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.
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, 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.