foot oaken sailing craft with an ominous dragon for a figurehead was ready to set sail from Haugesund, Norway on Sunday en route to Duluth and other North American ports timed for summer festivals. The Draken Harald Hårfagre, which also has 25 pair of giant oars for those calm North Sea days, will be part of Duluth's Tall Ships Festival arriving about Aug. 18.