Green Bay-based Shopko announced Wednesday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and posted a list of 105 stores closing, none of which are in the Northland. The stores in Duluth, Two Harbors, Moose Lake, Ely, Aitkin and Spooner were not listed on a “Shopko Closing Locations” page posted to the company’s website. Several Shopko locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, however, will close, according to the list.
Parts of the North Shore could receive up to 6 inches of snow overnight Friday into Saturday morning. The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a weather advisory through 4 a.m. Saturday along the Cook County shoreline and through 10 a.m. Saturday along the Lake County shoreline. Southern Lake County is expected to get the most snow, ranging from 4 to 6 inches. Grand Marais and the Twin Ports are expected to get 2 to 3 inches.
A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been missing since October has been found alive in rural Douglas County on Thursday, authorities said.
A storm system that dumped nearly a foot of snow in the Arrowhead on Sunday night into Monday morning left the Twin Ports mostly with freezing drizzle and slush. The mess is expected to be followed by another brief cold snap. The National Weather Service in Duluth reported two-tenths of an inch of freezing rain at its airport location, with the same amounts reported near Holyoke, near Pine River and in Brule. Other locations had lesser amounts.
Several hundred homes were without power as of midmorning Friday in the Northland following a storm that brought wet snow and strong winds. Lake Country Power reported 28 outages affecting 383 members as of 10:30 a.m.
The body of a missing woman was found in Lake County Wednesday. At about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Lake County Sheriff's Office located the body of Janeen Bauer Peters, 57, about 500 yards from her vehicle near County Highway 2 and south of Highway 1. Peters was last seen on Nov. 11.
A Two Harbors woman was injured Saturday when the vehicle she was driving struck large boulders on Scenic Highway 61 and rolled over near the Silver Cliff Tunnel.
Wind gusts of 50 mph were common across the region on Wednesday as a strong fall storm hit, causing power outages, swamped roads, large waves and flooding along Lake Superior’s shore. Water-swollen roads in Canal Park didn’t deter the wave-watchers from making their way to the shore, where waves crashed over the large boulder wall and the water flowed through the Lighthouse parking lot and onto Canal Park Drive.
A black bear’s whereabouts before it attacked three men and a pet dog near Isabella in December is still unknown. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hasn’t been able to find out more about the bear’s history in the months since the attack Dec. 19, according to DNR spokeswoman Cheri Zeppelin.
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