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Crews this afternoon are battling a fast-moving forest fire just outside Ely that apparently started when a vehicle drove over a downed power line. Eyewitnesses in Ely said flames could be seen from the city just before 3 p.m. and smoke was enveloping the town. St. Louis County Commissioner Mike Forsman of Ely said the strong winds have blown the fire to within a quarter mile of Ely by about 3:15 p.m. He said fire engine crews from Ely, Babbitt, the U.S.
Dawn Bloom had a nice surprise in the yard of her far eastern Duluth home recently: a moose, which she's been waiting to see since she moved to the Northland eight years ago. "My husband, Steve, and I have made several trips to Michigan and Canada, including the entire Lake Superior Circle Tour, and each time we've hoped to see a moose, but never have,'' Bloom said in a message that accompanied her photos of the moose. "I guess the saying fits, 'Chances are it's in your own back yard.' " But this scruffy adult cow moose isn't just any ungulate visitor to Congdon Boulevard. She's moose No.
Lynn Rogers has been walking with and talking to and studying bears for 43 years, but he had never seen bear cubs being born -- until today. Rogers, the flamboyant and sometimes controversial Ely bear researcher, is huddled with his co-researchers at a cabin watching a computer screen four miles from the den of Lily the mother bear this morning is thought to have given birth. "We think a cub was born at 10:43 this morning. Sue was watching and said she thought she heard a cub.
LITTLEFORK - An apparently starving bobcat met a small dog in a small garage in Littlefork, Minn., last week, an encounter that turned out fatal for both animals. Lloyd Steen, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, was called to the Koochiching County home Thursday on reports that a dog had disappeared and that a "cougar" was trapped in the owner's garage. The cat turned out to be a 30-pound female bobcat. Koochiching County deputies and Steen arrived about 8 a.m. "The lady said she hadn't seen the dog since she let it out to do its thing at 4:30...
DULUTH - It was about 10:30 Monday night when the scratching started outside a home on West Cleveland Street in Duluth's Kenwood neighborhood. Tara Richter and her husband, Richard Maclin, looked out the window to see what all the commotion was about. But they didn't see anything. When the noises got louder about 11 p.m. and something started banging on the glass storm door, they finally opened the front door.
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning consumers of a scam involving e-mails urging people to contact a "do not call" list for their cell-phone numbers. The e-mails tell consumers they must register their cell phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry before a certain deadline or they will be billed for each telemarketing call they receive after the deadline expires. The e-mail also urges the receiver to share the message with friends. The Better Business Bureau is reminding the public that these notifications are not accurate.
Zebra mussels have invaded Isle Royale National Park, with Park Service officials Monday confirming the finding for the first time. Park officials are concerned because Isle Royale holds one of the region's largest remaining populations of native mussels on small lakes on the island. Zebra mussels have in many cases wiped out native mussel populations across the Great Lakes. "A lot of the boats that come here come from harbors that have zebra mussel problems on other parts of [Lake Superior]," Isle Royale superintendent Phyllis Green said.
DULUTH - The owner of the bar and restaurant that hosted the Hells Angels rally in Carlton lashed out Sunday at law enforcement officers for harassing his customers. Tim Rogentine said federal, state and local law enforcement agencies -- even some Canadian Border Services agents -- spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on a "farce" and a "waste of time." "There was more illegal activity by the police than there was by the Hells Angels," Rogentine said. "The way they harassed these guys wasn't right.