DULUTH—Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Duluth, President Donald Trump will conduct one of his patented campaign rallies. He has used the events throughout his presidency to excite fans and supporters and fuel his own tank with positivity. The spark that added Amsoil Arena to the back of the Trump campaign T-shirt came during a March phone call he made to Pete Stauber.
DULUTH—As long as there have been ships there has been a curiosity for shipping news. "The No. 1 question we receive is, 'When is the next boat?'" said Denise Wolvin, director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Canal Park. To help the museum answer that question, a Duluth-based software engineering firm stepped up to create a new version of a longtime favorite tool for shipping enthusiasts: the shipping tracker.
DULUTH — The Duluth Transit Authority's Jim Caywood spent last week in Greenville, S.C., where he was the first local person to set eyes on the electric buses coming to Duluth this summer. "The first bus will be here about the second week of June," said Caywood, the DTA's director of maintenance. "It's just about done."
DULUTH — The prospect of protests in Minnesota along the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline construction corridor is forcing officials to consider ways to pay for law enforcement responses and other associated costs. "It's clearly on our minds," St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said. "If the resources required go beyond the expense associated, it's a legitimate concern." In a letter last week to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and copied to Gov. Mark Dayton and other lawmakers, the Association of Minnesota Counties called the expenses "out of ordinary."
DULUTH—The estimated $205 million reconstruction of the "can of worms" section of Interstate 35 through Duluth isn't scheduled to begin until 2019. But that doesn't mean work isn't already happening.
DULUTH, Minn.—Bursting with horsepower to spare in what has been a banner season, the Great Lakes shipping industry slowed against its will in the past week. On Lake Superior offshore from Duluth, as many as nine freighters at a time have been anchored and at ease the past several days — mostly waiting turns to load iron ore pellets in the Twin Ports and Two Harbors. A rush to haul an estimated 1.5 million tons of iron ore pellets out of northern Minnesota in the last half-month of the shipping season stalled when arctic air enveloped the Midwest, sources said.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — The story of how this mill and hockey town became the epicenter of the pipeline abandonment debate starts at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Located less than a mile due north off U.S. Highway 2, the church sits on the edge of town with its back facing the west shore of McKinney Lake. With roots as a mission, the church was built in the early 1990s. White pines rise like an amphitheater around it.
A close call at a rural railroad crossing in St. Louis County might be considered a fascinating case study — unless your name is Gerald Wick.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances that led to a 24-year-old Duluth woman being found severely burned in the city's Fond du Lac neighborhood last Thursday. The Duluth Police Department was collecting "all the facts we can" about what happened to Jaclyn Arnold, it said in a news release Monday. "We do not believe the community is at risk at this time and will provide updates when they become available," the department reported. There has been an outpouring of community support for Arnold, who remains hospitalized in a Minneapolis-area burn unit.
DULUTH—Far out on the lake, a tug-barge can look like any of the other monster freight vessels that loll along the horizon. But as it closes in, finer points emerge. Two distinct names—one painted on the barge, one on back of the tug—and the sight of a tug tucked into the backside of the barge. "Most of the tug-barge combinations are converted from old ships," said 21-year Great Lakes pilot John Swartout, who guides foreign-flagged vessels to ports inland from the Atlantic Ocean.