DULUTH — The St. Lawrence Seaway is celebrating its 60th year in 2019, and this is the second time in that span that the Maria G has made it to Duluth first for the shipping season. In 2008, sailing under the name Gadwall, the ship made it to Duluth-Superior on April 10. “Two times the Maria G has been first,” said Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director Deb DeLuca, before drawing on a timely reference. “Kind of like UMD (men’s) hockey winning back-to-back titles.”
The country’s largest interstate passenger rail provider was in Duluth last week, exploring service possibilities for the proposed line between the Twin Ports and Twin Cities. An Amtrak official from the company’s Chicago Union Station office met with the mayors of Duluth and Superior to talk about the $550-million Northern Lights Express Higher Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Project — a years-old vision that remains unfunded while at the same time having cleared significant hurdles in recent years.
DULUTH — Calling from his new office in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 9, Rep. Pete Stauber continued to strike a chord for cooperation roughly one week into his term serving the 8th Congressional District. The Hermantown Republican attended a bipartisan retreat last weekend in Williamsport, Pa., sponsored by the Congressional Research Service, which supplies members of Congress with impartial policy and legal information.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Barring action in Washington, D.C., before the end of the year, Congressman-elect Pete Stauber plans to take up legislation early in 2019 that would stem a series of legal challenges to copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota, he said Monday, Dec. 10, in a news release. Stauber, R-Hermantown, encouraged the current Congress to pass legislation ratifying a land exchange between PolyMet Mining Co. and the U.S. Forest Service. If not, Stauber said he would take up the mantle from predecessor Rick Nolan and try to press the land swap into law.
DULUTH — A second menthol cigarette burglary in two days was thwarted early Friday, Nov. 30, when the owner of the Adolph Store walked in on the suspects and chased them into the clutches of authorities. “It was intense,” Shaine Stokke said. “You’re not expecting it, but the stars aligned.”
DULUTH — The Pete Stauber campaign emails will remain private at least until next week and maybe for good as Judge Stoney Hiljus said he will use the weekend to decide. “I’m not in a position to make a decision today,” Hiljus said Friday, Oct. 26, in District Court in Duluth. “I think it deserves more research, effort and thought than that.”
DULUTH, Minn. - The first winter storm of 2017-18 came in a fury Friday, Oct. 27 — causing mayhem for municipalities and travelers across the Northland and dousing a warm fall in a coat of snow and slush.
An outpouring of support on social media speaks to the type of musician and educator Tina Thielen-Gaffey was — vivacious and talented and capable of teasing out performances from students they didn’t know they had in them. But the death of the former University of Minnesota Duluth associate music professor and choral director last weekend, described by family in her obituary as an “accidental overdose,” was a tragic end for a person who touched countless lives, said her husband.
LAKE SUPERIOR -- Commercial shipping traffic to and from Lake Superior was at a standstill Thursday, Aug. 10, after a freighter ran aground in the St. Marys River near the Soo Locks.
A Superior city councilor was arrested late Thursday and remains in Douglas County Jail facing multiple criminal charges. Graham Franklin Garfield, 26, was taken into custody by the Superior Police Department at 11:54 p.m., according to information posted on the Douglas County Detention Center Inmate Roster. Garfield is facing charges of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct offenses and an additional pending charge of operating under the influence of an intoxicant.