The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a fire aboard the freighter St. Clair on Saturday in Oregon, Ohio, just outside Toledo. The fire was reported about 9:30 p.m. at the Port of Toledo, and the Coast Guard and firefighters from eight local departments responded to the blaze. The 762-foot St. Clair, which regularly hauls taconite, coal and limestone from the Twin Ports, was moored at the CSX Torco terminal for winter repairs. No one was aboard, and the ship carried no cargo.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. on Friday reported $2.3 billion in yearly revenue as its taconite business returned to full capacity in 2018. The major Iron Range mining player produced 20.3 million long tons of iron ore in 2018, a jump from the 18.6 million produced in 2017. Revenue was up 21 percent as a result. “We are proud to confirm that our strategic vision for the company has been fully implemented and is working very well,” CEO Lourenco Goncalves said in a news release.
Schools and programs around the Northland that are closed or delayed Friday:
Now for sale: 229 bedrooms on the shores of Lake Superior. Bluefin Bay in Tofte was recently put on the market for an undisclosed price as new owners are sought for the 35-year-old resort. The original Bluefin Bay was built in 1984, with nearby Temperance Landing joining the “family of resorts” in 2006 and Surfside fully opened in 2015. Listing agent SVN Northco Real Estate Services describes the collection of lakeshore condominiums as a “trophy asset on the North Shore.” The resort can accomodate a total of 704 guests and includes several dining options and a spa.
Northland closings, delays and cancellations for Wednesday and Thursday.
The Douglas County District Attorney's Office won't be filing charges anytime soon against Jake Patterson. Patterson stands accused of abducting teenager Jayme Closs from her home in Barron, murdering her parents and hiding her in a cabin in Douglas County until she managed to escape earlier this month. Patterson, 21, of Gordon already faces two counts of first-degree homicide, armed burglary and kidnapping out of Barron County and is currently held at the Polk County (Wis.) jail on $5 million bail.
Hormel Foods Corp. announced Wednesday that it would donate a $25,000 reward contribution directly to Jayme Closs. Closs was abducted in October from her family's home in Barron, Wis., after her parents were shot to death. She was then held in a home near Gordon, Wis., for 88 days until escaping and flagging down a neighbor Jan. 10.
A man was seriously injured after being hit by a car after his vehicle went into a ditch early Tuesday morning. The incident occurred around 5:19 a.m. at U.S. Highway 53 and Murphy Lake Road in Heikkala Lake, Minn., north of Cotton. According to Minnesota State Patrol, a 23-year-old Two Harbors man was driving south on Highway 53 when his 2000 Ford Ranger went into the median ditch.
A winter weather advisory is posted for much of the Northland through noon on Tuesday for as much as 8 inches of snow in parts of the region. Commuters should be prepared for slick road conditions on their Tuesday morning drive to work, according to the National Weather Service.