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An internationally known scientist who brought experts from around the world to his Clover Valley home and spearheaded computer modeling of chemicals as an alternative to animal testing has died. Gilman Veith, 69, who also headed the Environmental Protection Agency's Duluth lab for 11 years, died Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his brother-in-law, Matt Matushenko, said Tuesday. "He was a walking genius," Matushenko said, yet "so easy-going. I was a cop. He was a scientist.
Rather than repeat it, let's just call it an ethnic slur that rhymes with bagel. And even if it's self-applied, it's still derogatory. So it was more than a little surprising to find it in a Lake County Sheriff's Office report recently. "Traffic stop on Hwy. 3 at (That word) Creek. Citation for speed," it said. "What?" I exclaimed.
The young journalist had only been at the News-Chronicle* a few months when word came of a fantastic opportunity. It was a fellowship -- an educational experience where they pay you to learn -- and a highly prestigious one at that, with top-credentialed applicants from across the country hoping for a chance at it. And the winner was our own -- meaning, in the dark cloud that accompanies every silver lining, that young person would be saying goodbye to Lake County. Those of you who've followed my career will recall that as my story a generation ago, but history is repeating itself.
The best thing about finding references in the Lake County News-Chronicle to my brief tenure as editor there a generation ago is that I'm not in the obituaries. But almost. My stories are in the "Lake County Past" column for 25 years ago. "The Lake County Board agreed Thursday to hold a public informational meeting on the possibility of allowing a low level radioactive waste dump in the county," reads the item for last week in 1986.
As much as I've enjoyed - love isn't too strong a word, really - returning to the Chronicle as your interim editor the past few weeks, here are nine words I've been wanting to say: The Lake County News-Chronicle has a new editor. Mike Creger, who most recently served as editor of the Askov American and the Hinckley News, began on Oct. 12. He's a solid journalist who also cut his teeth on daily newspapers, including the St. Cloud Times and Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal.
Move over, Extreme Makeover. There's another TV show kept under wraps that's been shooting up the Northland. With as much hush-hush, don't-tell as the redo of the Huber family home in South Range, Wis., a History Channel production has recreated Viking life on the North Shore in "Holy Grail in America," a tale of the Kensington Runestone. And locals have been a big part of the production. "I got a call from the park manager at Tettegouche," Two Harbors' Richard Bohrer said Wednesday of a contact last spring. "He said, 'Do you want to be in a show?
An effort to save 115 acres of critical North Shore habitat was lauded by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation this week as one of five 2009 Touchstone Award honorees. The prize -- and with it, $2,000 -- was presented in Duluth Tuesday to the St. Paul-based Minnesota Land Trust for its North Shore Critical Landscape Protection Initiative. "Our primary land-protection strategy is the conservation easement," Land Trust spokesman Walter Abramson told the News-Chronicle from St.
For Silver Bay's Wilderness Family Naturals, an opportunity to relocate to a building of its own is a gut-wrenching decision that could see one of the city's largest employers move across state lines. And while struggling with that choice, the owners also have a federal case to deal with. First, the state issue. "We were offered a building -- an offer we couldn't refuse, and we bought it," Annette Fischer, who co-owns the company with her husband, Ken, said of their recent purchase of a property near Minocqua, Wis. The move from the former Mary MacDonald Elementary School would mean the lo
It's an absolutely beautiful mid-September day and I am driving up the shore from Duluth to Two Harbors to the quaint - how else to describe it? - News-Chronicle office. The staff is at work and waiting for me, the latest in a line of editors and publishers coming to tell them what to do, even if they already know it. Community members also drop by to say - Wait a minute. Is this one of those dreams where you're suddenly back in school, taking a test, and you realize you haven't gone to class all semester (I've had those)?
Two Harbors' Neighbor To Neighbor Thrift Store will no longer see donations from the United Way's Northeastern Minnesota office, but it isn't being cut off. Rather, the North Shore United Way campaign benefiting Neighbor To Neighbor and other social service organizations will be directed from Duluth. "We officially took over this summer," Paula Reed, president of the United Way of Greater Duluth, told the News-Chronicle this week of the transfer of the charity's North Shore campaign from the jurisdiction of the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota.