In early March 2012, former State Representative Frank Moe completed a week-long, historic 362 mile trek from Grand Marais, Minnesota, a small town on the North Shore of Lake Superior, to the State Capitol in Saint Paul on a dog sled pulled by his team of 10 dogs. At the end of that week, which took him over snowy forest trails, through muddy farm fields and across bustling city intersections, Frank delivered over 13,000 petitions to Governor Mark Dayton from Minnesotans who are opposed to sulfide mining in the Lake Superior watershed and very close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The purpose of his trip was to inform Minnesotans about the potential hazards of the proposed sulfide mining projects slated for Northeastern Minnesota. The proposed mine in Ely will be what mining officials are calling "one of the three largest mines in the world" just three miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. There is another huge mine proposed outside of Hoyt Lakes, on a tributary of the St. Louis River, which flows directly into Lake Superior.
This documentary project will utilize the video and photographic imagery captured during the 8 day trip, as well as testimonials of people who signed the petition along the way, to tell the story of this extraordinary journey.
Funds raised will be used for film production, reproduction of the final documentary, promotional events and distribution of the film in November, 2012.
Sled Dogs to Saint Paul is a non-profit group operating at the State level. Federal tax deductions will not apply to contributions.
- (31 days)