Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
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As crews worked into the night to ensure the William A. Irvin could safely move out of the Minnesota Slip Friday, hundreds of onlookers in Canal Park stood waiting to see the 611-foot ship make its first voyage in about 30 years. Although the floating museum was scheduled to depart at 8 p.m., the move was delayed several hours as surveyors worked to ensure two barges crucial to the Irvin move were properly positioned outside the Minnesota Slip. Finally, at about 9:50 p.m., the ship started to slowly move toward the harbor.
Olli Kinkkonen renounced his United States citizenship to avoid being drafted into World War I. One hundred years ago tonight, a mob of warmongers retaliated. On the night of Sept. 18, 1918, the group of five or so, claiming to be members of the "Knights of Loyalty," found Kinkkonen, an immigrant from Finland who worked as a logger and dock worker in Duluth, at his 237 S. 1st Ave. E. boarding house. The mob threw him inside a vehicle, took him to Congdon Park and interrogated him on his loyalty to the U.S.
FORBES — Cleveland-Cliffs' CEO made his case to reporters Friday on why he believes his company deserves a permit to mine a site near Nashwauk. At a news conference held in United Taconite's general office in Forbes, Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves told reporters he was eager to mine his property in Nashwauk, but can't without a permit to mine.
Essar could become a minority stakeholder in Mesabi Metallics if a memorandum of understanding with a Switzerland-based commodity group comes to fruition. That's not sitting well with some Minnesota lawmakers who watched Mumbai-based Essar make promises for the Nashwauk mine site, start construction, then abandon the project in bankruptcy.
NASHWAUK — Gov. Mark Dayton spent Tuesday in Nashwauk discussing the future of the Mesabi Metallics mine site with company officials and Iron Range politicians. In a news conference following his meeting with Iron Range mayors Tuesday afternoon, Dayton said he'd like to see more progress and plans made by Mesabi Metallics but remained hopeful that the company will finish the taconite mine, pellet plant and iron plant near Nashwauk under new management. Dayton also met with Gary Heasley, interim CEO of Mesabi Metallics, Tuesday morning.
A Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meeting to consider certificate of need modifications for Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline Tuesday in St. Paul ended abruptly after being disrupted by pipeline opponents. The protestors, who describe themselves as water protectors, sat with their backs turned to the commission for the first hour of discussion with shirts that read "Public Utilities Cowards" on the back. After a short break in the meeting, the PUC returned to discussion, but were shouted down by opponents in attendance and took another recess.
The United States Department of Agriculture will no longer pursue a mineral withdrawal proposal in the Rainy River Watershed and Superior National Forest, effectively allowing mining companies to obtain mineral leases within the watershed and leaving an environmental assessment incomplete, the federal agency announced Thursday.
Even at nearly $1 billion, the Minnesota Department of Commerce said Enbridge Energy's Line 3 liability insurance would not cover an oil spill, adding to the department's opposition to the 340-mile long oil pipeline poised to cross Minnesota. In a filing Friday, Department of Commerce attorney Kathleen Finnegan argued Calgary-based Enbridge's total liability coverage of $940 million would cover some pollution, but fails to cover a crude oil spill.
Contractors at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior were told to return to work April 26 after hearing a "strange knocking noise," which caused them to fear for their safety and temporarily leave the work area. But, within 30 to 40 minutes of returning to work, the explosion occurred, resulting in numerous onsite injuries and the evacuation of most of Superior, according to a lawsuit filed by seven contractors.
A class action complaint was filed against Husky Energy and Superior Refining Company in response to the April 26 explosion and fire at their Superior refinery, which prompted the evacuation of most of Superior. In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Aug. 20, Jasen Bruzek, Hope Koplin and Neil Miller argue Husky displayed negligence, nuisance, trespass on land and strict liability — extrahazardous and/or ultrahazardous activity before, during and after the fire and evacuation.