DULUTH—Sometime after announcing his retirement from Congress last February, Rep. Rick Nolan called a handful of Democratic-Farmer-Labor hopefuls in the 8th Congressional District to encourage them as would-be replacements. By the end of candidate filing on Tuesday, those calls materialized into a wide-open DFL primary race. One of the Nolan calls went to his former campaign manager, Joe Radinovich, who filed for his chance at Nolan's now open seat on deadline day to file to run for state or federal office.
DULUTH—A pair of candidates filed in the 8th Congressional District in recent days — one believing she can beat Republican Pete Stauber and the other seemingly intent to put a stick in the spoke of the Stauber campaign machine. "The government is there to serve the middle class — not the wealthy or corporations," said Michelle Lee, who filed Friday, June 1, to join Jason Metsa in the 8th District Democratic-Farmer-Labor primary. "We need to keep the seat in the DFL. I believe I can win the primary, and I know that I can win over Pete Stauber."
DULUTH—As long as there have been ships there has been a curiosity for shipping news. "The No. 1 question we receive is, 'When is the next boat?'" said Denise Wolvin, director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Canal Park. To help the museum answer that question, a Duluth-based software engineering firm stepped up to create a new version of a longtime favorite tool for shipping enthusiasts: the shipping tracker.
DULUTH—The candidate filing period opened this week and the first two candidates officially in the door in the 8th Congressional District race were Republican Pete Stauber and DFLer Jason Metsa.
DULUTH—In an effort to attract more mushers and infuse new energy into their event, organizers of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon have agreed to shorten the iconic winter race that skirts the North Shore and evokes a historic mail route. The race's board of directors voted unanimously this week to make the 2019 race between 290-300 miles — down from this year's 373. Details of the new course and the likelihood of making Beargrease a 12-dog race instead of 14 dogs per team are still to be decided, organizers said.
DULUTH, Minn.—Try as they might to turn the topical dial to health care, spending or immigration in the open race for the 8th Congressional District seat, the candidates' views on mining have dominated the early part of the November midterm election cycle. Shaping the discussion are their thoughts on precious metals mining in the Lake Superior basin. "Mining equals economy and economy equals a good job and a good job equals a family," Republican Pete Stauber said in a mining-rich speech prior to receiving his party's endorsement in Park Rapids earlier this month.
DULUTH — The Duluth Transit Authority's Jim Caywood spent last week in Greenville, S.C., where he was the first local person to set eyes on the electric buses coming to Duluth this summer. "The first bus will be here about the second week of June," said Caywood, the DTA's director of maintenance. "It's just about done."
DULUTH — The prospect of protests in Minnesota along the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline construction corridor is forcing officials to consider ways to pay for law enforcement responses and other associated costs. "It's clearly on our minds," St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said. "If the resources required go beyond the expense associated, it's a legitimate concern." In a letter last week to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and copied to Gov. Mark Dayton and other lawmakers, the Association of Minnesota Counties called the expenses "out of ordinary."
DULUTH — It was almost seen as novelty in 2016 when an Iron Range mayor endorsed a Republican for the 8th Congressional District seat that went to retiring Rep. Rick Nolan. But as Pete Stauber heads triumphantly into the 8th Congressional District Republican Convention on Saturday, May 5, in Park Rapids, it's now a roster of four Iron Range mayors who've pledged support for the presumptive Republican nominee.
DULUTH—The leader in delegate voting throughout last weekend's 8th Congressional District DFL convention may not be moving to the primary this summer. Leah Phifer said on Monday she will take the next two weeks off from campaigning and fundraising to decide whether to file for the primary. "We're giving ourselves until the end of April," she said. "We want to do what's best for the district."