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A flash flood watch is in effect for much of Northeast Minnesota, including the Twin Ports, from Monday evening, Oct. 2, through the overnight hours as showers and storms are expected to develop and bring very heavy rain to parts of the region.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Saturday, Sept. 30, pledged the state's continued support of Chippewa Capital Partners' effort to revive the former Essar Steel Minnesota project and finish construction on the taconite mine and processing plant in Nashwauk. Chippewa, the company formed by billionaire Tom Clarke to complete the half-built project, had faced a Saturday deadline to have financing in place and meet the terms of an agreement reached in federal bankruptcy court.
Demolition crews were slated to work all night and into Friday morning to reopen Minnesota Highway 61 near Taconite Harbor after a truck struck and damaged a bridge across the highway on Thursday. Safety concerns about the damaged railroad overpass prompted the Minnesota Department of Transportation to set up a lengthy detour Thursday night, routing Highway 61 traffic around Taconite Harbor. Meanwhile, MnDOT and its contractors were racing to get the compromised span removed ahead of the main rush of Labor Day weekend traffic up the North Shore.
DULUTH — The French sailors' spirits must have been running high as they headed out onto Lake Superior on that November day 99 years ago. After a long journey from France in what would turn out to be the waning days of World War I, the 100-plus men made up the crews of three brand-new minesweepers built for the French Navy at a shipyard in Fort William, Ontario (now part of Thunder Bay).
DULUTH, Minn.—With a hardy group of onlookers lining the ship canal not long after sunrise, the freighter Roger Blough left Duluth on Wednesday as the Twin Ports' first departure of the 2017 commercial shipping season.
DULUTH, Minn. — The aged Antelope may have been one of the most venerable vessels on the Great Lakes, but it was living up to its fleet-footed namesake on that October day 119 years ago. The schooner-barge, carrying a load of coal, was clipping along at 11 to 12 mph as it approached the Apostle Islands in tow of the steamer Hiram W. Sibley on Oct. 7, 1897.
DULUTH -- A video of a man next to an exhausted, ice-covered deer he just rescued from a frigid river has been making the rounds on the Internet in recent days. Using American Sign Language, the man — who shot the video himself — recounts how he was driving, saw the deer struggling in the river and felt he had to do something. Petting the deer, he names the animal “Miss Ice River” and says he’s glad it survived.
DULUTH -- A 72-year-old man was rescued from a remote swamp in northern St. Louis County on Friday morning, apparently after spending several days in the elements after an all-terrain vehicle accident. Gerald Evenson was unresponsive — bruised, dehydrated, covered in bug bites — when he was found off a forest road north of Orr. He was listed in serious condition at a Duluth hospital on Friday night.