DULUTH—Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Duluth, President Donald Trump will conduct one of his patented campaign rallies. He has used the events throughout his presidency to excite fans and supporters and fuel his own tank with positivity. The spark that added Amsoil Arena to the back of the Trump campaign T-shirt came during a March phone call he made to Pete Stauber.
DULUTH—A pair of candidates filed in the 8th Congressional District in recent days — one believing she can beat Republican Pete Stauber and the other seemingly intent to put a stick in the spoke of the Stauber campaign machine. "The government is there to serve the middle class — not the wealthy or corporations," said Michelle Lee, who filed Friday, June 1, to join Jason Metsa in the 8th District Democratic-Farmer-Labor primary. "We need to keep the seat in the DFL. I believe I can win the primary, and I know that I can win over Pete Stauber."
DULUTH—As long as there have been ships there has been a curiosity for shipping news. "The No. 1 question we receive is, 'When is the next boat?'" said Denise Wolvin, director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Canal Park. To help the museum answer that question, a Duluth-based software engineering firm stepped up to create a new version of a longtime favorite tool for shipping enthusiasts: the shipping tracker.
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.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances that led to a 24-year-old Duluth woman being found severely burned in the city's Fond du Lac neighborhood last Thursday. The Duluth Police Department was collecting "all the facts we can" about what happened to Jaclyn Arnold, it said in a news release Monday. "We do not believe the community is at risk at this time and will provide updates when they become available," the department reported. There has been an outpouring of community support for Arnold, who remains hospitalized in a Minneapolis-area burn unit.
DULUTH, Minn. — The 47-year-old Twin Cities-area man accused of setting the two Vista Fleet boats out into the harbor last week had also been suspected of causing damage to property in Canal Park the same night, as well as allegedly threatening to blow up the Club Saratoga. Gregory Mark Sullwold, of Greenwood, Minn., was charged by summons Wednesday, Sept. 27, with felony theft-indifferent to owner rights, and if convicted faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
The Duluth Police Department has identified a suspect in this week’s Vista Fleet tampering, which left two cruise vessels unoccupied and adrift overnight in the vicinity of the Aerial Lift Bridge. Deputy Chief Laura Marquardt said criminal charges are expected in the “near future” against a 47-year-old man from Excelsior, Minn., who she identified as the “sole actor” in the incident.
DULUTH, Minn. - Two popular tourist and event boats in Duluth were tampered with, unmoored and left unoccupied and adrift for hours early Thursday near the Aerial Lift Bridge. The Vista Star and Vista Queen were able to be driven back to the dock and secured without apparent damage, avoiding what could have been a catastrophic loss for Justin Steinbach, owner of the Vista Fleet. Police are investigating the incident, including a review of surveillance video and photos.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — The people spoke, but not everybody agrees on what to name the new bridge on the Iron Range — a decision that ultimately belongs to the state Legislature. "Taconite Sky Bridge" won a contest conducted by the Iron Range Tourism Bureau to name the U.S. Highway 53 bridge in Virginia. Among five finalists, the name garnered more than one third of 1,400 votes cast, said Beth Pierce, director of the Iron Range Tourism Bureau. "It was by far the most popular," she said.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Five people were arrested during protests Thursday, Sept. 14, after blocking entrances at an Enbridge pipeline contractor in Superior. It was the sixth "lockdown" protest in roughly three weeks by people identifying themselves as water protectors, and the first one inside the city limits.