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Courier with a cause mushes to Capitol

DULUTH — A former Minnesota legislator leaves Duluth on Monday on a mission — to deliver anti-mining petitions to the Capitol in St. Paul by dog sled.

Frank Moe says his sled will carry petitions signed by 10,000 people who are concerned about water pollution from copper-nickel mines in northern Minnesota.

Moe began his journey in Grand Marais on Wednesday. He and other dog sleds rendezvoused in Finland on Saturday. Moe and fellow musher Adam Harju will complete the trek by dog sled to St. Paul.

PolyMet is first in line to develop nonferrous mining in northeastern Minnesota. Company spokesman Brad Moore says PolyMet has the same concern for protecting water quality. The project is in the midst of an extensive environmental review.

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