Sled Dogs to Saint Paul: The Race for Clean Water

Last winter, former legislator Frank Moe drew a great deal of attention when he loaded up his dog sled team in his hometown of Grand Marais, and headed 362 miles south for the State Capitol. Along the way, he gathered nearly 13,000 petitions from Minnesotans who were similarly concerned about mining projects that had been proposed for ecologically sensitive areas in Northern Minnesota. And when he arrived at the capitol, he spoke to a crowd of supporters, and then marched into the Governor’s office where he waited until he was finally allowed to personally deliver the petitions to Governor Dayton. “Sled Dogs To Saint Paul: The Race For Clean Water” is a documentary that was created about his trip. From when he started out in deep snow near his home in Grand Marais through all sorts of weather and trail conditions and right through to his arrival in the governors office, the movie gives a unique perspective to the lengths Frank was willing to go to ensure that the voices of the people he encountered along the way were heard. In addition to the trip footage, the movie interweaves a narrative about sulfide mining and what impact it could potentially have on Northern Minnesota. The crew interviews local property and business owners, legislators, tribal leaders and community activists who would be negatively impacted by the proposed projects. Read more here:


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