"And a final toll for all those lost on Lake Superior," said an official standing at the doors of the Split Rock Lighthouse. "Clang." It was the 30th toll of the afternoon, with the other 29 preceding the names of each crewmember that was lost during the Edmund Fitzgerald sinking 43 years ago. Bundled in warm clothes during the Northland's first freezing weekend, hundreds of people stood silently at the base of the lighthouse under a gloomy grey sky — a fitting color for the commemoration.
Milo the pitbull was the only one smiling in the car — he was just happy to be getting scratches. Petting him were Carrie and Adrieona Hansen, two members of his family, both wearing grim expressions. Displayed through their windshield was a smoldering heap of charred rubble and burnt metal, all that remained of their house that burned down Sunday night. The damages to the home, located in Industrial Township about 6 miles west of Twig is an estimated $750,000 in damages to the property. There was no loss of life, however, thanks to Milo.
8th Congressional District : With a national spotlight focused on Minnesota’s northland district, the district has received media coverage from across the country because of its competitive race. A historically Democratic seat is being challenged by Republican candidate and Northland native Pete Stauber, a retired Duluth police officer and current St. Louis County commissioner.
The St. Louis County Auditor office hasn't had much downtime this week. How could they with the number of ballots coming in? As of 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, the office tallied 11,572 absentee ballots from across the county. That's almost 4,000 more than the total number of absentee ballots cast in the 2014 midterm race. "All of the clerk's office is much busier," said Phil Chapman, the election supervisor for St. Louis County. "It is nice to see the voter turnout and people being engaged and people participating in the election."
There were more than 1,200 seats at the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce dinner. But the keynote speaker referenced only one. "A seat at the table," said Al Hodnik, CEO of Allete on Thursday night at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. A seat at the table of policy goals, solution discovery and a search for consensus. Drawing parallels to the gathering of a family eating together, Hodnik recognized that disputes will happen in the drive of discussion.
The Duluth Edison Charter Schools is now 170 acres larger. That's after their building company made the $1.6 million purchase of the Snowflake Nordic Ski Center site adjacent to North Star Academy. The transaction is part of a refinancing effort of those properties, which worked in collaboration with the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). "The timing was perfect for this," said Bonnie Jorgenson, the head of school. "Because of the market rate, we were able then to get the additional money for the purchase."
A congressional debate got contentious between candidates Tuesday night. Candidate Joe Radinovich questioned the substance of comments made by Pete Stauber about entitlement programs at a Tuesday debate after an email dump revealing correspondence between the Republican candidate and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
When it comes to health care, there are few things candidates Republican Pete Stauber and Democrat Joe Radinovich agree on. Stauber has said he worries of an impending government takeover of the country's health systems. Radinovich has said it's wrong to use profit motives to drive health care. However, the one thing they agree on: Health care is important.
A state judge dismissed a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by Shannon Miller and two other former University of Minnesota Duluth employees against the U of M Board of Regents today. The dismissal was made on the grounds that Miller and her team cannot bring to court a similar case that a jury had ruled on earlier this year. “It is not appropriate for Miller specifically to try her claims again after a jury trial on the same factual allegations,” reads a deposition filed Friday afternoon.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sent revised PolyMet air and water quality permits to the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday. The decision to move the permits along comes after a revision process that included looking over 700 public comments, which resulted in additional changes to the initial permits. While not a final decision of the PCA, it represents progress for the company's proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes.