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DULUTH, Minn.—Two Duluth residents have been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder after a man was allegedly severely beaten, bound and gagged and left for dead alongside a northeast Minnesota road.
DULUTH—Al and Jenny Lopez dated for three months before they decided to tie the knot on Valentine's Day last year. "When you're 80 years old, why wait? You might wait too long and then you're sorry," Jenny said. But whether they really dated before getting married seems to still be up for debate. "Did we date?" Al joked. Jenny responded, "When you came and knocked on the door after supper, that was a date."
The novels "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" will no longer be required reading in the Duluth school district due to the books' use of a racial slur, a curriculum change supported by the local NAACP chapter. The two books will continue to be available in school libraries and can be optional reading for students, but beginning next school year, they'll be replaced as required reading by other literature that addresses the same topics in ninth- and 11th-grade English classes, said Michael Cary, the district's director of curriculum and instruction.
ON THE GUNFLINT TRAIL, Minn. — Martha Schouweiler received hugs and congratulations as she walked into Trail Center Lodge on Monday morning, Jan. 29. Schouweiler crossed the finish line at 6:34 a.m. Monday for her fourth consecutive title in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon mid-distance race. She set a record last year with her third win in the 120-mile event, and it was rewarding to see hard work, mixed with a little luck, pay off a fourth time, she said.
Minnesota Vikings fullback C.J. Ham told his parents, Cortez and Tina Ham, that they were going to get a Vikings win for their wedding anniversary last weekend. The Vikings delivered on that anniversary gift for the Duluth couple. "Twenty-three seconds was kind of unbearable," Cortez said of the dramatic ending.
BAYFIELD, Wisc.—This month's frigid weather hasn't pushed the needle toward opening the popular, ice-coated Apostle Islands mainland sea caves to the public.
Facing a $5.4 million budget shortfall next fiscal year, the University of Minnesota Duluth announced Thursday that it will make budget cuts over the next several years. The university will reduce its budget by $600,000 in fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black announced Thursday, Jan. 11, in employee town hall meetings.
DULUTH — Experiencing his first winter after moving from Shanghai to Duluth, Jeffrey Xu wondered why Minnesotans put on jackets, but then leave their legs vulnerable to the elements when they're out and about. "I knew it's cold. But until you feel the cold ..." Xu said with a laugh. He explained, "It's something that really puzzles me. People here, they have the attitude that they just want to tough it out."
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — After a week of frigid temperatures, a slight warmup looks like it may happen in time for the Gunflint Mail Run sled dog race this weekend. "It's definitely nicer for spectators and mushers if it's not 25 below, but that's why they're tough people. They do it anyway," said Sarah Hamilton, race organizer and owner of Trail Center Lodge.
ISABELLA, Minn.—Seeing his dog pinned to the ground in a black bear's jaw, William Vagts ran to the bear, threw his arms around its neck and tried to pull the bear backwards. "I didn't even think. I just reacted. ... I just held him for just a few seconds, which is a long time to hold a bear by the neck," Vagts, 68, said as he kneeled in the snow and circled his arms to re-enact what took place in his front yard on Tuesday morning.