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ON THE BRULE RIVER -- Dark hung on for a while Saturday morning on opening day of fishing, with clouds hanging low and stubborn over the valley and the steelhead trout here apparently of the same mood. Up and down the river it was the same report. "No fish. I haven't seen one,'' said Bill Fleischman of Duluth. Fleischman sat down on shore to take a break from fishing, with his rod propped up against a tree and a cigar between two fingers. But as with nearly everyone else who had been skunked so far, Fleischman didn't seem to mind.
Iron Range officials this week expressed frustration with Magnetation Inc. over the company's threats to build an iron ore pelletizing plant in another state. But company officials say Minnesota's tough pollution rules are forcing them to look elsewhere. State Rep. Tom Rukavina and St.
Iron Range officials this week expressed frustration with Magnetation Inc. over the company's threats to build an iron ore pelletizing plant in another state. But company officials say it's Minnesota's tough pollution rules that are forcing them to look elsewhere. State Rep. Tom Rukavina and St.
As Duluthians stare out at last summer's grass still poking out of ground exposing a record dearth of snow, Peg Sutherland of Gile was out Friday driving her tractor-mounted snowblower. Sutherland was trying to keep up with the 34 inches of snow that had fallen between Wednesday night and Friday afternoon in the Wisconsin town about three miles southwest of Hurley. "And it's still snowing a little. It never really stopped,'' she said.
For the third time in five days and the fourth time this winter, Duluth set another warm temperature record on Monday. It hit 45 degrees at 1:23 p.m. at Duluth International Airport, breaking the old record of 42 set in 2002. Thursday, Friday and the day after Christmas also saw the warmest temperatures for those days since records have been kept in Duluth, starting in 1870.
The sawmills that buzzed away on the shore of the St. Louis River in Duluth are long since gone, but the legacy of debris they left on the bottom of what was called Cedar Yard Bay is still there. An estimated 41,000 tons of sawmill waste -- sawdust and slabs -- are still covering the bottom, amazingly intact even after a century under water and ice.
A fast-moving weather system is expected to drop up to two inches of snow on parts of the Northland early Friday. While not exactly a winter storm or blizzard, it's the first measurable snow in days and the only snow in the forecast for the next week. The National Weather Service in Duluth said northern St. Louis, Koochiching, Lake and Cook counties can expect to see up to two inches by the time the snow moves out Friday afternoon. Itasca, Carlton and southern St.
The nation's top forecasters are predicting a colder-than-normal winter across the Northland. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a 2011-2012 winter outlook today that calls for a better-than-average chance that temperatures will be colder than normal across much of the northern U.S.
Most waterfront areas along Lake Superior's North Shore and in Duluth showed no signs of potentially unhealthy bacteria over the summer, according the Minnesota Department of Health. Of the 37 beaches tested at least weekly from late May into September, 22 had no positive hits for bacteria. Of the remaining 15 beaches, 10 had only one posting for high bacteria levels that could make people sick if they swallowed the water. The most problematic beaches with the greatest number of positive bacteria tests continue to be on the harbor side of Park Point, in warmer, shallower waters. Of the fiv
The Pagami Creek fire in the Superior National Forest jumped outside its perimeter in spots in recent days fanned by strong winds in tinder-dry conditions. Trees inside the perimeter of the fire burned as well, sending embers in the wind that landed and started new fires that ground and air crews immediately attacked. Daria Day, an information officer assigned to the fire, said that despite the wind challenge, "we managed to hold our own." She said wind gusts reached as high as 36 mph with a sustained wind in the teens. She said the southeast wind pushed smoke across the Fernberg Trail area