Pointing to a strong economy driving demand for products – and in some cases, tariffs – some Great Lakes ports are reporting that 2018 saw an uptick in the cargo moving through their waters.
Shipping industry advocates say another lock is vital to improving the resilience of the Great Lakes economy.
Wisconsin's black bear harvest was down 11 percent this fall compared to last year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Hunters harvested 3,685 black bear this fall, which is down from 4,136 last year. Scott Walter, a large carnivore specialist with the DNR, said the dip wasn't a surprise since the state issued 450 fewer hunting tags this year.
Alberta-based Husky Energy said the company's net earnings are up 300 percent from the same time last year. The company also received about $84 million (in U.S. dollars) in insurance money to pay for damage caused by an explosion and series of fires at its oil refinery in Superior last April. Husky reported the company's net profits grew to around $415 million (in U.S. dollars) in its third quarter earnings report.
Rich Skerbitz, who was born a triple amputee, believes voting is one of the most important duties people have as citizens. For the 45-year-old Oulu resident, there are many critical issues in this election for people like him who are living with disabilities. "Some of the examples that affect people with disabilities are public transportation, personal care assistants and accessibility in general," Skerbitz said.
The Wisconsin Legislature's rules committee voted to suspend a new restriction that would have prevented hunters from moving deer out of CWD-affected areas of the state. The committee voted 6-4 to block that portion of an emergency rule that was designed to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease. A motion to suspend restrictions that require added fencing of deer farms failed 4-6.
Invasive zebra and quagga mussels don't appear to be very widespread in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. The preliminary findings are part of a two-year study to determine the extent of their numbers and where they originated. The National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency detected invasive mussels in the islands in 2015 and 2016, but the invaders have been spotted on fishing nets since 2011. Since then, the agencies began working together to increase detection in the area.
Husky Energy asked workers to leave the Superior refinery site after a small propane tank was damaged Saturday, Sept. 15.
he Minnesota Department of Commerce says energy firm Enbridge does not have adequate insurance to protect the public from damages related to crude oil spills.
A group of states and businesses announced a campaign Thursday on Mackinac Island, Michigan, to draw cruise ships to the Great Lakes. One cruise line is already planning trips that will visit Lake Superior next summer. States like Wisconsin, Canadian provinces, ports and tourism agencies are partnering to promote cruise ship tourism in the region.