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What's New
Great Lakes cargoes down in June
Duluth News Tribune (7/24)
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 9.65 million tons of cargo in June, a decrease of 6.4 percent compared to a year ago.

Captain fought to keep freighter on course in Duluth ship canal as storm blew in
Duluth News Tribune (7/22)
As strong straight-line winds from severe storms began to quickly turn the Algoma Guardian sideways in the Duluth Ship Canal last Thursday, the captain’s main concern was getting the freighter into Duluth, Minn., without any damage.

Flood runoff impacts Lake Superior
KQDS-TV – Duluth, MN (7/19)
Researchers from Minnesota Sea Grant say that heavy rainfall, high winds, and sediment runoff have impacted water quality in Lake Superior.

Fundraiser may be the life vest that saves Viking ship's voyage
Star Tribune (7/14)
The fate of the world’s largest Viking ship’s tour to the United States, including Duluth, Minn., remained uncertain Thursday as a last-minute fundraising campaign to cover pilotage fees got underway.

Great Lakes Aquarium cuts ribbon on new exhibit
Duluth News Tribune (7/14)
Months of dreaming, planning and construction on the Great Lakes Aquarium's newest permanent exhibit culminated Thursday night in a gala opening event.

Pollution threats in Saxon Harbor
KQDS-TV Duluth, Minnesota (7/14)
Coast Guard, federal, state, and local first responders are responding to pollution and debris threats from the flooding in Saxon Harbor, Wis., along the shores of Lake Superior on Wednesday.

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General Resources
Minnesota
Great Lakes Commission
Since 1955, Minnesota has been a valued member of the Great Lakes Commission.

Minnesota Governor Profile
Council of Great Lakes Governors
Includes biography, inaugural address, State of the State address and related links.

Minnesota Sea Grant
Provides the people, tools and technology to help maintain and enhance coastal and aquatic economies and resources, focusing primarily on problems facing Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters.

Minnesota State Government
A starting point to guide you to the many resources available from Minnesota's state agencies, departments and other governmental branches.

The Large Lakes Observatory
University of Minnesota - Duluth
Located on the Duluth Campus of the university of Minnesota, the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes world wide. The LLO focuses on the global implications of investigation in the areas of aquatic chemistry, circulation dynamics, geochemistry, acoustic remote sensing, plankton dynamics, sedimentology and paleoclimatology.

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Economy
Minnesota Economic Profile
Northeast-Midwest Institute
The Northeast-Midwest Institute provides a variety of economic data about the state, including unemployment rate, per-capita income, gross state product, exports, government spending, demographics and more.

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Environment
Boundary Waters Magazine
An online magazine featuring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the Quetico Provincial Park, and surrounding communities.

Lake Superior - Duluth Streams
U.S. EPA/NOAA
This project's primary goal is to enhance public understanding of aquatic ecosystems, the influence of land uses in the watershed and these systems, and the importance of these systems to both economic and environmental sustainability.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
 

Minnesota Lakes Association
The Minnesota Lakes Association seeks to protect, preserve and enhance Minnesota's lakes as irreplaceable natural assets and to encourage responsible use of lakes for widely diverse purposes.

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA)
OEA's mission is to help Minnesotans make informed decisions and take actions that conserve resources and prevent pollution and waste to benefit the environment, economy, and society.

Minnesota Shoreline Management Resource Guide
This guide provides easy access to information about sustainable shoreland practices to improve management of Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

Upper Mississippi River (IA, IL, MN, MO)
American Heritage Rivers
The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, established by an Executive Order in September 1997, is a program to help communities restore and revitalize waters and waterfronts.

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Tourism
The Great Lakes Circle Tour
Ride along on the 6,500-mile Great Lakes Circle Tour: a scenic, international road system connecting the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River! For new visitors to the region, this online travel guide offers informational maps, road routes and estimated mileages, and links to major cities, camping and recreation areas, and natural attractions.

Explore Minnesota
Minnesota's official travel information web site.

Minnesota Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Minnesota's beach monitoring program collects samples from 37 Lake Superior beaches and analyzes them for water-borne diseases and human health risks. During beach season, this site offers daily and historical beach status information, including weather, photos and maps.

Minnesota's Superior Scenic Byways
Use this site to explore four beautiful Minnesota Superior Scenic Byways on the western shores of Lake Superior. Each byway is illustrated in an easy-to-follow interactive map that offers recreational opportunities, cultural or historic sites, information centers and various attractions.

The Lighthouses of Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois
Seeing The Light
Join lighthouse buffs Terry and Sue Pepper on a voyage of discovery around the Great Lakes and through history. This site features extensive photography, research and observations of the lights.

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