Minnesota Power Pays for State Park Improvements


Minnesota Power Island Lake Reservoir

After Minnesota Power committed storm water violations, it has been given a punishment that fits well with the violation.

In 2012, the company hired a contractor to do excavation in Duluth’s Island Lake Reservoir area. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports the company did not have proper licensing for the excavation. The company failed to take proper precautions to prevent sediment from getting into the reservoir. The company later took corrective actions.

Now, instead of the normal penalty, Minnesota Power will make at least $53,000 worth of improvements to the Jay Cooke State Park near Carlton. The improvements will work to stabilize hillside erosion in the park.

It seems fitting that the punishment for environmental damage would be fixing environmental damage, rather than simply facing a penalty.


Photo via: Bjoertvedt



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Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal is a student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in California and has lived in four states since then, finally landing in Minnesota (maybe not for good). She loves to travel and studied abroad in London and Ireland last year with another planned trip to Argentina this upcoming year. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation without the excuse of class credit. She is an avid reader who enjoys anything she can get her hands on, from literature classics to popular trilogies. She enjoys writing in all forms, contributing to not only Minnesota Connect but also St. Thomas’s student-run online news source TommieMedia and the School of Social Work’s Perspectives.

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