CLOQUET, Minn. — Like how a rotund Kris Kringle squeezes through a chimney or his reindeer fly, the number of wreaths shipped each holiday season by the Stone Family Wreath Co. is a mystery. "It's in the thousands," said Bill Stone, with a twinkle of good humor while being proprietarily coy. Since 1997, three generations of Stones have operated the small business with a large reach.
CLOQUET, Minn. — The 1918 Cloquet fire remains the worst natural disaster on record in Minnesota history. Duluth News Tribune reports at the time detailed the loss of life and, in many cases, near-total devastation. The paper described "fiendish flames" and fire tornadoes, towns turned to ashes and bodies burnt to bone. There were lists in tiny typeface of the more than 450 dead and even more lists of those both missing or harbored at aid stations stretching from Moose Lake to Duluth and its surrounding areas.
While Rick Nolan legislates in Washington, D.C., as the current representative from Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, the race for the seat in the 2018 midterm election is swirling around him. Last week, Nolan, D-Crosby, voted to reject the Republican tax plan, calling it a "tax scam" aimed at helping the super-rich and big corporations.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances that led to a 24-year-old Duluth woman being found severely burned in the city's Fond du Lac neighborhood last Thursday. The Duluth Police Department was collecting "all the facts we can" about what happened to Jaclyn Arnold, it said in a news release Monday. "We do not believe the community is at risk at this time and will provide updates when they become available," the department reported. There has been an outpouring of community support for Arnold, who remains hospitalized in a Minneapolis-area burn unit.
DULUTH—Far out on the lake, a tug-barge can look like any of the other monster freight vessels that loll along the horizon. But as it closes in, finer points emerge. Two distinct names—one painted on the barge, one on back of the tug—and the sight of a tug tucked into the backside of the barge. "Most of the tug-barge combinations are converted from old ships," said 21-year Great Lakes pilot John Swartout, who guides foreign-flagged vessels to ports inland from the Atlantic Ocean.
ISANTI, Minn. — Leah Phifer will put away the motorcycle she rode to tour Minnesota's 8th Congressional District this summer, but carry forward her campaign — convinced the DFL needs a voice in the 2018 midterm elections other than three-time incumbent Rick Nolan. Phifer, a political novice, announced her candidacy with a news release late Saturday, Oct. 7. On Sunday, she what is prompting her to run for office.
DULUTH, Minn. — The 47-year-old Twin Cities-area man accused of setting the two Vista Fleet boats out into the harbor last week had also been suspected of causing damage to property in Canal Park the same night, as well as allegedly threatening to blow up the Club Saratoga. Gregory Mark Sullwold, of Greenwood, Minn., was charged by summons Wednesday, Sept. 27, with felony theft-indifferent to owner rights, and if convicted faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
The Duluth Police Department has identified a suspect in this week’s Vista Fleet tampering, which left two cruise vessels unoccupied and adrift overnight in the vicinity of the Aerial Lift Bridge. Deputy Chief Laura Marquardt said criminal charges are expected in the “near future” against a 47-year-old man from Excelsior, Minn., who she identified as the “sole actor” in the incident.
DULUTH, Minn. - Two popular tourist and event boats in Duluth were tampered with, unmoored and left unoccupied and adrift for hours early Thursday near the Aerial Lift Bridge. The Vista Star and Vista Queen were able to be driven back to the dock and secured without apparent damage, avoiding what could have been a catastrophic loss for Justin Steinbach, owner of the Vista Fleet. Police are investigating the incident, including a review of surveillance video and photos.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — The people spoke, but not everybody agrees on what to name the new bridge on the Iron Range — a decision that ultimately belongs to the state Legislature. "Taconite Sky Bridge" won a contest conducted by the Iron Range Tourism Bureau to name the U.S. Highway 53 bridge in Virginia. Among five finalists, the name garnered more than one third of 1,400 votes cast, said Beth Pierce, director of the Iron Range Tourism Bureau. "It was by far the most popular," she said.