DULUTH—In an effort to attract more mushers and infuse new energy into their event, organizers of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon have agreed to shorten the iconic winter race that skirts the North Shore and evokes a historic mail route. The race's board of directors voted unanimously this week to make the 2019 race between 290-300 miles — down from this year's 373. Details of the new course and the likelihood of making Beargrease a 12-dog race instead of 14 dogs per team are still to be decided, organizers said.
DULUTH — The prospect of protests in Minnesota along the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline construction corridor is forcing officials to consider ways to pay for law enforcement responses and other associated costs. "It's clearly on our minds," St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said. "If the resources required go beyond the expense associated, it's a legitimate concern." In a letter last week to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and copied to Gov. Mark Dayton and other lawmakers, the Association of Minnesota Counties called the expenses "out of ordinary."
DULUTH — It was almost seen as novelty in 2016 when an Iron Range mayor endorsed a Republican for the 8th Congressional District seat that went to retiring Rep. Rick Nolan. But as Pete Stauber heads triumphantly into the 8th Congressional District Republican Convention on Saturday, May 5, in Park Rapids, it's now a roster of four Iron Range mayors who've pledged support for the presumptive Republican nominee.
DULUTH—The leader in delegate voting throughout last weekend's 8th Congressional District DFL convention may not be moving to the primary this summer. Leah Phifer said on Monday she will take the next two weeks off from campaigning and fundraising to decide whether to file for the primary. "We're giving ourselves until the end of April," she said. "We want to do what's best for the district."
DULUTH — After a deadlocked convention on Saturday, April 14, in Duluth, the voters will decide a DFL candidate for the 8th Congressional District race. The stalemate at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor 8th District convention in Duluth saw the field whittled from five to two, but returned no endorsed candidate.
Inside the Men As Peacemakers headquarters in downtown Duluth, Sarah Curtiss offered an Ojibwe greeting. "Boozhoo," she said. It made for a warm invitation, and in no time Curtiss and a colleague on speakerphone were immersed in the topic at hand: the agency's latest endeavor, an online training exercise building on its popular anti-sex-trafficking project, "Don't Buy It."
AUTOMBA, Minn. — Against a backdrop of large pipes stacked like cordwood, Nicholle Ramsey stood alongside two dozen others on the trespassing-side of a long fence on Monday. Their arrival drew a small group of sheriff's deputies and the attention of Enbridge to the remote corner of Carlton County. But there were no arrests on this day — only songs and appeals for the energy company to reconsider its proposal to construct a new Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
CLOQUET, Minn.—Stephanie Lee had one hope for the 8th Congressional District DFL candidate forum at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on Wednesday, April 4. "I hope we can see more delineation between the DFL candidates," said Lee, of Finlayson, Minn., and a one-time student at the host school in Cloquet. Members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party who packed the school's rotunda didn't see Lee's wish come true — until the topic turned to copper mining.
DULUTH—Huntington's disease is a cruel and fatal condition. Genetic, it follows a person like a specter until presenting in adulthood when it slowly, across the years, erodes the brain and cripples the body. It can be characterized by constant straining and waves of twitching. For 50-year-old James Adams, who lives with advanced Huntington's, it was a fight to both transfer from wheelchair to recliner and say what it meant for him to be finally living with his wife, Mardell Columbus-Adams.
DULUTH—The estimated $205 million reconstruction of the "can of worms" section of Interstate 35 through Duluth isn't scheduled to begin until 2019. But that doesn't mean work isn't already happening.