DULUTH, Minn. — Inspired by the success of a suicide prevention program that allows people in crisis to reach out via text message, St. Louis County is turning to cellphones to aid the homeless. The "Text Homeless" pilot program calls for people who are homeless or on the cusp of homelessness to text 85511 and type in "homeless." By doing so, a person will receive a series of yes or no questions that will allow United Way coordinators to arrange the more detailed in-person screenings that can lead to transitional housing.
The Trump administration's federal budget proposal for 2018 isn't a week old, but already state and local transportation officials are adjusting to President Donald Trump's goal of reducing the federal government's role in funding infrastructure. While hopeful still of federal dollars, organizers behind the proposed Northern Lights Express high-speed rail project between Duluth and the Twin Cities are starting to consider piecemeal options aimed at bringing the project to fruition over a longer period of time.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn.—While the Minnesota Department of Agriculture prepares to inspect the raw milk sold by a rural Grand Marais farmer, an attorney for the farmer said another round of court wrangling could ensue if inspections seek changes to the dairy. Last month, in a one-page order, the Minnesota Supreme Court said it would not review an appeals court decision that would allow state department of agriculture inspectors onto the David Berglund farm, known as Lake View Natural Dairy.
DULUTH — Albert J. Amatuzio will be memorialized and buried Saturday, April 15, little more than two weeks after the 92-year-old aviator and innovator died. Anybody who read his obituary will note a life that figures to resonate for ages. But for Bill Durand, one of Amsoil's biggest self-made dealers and owner to a private Amsoil museum in the countryside outside Spooner, Amatuzio started out as an elusive figure. "I looked for A.J. for two years," Durand said. "I asked around all over Superior."
DULUTH, Minn.—Whether it was for military service or job creation, for philanthropy or friendship, Al Amatuzio always seemed to be there for Duluth and Superior. After 92 years of being there for the Twin Ports, Amatuzio died Friday at his home. The company he founded, Amsoil Inc., announced his passing to its worldwide network of dealers in an email on Saturday, saying Amatuzio died peacefully and surrounded by family.
DULUTH — Strolling the thousand-foot length of his bayside factory and warehouse, Max Taubert pointed out heavy boards set to be used for the floor of a coming craft beer parlor in Duluth. Continuing along inside what started out more than a century ago as a rail-yard facility, Taubert highlighted a stack of reclaimed barrel wood which once made up one of the oldest brewery tanks in St. Paul.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A 29-year-old Grand Rapids man who shot and critically injured his son before killing himself had battled depression most of his life, investigators said Friday, March 31. David Krauss was found deceased in a home Thursday on the 1300 block of Fourth Avenue Southeast just before 4 p.m. His son, Wyatt Krauss, 8, was also found wounded by a gunshot.
DULUTH, Minn.—U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said on Wednesday that she will not support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. "Senators have a solemn obligation to advise and consent on a president's nominee for the Supreme Court," Klobuchar said in an emailed statement. "... His judicial record on critical issues including the rights of children with disabilities, campaign finance, and preserving health and safety protections have led me to conclude that I cannot support his nomination."
DULUTH — For some people, it's never early enough for the next election cycle. "I don't think it's too soon," said Justin Perpich, chair of the 8th District DFL, in response to Politico's report Wednesday that listed Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby, as one of 36 congressional Democrats being targeted by Republicans in 2018. "Maybe it's just me and my love for politics, but I think people want to be involved."
RICE LAKE, Minn. — A funny thing happened on the way to the finish of the 2017 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon: a race broke out. With three of its leaders each claiming to be using the Beargrease as a trial-and-error tuneup for the sport's most iconic event, Alaska's Iditarod, someone still had to win — and that someone was now three-time champion Ryan Anderson.