Professors: Court erred on BWCA cell tower

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2012 - 8:51 PM

They ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the Appeals Court decision to allow 450-foot structure in light of environmental rights act.

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reidJul. 27, 12 9:01 PM

Slow erosion of the natural state is the key here. And, which others have said in this debate all along, there are other most likely more desirable alternatives such as several shorter towers. And where does ATT come off thinking that a 450' guyed tower is safer (for birds and planes) than smaller self supporting towers? I guess they only see what they want when looking at arguments.

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HeadedNorthJul. 27, 12 9:42 PM

It is to bad a compromise can not be worked out. Residents could use increased cell coverage without it being dragged through the courts. Somehow you would think this could be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.

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minn12Jul. 27, 12 9:43 PM

Once and for all, you'd never even be able to SEE this tower, day or night, from the vast majority of the BWCA. It's located miles from most of it. Not to mention it's on PRIVATE PROPERTY, OUTSIDE of the BWCA. And from the few places you could see it, you'd need binoculars. This whole thing is perpetrated by radical environmentalists. The original law, allowing citizens to sue 'on behalf of the state' was a huge mistake. And the Minnesota Supreme Court needs to dismiss this appeal. The Appellate Court got it right. It should take an awful lot override the rights of private property owners and businesses that operate OUTSIDE of such locations. This isn't even close.

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markythomJul. 27, 1210:03 PM

Agree with minn12. Nuff Said.

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highlife75Jul. 27, 1210:07 PM

An immediate priority after the landslide election in 100 days, will be to dismantel the radical liberal infestation in government so we can all get on with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! This over control, over regulation, frivolous litigation, and restrictions on our freedoms needs to come to an end! This cell tower will have virtually no impact on the "wilderness", but it will make life much eaiser for people in the area who would choose to enjoy modern technology, and I assume there are many since AT&T wouldn't be spending the money to build it.

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arielbenderJul. 27, 1210:30 PM

highlife75Jul. 27, 1210:07 PM An immediate priority after the landslide election in 100 days, will be to dismantel the radical liberal infestation in government so we can all get on with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!____________LOL...wow, pretty sure of yourself, huh? That's what you said about the health care ruling.

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bkjcjrJul. 27, 1210:53 PM

This cell phone tower is needed because people have become so dependent upon cell phones. Cell phone coverage is needed to help rescue people within the BWCA who get in over their heads and wind up in trouble.

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ihave2beniceJul. 28, 12 2:35 AM

Solution: make it look like a tall pine tree.

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wise1Jul. 28, 12 5:46 AM

"The original law, allowing citizens to sue 'on behalf of the state' was a huge mistake. And the Minnesota Supreme Court needs to dismiss this appeal. The Appellate Court got it right. It should take an awful lot override the rights of private property owners and businesses that operate OUTSIDE of such locations. This isn't even close."-----You seem quite willing to give up protection of the law to allow anybody to do anything on private property, as well as discard the value of publicly owned spaces; sorry buddy, but wilderness deserves its place, and deserves the protection.

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wise1Jul. 28, 12 5:49 AM

"Cell phone coverage is needed to help rescue people within the BWCA who get in over their heads and wind up in trouble."-----That hasn't been a problem for over 50 years, it's designated a wilderness for a reason. If dumb or careless people need such contact they can get a satellite phone.

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