Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune.
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Legendary pilot and attorney Wayne G. Johnson, 97, died Tuesday at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Johnson was an icon on the North Shore, instrumental in the incorporation of Beaver Bay and Silver Bay in the 1950s. He served as the attorney for both cities for more than 50 years, becoming the longest-serving city attorney in U.S. history.
For our anniversary, my wife and I went to the "Beer and Bites" precursor to the All Pints North festival July 26 at Martha's Daughter, and one dish has still got my mouth watering. I bit into the pork belly, one of eight courses, and oh, my! My eyes rolled back in my head. My fingers and toes got all tingly. It felt like the savoriness of the pork belly spread over my entire body like a comfy blanket. It wasn't just the savory, though. The smooth texture of the rice cakes and tofu complemented the pork perfectly.
Barney James Lakner, an Ely man convicted of numerous felonies in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, is headed to trial on sexual assault and firearm charges.
The Silver Bay City Council met Wednesday with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Minnesota Department of Transportation Department of Aeronautics regarding options for the now-shuttered Wayne Johnson Silver Bay Municipal Airport. MnDOT ordered the airport closed May 31 after a routine inspection found the deteriorated runway had become a safety concern. The airport has just five airplanes hangared there; two are rented by Silver Bay residents.
Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay is marking 30 years since the discovery of a peregrine falcon nest on the Palisade Head cliff — and the remarkable recovery of a bird that was virtually extinct in the continental U.S. by the early 1970s. Tettegouche interpretive naturalist Kurt Mead organized an art show June 1 in the visitor center that showcased paintings, carved-block printing and other works inspired by the birds and the dramatic cliffs where they make their homes. The Midwest Peregrine Society also brought a juvenile peregrine.
Two Harbors' summers got a little spicier with the arrival of a seasonal Mexican restaurant Friday. 5th Street Tacos opened at the corner of Fifth Street and Seventh Avenue. It offers tacos, burritos, salads and more with a variety of meats and toppings. The small, stand-style establishment has a few tables outside for customers to sit and eat. Owner Chris Schweiger had operated the Java Express drive-thru coffee shop in the same building for more than 10 years, but decided this year it was time "to change things up." 5th Street Tacos, however, is not a drive-thru.
Just after the Memorial Day weekend, contractors and construction equipment will descend on the North Shore for Minnesota Department of Transportation's project aiming to improve traffic through Two Harbors. The 4-mile, $3.6 million project will repave Highway 61 from Eighth Street in Two Harbors up to the Silver Creek Tunnel and replace the three traffic signals between Eighth and Fourth streets. The goal of the project is to improve the flow of traffic through Two Harbors, particularly during high-volume times in the late summer and early fall.
An Iowa man has pleaded guilty in connection with a crash that killed a North Dakota motorcyclist on State Highway 61 near Two Harbors. Daniel Arlin Schutte, 56, was charged with careless driving and failure to yield in an Aug. 2 collision that killed Jennifer Ann White, 50, of Grand Forks, N.D. Schutte pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday in Sixth District Court and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine as well as 80 hours of community service.
The body of a missing Grand Rapids woman was found Tuesday near Babbitt, more than 2 miles from where her vehicle was located in February. Tawhna Jolee Pringle, 30, was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 11 on a convenience store surveillance camera near Babbitt. Her ex-husband reported her missing Jan. 27 after she hadn't been seen or heard from for more than two weeks.
Barney James Lakner, the Ely man convicted of firing guns and threatening people in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness a decade ago, and who was convicted of fleeing and ramming a state conservation officer with a snowmobile in the protected wilderness in 2015, was back in court Thursday in Two Harbors contesting a search in a sexual assault investigation that revealed a handgun and ammunition.