DULUTH — The transactions occur in a flash. Under surveillance, investigators who observe repeated hand-to-hand swaps are able to conclude the obvious: These are drug deals. Simple as they seem, a lot has to happen for a heroin deal to go according to plan in Duluth. The drugs have to make it across the border from Mexico into the United States, and from there, most likely, to Chicago.
ASHLAND, Wis. — Another protest of an Enbridge pipeline will come with a twist Saturday, Sept. 2, when people gather to play lacrosse atop a line buried in the Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Organized by a group called Save the Water's Edge, the food and games begin at noon along Forest Road 237 in Bayfield County. The protesters' beef relates to the 2013 expiration of a permit for Enbridge Line 5, say organizers who are calling for the pipeline to be removed from the forest.
DULUTH — Local unions condemned protesters Friday after people identifying themselves as water protectors temporarily shut down construction on a segment of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement in Wisconsin for a second time this week. The latest work shutdown came near the border with Minnesota, just southeast of Jay Cooke State Park.
DULUTH — The story of how Danielle Oxendine Molliver went from being a tribal liaison for the state of Minnesota to out of a job five months after she started working on the review process for a proposed pipeline is transactionally simple: she resigned. On July 24, in a letter to the commissioners of both the state departments of Commerce and Human Rights, Oxendine Molliver cited "a multitude of reasons" for walking away, including a lack of what she called "fair dealing" with the state's Native American tribes.
DULUTH — St. Louis County's top traffic expert calls running red lights "the most pressing traffic safety issue" within Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor. To curb it, St. Louis County is adopting a red-light enforcement project this month intended to help authorities manage what has been a difficult violation to enforce. "We want people to know we're going to be enforcing — no warning," St. Louis County traffic engineer Victor Lund said. "The goal is to get people to not run through red lights."
DULUTH, Minn.—The ship master and "an observing captain" entered the pilothouse of the Roger Blough seven minutes before she ran aground on May 27, 2016. One moment they were getting coffee and confirming delivery of ship's provisions, respectively, and the next the lake freighter was grinding to a halt on the bedrock floor of Lake Superior — puncturing steel in multiple places and flooding her forward ballast tanks to the waterline less than 30 feet above the well-charted bottom of Whitefish Bay.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Even after he'd been badly burned in a workplace incident at Fraser Shipyards in February, Joseph Burch figured he hadn't seen the last of his welding torch. "He was always optimistic," said Burch's sister-in-law Stacy Mackie. "He would talk about going back to work." The reunion between the welder and the tools of his trade never happened as Burch, 53, died in April — two months after the incident aboard the docked freighter Roger Blough.
HERMANTOWN, Minn.—Flanked by more than 100 supporters, Pete Stauber launched his campaign for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District on Monday, July 10. "Wow!" Stauber said, responding to the swell of cheers upon his introduction outside the Hermantown Public Safety Building. "It's an important day." A Duluth police lieutenant and St. Louis County commissioner, Stauber read from a prepared statement and outlined a platform rooted in Christianity, small-town interests and the "common sense" he said was missing from Washington.
ELY, Monn. — A pair of stranded canoeists were rescued from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness early Friday after using a flashlight to signal the crew of a plane that was searching for them.
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.