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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.
Light snow continued to fall in Duluth this afternoon on top of 8 to 16 inches reported across the city overnight and this morning -- and there's more to come Wednesday across most of the Northland. As much as 26 inches had fallen just north of Two Harbors by 8 p.m.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has set a public meeting on a key aspect of Calumet Oil's proposed oil shipping terminal on Superior's harborfront. The terminal, first proposed in January, would be the first major oil shipping terminal on Lake Superior in recent decades. It would transfer oil from North Dakota and western Canada pipelines to tankers to be shipped to eastern oil refineries. The effort would help alleviate a shortage of shipping capacity for western oil moving east. So far, Calumet officials say they still don't have a customer to buy the oil.
Gordon firefighters could do little at first but watch as flames destroyed their fire hall Thursday afternoon. With their equipment trapped inside the burning building, they had to wait until neighboring departments arrived to help. George Booth, Town of Gordon constable, said the building is a total loss, as are at least six trucks inside, including pumpers and tankers, a snowmobile and other emergency vehicles. No one was hurt in the blaze that broke out just after noon, he added. Gordon firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at the fire hall around noon, Gordon Fire Chie
Gordon firefighters could do little at first but watch as flames destroyed their fire hall Thursday afternoon.
A second summer research tour of the Great Lakes has confirmed what the first one found -- a wealth of tiny plastic particles is polluting the water. Mary Balcer, director of the Lake Superior Research Institute at UWS, who has studied more traditional Great Lakes threats such as zebra mussels, said plastics are a new culprit on the list of Great Lakes ecological troubles. "The accumulation of plastic particles is a great threat to our natural ecosystem and to the humans who use Lake Superior for our drinking water supply," Balcer said Thursday. Lorena Rios-Mendoza, assistant professor of c