AT&T can build a 450-foot cell tower near Boundary Waters - KMSP-TV

AT&T can build a 450-foot cell tower near Boundary Waters

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

AT&T can build a 450-foot cell tower near Ely, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

The decision reverses a Hennepin County judge's ruling that concluded a cell tower would have a "materially adverse effect on the environment."

That decision was in line with an argument from The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, which filed a lawsuit to block the AT&T tower, saying the tower and flashing lights would be visible from Boundary Waters lakes.

The three-judge Court of Appeals panel decided the district court failed to properly weigh the relative severity of the effects of the proposed tower on sight lines from the BWCA.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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