Standing near a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Sonny Hancock wore the modern-day regalia common to the soldiers of that war -- the ballcap, the black leather vest, each festooned with meaningful patches.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Even after he'd been badly burned in a workplace incident at Fraser Shipyards in February, Joseph Burch figured he hadn't seen the last of his welding torch. "He was always optimistic," said Burch's sister-in-law Stacy Mackie. "He would talk about going back to work." The reunion between the welder and the tools of his trade never happened as Burch, 53, died in April — two months after the incident aboard the docked freighter Roger Blough.
DULUTH, Minn. — Inspired by the success of a suicide prevention program that allows people in crisis to reach out via text message, St. Louis County is turning to cellphones to aid the homeless. The "Text Homeless" pilot program calls for people who are homeless or on the cusp of homelessness to text 85511 and type in "homeless." By doing so, a person will receive a series of yes or no questions that will allow United Way coordinators to arrange the more detailed in-person screenings that can lead to transitional housing.
The Trump administration's federal budget proposal for 2018 isn't a week old, but already state and local transportation officials are adjusting to President Donald Trump's goal of reducing the federal government's role in funding infrastructure. While hopeful still of federal dollars, organizers behind the proposed Northern Lights Express high-speed rail project between Duluth and the Twin Cities are starting to consider piecemeal options aimed at bringing the project to fruition over a longer period of time.
DULUTH, Minn.—Whether it was for military service or job creation, for philanthropy or friendship, Al Amatuzio always seemed to be there for Duluth and Superior. After 92 years of being there for the Twin Ports, Amatuzio died Friday at his home. The company he founded, Amsoil Inc., announced his passing to its worldwide network of dealers in an email on Saturday, saying Amatuzio died peacefully and surrounded by family.
The reciprocity agreement was announced Monday in Duluth and comes after more than 100 years of operating autonomously for both the Duluth Area and Superior Douglas County YMCAs.
Hazardous materials workers from three major railroad companies secured the scene of a train derailment and resulting spill of a combustible chemical in rural Superior on Tuesday morning and cleanup work continued Wednesday. "We have contained the single leaking rail car, which was hauling octene, a liquid solvent used in plastic production," Union Pacific spokeswoman Calli Hite said in a statement to the News Tribune early Tuesday afternoon. Union Pacific owns and operates the train that derailed.