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Minnesota Highway 61 near Taconite Harbor reopened to traffic at midday Friday after a truck struck and damaged a bridge across the highway, spurring a 27-mile gravel road detour for motorists.
Demolition crews were slated to work all night and into Friday morning to reopen Minnesota Highway 61 near Taconite Harbor after a truck struck and damaged a bridge across the highway on Thursday. Safety concerns about the damaged railroad overpass prompted the Minnesota Department of Transportation to set up a lengthy detour on gravel roads Thursday night, routing Highway 61 traffic around Taconite Harbor. Meanwhile, MnDOT and its contractors were racing to get the compromised span removed ahead of the main rush of Labor Day weekend traffic up the North Shore.
Musher Ryan Anderson won his third John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon title this morning, crossing the finish line near Duluth just after 10 a.m.
On the ground and in the air, firefighting crews in the Northland had another busy day Saturday amid continued dry, windy conditions. Crews made progress in controlling a wildfire just east of Hoyt Lakes that had prompted some evacuations Friday. It was estimated at several hundred acres in size on Saturday. Meanwhile, new wildfires flared up Saturday — including one in the Embarrass area, and another near Finland. There were no immediate reports of injuries or structures lost.
Read an updated story here . --- Two new wildfires drew the attention of fire crews in the Northland on Saturday -- one in the Embarrass area, and another near...
Ward Wallin of Two Harbors and his team won the 12-dog title of the 2016 Gunflint Mail Run sled dog race, crossing the finish line just ahead of runner-up Matt...
This timeline of the June 2012 Northland flooding originally ran in print and online on Sunday, June 24, 2012:
KNIFE RIVER — Gordy Olson was “absolutely numb” on Sunday afternoon as he surveyed the charred wreckage of his family business, Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse. Monday morning, he was “exhausted” after a day of dealing with a fire that destroyed much of the business early Sunday morning.
It was 31 below zero with a wind chill of 63 below on Monday morning at the start of the third and final stage of the Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race at Devil Track Lake near Grand Marais. The dogs and the mushers? They did just fine. Their vehicles, not so much. “You’ve got dog teams running, and trucks not running,” race director Beth Drost said after at least two teams’ trucks fell victim to diesel gelling in the cold, or other mechanical woes.
Get those shovels and snowblowers ready: A winter storm taking aim at the Northland may drop in excess of a foot of snow by the time it moves out on Wednesday. And you'll want to get the wet snow removed quickly, because it'll be followed by a blast of arctic air that may leave daytime highs struggling to climb above zero by next weekend. "It's one of the classic ones that bring us plenty of snow," said meteorologist Greg Frosig with the National Weather Service in Duluth.