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Wisconsin State Sen. Bob Jauch said he was "appalled" and "dumbfounded" at the words of Gov. Scott Walker in what turned out to be a crank call to the governor. "My heart sank," the Democratic senator from Poplar said, adding that he felt like he was "standing in the White House during Watergate." Jauch also blasted Walker for canceling his planned meeting with representatives of Superior Days, the community's annual lobbying effort at the Capitol.
The 12-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered after hitting a tree while skiing at Spirit Mountain on Friday afternoon has been identified as Trent Stellrecht. The Grantsburg, Wis., youth was one of 12 children on a ski trip organized by the Living Hope Church near Grantsburg. "He was a great boy, very busy, very active. ... He liked the outdoors and was always helping his father," said Chris Radtke, the church's youth director. Radtke said Stellrecht had been on the beginner hill most of the day and then apparently went off on his own to a more challenging hill.
Enbridge Energy Partners LLC was formally fined $2.4 million Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the 2007 oil pipeline explosion near Clearbrook, Minn., that killed two Superior men. The fine was proposed in 2008 but didn't become formal until Tuesday. It must be paid within 20 days, federal officials said. The explosion, which occurred on Nov. 28, 2007, created a huge fire and spilled 15,000 gallons of oil. In addition to the fine, Enbridge also must revise and implement certain pipeline maintenance and repair procedures and upgrade training efforts for employees.
Parts of 11 lakes in Douglas and Bayfield counties along the Eau Claire chain would get special protections under a proposal announced today by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is proposing Critical Habitat Designation for parts of Birch, Bony, Cranberry, Devils, Lower Eau Claire, Middle Eau Claire, Robinson, Shunenberg, Smith, Sweet and Upper Eau Claire lakes. The plan is to protect key areas for fish spawning and shoreland wildlife, said Alex Smith.
GORDON -- The windows were rattling and the steel-frame tower shuddered, but Bea Laakkonen didn't seem to mind. One hundred feet above the ground, the wind at noon Tuesday was gusting to 40 mph and the jack pine below were bending hard toward the north. "I actually like the noise that wind makes," Laakkonen said as she peered through binoculars. "It's nice to just have the wind and the quiet up here." She enjoys the wildlife, too. On Tuesday, a bald eagle soared below the tower, battling the gusts. On Monday, Laakkonen peered down into the St.
A big winter storm that brought floods, mudslides and 70 mph winds to California, Arizona and New Mexico on Thursday is aiming at the Northland for the weekend, but forecasters still aren't sure if it will bring mostly rain or mostly snow. The storm, which has been predicted for more than a week, could begin Friday evening in the Northland but will arrive in earnest Saturday into Sunday. Warmer temperatures aloft are expected to bring a sloppy, icy mix of rain, freezing rain and snow -- but forecasters aren't sure where, when or how much of each.
If you didn't cover the petunias last night, they may have taken a hit. Temperatures this morning dropped to the upper 20s in parts of northern Minnesota and to near freezing across much of the Northland, including the Twin Ports. The temperature at 6 a.m. at Duluth International Airport was 34 degrees. Hibbing reported 29, and the 6 a.m. temperature in Cook was 28. A frost advisory remains in effect through 7 a.m. for the Twin Ports and Northwestern Wisconsin. A more severe freeze warning is in effect through 7 a.m. for Koochiching, Itasca, Lake and Cook Counties and most of St.
Dick Pomeroy was part of that last, old guard of newspaper men who smoked in the newsroom, drank hard liquor after work and yelled for the copy boy when their story was typed up. And when he wasn't writing about the Duluth-Superior port for the Duluth or Superior newspapers, he was working on the docks as a line-handler, unloading salties that sailed into the Twin Ports. Nowadays that would be a conflict of interest. In those days it was called working the beat. Literally. Richard L. "Scoop'' Pomeroy died Wednesday at St. Mary's Medical center in Duluth. He was 86.