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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Twin Metals says its updated plan for an underground copper-nickel mine near Ely includes a 100-acre ore processing facility on the banks of Birch Lake. That puts it closer to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness than earlier planned. Environmental groups say that increases the threat to the wilderness because any polluted runoff from the site would be much closer to the Boundary Waters. The company says the change won't threaten the environment.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A teenager charged with critically injuring a Minneapolis school staff member has been released from jail without posting bail. Eighteen-year-old Corey David Burfield is charged with two counts of assault following attack on Mohammed Dukuly, a paraprofessional who was beaten unconscious at Harrison Education Center earlier this week.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Sen. Michelle Fischbach will take an oath of office as lieutenant governor after months of resisting the role. Gov. Mark Dayton's office says Fischbach will be sworn in Friday morning to serve as the Democratic governor's No. 2. It's a change of heart for Fischbach, a Republican who was automatically elevated to the role after Dayton appointed Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate. Fischbach had sought to hang on to her Senate seat with Republicans holding just a one-seat edge in that chamber.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Three people have been rescued from rushing water below Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. Authorities say three men were fishing on the spillway on Minnehaha Creek Thursday night and were swept away during heavy rainfall. Fire Capt. Staffan Swanson says the three were able to cling to a gate on the spillway and yell for help.

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