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DULUTH — A father and daughter died Thursday, Aug. 10, after being pulled from the waters of Lake Superior off Park Point in Duluth following a search that lasted for more than an hour amid large waves. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported late Thursday that the victims were a 10-year-old girl from Hudson, Wis., and a 38-year-old man from Osceola, Wis. Their names were being withheld pending notification of family.
BROOKSTON, Minn. — After a week of searching by family, friends and law enforcement, Ron and Mary Tarnowski were found deceased in the Brookston area on Saturday. A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter discovered the elderly Duluth couple's vehicle in a remote location at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the Duluth Police Department. The investigation into the deaths was ongoing Saturday night, but foul play wasn't suspected. It appeared the couple's SUV had gotten stuck, police said.
DULUTH, Minn.—Two Duluth firefighters floated in Lake Superior on Tuesday, waiting to be rescued, but it wasn't a human in a boat coming to their aid. A 24-pound unmanned water rescue drone sped through the water toward the firefighters, its movements directed by a firefighter on shore using a remote control. When it reached the firefighters in the water, they grabbed onto a set of handles and were pulled to shore by the drone — formally named an Emergency Integrated Lifesaving LanYard, or EMILY for short.
DULUTH — Veterans can face special challenges to find housing, and a Minnesota nonprofit that helps them is expanding its efforts into the Northland. Journey Home Minnesota, based in North Oaks, Minn., has built 44 homes in the Twin Cities. Its next slate of homes includes locations in Duluth and Hovland, where Theo Rex of Buffalo, Minn., is planning to move.
SOUDAN, Minn. — Imagine walking three-quarters of a mile through a mine tunnel in complete darkness to find iron ore, park interpreter James Juip tells the tour group. The lights click off to help people imagine that scenario, and the 20 people stand in darkness at level 27 of the Soudan Underground Mine, unable to see each other or Juip at 2,341 feet below the surface of the Earth.
DULUTH — After leaving Duluth nearly 75 years ago to become a U.S. Marine, Sgt. James Joseph Hubert came home on Saturday. "In terms of military service, defending our country, there is a truth that all gave some, but some gave all. United States Marine Corps Sgt. James Joseph Hubert gave all," said Hubert's nephew and namesake, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mark James Hagen.
NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN — One year ago, floodwaters washed out roads, destroyed homes and claimed the lives of three people in Northwestern Wisconsin.
DULUTH, Minn.—A Kentucky man has been arrested in connection to the SUV found partially submerged in Lake Superior in the Duluth-Superior area on Friday. A 38-year-old man from Louisville, Ky., is being held in the Racine County (Wis.) Jail on pending charges in Douglas County after the 2017 GMC Yukon he was supposed to be transporting to a Fargo dealership was found submerged in the water in Superior. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office:
DULUTH, Minn. — Michael Arthur Bratlie was a seasoned pilot with thousands of hours of flying time when he left for a round-trip sightseeing flight from St. Paul to Duluth to test a new engine on June 8, 2012. No trace of Bratlie, a retired U.S. Navy and Northwest Airlines pilot from Lakeville, Minn., or his Piper PA-31 Navajo twin-engine plane has been found since last seen on radar just northeast of Silver Bay that day.
DULUTH — Sgt. Travis Birr expects spectators to be initially shocked when they see him running in Grandma's Marathon. Then, the Duluth resident hopes, they'll wonder why he's running 26.2 miles wearing 25 pounds of military body armor. Birr, a combat medic with Duluth-based U.S. Army Reserve 477th Medical Company, will be running the marathon for the nonprofit Operation: 23 to Zero to raise awareness about suicide among veterans and active-duty service members, and to make it known that help is available.