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Barney James Lakner, the Ely man who fired guns and threatened people in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 2007, and who was convicted in 2015 of fleeing and ramming a state conservation officer on a snowmobile while illegally in the federal wilderness, is facing a court hearing next week on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in his cabin on Fall Lake.
Ely's oldest operating canoe-outfitting business has been shut down by the Internal Revenue Service for nonpayment of taxes, with equipment and canoes apparently seized by the government. An IRS notice on the door of Wilderness Outfitters notifies potential customers of the closure and warning people to stay away. Reached by phone Wednesday morning, owner Gary Gotchnik told the Duluth News Tribune that he hoped to resolve the issue and reopen the business quickly. But it's not clear how that might happen.
John Cloutier had a roll of wire fencing in one hand, a white-pine seedling in the other and a look of bound determination in his eyes. He had to carry the materials nearly a quarter mile uphill, away from his house near Lake Superior's shore, but he was going to plant and protect the little tree no matter, whitetail deer be damned. Cloutier is trying to go back to the future on his 36 acres on the hillside above the North Shore, a place where the forest's natural order turned askew more than a century ago and has never quite recovered.
Lutsen Mountains is getting a little closer to a long-planned expansion of the North Shore downhill ski resort. The U.S. Forest Service has accepted Lutsen's plan to expand ski runs onto Superior National Forest land. Lutsen wants to expand onto 400 acres of Superior National Forest land, allowing the ski area to nearly double the size of its downhill operations.
Residents along one of Minnesota's most remote stretches of road are accustomed to helping neighbors in need, whether it’s truck trouble or a forest fire or a white pine down across the road. On Monday, Gunflint Trail residents added moose rescue to their resumes. A young moose walked onto the ice of Hungry Jack Lake, hit a soft spot and fell through, unable to get out on its own.
DULUTH—Eight U.S. senators representing steel and iron ore producing states on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to press Chinese officials on illegal steel dumping when leaders of the two nations meet this week. The senators say government-subsidized Chinese steel has been dumped into the U.S. market in recent years below cost, hurting the domestic steel industry and the iron ore industry that feeds it. Trump is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida on Thursday.
The federal agencies responsible for a proposed mining ban near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness got an earful Thursday from supporters and opponents gathered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management heard more than two hours of public input on the plan to stop Twin Metals and other companies from exploring or mining on 235,000 acres just outside the federal wilderness.
DULUTH — A winter storm will bring heavy snow to much of southern Minnesota and central Wisconsin Friday, Feb. 24, but the storm now is expected to just graze the northern Minnesota. The National Weather Service is forecasting 6-12 inches of snow across southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, and into central and northern Wisconsin, most of it falling during the day Friday.
Longtime Two Harbors mayor and state lawmaker Dave Battaglia died Wednesday in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was 86. Battaglia grew up in Buhl but settled in Two Harbors where he taught civics and industrial arts for nearly 40 years.
The International Joint Commission on Wednesday advised the governments of Canada and the United States to take strong action on toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers that have accumulated across the Great Lakes. The flame retardants have been used for decades in products to reduce the risk of fire and now have accumulated in the Great Lakes at levels that could be harmful to human health, the IJC notes.