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CARLTON, Minn.—If visitors to Jay Cooke State Park want to use an indoor restroom, they're out of luck. The only choices now are a port-a-potty or an outhouse. The park's water line was damaged in October, leaving it without running water. But it's not the only repair needed at the park — the shower-and-restroom building is too small for the 83-site campground, the Oldenburg Point picnic shelter's deteriorating roof has shingles falling off and the Oldenburg Point restroom building still hasn't been restored since the 2012 flood.
DULUTH—More than two dozen people are facing state and federal charges stemming from their alleged involvement in what authorities say was "a large heroin trafficking network" that brought drugs into northern Minnesota.
MARICAO, Puerto Rico—Faced with going into a 1,000-foot-deep ravine to fix a power line near Maricao, Puerto Rico, Minnesota Power linemen turned to two local men for help. The men had been running their well pumps off generators to get water since hurricanes Irma and Maria cut off their power last fall, explained Dean Erdman, the line crew supervisor with Minnesota Power and part of a contingent of employees from the Duluth-based utility who have spent the past month on the island.
The novels "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" will no longer be required reading in the Duluth school district due to the books' use of a racial slur, a curriculum change supported by the local NAACP chapter. The two books will continue to be available in school libraries and can be optional reading for students, but beginning next school year, they'll be replaced as required reading by other literature that addresses the same topics in ninth- and 11th-grade English classes, said Michael Cary, the district's director of curriculum and instruction.
ON THE GUNFLINT TRAIL, Minn. — Halfway across Poplar Lake on Monday morning, Jan. 29, Ingrid Pond's dog team decided it was more interested in another group of sled dogs than it was in reaching the finish line. As the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon mid-distance musher was nearing Trail Center Lodge and the end of the 120-mile race, there was an overlap with marathon mushers heading back out on the trail to Grand Portage. A north-woods traffic jam, of sorts.
BAYFIELD, Wisc.—This month's frigid weather hasn't pushed the needle toward opening the popular, ice-coated Apostle Islands mainland sea caves to the public.
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.
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, Minn.—Seven veterans recently returned from a week of backpacking together in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
DULUTH — A father and daughter died Thursday, Aug. 10, after being pulled from the waters of Lake Superior off Park Point in Duluth following a search that lasted for more than an hour amid large waves. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported late Thursday that the victims were a 10-year-old girl from Hudson, Wis., and a 38-year-old man from Osceola, Wis. Their names were being withheld pending notification of family.