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.
The Vista Fleet of boats were tampered with, unmoored and left unoccupied and adrift for hours overnight near the Aerial Lift Bridge, avoiding what could have been a catastrophic loss for Justin Steinbach, owner of the tourist and event boats, Vista Star and Queen.
A glass-lined Sears, Roebuck & Co. water heater that worked for upwards of 70 years finally came out of its home in Hermantown on Wednesday. And while it wasn't like saying goodbye to a family member, it brought up a lot of memories for two of the eight siblings who grew up in the home. "I used to come down here and see piles of laundry," said Karyn Danielson, the youngest daughter to the late Lyle and Florayne Simonson, before turning to the water heater in question — a near-mint-looking 50-gallon tank atop a heavy steel base.
Keith Reardon stepped to the dais at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Wednesday and immediately added perspective to the day's proceedings. "We flew in from Los Angeles, where we were selling very hard the Duluth terminal," said Reardon, Canadian National Railway's vice president of intermodal and automotive. "In the coming weeks, we'll be going to Asia, where we'll be selling very hard the Duluth terminal."
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.
The midterm campaign blitz is on — already. Almost 14 months out from the 2018 midterm elections, the National Republican Congressional Committee has begun targeting Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby, and several other Democratic U.S. representatives in swing districts across the country with what it is calling a "six-figure ad buy."
In the private garage along North Cloquet Road, where heavy bags hang in the manner of bats in a cave, the camaraderie is as tangible as the aroma of pickled sweat in the air. The fighters are packed into a gym that's around the corner from the Minnesota Highway 33 Kwik Trip in Cloquet. The two-car garage door is open to an overcast September night, and the fighters are pummeling everything in sight.
VIRGINIA — The U.S. Highway 53 relocation project didn't open to traffic as planned on Friday. Looming rain mixed with contractors still scrambling along the roadway left the powers that be to delay the opening until sometime later this weekend. The decision didn't spoil the atmosphere for Friday's dedication, though, as it was festive nonetheless. More than 200 people showed up to dedicate the impressive bridge at the centerpiece of the new four-lane roadway which wends between Eveleth and Virginia.
Five people were arrested during protests on Thursday after blocking the 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.
Throughout the planning and construction of the U.S. Highway 53 bridge and relocation project between Eveleth and Virginia, there have been more than 50 public meetings under the banner of "Coffee and Conversation." The meetings kept the public informed about the 4-mile, $230-million project that opens Friday — and drew a dedicated and core group of interested people.