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Washburn County authorities today said they found 60 pounds of high explosives under the floor of a garden shed of a man who recently died. The dynamite sticks were found by the executor of the man's estate who was looking for items to sell in an estate sale. They had been stashed under the floor boards in the metal shed behind the house on Main Street in Birchwood.
The Twin Ports saw its first rip-current warning Saturday -- a reminder that with summer weather finally here, beachgoers on Lake Superior need to be mindful of the potential of dangerous underwater currents. Duluth will continue its system of warning flags at three major parking areas along Park Point where people are most likely to access the beach. Now through Oct. 15 the Duluth Fire Department, based on a forecast from the Duluth office of the National Weather Service, will post a flag by 10 a.m. each day at three locations along Park Point. Red flags mean stay out of the water.
When George Voyles moved to his dream retirement home in the woods of Adams County, Wis., he happened to pick up a brochure on how to defend rural property against wildfires. So Voyles cut down trees that hung over his house and cut down pine trees nearby. He got rid of bushes and wood mulch landscaping around his house. He cut back brush, and he moved the firewood pile far out in his expanded yard of grass. When the Cottonville fire erupted in May 2005, Voyles' house was right in the path. Thirty of his neighbors' homes and cabins, more than 90 structures in all, were destroyed.
When the 1,000-foot freighter Edgar B. Speer departed Two Harbors earlier this week for a steel mill in Gary, Ind., it left with a load of 60,000 tons of taconite. That might sound like a lot of iron ore, but it's 10,000 tons less than a full load.
Record April snow, an unusually warm string of days, thunderstorms and now the possibility of snow in May are all contributing to Northland rivers spilling over their banks, some of them flooding roads. No major flooding was occurring or expected in the Northland, but the National Weather Service has posted advisories for small streams across the region, and several roads have been closed.
When a woman sprained her ankle walking on the beach ice at the end of Minnesota Point in Duluth last week, first responders from a half-dozen agencies wondered how best to get her out. There was too much ice to get to her by boat, and too much snow to get ATVs all the way to the end of the point. So it was up to the St. Louis County Rescue Squad and its air boat to do the job. Chalk up another rescue for Lake Assault Boats. Lake Assault occupies a nondescript warehouse in the Fraser Shipyards complex on Superior's waterfront, but it's a busy place.
Convertibles will have their tops down, motorcycles will be plying the highways and we should see our first shorts and T-shirts of the season this weekend when highs under mostly sunny skies are expected to rise to near 60 degrees in Duluth for the first time since Oct. 16. But first, one more blast of winter. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. today through noon Tuesday for Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, the North Shore and all of Northwestern Wisconsin.
It sounds too Earth-friendly to be true -- that you can get kitchens and bathrooms sparkling clean and disinfected without bleach or antibacterials or other harsh chemicals, that you can solve all your cleaning needs with tap water, table salt and electricity. But Patti Grosnick says she's seen it work, and she should know. Grosnick is in charge of 42 custodians for the Superior school district, where she has been using a device that uses an electric charge to activate salt water into two compounds -- a disinfectant and a cleaner-degreaser. Superior isn't alone.
On the bright side, it looks likely that Duluth will set the record for the snowiest April on record. On the not-so-bright side, it looks like snow will pick up again this afternoon, with another 4-8 additional inches likely before it finally lets up Friday afternoon. The Weather Service this morning says the heaviest snow will begin about 3 p.m.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued its final version of regulations for ships that carry ballast water, hoping to prevent them from also carrying invasive species into U.S. waters. The new EPA permit and accompanying regulations requires owners of most all freight-carrying vessels, including those coming to the Great Lakes, to adopt International Maritime Organization standards for killing living organisms in the on-board ballast tanks. The rule, which takes effect on Jan.