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SAWBILL TRAIL CHECKPOINT -- Several veteran mushers and past John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon champions agreed today that this year's race is shaping up to be slower than normal. "Nobody can remember a run as tough as that one," Keith Aili, the 2006 champion, said of the run to the Sawbill Trail checkpoint from Finland. The problem was wind-driven and drifted snow that, in open areas, formed drifts as high as his sled, Aili said.
A wooden fish house that has withstood countless Lake Superior storms since hardy Norwegian fishermen built it 115 years ago may soon come down. The nonprofit Beaver Bay Club -- which owns the lakefront property on which the fish house stands in Beaver Bay -- recently began the legal process to evict Bruce and Bonnie Anderson, the Duluth couple who own the building. The eviction complaint filed July 15 seeks the immediate removal of the fish house and reimbursement for costs and attorney fees. "The reason they are evicting us is that we have not paid any money to them to lease the land," Bo
Several Cook County organizations have come together to host a local sled dog race to replace the canceled John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The Mail Run Dog Sled Race will run next Monday and Tuesday in the Gunflint Trail area. A lack of snow near Duluth caused the Beargrease board of directors to cancel the race Jan. 15. The marathon race from Duluth to the Gunflint Trail and back and its companion mid-distance race were scheduled to begin Sunday. "Everybody in this community is really excited," said Jack Stone, owner of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply, which helping host the event.
Everyone knows that shipping is big business along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway. A study released Tuesday quantifies just how big. The first-of-its-kind study found that maritime commerce supported 227,000 jobs; contributed $14.1 billion in annual personal income, $33.5 billion in business revenue and $6.4 billion in local purchases; and added $4.6 billion to federal, state/provincial and local tax revenues. "We have a lot of faith in the numbers presented," Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director Adolph Ojard said.
Last year Dana Coleman's first-grade students at Andover (Minn.) Elementary School followed the lives of Lily the black bear and her cubs Hope and Faith through online videos and daily updates from Ely's North American Bear Center. Discovering that Minnesota does not have a designated state mammal, the students began an effort to have the black bear named an official state symbol, joining such things as the loon, pink and white lady slipper, red pine and Lake Superior agate on the list. "Hopefully, because of my first-graders, the black bear will be the state mammal next year," Coleman said.
A 16-year-old Pine County boy allegedly shot his stepfather in the head Wednesday, critically wounding him. A juvenile petition filed Thursday charges David Douglas Doberstein with one count each of attempted second-degree murder, assault in the second degree and assault with a dangerous weapon. "I snapped and didn't know how to stop," Doberstein told investigators, according to the juvenile petition. The Pine County Attorney's Office filed a motion to have the case handled in adult court. According to the juvenile petition: A 911 operator received a medical call to the 10,000 block of Be
Almost unnoticed, Duluth passed a milestone this summer -- surpassing the 1 million-freight-ton mark of wind turbine components shipped through the port. Officials with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Minnesota Power will hold a media briefing today about the industry as the latest shipment of wind turbine components is unloaded at the Clure Public Marine Terminal.
Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Richard C. Nash and his staff visited Duluth on Wednesday to meet with local Guard members, families, community leaders and support organizations -- to thank them for their support and to hear their concerns. "I think it is really an honor for him to come and listen to us.
Two Northland highway projects undertaken by the regional office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation have received national recognition. The reconstruction of Minnesota Highway 1 between Ely and Isabella received an excellence award from the Federal Highway Administration's Excellence in Highway Design Biennial Awards Program. The rehabilitation of the Split Rock Lighthouse Overlook along Minnesota Highway 61 received an honorable mention. MnDOT, the U.S. Forest Service and Lake County began working together in 2001 to rebuild the most dangerous sections of Highway 1.
Jim Miner Sr., who began working in the grocery business at age 10 and was later instrumental in the growth of Miner's Inc. -- owner of Super One Foods -- from one store to 31, died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 77. "I admired the guy immensely," Miner's Vice President of Operations Robert Halvorson said Monday. Halvorson began working at Miner's in 1972, three years before Miner became president of the family-owned business. "Everyone at Miner's Inc. is deeply saddened by the death of Jim Sr.," Halvorson said. "He was loved and respected by all those who knew and worked with him.