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Huge Cell Tower To Go Up Near Boundary Waters

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 5:59 am

A 450-foot cellphone tower with flashing lights that would be seen from parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will be allowed to go forward, after the Minnesota Supreme Court denied a request to hear the case.

The high court’s decision means a June ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals will stand. The Cour of Appeals voted to allow the tower.

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness had wanted to block the tower proposed by AT&T Mobility, saying its location atop a ridge near Ely would make it visible from 10 lakes within the protected area. The group had argued that a smaller tower without lights would provide sufficient coverage.

The BWCA covers more than 1 million acres in northeastern Minnesota and is a bastian for nature lovers. Looks like those nature lovers will be able to take pictures and post them to facebook now while in the boundary waters.

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