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DULUTH -- Corey Verdoljak was a carpenter, building houses for 20 years, when he decided to do something completely different. The Superior, Wis., native and his wife, Brianna, pulled up roots from the Twin Ports to stake a claim in Alaska as a pilot. Only he found something he liked even better than flying. “Fishing,’’ he said without any hesitation.
DULUTH -- The unusual case of who killed 41 birds and mammals and dumped them along Minnesota Highway 23 just south of the Duluth city limits has been solved, and it turned out to be not as horrible as it might have seemed at first glance. After a story Saturday, Jan. 19, that Minnesota Conservation Officer Jake Willis responded to a call of 41 small mammals, rodents and multiple birds dumped in a ditch along Highway 23, officials at Wildwoods wild animal rehabilitation center in Duluth thought the specific number and variety of animals involved sounded familiar.
ISLE ROYALE, Mich. — The lingering, partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government has reached out to touch another facet of Northland life — this time halting the Isle Royale wildlife study underway for 60 years on the big Lake Superior island. Researchers at Michigan Technological University have been told they can’t go to the island until the government shutdown is over. It marks the first time since 1958 the scientists won’t be on the island to conduct detailed population counts and do other studies of the wolves and moose that call Isle Royale home.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Wisconsin residents are being asked to burn or bag some Christmas decorations after highly invasive tree-eating beetles were found on wreaths, swags and other holiday items made with real evergreen boughs. State tree inspectors on Wednesday, Dec. 26, said they found the tiny insects, called elongate hemlock scale, or EHS, on wreaths, swags and boughs as well as evergreen boughs used in hanging baskets, porch pots, mugs and sleighs sold at several big box retail stores statewide. It’s unclear how many infested items were sold.
DULUTH — The prospect of restoring elk to eastern Minnesota forests has strong, across-the-board public support in the region, according to a survey by University of Minnesota researchers. The survey found that 77 percent of the general public in southern St. Louis, Carlton and northern Pine counties supports the reintroduction of elk in the region. The survey also found a whopping 79 percent of landowners in the potential elk restoration area supports the idea.
DULUTH — Looking for a new ice auger — electric, gas, propane or battery — but still have some questions? The sixth annual Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show should have the answers. The show runs Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center with more than 150 exhibitors, panel discussions, special guests, prizes and more.
DULUTH — When Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins visited Duluth earlier this month she may have inspired a future generation of Nordic ski Olympic hopefuls, but she definitely inspired people to dig-deep for the sport’s future in the city. The Diggins event at the Grand Avenue Chalet at Spirit Mountain raised $150,000 in a single day toward the new Grand Avenue Nordic Ski Center.
Those money-losing, city-owned stores include Littlefork, which lost $72,024; Proctor lost $30,713; Cromwell lost $22,466; and Big Falls lost $323.
DULUTH, Minn. — When winds clocked at 80 and even 100 mph ravaged trees across southern St. Louis County just before dawn one year ago — July 21, 2016 — the big problems for many people were gaping holes in their roof, downed power lines or a crunched car. But county foresters and local fire officials saw a longer, more insidious problem ahead.
When a meter reader discovered the bodies of Richard Ellison and Shirley Johnson four days before Christmas, they were frozen, probably dead for more than 48 hours on the deck outside their house in Superior.