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GREENFIELD, Wis.,—A new collaboration is taking shape in Wisconsin to connect firefighters to mental health resources.
ON LAKE SUPERIOR — The large container filled with mud sat on the Blue Heron's deck looking like a blob of pudding. The cold, thick mud from Lake Superior's floor stayed in place as the University of Minnesota Duluth students prodded it with their fingers. At the urging of UMD instructor Angela Sharp, they held the mud to their noses to take a whiff. Then they took a small taste of the mud.
DULUTH — Five University of Minnesota Duluth students will leave for Malaysia on Monday, April 23, to test their financial analysis skills on the world stage. The Financial Markets Program team from UMD won a spot to compete in the global finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge after advancing through the challenge's Upper Midwest competition in Minneapolis in February and the Americas Regional competition in Boston in March. UMD's team is the first from the Upper Midwest to reach the global finals.
DULUTH — Although the storm was predicted to only graze the Twin Ports with snowfall, the flakes began to fall on Sunday morning, April 15, and didn't stop. The National Weather Service reported that 8.5 inches of snow had fallen at its office in Hermantown by 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The storm was predicted to diminish in intensity on Sunday night, but even more snow was expected in some areas near Lake Superior in the overnight hours of Sunday.
CARLTON, Minn.—If visitors to Jay Cooke State Park want to use an indoor restroom, they're out of luck. The only choices now are a port-a-potty or an outhouse. The park's water line was damaged in October, leaving it without running water. But it's not the only repair needed at the park — the shower-and-restroom building is too small for the 83-site campground, the Oldenburg Point picnic shelter's deteriorating roof has shingles falling off and the Oldenburg Point restroom building still hasn't been restored since the 2012 flood.
The proposed Northern Lights Express passenger line between Duluth and Minneapolis has moved into the next phase of design and construction — and securing the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to make it a reality. "The planning is done. There is no more planning that needs to be done. Now we are ready to build," said Frank Loetterle, project manager in the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Rail Office.
DULUTH — Babette Sandman was walking to lunch with a woman caring for a girl whose mother had died from a drug overdose. "I was watching the little girl skipping in front of us and she has no idea what death is, how final it is, that she will not see her mother ever again," said Sandman, the chairwoman of the Duluth Indigenous Commission. There are so many deaths from drug overdoses, Sandman said, and she realized something needed to be done.
GOODLAND — Heather Maki's three kids went straight for the children's books lining the lowest bookshelves. The children's stack grew on the Bookmobile's checkout counter, with a few DVDs mixed in, and Maki reminded the kids that they could check out only a couple of books each. Despite the limit, Maki's large cloth bag still strained to contain all of their finds after Bookmobile assistant Janet Hougas checked out their items.
DULUTH, Minn.—Two Duluth residents have been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder after a man was allegedly severely beaten, bound and gagged and left for dead alongside a northeast Minnesota road.
CULVER, Minn. — Faced with snowshoeing up a hill, Bob Dunsmore encouraged the kids to use their "four-wheel drive" to keep moving upward. At the top, the 10 South Ridge elementary students followed the Culver resident's tracks as he led them to another hill, where they stopped to rest in the snow before moving along the outskirt of a frozen bog.