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Brooks Johnson

Brooks Johnson was an enterprise/investigative reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune from 2016 to 2019.

Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted to narrow scope of study on Nemadji Trail Energy Center
Combined entity will have more than $1 billion in assets
"Out of that tragedy a lot of advancements have come, and we'll continue to seek more."
Every year, authorities tell Minnesotans: "Ice is never 100 percent safe." Every year, someone is hurt or killed on the ice. Since 2007, at least 35 people have died falling through the ice on Minnesota lakes, according to state data. The Minneso...
DULUTH -- For high school students, having a job is less a rite of passage than a novelty these days. In Minnesota and across the country, fewer teenagers are working despite all sorts of opportunities to pick up that first paycheck. And without ...
DULUTH -- For decades, the majority of the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, Wis., lived under the threat of a concentrated chlorine spill, which could have spread over 10 miles and sickened up to 128,000 people in an unlikely, though technicall...
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- As burning asphalt poured a plume of black smoke over Douglas County on April 26, a 15,000-pound chemical bomb was ticking. If everything had gone wrong that tense day, a vapor cloud of toxic hydrogen fluoride could have spread ...
Minnesota is on track to have its deadliest winter on the ice in years. And it's only December.Five people have died after falling through the ice on Minnesota lakes so far this season, the most since five died over the entire winter of 2014-15, ...
DULUTH - More than a third of the iron ore shipped out of the Twin Ports so far this year has left the country.The Duluth-Superior Port Authority reported that through July about 35 percent of all taconite shipments have been taken to Quebec, and...
DULUTH - Iron ore was cruising out of the Twin Ports last month as this shipping season continued its best start since 2013."The first three months looked strong - that's obviously reflective of all six (taconite) production facilities being onli...