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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
A popular federal program that for 33 years has quietly trapped and killed thousands of wolves in northern Minnesota will become extinct after Friday. The wolves were targeted near where livestock and pets had been killed. And almost everyone who knew about the program -- farmers, conservation leaders, wolf lovers, state natural resource officials, Republican and Democratic politicians -- liked it. But with a moratorium on earmarks in Washington, there's no money assigned to the program after fiscal 2011 ends Friday, when wolf trappers will cease operations.
More than 830 people are now helping stamp out the remnants of the Pagami Creek fire in the Superior National Forest, and they're having an easier time of it after several days of rain. Crews now have more than 30 percent of the fire contained thanks to help from several aircraft, bulldozers, fire trucks and more. But more than an inch of rain since Sunday has been the biggest factor, along with cool temperatures. "It was raining hard enough (Wednesday) that they took the crews off the line by about noon.
Yet another cougar has moved across the Northland, heading east into Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Trail camera photographs taken in northern Douglas County on July 25, in Iron County on Aug. 30 and near Ontonagon, Mich., on Sept.
Murphy Oil Corp. has reached an agreement to sell its Superior refinery to Calumet Specialty Products Partners, an Indiana-based refiner and processer of specialty petroleum products. The deal, announced Monday, exactly one year since the refinery was put up for sale, still must clear regulatory approval but is expected to be final by the end of September. It's unclear what the change in ownership might mean for the refinery and its roughly 156 employees.
Douglas and Sawyer Counties grew a bit over the past decade while Ashland and Superior lost people, according to data released Thursday from the 2010 U.S. census. The census snapshot of population, racial makeup and growth patterns over the past decade shows that Northwestern Wisconsin's population growth lagged behind the state as a whole.