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“Broken Promises: How The Mining Industry Captured Minnesota Government”


Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy


Thursday, June 3, 2021, 8:00 pm EDT / 7:00 pm CDT via livestream on Facebook and Zoom (links below)


Northeast Minnesota is known for its beautiful lakes and forests.  And its iron ore mines.  Now copper mines are proposed, one next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Watch WaterLegacy’s Paula Maccabee explain how Minnesota state agencies choose polluters over people and clean water. Paula will showcase PolyMet permits, environmental review, and pollution deregulation rules to reveal just how far agencies are willing to go to make it easier and cheaper to pollute and destroy Minnesota’s natural environment and human health.  Ms. Maccabee will update us after her video and answer viewer questions.


Paula Maccabee has 40 years of experience in public interest law. For the past 11 years, she has led WaterLegacy, a Minnesota non-profit protecting clean water, environmental justice, and human health, as its Counsel and Advocacy Director. Paula has previously served as a plaintiffs’ trial attorney, a City Council member and a Special Assistant Attorney General. Paula is a graduate of Yale University Law School (1981).







Meeting ID: 831 1343 8020

Passcode: 2021

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Birding Helps To Keep Us Healthy (And It’s Fun)


by Jeff Towner, Chairman, Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society & UPEC Board Member


Probably everyone would agree that we modern humans are subjected to a lot of environmental stress. The stressors are too numerous to name, but depending on an individual’s circumstances they may include environmental contaminants, including polluted air, water, and soil, poor diet, economic instability, lack of exercise, noise, interpersonal relationships, political instability, a deluge of media, including social media, and disease, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. Some spend considerable time and money looking for ways to reduce their stress load and deal with the physical and mental effects of stress. So, what does birding have to do with this? The answer is “A lot.”

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