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Duluth News Tribune: Justice Department wants Twin Metals' lawsuit (June 6, 2017)
Star Tribune: Feds seek to dismiss Twim Metals mineral rights lawsuit 
(June 6, 2017)
Pioneer Press: Feds seek to dismiss Twin Metals lawsuit over mineral rights near Boundary Waters 
(June 6, 2017)
Duluth News Tribune: Judge blocks Montana mine over enviornmental concerns (June 1, 2017)

City Pages: Twin Metals' owner has a history of environmental disaster in its homeland 
(May 26, 2017)
MPR: Study on proposed mining ban near Boundary Waters will proceed 
(May 26, 2107)
E&E News: EIS for project near Boundary Waters will proceed 
(May 26, 2017)
KSTP: McCollum says Trump administration will continue mining study in BWCA 
(May 26, 2017)
US News & World Report: McCollum gets assurances BWCA mining review will continue 
(May 26, 2017)
CBS Minnesota: McCollum gets federal assurances on BWCA mining review 
(May 26, 2017)
Duluth News Tribune: McCollum says Trump administration won't reverse copper-mining moratorium 
(May 26, 2017)
Star Tribune: McCollum gets assurances BWCA mining review will continue 
(May 26, 2017) Report blasts Antofagasta's Minera Los Pelambres 
(May 23, 2017)
Herald Review: Sportsmen: Sulfide Mining Puts Jobs/Economy at Risk (May 17, 2017)
Duluth News Tribune: Sportsmen's View: Don't Trust Industry on Proposed Copper Mining
(May 5, 2017)
Timberjay: Businesses join forces to protect the Wilderness (March 6, 2017)
Duluth News Tribune:
New business group forms to oppose copper mining (February 23, 2017)
KDAL: The John Gilbert Show Interview with Becky Rom and Steve Piragis (Feb 2, 2017)
KFAN Sports Radio: Interview with Lukas Leaf ( Jan 28, 2017)
St. Cloud Times: Boundary Waters Demand Protection Now and in Future (Jan 9,2017)

Grand Rapids Herald Review: Sportsmen: Protect the Boundary Waters from Sulfide-Ore Copper Mining (Dec 27, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune: Readers View: Conservationists Applaud Fed's Action (Dec 27, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune: A Sportsman's View: Protect BWCAW from copper-nickel mining (December 23, 2016)
Canoe & Kayak Magazine:
Film Debut: Dave and Amy Freeman’s Year in the Wilderness (December 20, 2016)
Canoe & Kayak Magazine: Op-ed: Boundary Waters One Step Closer to Finding Permanent Protection
(December 20, 2016)

Makato Free Press: Our View: Copper mine blocked
 (December 17, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune:
 Statewide View: The Boundary Waters works for everyone (December 16, 2016)
 Defeat of mining near Boundary Waters is a rare victory for the value of place (December 16, 2016)
Outdoor News:
 Sportsmen celebrate as Feds deny minerals lease renewals for mine near Boundary Waters (December 15, 2016)
Outdoor News: Government looks to dismiss Twin Metals mining lease lawsuit (Dec 16,2016)
WTIP Radio: Dave and Amy Freeman discuss feds choice to block copper-nickel mine near BWCAW (December 15, 2016)
Star Tribune:
 Feds slam brakes on copper-nickel mine near Boundary Waters (December 15, 2016)
Washington Post:
 Feds deny request to renew mining lease in Minnesota wilderness area (December 15, 2016)
The New York Times:
 U.S. Blocks Mine Planned Near Boundary Waters in Minnesota (December 15, 2016)
Associated Press:
 Feds deny leases for Minnesota mine; company to press ahead (December 15, 2016)
Department of Interior:
 Obama Administration Takes Steps to Protect Watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (December 15, 2016)
Star Tribune: Finally, we'll know the true economic benefits of outdoor recreation
 (December 12, 2016)
Minnesota Trout Unlimted: Caring for the Boundary Waters (August 2016)
Fly Rod & Reel magazine: Scott Hed's new fight (August 2016)
Duluth News Tribune:Local View: Don’t sacrifice the Boundary Waters so a few can profit (July 23, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune:
Local View: Boundary Waters a priceless treasure (July 23, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune: Local view: Mining should not jeopardize wildlife and wetlands (July 23, 2016)
City Pages: Hunters, anglers denounce Twin Metals "sulfide" mine near Boundary Waters (July 25, 2016)
The Heavy Table:
A Foraged Feast at the Hawkins Family Conservation Farm (July 21, 2016)
Fox 21: Thousands of Petitions Signed to Halt Twin Metals Lease Renewal (July 20, 2016)
The New York Times: Protect Minnesota's Boundary Waters
 (July 1, 2016)
Dan Small Outdoors: Act now to protect the Boundary Waters forever (June 20, 2016)
Grand Rapids Herald Review:
Sportsmen Support Forest Service Actions on Sulfide Mining Leases (June 18, 2016)
Rochester Post-Bulletin: Winona family is guided by Aldo Leopold's passion (June 16, 2016)
Forest Service signals wariness over Twin Metals lease renewal (June 14, 2016)
U.S. Forest Service takes another look at mining leases near Boundary Waters, cites 'inherent risks' (June 13, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune:
Forest Service 'deeply concerned' about Twin Metals project; mining lease renewal to get public input
(June 13, 2016)
Star Tribune:
U.S. Forest Service balks at copper-nickel mining plan near BWCA (June 13, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune:
Don’t let copper mines ruin pristine Boundary Waters (June 2, 2016)
Rochester Post-Bulletin:
Conservation, environmentalism merge (June 2, 2016)
St. Cloud Times: BWCA saved vet; now lets save it
(May 14, 2016)
Outdoor News: Passion for public lands bolsters ranks of BHA (May 13, 2016)
St. Cloud Times: Signs point to no mining near BWCA
(May 2, 2016)
Sun Sailor: Minnetonka resident recognized for outstanding conservation work (April 28, 2016)
Brainerd Dispatch: Keeping the backcountry alive (April 24, 2016)
Minnesota filmmaker wins 'Sigurd F. Olson Award'  (April 15, 2016)
Rochester Post Bulletin:
Collin O’Mara and Ted Roosevelt IV: Call of the wilderness seeks to save the Boundary Waters (April 6, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune:
Reader’s View: Boundary Waters is dear, old friend in need of help (April 4, 2016)
St. Cloud Times: Kudos to Dayton for protecting BWCAW
(March 30, 2016)
Why Minnesota can’t afford mining near the Boundary Waters (March 28, 2016)
Star Tribune: Editorial Counterpoint: Feds got it right on mineral leases near BWCA
(March 23, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune: Local View:
Boundary Waters’ legacy cannot be put at risk (March 22, 2016)
Mesabi Daily News: Governor Dayton Defends His Decision
(March 22, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune:
Reader's view: Thanks to Dayton for protecting wilderness
(March 21, 2016)
Minnesota Bound: BWCA 365
(March 20, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune:
Reader's view: Thanks to Gov. Dayton for protecting wilderness
(March 19, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune: Cruising into spring: Dave and Amy Freeman nearly halfway through their year in the Boundary Waters
(March 13, 2016)
Star Tribune: Walter Mondale on fighting to save the soul of Minnesota: The Boundary Waters  
(March 11, 2016)
Mankato Free Press: Our View: Dayton takes a pro-water stand 
(March 10, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune: Poll: Most Minnesotans oppose mine near BWCAW 
(March 9, 2016)
Bemidji Pioneer: Poll finds most oppose new copper mine near Boundary Waters 
(March 9, 2016)
Timberjay: Twin Metals suffer a one-two punch
(March 9, 2016)
Timberjay: Twin Metals Fight
 (March 9, 2016)
Associated Press: Federal agency delivers another blow to Twin Metals mine
(March 8, 2016)
Star Tribune: Twin Metals gets second rebuff over concerns about mining near the BWCA 
(March 8, 2016)
MPR: Twin Metals lease on mine areas under environmental review
(March 8, 2016)
Grand Rapids Herald Review: Dayton against Twin Metals project
(March 8, 2016)
Star Tribune: Rep. McCollum urges Obama administration to protect Boundary Waters
(March 8, 2016)
WCCO: Feds Deliver Another Blow to Twin Metals Mine
(March 8, 2016)
Duluth News Tribune: Dayton calls Twin Metals a threat to the Boundary Waters
(March 7, 2016)
Star Tribune: Dayton rebuffs Twin Metals mine proposal, citing risks to BWCA
(March 7, 2016)
Pioneer Press: Dayton potentially stops proposed mine near Boundary Waters 
(March 7, 2016)
Star Tribune: Dayton letter lays out Twin Metals opposition (March 7, 2016)
KDAL: John Gilbert Show interview with Scott Hed
(March 8, 2016)
American Canoe: Minnesota's Canoe Country Needs Your Help
(February 17, 2016)
Change Your POV: EP025 Veterans for the Boundary Waters - Erik Packard
(February 16, 2016)
American Angler: Risk vs. Reward
(January/February 2016)
Will to Hunt: Why You Should Care About Minnesota's Boundary Waters
(January 20, 2016)
New Film Carries a BWCAW Message
(January 12, 2016)
Star Tribune: Trip to spend year in the BWCA builds on career of advocacy
(December 24, 2015)
KMSP: Fish Out of Water (December 8, 2015)
WCCO: Three Chefs Visit Boundary Waters, Film "Fish Out of Water"
(November 23, 2015)
WDIO: Couple embarks on yearlong expedition, campaign to save the boundary waters (September 23, 2015)
Minnesota Brown: Ely adventurers begin year in the BWCA (September 23, 2015)
KBJR: Minnesota couple sets off for a year in the wilderness (September 23, 2015)
Associated Press: 2 Minnesota adventurers plan to head into BWCA for full year to draw attention to mining (September 23, 2015)
Outside Magazine: Couple to Spend a year in the wilderness (September 23, 2015)
StarTribune: Grand Marais couple launch yearlong BWCA trek (September 22, 2015)
Quetico Superior Foundation Wilderness News Blog: Freemans set off for a year of 'bearing witness' to the Boundary Waters (September 22, 2015)
Canoe & Kayak Magazine: A year in the wilderness (September 21, 2015)
KSTP: 2 Educators to spend year in BWCA wilderness (September 18, 2015
WCCO: Minnesota couple sets off for year in the BWCA (September 18, 2015)
Timberjay: Couple to spend year in BWCA wilderness (September 17, 2015)
Bring Me the News: Couple ventures off into the Boundary Waters for one year of exploring (September 17, 2015)
PaddlingLight:A Year in the Wilderness: A BWCA Adventure (September 17, 2015)
Heavy Table: A year of dining in the wild (September 16, 2015)
Roots Rated: Living a year in the wild in Minnesota's Boundary Waters (September 14, 2015)
American Canoe: A year in the wilderness to protect the Boundary Waters (September 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Dave and Amy Freeman prepare for their year in the wilderness (September 13, 2015)
The Pursuit Zone: A Year in the Boundary Waters with Dave & Amy Freeman (September 6, 2015)
KUMD: Frost River and Save the Boundary Waters interview at the MN State Fair(September 3, 2015)
KQDS FOX 21: Couple Plans to Spend a Year in the BWCA (August 25, 2015)
>Timberjay: Great Old Broads travel to Ely area (August 28, 2015)
Al Jazeera America: In Minnesota, fight between mining and environment gets personal (August 23, 2015)
Dan Small Outdoors (radio, starts at 12:26): Wilderness explorers launch a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota (August 18, 2015)
City Pages: Dave and Amy Freeman will spend a year in the Boundary Waters (July 27, 2015)
Cook County News Herald: A year-long wilderness adventure for Dave and Amy Freeman (July 25, 2015)
Paddling Headquarters: Explorers to spend year in the wild to prevent mining threat (July 23, 2015)
KIMT (video): Saving the Boundary Waters (July 22, 2015)
Gear Junkie: 365 Days: Couple to spend full year in the Boundary Waters (July 22, 2015)
Minnesota Brown: Ely adventurers to spend year in the BWCA (July 19, 2015)
The Hill: Overnight Energy
(July 16, 2015)
WDIO (video): Minnesota adventurers plan to spend an entire year in the Boundary Waters
(July 16, 2015)
Bring Me the News: Adventurer couple plans to spend a year in the Boundary Waters
(July 16, 2015)
Associated Press: Minnesota adventurers plan year-long trek through Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
(July 16, 2015)
Pioneer Press: Adventurer couple plan full year in BWCA to oppose copper mining
(July 16, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Northland adventurers plan full year in the BWCAW
(July 16, 2015)
Canoeroots: Miner Threat
(Early Summer 2015)
Outdoor News: Roosevelt IV advocates for BWCA
(June 12, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Reader's View: PolyMet wants taxpayers to pay for mine cleanup
(June 12, 2015)
Timberjay: Teddy Roosevelt IV weighs in against mining near BWCA
(June 11, 2015)
Timberjay: Lease renewal latest flashpoint in mine debate
(May 15, 2015)
Timberjay: Bike tour to save BWCA crosses finish line
(May 15, 2015)
WDIO: Bicyclists Tow Canoe to Protest Mine Near BWCA
(May 6, 2015)
KBJR: Bicyclists look for support in protecting BWCA
(May 5, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Commentary: Nolan is wrong to oppose Boundary Waters' protection
(April 28, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Letter to the editor: Nolan should rethink who he represents
(April 28, 2015)
Pioneer Press: Letter to the editor: Sportsman who care for the BWCA have an ally in Rep. McCollum
(April 26, 2015)
Star Tribune: Letter to the editor: A place of solace for veterans is threatened
State Journal-Register: Springfield teenager battling cancer uses wish to save the wilderness
(April 22, 2015)
Gear Junkie: Bike Tour to 'Save the Boundary Waters'
(April 21, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Nolan, McCollum divided over mining bill
(April 17, 2015)
Congresswoman McCollum: Environmental Leaders Support the National Park and Wilderness Water Protection Act
(April 17, 2015)
Timberjay: Bill could prohibit new mining near BWCA
(April 16, 2015)
Canoe & Kayak: Battle for the Boundary Waters
(April 15, 2015)
Bring Me the News: Rep. McCollum proposes bill to restrict mining near BWCA
(April 14, 2015)
Star Tribune: McCollum bill would restrict mining near Minnesota's BWCA
(April 14, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: St. Paul representative's bill would restrict mining in the BWCAW watershed
(April 14, 2015)
Canoe & Kayak: Breaking: Historic Bill Calls for Permanent Protection for the Boundary Waters
(April 14, 2015)
MPR: McCollum takes aim at potential copper-nickel mining near BWCA, Voyageurs
(April 14, 2015)
MinnPost: McCollum seeks ban on new mines in much of northeastern Minnesota
(April 14, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Poll shows lower support for 'sulfide' mining in Minnesota
(April 14, 2015)
KTTC Rochester (video): Save the Boundary Waters bike tour kicks off in Winona
(April 2015)
Northfield News: Environmentalists to make pit stops at Northfield colleges while biking to Ely
Winona Daily News: ICYMI: Bicyclists head north to save BWCA
(April 6, 2015)
LaCrosse Tribune: Canoeists journey from Winona to Ely to save the Boundary Waters
(April 4, 2015)
Timberjay: A wish to save the BWCA
(April 2, 2015)
The Current (with audio): Eating and Drinking with Heavy Table's James Norton: A Boundary Waters adventure meal
(April 1, 2015)
Heavy Table (part 3): Boundary Waters Chef’s Notebook: J.D. Fratzke
(March 30, 2015)
Winona Post: Canoeists' plea for the BWCA
(April 2, 2015)
City Pages: 13-Year-Old With Leukemia Lobbies Against Mining Near Boundary Waters
(March 27, 2015)
Heavy Table (part 2): Sustainable Ely and the Fight to Save the Boundary Waters
(March 27, 2015)
Kare 11 (with video): Teen makes a wish to save BWCA
(March 26, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Leukemia victim 'wishes' against mining near BWCAW
(March 26, 2015)
Bring Me the News: Boy with leukemia uses his Wish to fight mining near the Boundary Waters
(March 25, 2015)
Heavy Table (part 1): Feasting on Frozen Waters: A Boundary Waters Meal with J.D. Fratzke
(March 23, 2015)
Duluth News Tribune: Researchers say proposed copper mine poses risks to BWCA
(March 11, 2015)
Pioneer Press: From Boundary Waters mines to earthworm invasion: a conversation with Lee Frelich
(March 7, 2015)
Knight Errant (Benilde-St. Margaret): Student with a cause
(February 10, 2015)
Star Tribune Opinion: A day of action for BWCA lovers and mining opponents
(January 27, 2015)
MinnPost: The 7 most insightful comments about the environment in 2014
(December 30, 2014)
Pioneer Press: Can mine leave no trace BWCA?
(December 20, 2014)
MinnPost: A look inside the campaign that killed a sulfide mine at Yellowstone's door
(April 30, 2014)
MinnPost: Economists say rosy mining forecast should count costs and lost jobs, too
(February 21, 2014)
MinnPost: Mining's regulatory outlook, enviro risks for North Woods explained
(February 11, 2014)
MinnPost: Meet Twin Metals, and the biggest north-woods mine you've never heard of
(February 13, 2013)


The Mining Journal: Canoeing For A Cause (January 5, 2015)
AP:Minnesotans who canoed from BWCA to nation's capital ponder next adventures (January 1, 2015)
USDA Blog: 2,000 Miles in 100 Days, Delivering a Message of Advocacy, Adventure (December 23, 2014)
Pioneer Press: Canoe trip from BWCA to White House with mining on the mind (December 20, 2014)
Audubon Magazine: Stirring The Waters (December 11, 2014)
National Geographic: 2,000 Miles to DC—By Canoe—to Protect the Boundary Waters (December 5, 2014)
Minnesota Public Radio: Protesting mining, couple completes canoe trip to DC (December 3, 2014)
Twin CIties Business:After 2,000-Mile Anti-Mining Canoe Trek, Minnesota Couple Arrives In DC (December 3, 2014)
Star Tribune: Minnesotans steer canoe and BWCA petition 2,000 miles to Washington, D.C. (December 3, 2014)
Pioneer Press: Northern Minnesota adventurers paddle to D.C. to oppose mining (December 3, 2014)
KDAL: Paddlers Complete Ely To Washington, D.C. Journey (December 2, 2014) Couple paddles 2,000 miles from Minnesota to D.C. (November 21, 2014)
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News: Save the Boundary Waters tour to stop in local area (September 22, 2014) )
KUWS: Paddle petition to President over proposed Minnesota mine (September 21, 2014)
WCCO: Minn. Couple Paddles To Wash. DC For BWCA Protection (September 6, 2014)
Timberjay: Paddles up! Ely couple begins 100-day journey to Washington, D.C. (August 27, 2014)