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It's not a surprise, but it is now official: Duluth, Superior and Cloquet are in a drought. But while lawns and fields are growing brown and brittle in the Twin Ports -- with more heat on the way -- areas to the north have seen summer rainfall much greater than normal. "We've had a lot of haves and have-nots," said Steve Gohde, observing program leader with the National Weather Service in Duluth. "While the immediate areas around Duluth have been dry, areas north of the Laurentian Divide seem to be much wetter than normal." Thursday's update from the U.S.
ALONG THE NORTH SHORE -- It was a long time coming, but North Shore rivers finally are breaking out of their icy restraints and once again are putting on a show. Thanks to the recent stretch of warm weather in this late-arriving spring, the ice went out on the Gooseberry River over the weekend.
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Today marks the 37th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior gale, and once again a bell will toll in memory of the lost ship's crew -- and all lost mariners -- during a ceremony at Split Rock Lighthouse. The lighthouse on the North Shore will be open from noon to 6 p.m. today . At 4:30 p.m., the lighthouse will close briefly for a ceremony in which the names of the Fitzgerald's 29 crew members will be read, and a bell tolled for each man.
You can stuff a lot of things into a Granite Gear pack. But thanks to continued growth, the Two Harbors-based outdoor gear company found it couldn't stuff any more of its expanding operations into its existing facilities. So the company doubled its space this month by leasing a new, 7,200-square-foot distribution center near its headquarters. "We've just been overflowing in (our existing) facility," chief operating officer Dan Cruikshank said.
The northern lights put on quite a show over the Northland from Saturday night into early Sunday morning. "Large, curving swaths of fuzzy light are now all over the northern sky and spilling into the southern sky across the constellation of Gemini," Duluth News Tribune photo editor Bob King wrote on his Astro Bob blog shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.
Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Borchert collared a juvenile delinquent on Wednesday. Then he brought the offender home, with a bag of kibble. Borchert is the new owner of a 3-month-old puppy named Tennille -- soon to be renamed, probably Dakota -- who had quite an eventful final night at the Animal Allies Humane Society shelter in Superior.
Betty's Pies, 1978 August 6, 1978 Betty Lessard holds one of her famous lemon angel pies at her cafe north of Two Harbors in August 1978. (News-Tribune file photo)