A 450-foot cellphone tower with flashing lights that would be seen from parts of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness will be allowed to go forward, after the Supreme Court denied a request to hear the case.
The high court's decision means a June ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals — which allows the tower — will stand.
The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness had wanted to block the tower proposed by AT&T Mobility, saying its location atop a ridge near Ely would make it visible from 10 lakes within the protected area. The group had argued that a smaller tower without lights would provide sufficient coverage.
The BWCA covers more than 1 million acres in northeastern Minnesota.