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A Hermantown, Minn. man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 years in prison for sexually assaulting a pre-teen girl. Brian Arthur Barthman, 47, was sentenced by Judge Shaun Floerke on Wednesday to two 30-year prison sentences to be served one after the other, according to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office. Barthman was found guilty in March of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
CLOQUET, Minn. — About 40 people prayed outside Cloquet City Hall on Tuesday for truth and justice during an investigation of a complaint against suspended Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek. The crowd prayed for unity and for city officials to be led by God during a 45-minute prayer vigil before the Cloquet City Council meeting, where more than 70 people filled the council chambers and spilled into the hallway of City Hall.
DULUTH, Minn.—The Rock of Ages Lighthouse has greeted visitors approaching Isle Royale National Park since 1908, but it's been nearly 40 years since a lightkeeper cared for it. Although the bones of the structure are in good shape, the lighthouse's interior needs attention — and the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society is hoping to provide that. The preservation society, based in Duluth, is planning a multi-year project beginning this summer to restore the lighthouse to a 1930s look, with the goal of opening the lighthouse to the public in 2020.
DULUTH, Minn.—In a state known for its water and hockey, Alan Newton is hoping a sport will take hold in Duluth that combines the two: underwater hockey. On a recent night at Lincoln Park Middle School, Newton called out to six swimmers — "Ready, go!" — and the swimmers ducked underneath the water's surface, short hockey sticks in hand, to swim toward a puck in the middle of the pool.
DULUTH, Minn. — Some family members held flags, while others held up handwritten signs welcoming their loved ones home. Little kids sat on adults' shoulders so they could see over the crowd and a woman wore a sweatshirt stating, "Proud Army Mom." The crowd continued to grow at the Duluth International Airport on Saturday night, and a few near the front of the crowd saw the plane carrying the U.S. Army Reserve 312th Engineer Company land.
TWO HARBORS, Minn.—Winds gusting in excess of 60 mph in northern Minnesota on Tuesday downed trees and power lines, left thousands without power, made driving difficult — and damaged a Two Harbors landmark. Pierre the Voyageur — the statue that has greeted residents and visitors to the North Shore for more than a half-century — lost his right arm and canoe paddle to a gust of wind sometime early Tuesday afternoon.
Winds gusting in excess of 60 mph in the Northland on Tuesday downed trees and power lines, left thousands without power, made driving difficult — and damaged a Two Harbors landmark. Pierre the Voyageur — the statue that has greeted residents and visitors to the North Shore for more than a half-century — lost his right arm and canoe paddle to a gust of wind sometime early Tuesday afternoon.
DULUTH — State and local health care officials voiced concerns on Friday in Duluth that repealing the Affordable Care Act may impact low-income residents the hardest, and also affect public health, mental health and addiction programs. U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby, heard comments about the ACA from officials and residents in a packed room at the Duluth Depot during a forum on health-care access hosted by the Head of the Lakes United Way.
DULUTH, Minn.—A recent study of Devil's Kettle Falls on Minnesota's North Shore, completed out of "scientific curiosity," shed light on the waterfall's phenomenon, a state hydrologist said. In Judge C.R. Magney State Park, the Brule River splits into two at Devil's Kettle, with one branch flowing over a typical waterfall and the other branch disappearing into a hole at the bottom. Using stream gauges, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources determined that the water rejoins the river farther downstream, the agency announced on Tuesday.
NEAR TOFTE, Minn. — Quiet-zone signs cautioned "canine athletes at rest" as seven dog teams arrived to settle in for a few hours at the Sawbill checkpoint in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon on Tuesday afternoon. As Grand Marais, Minn., musher Matthew Schmidt napped in his truck, his dogs slept underneath blankets on a bed of straw and snow. Schmidt's handler Andrew McAfee sat in a chair next to the dogs, using a cooler as a footstool as he read a book.