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DULUTH, MINN.—"Brady" looks like any other law enforcement officer of his rank — an eager, aggressive disposition, a long snout and wagging tail. But unlike most of his fellow K-9 officers, Brady doesn't search for illegal narcotics or bombs. The 6-year-old golden retriever mix sniffs for zebra mussels. Brady's partner, Minnesota Conservation Officer Julie Siems, was showing off Brady's skills Thursday at the Pike Lake boat landing outside Duluth. Siems hid a rock encrusted with zebra mussels in the splashwell of a fishing boat.
DULUTH — Much of Duluth's fire department responded to a raging fire at an East Hillside apartment building Sunday morning. The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. and wind-whipped flames raced through the top floors, attic and roof of the multi-unit building at 802 E. Third St. in Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood.
DULUTH, Minn. --The federal government, state wildlife managers, university researchers and nonprofit conservation groups have been trying to restore piping plovers to the Great Lakes for decades, with mixed success.
Residents along one of Minnesota's most remote stretches of road are accustomed to helping neighbors in need, whether it’s truck trouble or a forest fire or a white pine down across the road. On Monday Gunflint Trail residents added moose rescue to their resumes. A young moose walked onto the ice of Hungry Jack Lake, hit a soft spot and fell through, unable to get out on its own.
Joseph Burch, a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 117 and a 22-year employee of the company, died Saturday night, according to his family.
DULUTH, Minn.—Law enforcement officials in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota say there's been a recent rash of illegal cutting of small birch trees that are smuggled out and sold as decorations in stores and online. It's not just a few trees, but thousands of small birch cut, bundled and carted away off public and private forests without any payment or permits.
The Calumet oil refinery in Superior, the city's single largest employer and taxpayer, may be put up for sale, sources told Reuters this week. The refinery, which Calumet has owned since 2011, directly employs 185 people with another 80 to 120 private contractors at the facility on a typical day, company officials told the News Tribune last year.
DULUTH, Minn.—It's been known for years that forests with lots of different tree species grow better and faster than forests with just one kind of tree. Now, for the first time, scientists say they know why. It's shapes. It turns out trees of different species find a way to get along with their neighbors by spreading branches out to fill in gaps where sunlight is available — they play off each other's shape. And that maximizes their combined ability to soak up the sun falling on a particular plot of land.
LAKE VERMILLION, Minn. – Fred Reichel had just sat down in the living room of his Lake Vermilion home Saturday afternoon to watch a little TV when he noticed two snowmobiles buzzing across the ice at Oak Narrows. Only one of the snowmobiles made it. The other, driven by Ronald Hautla of Eveleth, crashed through the ice. "I knew, when I didn't see the second one, exactly what happened. I ran outside and from there I could see him in the water," Reichel told the News Tribune on Sunday. "So I ran back in and yelled for my wife to call 911 while I went for the canoe."
For only the fourth time in 160 years, and the third time in the past six years, the Madeline Island Ferry Line will keep hauling people and vehicles from Bayfield to La Pointe all winter long. The continuing warm and low-ice winter will keep the ferry operating as the only viable means to get from the Wisconsin mainland to Madeline Island in Lake Superior.