DULUTH—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., expressed regret and resolve Friday, July 27, in the face of a controversy which has some calling for him to resign. "Absolutely not," Nolan said when asked if he would step down. "I haven't done anything wrong for which I should."
DULUTH—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan was already scheduled to surrender his congressional seat at the end of the year. But a letter on Tuesday from a group of Duluth-based elected officials called for the 8th Congressional District representative to resign immediately in the wake of a workplace sexual harassment scandal first reported in an online expose last week.
DULUTH—Three women sourced in an online expose this week detailing workplace sexual harassment in the Washington, D.C. legislative office of Rep. Rick Nolan reached out on Friday, July 20, to defend Joe Radinovich. Radinovich was Nolan's campaign manager at the time and is himself a Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District this election cycle. The women corroborated what Radinovich told said on Thursday — that he acted decisively to terminate senior aide Jim Swiderski upon learning about the alleged harassment.
ST. PAUL — Rep. Rick Nolan responded Thursday, July 19, to a bombshell report detailing how a longtime legislative staffer continued to be employed by Nolan's 2016 re-election campaign despite having been removed from the congressman's federal office following multiple credible allegations of workplace sexual harassment. "In hindsight," said Nolan, DFL-Minn., in a statement, "the (person) should not have been retained by the campaign committee."
DULUTH—The newest fundraising tallies in the 8th Congressional District showed Pete Stauber leading the money equation, but Democrats seemed to find a collective footing in their bid to hold onto the open seat. The GOP-endorsed Stauber enjoyed his best quarter in a year of campaigning with nearly $305,000 raised, according to figures filed before Sunday's deadline with the Federal Election Commission.
DULUTH, Minn.—Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said Sen. Bernie Sanders enjoyed the view descending Thompson Hill into the city Friday. "Just as much as we do," she said. Arriving a short time later at Denfeld High School Auditorium, it was Sanders in full view. Pinwheeling across a 50-minute midterm rally speech, the Vermont senator and defacto leader of the progressive movement in the country found an audience eager to react and even chant his name. "It's not Bernie," he responded. "It is you."
DULUTH — Some campaigns in the 8th Congressional District began touting quarterly fundraising figures Friday, July 13, as both Democrat Joe Radinovich and Republican Pete Stauber released approximate numbers well into six figures. Stauber's campaign said it will be reporting more than $300,000 later this weekend, bringing Stauber's total to nearly $830,000 raised since the campaign launched a year ago this month in his hometown of Hermantown, Minn.
DULUTH—A two-year study released Friday dovetails with President Trump's call to fund a critical upgrade in the Great Lakes navigation system. The study into Soo Locks expansion by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes a compelling case for lawmakers to approve roughly $1 billion for the construction of a new lock, said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, commander of the Army Corps' Detroit District, which maintains and operates the locks connecting Lake Superior with the rest of the Great Lakes.
NEAR WRENSHALL, Minn. — One day after the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline gained state approval at a hearing room in St. Paul, protesters gathered outside on a hazy Friday morning, June 29, in southern Carlton County. They stood on railroad tracks along the state line — the fenced and completed end of Enbridge Line 3 in Wisconsin over their shoulders and a pipeline easement into Minnesota overgrown with vegetation in front of them.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — After 56 years of marriage, Jeanne Atkinson has seen enough of her husband to know there's nothing he can't do. "He figures out everything," she said, admiring Lawrence "Sonny" Atkinson as he hauled a plywood board out of the kitchen. In the days since their beloved earth sheltered home outside south Superior flooded last weekend, Sonny had chopped the drywall to waist level throughout the home and exposed the lumber, some of it black with mold.