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DULUTH — A father and daughter died Thursday, Aug. 10, after being pulled from the waters of Lake Superior off Park Point in Duluth following a search that lasted for more than an hour amid large waves. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported late Thursday that the victims were a 10-year-old girl from Hudson, Wis., and a 38-year-old man from Osceola, Wis. Their names were being withheld pending notification of family.
BROOKSTON, Minn. — After a week of searching by family, friends and law enforcement, Ron and Mary Tarnowski were found deceased in the Brookston area on Saturday. A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter discovered the elderly Duluth couple's vehicle in a remote location at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the Duluth Police Department. The investigation into the deaths was ongoing Saturday night, but foul play wasn't suspected. It appeared the couple's SUV had gotten stuck, police said.
DULUTH, Minn.—Two Duluth firefighters floated in Lake Superior on Tuesday, waiting to be rescued, but it wasn't a human in a boat coming to their aid. A 24-pound unmanned water rescue drone sped through the water toward the firefighters, its movements directed by a firefighter on shore using a remote control. When it reached the firefighters in the water, they grabbed onto a set of handles and were pulled to shore by the drone — formally named an Emergency Integrated Lifesaving LanYard, or EMILY for short.
HIBBING, Minn. — Partygoers in Hibbing celebrated Bob Dylan's birthday on Wednesday with a dinner buffet and live music by local group Cowboy Angel Blue.
Christopher Neil Bjerkness, who has previously admitted to having a fetish for slashing exercise balls, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday after allegedly slashing 22 exercise balls at the school.
DULUTH — Three Coast Guardsmen tethered themselves together to rescue three brothers who had made their way down the Duluth ship canal's north pier, awash in gale force winds and mammoth waves. Eric Halverson, 17, and twins Nathan and Arthur Halverson, 16, weren't alone in being drawn to the pier on that stormy night 50 years ago. The Duluth Herald reported the next day that "other youths also had been daring the waves by running on the pier during the storm."
DULUTH, Minn.—The Rock of Ages Lighthouse has greeted visitors approaching Isle Royale National Park since 1908, but it's been nearly 40 years since a lightkeeper cared for it. Although the bones of the structure are in good shape, the lighthouse's interior needs attention — and the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society is hoping to provide that. The preservation society, based in Duluth, is planning a multi-year project beginning this summer to restore the lighthouse to a 1930s look, with the goal of opening the lighthouse to the public in 2020.
DULUTH, Minn.—In a state known for its water and hockey, Alan Newton is hoping a sport will take hold in Duluth that combines the two: underwater hockey. On a recent night at Lincoln Park Middle School, Newton called out to six swimmers — "Ready, go!" — and the swimmers ducked underneath the water's surface, short hockey sticks in hand, to swim toward a puck in the middle of the pool.
TWO HARBORS, Minn.—Winds gusting in excess of 60 mph in northern Minnesota on Tuesday downed trees and power lines, left thousands without power, made driving difficult — and damaged a Two Harbors landmark. Pierre the Voyageur — the statue that has greeted residents and visitors to the North Shore for more than a half-century — lost his right arm and canoe paddle to a gust of wind sometime early Tuesday afternoon.
DULUTH, Minn.—A recent study of Devil's Kettle Falls on Minnesota's North Shore, completed out of "scientific curiosity," shed light on the waterfall's phenomenon, a state hydrologist said. In Judge C.R. Magney State Park, the Brule River splits into two at Devil's Kettle, with one branch flowing over a typical waterfall and the other branch disappearing into a hole at the bottom. Using stream gauges, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources determined that the water rejoins the river farther downstream, the agency announced on Tuesday.