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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.
BROOKSTON, Minn. — After a week of searching by family, friends and law enforcement, Ron and Mary Tarnowski were found deceased in the Brookston area on Saturday. A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter discovered the elderly Duluth couple's vehicle in a remote location at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the Duluth Police Department. The investigation into the deaths was ongoing Saturday night, but foul play wasn't suspected. It appeared the couple's SUV had gotten stuck, police said.
DULUTH, Minn.—Two Duluth firefighters floated in Lake Superior on Tuesday, waiting to be rescued, but it wasn't a human in a boat coming to their aid. A 24-pound unmanned water rescue drone sped through the water toward the firefighters, its movements directed by a firefighter on shore using a remote control. When it reached the firefighters in the water, they grabbed onto a set of handles and were pulled to shore by the drone — formally named an Emergency Integrated Lifesaving LanYard, or EMILY for short.
DULUTH — Veterans can face special challenges to find housing, and a Minnesota nonprofit that helps them is expanding its efforts into the Northland. Journey Home Minnesota, based in North Oaks, Minn., has built 44 homes in the Twin Cities. Its next slate of homes includes locations in Duluth and Hovland, where Theo Rex of Buffalo, Minn., is planning to move.