DULUTH, Minn.—Whether it was for military service or job creation, for philanthropy or friendship, Al Amatuzio always seemed to be there for Duluth and Superior. After 92 years of being there for the Twin Ports, Amatuzio died Friday at his home. The company he founded, Amsoil Inc., announced his passing to its worldwide network of dealers in an email on Saturday, saying Amatuzio died peacefully and surrounded by family.
DULUTH — Strolling the thousand-foot length of his bayside factory and warehouse, Max Taubert pointed out heavy boards set to be used for the floor of a coming craft beer parlor in Duluth. Continuing along inside what started out more than a century ago as a rail-yard facility, Taubert highlighted a stack of reclaimed barrel wood which once made up one of the oldest brewery tanks in St. Paul.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A 29-year-old Grand Rapids man who shot and critically injured his son before killing himself had battled depression most of his life, investigators said Friday, March 31. David Krauss was found deceased in a home Thursday on the 1300 block of Fourth Avenue Southeast just before 4 p.m. His son, Wyatt Krauss, 8, was also found wounded by a gunshot.
DULUTH, Minn.—U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said on Wednesday that she will not support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. "Senators have a solemn obligation to advise and consent on a president's nominee for the Supreme Court," Klobuchar said in an emailed statement. "... His judicial record on critical issues including the rights of children with disabilities, campaign finance, and preserving health and safety protections have led me to conclude that I cannot support his nomination."
DULUTH — For some people, it's never early enough for the next election cycle. "I don't think it's too soon," said Justin Perpich, chair of the 8th District DFL, in response to Politico's report Wednesday that listed Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby, as one of 36 congressional Democrats being targeted by Republicans in 2018. "Maybe it's just me and my love for politics, but I think people want to be involved."
RICE LAKE, Minn. — A funny thing happened on the way to the finish of the 2017 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon: a race broke out. With three of its leaders each claiming to be using the Beargrease as a trial-and-error tuneup for the sport's most iconic event, Alaska's Iditarod, someone still had to win — and that someone was now three-time champion Ryan Anderson.
BRAINERD — With the inauguration looming Friday, Rick Nolan figures to enjoy a choice view of Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. "Seating at the inauguration is based on when you were first elected to Congress," said Rep. Nolan, DFL-Crosby, whose initial stint in the House of Representatives fell between 1974 and 1980. "As far as members of Congress, I'll be third-closest to the president." Nolan will sit alongside Rep. Don Young of Alaska and Rep. John Conyers of Detroit — first elected in 1963 and 1965, respectively.
The morning after Monday's single-car crash that sent him sailing off the Blatnik Bridge, Mark Anderson was already walking, however gingerly, down the intensive care hallway outside his room. "It's a miracle he's alive," said his longtime girlfriend, Connie Everett, who was by Anderson's side in a room at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center's Neuro and Trauma Intensive Care Unit in Duluth on Tuesday.
WASHBURN, Wis. — Inside the milk-house store at Tetzner's Dairy, a young couple and their friend packed a cooler full of ice cream. They stuffed a small envelope with the requisite dollar amount and plopped it into a lock box. The simple transaction, sans attendant, has long been the way of the generational Tetzner dairy farm, where age-old things such as the honor system mingle with innovations such as a robotic milker to make the family outfit viable in a modern age.
DULUTH — A 23-year-old Duluth man died earlier this week from injuries sustained in a weekend rollover crash on Interstate 35 near Esko, Minn. Dancing Sky "Dan" Lance suffered multiple severe injuries Friday, Dec. 16, when he lost control of the 1989 Ford pickup he was driving, which rolled multiple times in the median. Lance was not wearing his seatbelt, a Minnesota State Patrol news release said, and was thrown from the vehicle. Lance had been on life support at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center, where he died Monday.