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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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Things turn for the worst for Deb though, a clot has formed and she can no longer breath on her own. The doctor tells Dex and Quinn that if she recovers, she will not be able to eat on her own, think rationally, or even know what is going on around her, as the lack of oxygen has affected her brain. Being a responsible gun owner means being aware of your surroundings at all times. When the day comes that you do have to use your gun in self defense you need to be aware of who or what is behind your target.There have been many cases in which someone has fired their weapon in self defense and hit someone that was innocent in the process. Always be aware of your surroundings. That includes people objects and other people with firearms. The power behind the Stun Gun is Amperage causing a confusion and disorientation. Electroshock weapon technology uses a temporary high-voltage low-current electrical discharge to override the body muscle-triggering mechanisms.Another option is a bag designed for concealed carry. These offer smaller framed persons the option to conceal a weapon without the trouble of hiding it underneath clothing. However, this is not...
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Many women choose to carry a gun in their purse. I do not recommend doing this. This does not allow easy access to the firearm in a state of emergency. If you have a hard time getting to you lipstick or keys, what makes you think you can get to a gun quickly enough? The goal is to experience both, Yin and Yang. For every 30 minutes of kick boxing, check my blog sparring, self defense training, counter that with 30 minutes of meditation, yoga or Tai Chi. This way you experience both polarities, both Yin and Yang.Experiencing both will naturally balance the individual. Rather than trying to walk the tight rope between the two, experiencing both will lead you to a balanced, more content life. What is the meaning of all those colors? Supposedly, the color represents the different paths students experience before they reach black belt. In order to explain effectively, let's begin from the main goal of black belt. Specifically, black belt means mystery. In the way that a cave is dark and mysterious, the same is true for the black belt level.The student must search within him or herself to remove all darkness and find his or...
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He backs up a few feet in pain, but it doesn't stop him. Now he's just pissed off and he's coming back. This time he means to hurt you bad. But you already have your pepper spray ready because it's attached to your keys. You shoot him in the face from eight feet away and in less than two seconds the attack is over. Your attacker is now on the ground, rubbing see here his eyes in pain, and trying to catch his breath. I've been in many such situations in my life, and I find that to be the best defense policy.A Miss Is A Block. Violence Is For Defense Only. If You Attack, You Leave Yourself Open To Attack. Had Jake and I attacked these men, the situation would have ended very differently. Someone has to be the honorable fighter. Someone has to diffuse. Someone has to walk away. With a firearm that is single and double action you get the choice of cocking the hammer to make it single action, or leaving it double action. I prefer to carry a firearm that is single and double action.I carry it cocked (hammer pulled back) and the safety on. This...
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To this end, I sat down and gave this problem a lot of thought. It seems possible, within the realm of physics, to create a grid of detectors capable of tracking radioactive material within the U.S. This can be done with technology, and the data can be analyzed at a central processing center. A quick scouring of the internet showed me that I was not alone in this line of thought. Below, I'd like to introduce to you the solution to our little problem.Another good feature of this tool is that should the attacker get the chance to touch you after you have stunned him, there's no danger of passing the electric current to your body. Since you'd rather your attacker get paralyzed and not yourself, this is a good thing. The effect of the stun gun is localized to the point of contact, which means that it only affects the area that has been touched. A red belt means blood sweat. All the work that students experience physically and emotionally (blood) is signified by the red belt.The student's raw knowledge is becoming more advanced and sophisticated. There are different types of stun guns for you to choose with different effects....
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A los empleados de los recursos humanos dan el trabajo con la política que estaba en corriente del personal para las compañías, para que amazon telefono funcionan. Esta política dirige, que business, trabajan, del alquiler y el fin del contrato a la política para la persecución sexual y las formas de la discriminación del puesto de trabajo. Las recomendaciones del personal son dadas a los nuevos empleados para examinar, y ellos piden firmar a menudo la declaración, hablando que leen y comprenden la política. La política y los procedimientos varían de la compañía hasta la compañía, pero los ciertos elementos son difundidos.La respuesta desde entonces era unida. Algunas compañías, tal, mientras que la Virgen de Richard Brensona, han respondido, habiendo aceptado las recomendaciones semejantes. Poco de estos tipos de las introducciones, fracasado es impresionante y públicamente, los Escépticos afirmaban que los empleados con las vacaciones ilimitadas se sienten en realidad forzado trabajar más, trabajar durante sus vacaciones y tomar a la distancia en menos de días en total.La decisión continúa la ampliación por el Consejo de la realización federal laboral zakonadatelstva en el puesto de trabajo, que no consiste en el sindicato. El congreso ha creado el Consejo en 1935 a...
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As opposed to securing your dog up in a cage, you need to expose your dog to fresh settings and also places. Bring the dog to parks somewhere pet owners gather, and invite your dog to experiment with with some other dogs. It is vital that you simply compliment and praise your pet dog for his good and also peaceful patterns. On the other hand, should your dog reacts erratically as part of his fresh natural environment, take him aside. For no reason reprimand or even discipline your dog when this happens.It will eventually only magnify concerns. But, the best self-defense stun gun for women is the pretender cell phone stun gun. Ladies, this new powerful self-defense stunner can stop any attacker dead in their tracks. It is called the pretender because it's a stun gun that pretends to be a camera cell phone, but it's not. It is a powerful 950,000 volt stun gun. It really does gives you an edge since an attacker will think you are just carrying a cell phone.One way you can protect yourself and family is to arm yourself with proper knowledge in self defense. There are many schools and facilities that offer a short...
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