Pulitzer finalist

The Star Tribune’s Jill Burcum was named a Pulitzer Prize opinion writing finalist for a piece that ran last Nov. 23 on the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely. The judges lauded Burcum “for passionate, persuasive writing about a pristine wilderness area, accessible largely by canoe, to demonstrate to readers why a proposed mine would do incalculable environmental damage.”