Adelie is a general assignment reporter for the News Tribune. (Her name rhymes with “Natalie.”) She previously was a copy editor and designer for more than a decade, including six years in Duluth. Before that, she was a police reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She's also an artist, photographer and model. Adelie is a girl of the North with a whimsical streak and a love for Scandinavia, cozy winter nights, the Northern Lights, Wes Anderson films and anything mid-century.
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After more than 30 years, three owners, four locations and countless children browsing the aisles, Explorations Toy Store in Duluth is closing its doors for good. Ken Weyenberg, 57, of Duluth owns the store at 2322 Mountain Shadow Drive with his wife, Judy. The store focuses on educational and nonviolent toys. Weyenberg cites competition from online retailers as the main reason for the closure. The Weyenbergs bought and reopened Explorations in March 2006 after owners Erick and Mary Beth Kjolhaug had closed the store about four months earlier.
A Duluth man now faces two potential murder counts after the 70-year-old victim of a Park Point home invasion assault died over the weekend. St. Louis County prosecutor Rebekka Stumme filed a motion to amend the criminal complaint Monday against 30-year-old Darrel Darryl Mayhew. The amended complaint, which still must be reviewed by a judge, adds two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Larry Watczak to existing robbery and burglary charges.
Two men and a teenage girl were charged Thursday with murder, kidnapping and robbery in the death of an Aurora man whose body was found along the Mesabi Trail last weekend. Deshon Israel Bonnell, 18, and Anthony Emerson Howson, 20, both of Hibbing, appeared in State District Court in Hibbing on Thursday morning to be arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, kidnapping and first-degree aggravated robbery in the death of 33-year-old Joshua Robert Lavalley.
Hibbing police arrested two men on murder charges Monday night in connection with a suspected murder along the Mesabi Trail last weekend. A 17 year-old girl also was arrested Tuesday, police said. It was not immediately clear what charges she faces.
Advocates and community members gathered Monday to call attention to sex trafficking and how to be better prepared to identify it in the Northland. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson has proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Duluth, alongside National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month. This year, organizers at the No Wrong Door Northland event Monday focused on training for community groups, leaders and residents in the fight against human trafficking.
Fire and rescue crews sometimes hear from people they've helped long after a crisis has passed. It's not every day, though, that they get a handcrafted work of art. That's exactly what happened Thursday morning, however, at the Duluth Fire Department's Station 10 in the city's Gary-New Duluth neighborhood. Duluth artist Eric Waller presented staff with a relief depicting the fire station carved into a slab of white Italian Carrara marble.
The suspect in a fatal shooting in Hibbing on Christmas made his initial appearance in court Monday. Jerome Dionte Spann, 29, was arraigned in State District Court in Hibbing on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree assault in the death of Jeryel Octavious McBeth, 34, of Hibbing. According to the criminal complaint filed Dec. 27: McBeth was standing outside a residence at 2408 Third Ave. E. in Hibbing with several others when Spann and another man exited a sport-utility vehicle nearby.
Police have identified the victims of a fatal shooting in Hibbing on Christmas night. Jeryel Octavius McBeth, 34, of Hibbing was pronounced dead at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing. Police were called to the 2400 block of Third Avenue East just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, where they found McBeth and Jamien Quartez Stukey, 25, of Hibbing suffering from gunshot wounds. Stukey's injuries were not life-threatening; he was treated at Fairview Range Medical Center and released.
The recent drop in gas prices across Superior likely was the result of a "good, old-fashioned price war," an industry analyst said Thursday. "These types of things don't last," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with price-watching website GasBuddy. Generally, DeHaan said, two neighboring gas stations try to undercut one another, leading to an artificial drop in prices. "It looks like two stations got into it, and the motorists were the winners," he said.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Superior on Tuesday was about $1.85. That was down about 39 cents from a week earlier.