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.
ASHLAND, Wis. — Another protest of an Enbridge pipeline will come with a twist Saturday, Sept. 2, when people gather to play lacrosse atop a line buried in the Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Organized by a group called Save the Water's Edge, the food and games begin at noon along Forest Road 237 in Bayfield County. The protesters' beef relates to the 2013 expiration of a permit for Enbridge Line 5, say organizers who are calling for the pipeline to be removed from the forest.
DULUTH — Local unions condemned protesters Friday after people identifying themselves as water protectors temporarily shut down construction on a segment of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement in Wisconsin for a second time this week. The latest work shutdown came near the border with Minnesota, just southeast of Jay Cooke State Park.
DULUTH — The story of how Danielle Oxendine Molliver went from being a tribal liaison for the state of Minnesota to out of a job five months after she started working on the review process for a proposed pipeline is transactionally simple: she resigned. On July 24, in a letter to the commissioners of both the state departments of Commerce and Human Rights, Oxendine Molliver cited "a multitude of reasons" for walking away, including a lack of what she called "fair dealing" with the state's Native American tribes.
DULUTH — St. Louis County's top traffic expert calls running red lights "the most pressing traffic safety issue" within Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor. To curb it, St. Louis County is adopting a red-light enforcement project this month intended to help authorities manage what has been a difficult violation to enforce. "We want people to know we're going to be enforcing — no warning," St. Louis County traffic engineer Victor Lund said. "The goal is to get people to not run through red lights."
DULUTH, Minn.—The ship master and "an observing captain" entered the pilothouse of the Roger Blough seven minutes before she ran aground on May 27, 2016. One moment they were getting coffee and confirming delivery of ship's provisions, respectively, and the next the lake freighter was grinding to a halt on the bedrock floor of Lake Superior — puncturing steel in multiple places and flooding her forward ballast tanks to the waterline less than 30 feet above the well-charted bottom of Whitefish Bay.