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.
Highways in rural Douglas County are showing the effects of up to 3 inches of rain overnight and Tuesday morning. Highway department crews are posting signs and orange cones on roads throughout the northern part of the county where washouts are occurring, and County Road Z has been closed due to 3 feet of water building up beneath a railroad underpass. "We have numerous locations that water is flowing over our county highways," said Jason Jackman, Douglas County Highway Department commissioner. "The ground was already saturated and obviously this isn't helping any."
DULUTH, Minn. — The 47-year-old Twin Cities-area man accused of setting the two Vista Fleet boats out into the harbor last week had also been suspected of causing damage to property in Canal Park the same night, as well as allegedly threatening to blow up the Club Saratoga. Gregory Mark Sullwold, of Greenwood, Minn., was charged by summons Wednesday, Sept. 27, with felony theft-indifferent to owner rights, and if convicted faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
DULUTH — The transactions occur in a flash. Under surveillance, investigators who observe repeated hand-to-hand swaps are able to conclude the obvious: These are drug deals. Simple as they seem, a lot has to happen for a heroin deal to go according to plan in Duluth. The drugs have to make it across the border from Mexico into the United States, and from there, most likely, to Chicago.
Forty-three Fraser Shipyards workers filed lawsuits Wednesday in federal court as fallout continues from the 2016 lead poisoning of scores of workers during the shipyard's repowering of the freighter Herbert C. Jackson.
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.