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Facing a $5.4 million budget shortfall next fiscal year, the University of Minnesota Duluth announced Thursday that it will make budget cuts over the next several years. The university will reduce its budget by $600,000 in fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black announced Thursday, Jan. 11, in employee town hall meetings.
FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. — A group of people on the Fond du Lac Reservation are informing the occupants of "known drug houses" about available resources, and say they've had some success since they began the activity in October.
DULUTH — Experiencing his first winter after moving from Shanghai to Duluth, Jeffrey Xu wondered why Minnesotans put on jackets, but then leave their legs vulnerable to the elements when they're out and about. "I knew it's cold. But until you feel the cold ..." Xu said with a laugh. He explained, "It's something that really puzzles me. People here, they have the attitude that they just want to tough it out."
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — After a week of frigid temperatures, a slight warmup looks like it may happen in time for the Gunflint Mail Run sled dog race this weekend. "It's definitely nicer for spectators and mushers if it's not 25 below, but that's why they're tough people. They do it anyway," said Sarah Hamilton, race organizer and owner of Trail Center Lodge.
GILBERT, Minn. — Authorities have identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting that took place during a foot pursuit in Gilbert on Friday, Dec. 22. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office determined that the man, identified as Jeffrey John Golnick, 40, of Chaska died of gunshot injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
GILBERT, Minn. — One person died and a St. Louis County sheriff's deputy was wounded Friday afternoon, Dec. 22, in a shooting that took place during a foot pursuit in Gilbert. The names of those involved in the shooting were not released as of Friday night. The deputy suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is handling the investigation. The gunfire and the massive law enforcement response shattered a quiet afternoon in the Iron Range community about 60 miles north of Duluth.
ISABELLA, Minn.—Seeing his dog pinned to the ground in a black bear's jaw, William Vagts ran to the bear, threw his arms around its neck and tried to pull the bear backwards. "I didn't even think. I just reacted. ... I just held him for just a few seconds, which is a long time to hold a bear by the neck," Vagts, 68, said as he kneeled in the snow and circled his arms to re-enact what took place in his front yard on Tuesday morning.
DULUTH — During the month that the 148th Fighter Wing has been deployed in Puerto Rico, its ranks have grown by one with the addition of One-Eyed Juan. The yearling German shepherd-husky mix took a liking to Duluth's Airman 1st Class Krishia Baltazar and the feeling was mutual. Baltazar adopted Juan while in Puerto Rico and he arrived in Duluth on Wednesday, a few days ahead of her return from deployment, scheduled for this weekend. She said she wished she could travel with Juan to Duluth, but her mother and sister are excited to care for him until her arrival.
DULUTH — As Moose Finbar runs from rhinos, rides an elephant and hangs from a helicopter, his Duluth Pack survives each jungle adventure — and provides a convenient excuse to not save a man in the grips of a hippo's mouth. "I've got a backpack on. You don't get in the water with a backpack. Everybody knows that," states Finbar, played by actor-comedian Kevin Hart, in the upcoming movie "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."
DULUTH — Best friends since sixth grade, Amber Nielsen and Holly Breeden decided to enlist together in the Wisconsin Army National Guard following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. They were scared as they left for basic training at age 17, but also gung-ho and ready to go. "Then you get to basic training, and you get off the bus and everyone's yelling at you and you're, like, what the heck did you just get yourself into?" Nielsen recalled.