Winter struck back with record May snowfalls over the past two days — coating the Northland in snow, and causing weather alerts lasting until 11 a.m. today. All told, 10.6 inches of snow accumulated at Duluth International Airport, a record for May that also included a single day record of 8.3 on Wednesday alone. It was the snowiest May day on record since 5.5 inches fell in 1902.
The first U.S.-flag laker to be built this century was commissioned this week and figures to be completed by mid-2022. The new "river-class" vessel will be built to transit the Great Lakes and service customers in some of the smaller harbors found in the rivers connecting the lakes. Commissioned by Interlake Steamship Company, based outside Cleveland, the 639-foot carrier capable of hauling 28,000 gross tons will be built in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Both companies have 100-plus years of history on the Great Lakes.
Skirting the Lake Superior shoreline 15 minutes north of Duluth, you pull into the New Scenic Café on a dirt driveway off Scenic Highway 61. You sit down, open the menu and might not be familiar with a lot of what's on it. Maybe you came thinking burger and a shake, but order something different. Possibly, the steaming lamb meatloaf. "It's not what you thought it was and now we've exceeded the promise of this old roadside cafe," executive chef and proprietor Scott Graden said.
The U.S. Coast Guard shared its icebreaking playbook on Thursday, March 14, in advance of the March 25 start to the Great Lakes shipping season.
Visiting Duluth on Friday to help publicize a free federal income tax filing program, Rep. Pete Stauber agreed that some constituents were struggling with the Republican-led tax cuts from 2017. Individual taxpayers are seeing the ramifications of the GOP's signature Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for the first time this tax season. "It's kind of a mixed bag right now," Stauber said. "But all of the returns haven't been in either. We've still got a month left."
Rep. Pete Stauber seemed to go against President Donald Trump on Tuesday by pledging to protect federal benefit programs "for those who need it most," he said. Stauber, R-Hermantown, made his statement one day after the White House released President Donald Trump's new budget, which detailed $1.9 trillion worth of cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
An apprentice pilot on the Great Lakes, Jason Church hops on numerous international cargo vessels in a given year as he transits the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway out to the Atlantic Ocean as a career.
The scene and setting are familiar: a supper at Sammy's Pizza and Restaurant in Cloquet. A family settles into a booth. Even before the menus come out, a sign on the table draws their collective attention: "Say Naw to the Straw." The family discusses it, nodding in agreement with the policy, which says the restaurant will no longer supply its plastic straws unless requested in order to reduce the impact of plastics on oceans and the environment.
Holidays offer a break from routine which can be filled with road trips and travel.
Leah Phifer left last weekend's deadlocked 8th Congressional District DFL Convention as the leader after every round of delegate balloting – though failing to reach the consensus required for endorsement.