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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
The second blistering heat wave of the month has enveloped the Northland, pushing the National Weather Service in Duluth to issue a heat advisory from the Twin Ports south through Monday evening. Duluth hit 94 degrees at 4 p.m. today and, combined with a high dew point, the heat index reached 103 degrees. The heat index or feels-like temperature hit as high as 109 at Crane Lake earlier today and at 4 p.m.
Janaki Fisher-Merritt said he was surprised in recent weeks to get letters from Enbridge Energy asking to survey his family's Carlton County farm for a possible new oil pipeline route. Fisher-Merritt had heard about Enbridge plans to expand existing pipelines across the Northland to carry more Canadian and North Dakota oil east and south. But he assumed the new oil would flow along the existing pipeline route and not across the woods on his land. "This was out of the blue.
Last month, city officials unveiled the first electric car-charging station in Duluth. On Tuesday, Como Oil unveiled Duluth's first gas pump dedicated to propane-powered vehicles. The new propane pump is open all day every day, with drive-up convenience that gasoline and diesel fuel drivers have enjoyed for years. The new pump is at Como's bulk fueling station at 3002 W. Superior St., across Michigan Street from Clyde Iron. For now, customers must have an account with Como to access the self-service pump.
Two Wisconsin lawmakers have asked the president of Gogebic Taconite to remove armed security guards from the company's proposed mining site in Ashland and Iron counties. Bob Seitz, Gogebic Taconite spokesman, told the News Tribune that the company began employing private security guards after teams of mining opponents "dressed in black and wearing masks violently attacked our drill site" in June. State Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Rep.