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.
EVELETH, Minn. -- Ahead of schedule and on budget, the $230 million U.S. Highway 53 Relocation Project hit another in a series of milestones last week when the final section of bridge-spanning girders was set and fastened into place. Made of U.S. steel, fabricated in Eau Claire, Wis., and trucked to the bottom of the Rouchleau Pit between Eveleth and Virginia, the massive girders arrived in sections that were further assembled to one another at the site. The largest ones at either end of the bridge are 14 ½ feet tall in some places.
BRAINERD — With the inauguration looming Friday, Rick Nolan figures to enjoy a choice view of Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. "Seating at the inauguration is based on when you were first elected to Congress," said Rep. Nolan, DFL-Crosby, whose initial stint in the House of Representatives fell between 1974 and 1980. "As far as members of Congress, I'll be third-closest to the president." Nolan will sit alongside Rep. Don Young of Alaska and Rep. John Conyers of Detroit — first elected in 1963 and 1965, respectively.
DULUTH, Minn. -- The morning after Monday’s single-car crash that sent him sailing off the Blatnik Bridge and falling about 30 to 40 feet, Mark Anderson was already walking, however gingerly, down the intensive care hallway outside his room. “It’s a miracle he’s alive,” said his longtime girlfriend, Connie Everett, who was by Anderson’s side in a room at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Neuro and Trauma Intensive Care Unit in Duluth on Tuesday.
DULUTH, Minn.—Nearly 80 people showed up for Duluth's annual program to end sex trafficking Monday, and to look around it was clear a lot of men remain late to arrive to the issue. Of the roughly 80 attendees at Trepanier Hall, the vast majority were women. It's been that way for the event's five years. "We need to get the attention of more men," said Shunu Shrestha, the trafficking program coordinator for Program for Aid to Victims, a downtown agency aimed at ending sexual violence.
DULUTH, Minn.—Even with vessels steaming nonstop in and out of Lake Superior, ship owners play it close to the vest — not willing to "go there" when asked if the race is on to move as much cargo as possible in anticipation of the annual closing of the Soo Locks on Jan. 15. "CN ore shipments for the remainder of the season are on schedule, as per our operating plan, which is designed to meet our customers' transportation needs," is all spokesman Jim Feeny of Canadian National Railway would say.
CARLTON — The homicide victim in last week’s shooting in Cloquet “suffered significantly,” said a prosecuting attorney in District Court on Tuesday, as alleged killer Wayne Joseph Bosto was charged with second-degree murder.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Duluth’s newest striking image isn’t a condo complex or a holiday display, but a billboard on Interstate 35 — visible to northbound commuters under the Canadian National ore docks. The billboard image first appeared last week and features a praying man, wearing a stars-and-stripes turban. It’s part of a national public service announcement campaign called “Love Has No Labels,” and is sponsored by the Ad Council.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Addressing the North Dakota pipeline protests that are the largest tribal movement in more than a century, Wendy Savage talked first about the need to protect water and how rare it is, in relation to the rest of the world, that most of our tap water is potable. But the local artist and curator grew more impassioned as she spoke and was soon saying that U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s letter in support of the tribes to the Department of Justice last week was hollow for stopping short of any real action.
CLOQUET, Minn. -- Working on slopes thick with red pine outside Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet on Tuesday, a crew armed with hatchets and chainsaws took some of the thinnest and youngest trees marked for harvest with orange ribbons.