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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...
Blog posted from Mudro Lake, Superior National Forest, Slim Lake, MN 55731, USA View larger map
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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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There are types that are motion sensitive. They only record when someone or something comes into the line of sight. Other types are designed for use at night and can capture images in almost total darkness. There are quite a few that are designed to work with software packages that allow users to see in real time what is going on at home or work. These work with computer systems or smart phones so that users can see exactly what is going on at any time.Home Alarm System. The addition of a home security system is invaluable when it comes to protecting your home and family. Just the sight of home security signs can be enough to send a would-be thief running. Security systems come in a wide range of options depending on your budget. If you absolutely cannot afford a security system, try putting up fake security signs to scare thieves away. Studies and interviews with burglars have shown that they are in a hurry and therefore rarely venture into kid's bedrooms.If you do not own a safe, consider hiding valuables in the children's room. Easy. Most all windows open and close within a track. The easiest and cheapest way...
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Also most security systems today are compatible with computers and can be monitored easily even from a remote location. The systems are controlled by software and are easy to use. When connected to a computer, any of the new security devices can email the changes in pictures to the owner in no time at all. I might as well tell you, the city I'm talking about is Houston, Texas. Now, that's a big city. You couldn't pay me to live there without a home security system.I've got two big dogs, and still I would be without an alarm and monitoring system. Give those dogs a bone, or even a scratch on the ears, and anyone could get more into my house. Burglars and intruders alike will often keep a watchful eye on any opportunities that present themselves to gain entrance to a home. Thieves do their research well and look for any entry that they can use to enter the home such as doors, windows, skylights, and chimneys. They will also pay attention to any surveillance systems as well, and do their homework on how to disable or avoid them.If a house is well equipped with alarms, cameras, and motion detectors,...
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I was able to catch up with all the boring bits of life like paying the bills, filling out claim forms for my insurance. Being told by the police the other driver to top it all not only drunk did not own the car he was driving so obviously no insurance. That complicated things a little, but I have to say the insurance company were better than I expected. 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. Keep keys in your hand, finger through the loop, as you walk to your car. This way you are not trying to find them. They can also be used as a weapon if someone attempts to rob you.Much of a fighter's preparation comes on the day of the tournament. Often, martial arts competitors spend several hours waiting for their group's turn to compete. During this...
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You live alone and want something that will protect you wherever you go? Well, have you ever considered carry a can of pepper spray? It is the perfect self-defense to use in tough situations against criminals and thieves. It is made up of a special ingredient named Oleoresin Capsicum and other contents which are spicy that produces a burning sensation in the eyes and on the face. It is available in oil and water base. 1 morning John woke up and took a shower as he often did.1 of the pipes had sprung a small leak and a puddle had formed on the tile floor. As a outcome of his decreased vision, John didn't see the puddle and his feet went out from underneath him. When he came to, his head and his correct hip have been throbbing with intense ache. He tried to move but the pain was also severe. Right after touching the back of his head his hand was covered in blood. Then he remembered he was wearing the pendant from the residence security service.With no other option he pushed the button and shortly thereafter an emergency response team was assisting him. Instead of living in fear, a...
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If you are a gun owner and want to maintain the right to own a gun or firearm then you need to join the NRA, GOA, JPFO, CCRKBA, 2nd Amendment Foundation or another gun rights advocacy organization. The politicians like Dianne Feinstein and Mayor Bloomberg will continue to demagogue this issue. The National Institute of Justice has set a standard for every vest created. The first thing you need to do is to figure out what you need.Find out what are the types of vest available in the market today. You must also know the importance of wearing one. There are so many aspects to consider if you want to get the perfect bullet proof vest, so take time to know these things. Rushing to buy one will bring nothing but disappointments and frustrations. 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. USB WiFi Stick - Most colleges will offer free wi-fi, or wireless...
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Get a view to the darkest corners of your property. If you're working with a wireless security system, consider extending its reach to places like trees or a mailbox at the edge of your yard. A surveillance camera is another good idea. When you have expanded your grip to the most obscure corners, there will be no room left to hide. So, in addition to the normal common sense precautions, the following burglary prevention tips should make your house more secure while you are away and allow you to enjoy a worry-free vacation.At the meeting, bring a sign up sheet just to take attendance. Get everyone's name and address and phone number and email. It can also be extremely helpful to bring a map of the neighborhood and have people star where they live. The first and biggest decision you'll have to make is where the boundaries of the neighborhood watch begin and end. Having a map that shows where people live really helps that discussion. Remember I said I live in two places?That's another reason the home security system is important to me. The last thing I want is to come into my house late at night after a long...
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