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"All of these decisions have been made behind closed doors": MN Supreme Court to rule on hearing

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Now it's in the hands of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the court heard arguments from PolyMet and the Minnesota DNR on one side; and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a variety of other environmental protection groups on the other.

At issue is the "contested case hearing" that the state Court of Appeals ordered in January, offering the public its first opportunity for a full, fact-based look at the PolyMet proposal.  The MCEA's Northern Minnesota advocate, J.T. Haines, thinks the public has lost faith in the MN DNR and MPCA and he's hoping the court will green-light the hearing once again so the public can hear and see all the information, experts, and witnesses that all sides have used to inform their decisions.

You can access the Minnesota Supreme Court's archived webcast of the full argument here.

MCEA attorneys talked about the hearing yesterday, and you can watch that discussion here. 


Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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