Can you imagine dropping everything to live in the Boundary Waters for an entire year? That’s what one Minnesota couple from Ely did. No car, no groceries not even a light switch to flip on. Instead, the new normal for Amy and Dave Freeman included sleeping in a tent every night. They stayed at 100 different camps, and visited over 500 bodies of water.
When the Freeman’s learned about the proposed Twin Metals sulfide-ore copper mine they became concerned and wanted to find a way to use their skills to help raise awareness about the threats that this type of mining posed to the wilderness.
Amy and Dave teamed up with the Save the Boundary Waters organization and spent a year up there to bring awareness to the Boundary Waters area across the nation. They wrote about their experience in their book, A Year in the Wilderness.
The debate over mining near the boundary waters in northeast Minnesota is reaching a critical point, 5 Eyewitness News reporter, Matt Belanger investigates on the type of mining being considered and its potential impact on the environment. You can catch his story on September 27th at 10 PM on 5 Eyewitness News.