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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.
Fire doesn’t much like cold, and it definitely doesn’t like snow, so the Minnesota and Wisconsin wildfire seasons got off to a slow start in 2016. But don’t count on that lasting much longer.
Plans to move oil out of the Twin Ports via Great Lakes freighters that never really took flight have now been formally grounded. Calumet Specialty Products says it has scrapped plans to build an oil terminal in Superior that could have transferred western U.S. and Canadian oil to tankers to move to eastern refineries.
It’s only about 22 feet tall now, a couple of frozen columns that look a little like ice-coated rope. But Roger Hanson sees much bigger things ahead. Hanson of Big Lake, Minn., is the ice artist/engineer building what he hopes will be the world’s largest ice sculpture in Barker’s Island Festival Park.
The man who was fatally shot in Superior's Allouez neighborhood Tuesday night has been identified . The victim was Garth H. Velin, 20, of Superior, according to Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse.
The lack of large-scale, intensive agriculture in the Lake Superior watershed, coupled with the big lake’s cold water and great depth, are enough to prevent the kind of toxic algae bloom seen in recent days on Lake Erie. Nearly all residents who live around Lake Superior get their drinking water out of the big lake, including residents of Duluth, Superior and surrounding communities.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has, at least for now, turned down a permit application for repairs to a Superior harbor pier that’s planned for a possible oil terminal. Superior-based Elkhorn Industries wants to rehabilitate the harborfront pier to make it usable again for Great Lakes vessels, including a possible terminal for a new Calumet Oil facility to fill tankers and barges with crude oil for shipping to eastern oil refineries. The oil would come into Superior from western states and Canada via pipeline.