Forest Service Announces 13% Reduction in Boundary Waters Entry Permits for 2022

Tony Kennedy of the Star Tribune says:Some 23,000 fewer people will be allowed to enter the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) this year as part of a 13% reduction in entry permit availability, the US Forest Service announced Thursday.. The quota reduction – the first significant change to BWCA access since 2011 – is intended to address complaints about overcrowding and resource damage that took off in 2020 and continued into the past year. The increase in visits coincided with the general boom in outdoor recreation linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The Forest Service first signaled its intention to reduce entry quotas about a month ago.

For Bring Me The News, Joe Nelson writes, “The National Weather Service continues to refine its snowfall forecast for Friday’s winter storm, and it has now released city-specific forecasts for many locations that will be affected. by the storm. … As southwestern Minnesota remains under fire for the most snowfall, amounts can vary significantly from one Twin City to another.”

In Pioneer Press, Mara H. Gottfried writes: “St. Paul’s mandate requiring bar and restaurant patrons to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or test negative isn’t as broad as Minneapolis’sit applies to all bars but only about a third of restaurants, city officials said Thursday. The difference between the St. Paul and Minneapolis rules comes down to licensing. Restaurants in St. Paul are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health, while in Minneapolis they are licensed by the city. St. Paul can only enforce the rules for businesses it has licensing authority over, Department of Safety and Inspections spokeswoman Suzanne Donovan said Thursday.

For the Duluth News Tribune, Alex Derosier reports: “As a surge in COVID-19 infections strains school staff and sends sick students home, Minnesota school districts returning to distance learning appear to be among the minority for now. . Rochester, Minneapolis, and several school districts in the Twin Cities area announced Wednesday, January 12, plans to return to online learning.…After seeing negative impacts on student learning and mental health for periods extended remote learning during the pandemic, going back online is a decision that school leaders in Greater Minnesota are still hesitant to make.

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Also from Pioneer Press: “A longtime Minnesota state legislator from St. Paul will not seek re-election in 2022 as the number of lawmakers considering stepping down continues to rise. DFL Representative Carlos Mariani was first elected in 1990 by voters from District 65B, which includes Downtown, as well as the West Side and West Seventh neighborhoods. Currently serving in her 16th term in the Legislative Assembly, Mariani chairs the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Policy and Finance Committee.

In the Star Tribune, Faiza Mahamud reports: “The rent control debate began to take shape at the Minneapolis City Council this week, with five council members voicing support for a 3% cap on rent increases, with one council member raising the idea of a second referendum and the council preparing to form a rent control task force. Council members Elliott Payne, Robin Wonsley Worlobah, Jason Chavez, Aisha Chughtai and Jeremiah Ellison said they want to create a hard cap on rents similar to St. Paul’s, though they allow inflation. Meanwhile, council member Andrew Johnson wants to see the council draft a policy that could be voted on this fall.

To KMSP-TV, Nick Longworth said, “The fate of a warehouse once purchased by the state for possible COVID-related morgue storage has been determined. Subject to the approval of the St. Paul Port Authority Board of Directors, Soldier Trucking will purchase the building located at 1415 L’Orient Street in St. Paul from the St. Paul Port Authority, and will create more than 100 jobs. Soldier Trucking is a veteran-owned transportation company that focuses on the logistics transportation of items such as bread, auto parts, and fine-distance services for companies such as Alpha Bakery, Baldinger Bakery, Chick-fil- A, Costco and Amazon.

For KSTP-TV, Callan Gray reports: “A COVID-19 testing company with multiple locations in the Twin Cities has now suspended operations for a week after the Better Business Bureau downgraded the company’s rating to and ‘F’ due to mounting complaints. On Monday, the Minnesota-North Dakota BBB office joined an investigation into the Center for COVID Control. According to BBB Chicago spokesperson Thomas Johnson, “BBB is actively investigating an influx of multiple complaints about this ‘F-rated’ company. The company did not respond to the BBB who inquired about the complaints. Customers have reported not getting test results, getting inaccurate test results, paying money for expedited results but not receiving them, and a lack of response from the company when inquiring about the results , according to Johnson.

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