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GORDON, Wis. -- Friends and neighbors say Andy Closson was on his cell phone early New Year's morning talking to someone and repeating over and over that he just wanted to die. Just after 2 a.m., along the U.S. Highway 53 bridge over the St.
It wasn't forecast to snow anywhere in the Duluth region Monday night or Tuesday morning, and it didn't -- except in a few West Duluth neighborhoods. Parts of the Fond du Lac, upper Spirit Valley and as far as the western Lincoln Park neighborhoods saw up to an inch of new snow fall overnight. "It started about 9 p.m. and snowed all night, very lightly but very persistent," said Ron Williams, who lives in the Highland neighborhood of western Duluth.
Magnetation will build its new iron-ore pellet plant in Reynolds, Ind., the Grand Rapids firm announced Tuesday, spurning efforts to lure the plant to Superior or Minnesota's Iron Range. The $300 million plant will produce up to 3 million metric tons of iron-ore pellets each year, with construction set to start early next year and production by late 2014 or early 2015. The new plant will employ about 120 people. After courting Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana sites for the pellet plant, Magnetation said in June that it had ruled out two Itasca County sites and was down to Superior and Reyno
Authorities say a Superior man who shot and killed his hunting companion Monday was aiming at a deer at the time but missed. The shooting victim is Garrett M. Carr, 27, of Oliver. His hunting companion was Michael F. Thomson, 31, of Superior, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.
The first half of the largest land conservation deal in Wisconsin history officially closed Friday, protecting 70 square miles of undeveloped forest. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources now holds conservation easements on the forest land in Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett and Washburn counties in an $11.3 million deal spurred by The Conservation Fund. The 45,000-acre area, now called the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, includes the headwaters of the St.
Bea Kehr was expecting more out of Tropical Storm Isaac as it whizzed past Tampa and the Republican National Convention on Monday. After the convention was delayed one day amid much pre-storm hoopla, the soon-to-be hurricane mostly missed northern Florida and was instead aiming at Louisiana. "It was about as windy as a Minnesota snowstorm, without any snow," said Kehr, of Duluth, a delegate to the convention. Kehr and Kevin Erickson of Mountain Iron, who spoke to the News Tribune by phone Monday, are two of just three delegates from the 8th Congressional District to attend the national conv
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host a public open house Aug. 29 on the future lighting for the Blatnik Bridge spanning the harbor between Duluth and Superior. The decorative lights outlining the bridge's main arch were rusting and failing when they were shut off and removed this year during construction on the bridge.
Minnesota Power's system of reservoirs and dams along the St. Louis River leading into the Twin Ports is holding well despite massive amounts of water pouring through, officials said this afternoon. Utility officials say there are no problems with any of the four dams along the lower river -- including the Fond du Lac, Thomson, Scanlon and Knife Falls dams between Cloquet and Duluth. "There are no problems, no failures; the system is designed to handle this kind of flood and more," Amy Rutledge, spokeswoman for the Duluth-based utility, said. Stream flow on the St.
A Lakeville, Minn., man and his twin engine airplane were still missing Monday night with few clues on where he may have gone or why. Michael Arthur Bratlie, 67, a seasoned pilot with thousands of hours of U.S. Navy and airline flight time, went missing Friday night apparently somewhere north of Duluth. Air, ground and water searches over the weekend and again Monday turned up no sign of the twin engine Piper PA-31 Navajo. "There's no good news tonight," said Capt. George Supan of the Civil Air Patrol as the last search planes were landing as night fell. Maj.
A 13-year-old Duluth teen underwater in Lake Superior for more than 30 minutes was clinging to life in a Duluth hospital late Monday after being rescued just off shore. Jeffrey Carlos Watson Jr. had been swimming with friends near the old concrete structure called the cribs, or Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum, just off Duluth's Lakewalk waterfront trail when he went under and didn't surface. Friends called 911 about 4:15 Monday afternoon, and crews from the Duluth Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, St. Louis County Sheriff's deputies, the St.