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Boundary Waters listed as 1 of America's most endangered rivers for 2013 American Rivers has listed the Boundary Waters as one of 10 most endangered rivers in the United States for 2013. The 1.1 million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the most popular wilderness area in the country. The South Kawishiwi River, which flows into the Boundary Waters, is threatened by copper-nickel mining proposals by Twin Metals Minnesota and others on adjacent unprotected public lands. There is a lot of controversy over this issue and there are views from each side.  You can read the full report about the current issue at hand over at American Rivers website.  Here is a summary from American Rivers as to why this is a threat to The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Threat The Boundary Waters is endangered by a proposal to create a massive copper-nickel mine adjacent to the South Kawishiwi River and within two miles of the Boundary Waters.  The Boundary Waters watershed is also negatively impacted by extensive exploration for additional mine sites.  If copper-nickel mines are developed, polluted waters from the South Kawishiwi will flow through some of the most popular Boundary Waters lakes, including the iconic Basswood. According to the EPA (Toxic Release Inventory: 2010 National Analysis), hardrock mining...
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An intro to the BWCA Growing up in Ely, MN canoeing and camping was a way of life, a hobby, and an ‘easy’ means of vacation.  My love for this slow way of travel began at a very early stage. My parents took us into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) at a young age; starting with a few days at an easily accessible campsite where we would make forts and explore the woods to multiple days of travels stopping only to set up camp. The BWCA consists of a million acres of woods and lakes with restrictions on the use of motorized equipment. Travel is accessible by means of watercraft, the lakes are linked by land portages which you carry your equipment over. When reminiscing about trips it tends to be the ones in inclement weather, the really buggy year, or basically the more challenging ones that stand out in your memory.  In high school I partnered up with my good friend and our dads to travel a section of the Border Route. The Border Route was means of travel for the voyageurs almost the entire width of Minnesota along the Canadian Border. We took a week with the goal in mind to follow the route from...
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A Few Tips for Planning a Wilderness Canoe Camping Trip with Children Here are a few tips for things to consider when planning a BWCA trip with children.   Find a life vest that is comfortable and fits properly. Pack a good set of raingear, hat, and sunglasses. (head net if necessary) Bring plenty of sunscreen, bug spray, and itch balm Involve the children in menu planning and food preparation. Bring along special snacks and treats for good behavior rewards. Learn about the area, plants and animals before the trip. Bring identification books for birds, plants, trees and wildlife. A deck of cards, a flashlight, and a couple of good books are perfect for tent time. Spend time in the canoe creating stories of your own where everyone takes turns adding to it. Let the children have their own disposable camera for capturing their own memories. Have the children write in a journal each evening. Don't forget the S'mores.   In a world where children know characters on television better than their own family members and can name locations in their favorite video game but can't tell you the name of everyone in their class, something is wrong. It is time to teach your child a lesson, time to get the paddle out, get outside...
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Top 100 Things to do in Ely Minnesota Here is a list of the Top 100 things to do while visiting Ely MN. See how many you can accomplish and check off the list. Attend Ely’s Blueberry Arts Festival Watch the sailboats on Burntside Lake Take a Finnish sauna (steambath) Sing old time songs while sitting around a campfire Visit the International Wolf Center east of Ely on 169 Go swimming at Semers Park Beach Play badminton or croquet Pick wild raspberries in July and August Have a picnic at Meander Lake (north of Ely) and see the changes from the little Indian Souix fire of 1971 Make a bouquet of dried flower and plants from the area Visit the North American Bear center, west of Ely on 169 Visit Stuntz Bay at the Tower-Soudan State Park Climb the rocks and see the waterfall at the Pike River Dam on County 77, west and north of Tower Read the marker plaque for short-lived gold rush Winston City on the vermilion Tail, located on 169 west of Tower Find a showy Ladyslipper (Minnesota’s State Flower) and photograph it, don’t pick it. It’s protected by state law See the historical train and settlers cabin at Tower City Park Camp overnight at...
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3) Intercept his movement before he can fully commit. This is the "get-him-first" strategy that uses direct, committed, aggressive movement that sends you forward and into him before he can fully engage. John dropped out of higher school and entered the operating planet. He discovered a task with a railroad organization and started out producing a decent living for himself. He was a difficult worker and his hulking physique was a testament to that. He married the love of his life and they settled down and started a household.John worked for the railroad his whole life and retired with a excellent pension in addition to his life cost savings. This article is not about teaching you about "what to do next." It is simply a first stage exploration of phase 2 in my 5 phases of effective self defense action that are a part of my EDR: Non-Martial Arts Defensive Training Program - Neutralizing the effect of his attack. There are different ways that people practise jujitsu.Some of the techniques used include, holds, throwing, trapping, biting, gouging, striking and kicking. At one time, there were self-defense schools that taught their students how to use weapons, but that is no longer the...
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You know that you need to do something for yourself, maybe get in better shape. Pick up your old self confidence. You've been telling yourself that for a while. So, take the first step and make a plan for what you want to accomplish and how you are going to do it. Challenge yourself! Find something you know will be difficult, then get out there and tackle it. Ok, you just stepped into the ring. The first focus should be on protecting your target areas. Remember, the best offense is a good defense.While this may seem like common sense, many fighters make the mistake of dropping their guard in the heat of a sparring match. This can leave vital target areas open creating an easy win for your opponent. It needs to be stated that self defense does not have to include martial arts training. To learn self defense incorporates more than learning how to physically protect yourself. Self defense includes how to watch your surroundings and how to engage a would-be criminal in a way that confuses them and sends them in the opposite direction.Martial arts training, while great exercise, will not cover all the mental aspects of self defense....
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This brings out an intrinsic problem with Karate. For all the years he intensively trained, you would think the black belt would wipe the floor with the newbie, but he didn't. Sure, he was massively outsized, but that doesn't excuse Karate as a form. If Karate worked, it wouldn't matter how much larger the opponent was, he would have been dropped early on, rather than remain standing 3 rounds plus overtime later.For self defense against dog attacks I used to carry the telescopic stun baton as my self defense product of choice. And indeed on two occasions it saved my bacon. But recently, I am using the Mace pepper gun. It fits neatly in a holster on my belt and is easy to get at and use. Here are some actual statements that prove what a "Clueless" bunch of idiots they are in regards to guns and firearms.Let's shine a bright light on the fact that many of the recommendations we have heard are not only illegal and would land people in jail, but will endanger those around you and could escalate situations that may not have been deadly. The general conception of people regarding the karate is association of black...
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Newton realized the greatest problem was the excessive use of harassment and physical intimidation used by the police towards Blacks in Oakland. Newton used his knowledge of the California penal code and state laws regarding the possession of weapons to successfully arm Blacks in their own communities via informing them and utilizing their second amendment right (to bear arms) (Newton 53). The Black Panthers (under Newton's guidance as Minister of Defense) successfully patrolled Black neighborhoods assuring that cops were not mistreating residents, advising African Americans of their rights, and even posting bail for those whom had been arrested.Instant Charger - Instant chargers can be used to power-up a cell phone or laptop in an instant. We all know college kids have a lot on their minds and recharging an electrical device is often not a top priority until the battery dies. These chargers come in two varieties, the one time use and rechargeable recharger. One time use is often more effective because, again, college kids forget to recharge. Stay away from anyone you know who is negative, depressing, and full of toxicity!These people will only bring you down and discourage you, and no one needs that in an era where life...
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So what is a senior citizen to do to help ensure his or her own safety? There are a few options but the one I'd like to discuss today happens to be one of my favorite and I feel most effective options when discussing self-defense for senior citizens and that is pepper spray. Pepper spray is a non-lethal weapon of self-defense that is ideal for any responsible, law-abiding citizen but I really feel like it is the ideal tool for seniors.For one it takes almost no strength to carry and operate a small handheld bottle of pepper spray. Secondly, defensive sprays take almost no training to operate safely and effectively. You simply release the safety with the flick of your thumb, point and spray. Peace: There is no true pacifist. Violence is in all of us, whether we believe it or not. It may be physical violence, or inner violence such as silent anger. But the point where violence is manifested spells the difference.An antagonist may be violent at a wrong word or an unintentional stare. An ethical taekwando fighter requires a life-or-death situation from which there is no escape, for MMA fitness. Trying to go on the offensive after running...
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If you plan to purchase this type of self-defense tool, you must choose the best one for you. It must be powerful. You can never predict a dangerous situation from happening. You need to carry the device all the time. You can encounter an unfortunate event where a drug user attacks you. With a weaker voltage of the stun gun, there will be a tendency that the attacker will not be affected by the shock. It would be best to own the strongest of this type of device.Aside from that, make sure that the batteries of your safety device are fully charged. Try to replace it every month to guarantee more effectiveness. It is critical to remember that carrying a device like a stun gun and using it effectively will help you overcome many legal issues typically involved with carrying a hand gun. A stun gun will stop an attacker and give you time to get away vs. carrying a gun which might cause you to actually kill someone and land you in jail.A true but scary possibility. This is why a personal security device like pepper spray or a stun gun make more sense to carry. It is less about...
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