Just past the 23 mile marker was the clenched fist of Gunnar Tubbs. Clasped in his hand was a rubber tube connected to a funnel, pinched at the bottom so no Keystone Beer could escape. "Beer bongs for runners," he called out to the street. This is Tubb's third year of offering charitable contributions to the runners. He usually goes through a case a year.
Today’s Grandma’s Marathon runners won’t be the only ones working hard. Against the backdrop of one of Duluth’s busiest weekends, a team of 30 volunteers are tasked with capturing and recycling the inevitable waste that comes with the annual race. “We’ve been recycling for a long time,” said Erik Nelson, the finish line coordinator with the marathon. “Certainly, it’s a moving target and changes every year what can be and can’t be recycled.”
Not even strong gusts of wind could keep drone enthusiasts from showing off their mini-copters Wednesday afternoon. While the pilots had given their drones instructions, about a dozen other pairs of eyes craned to see what the unmanned aerial systems were capable of.
Last fall, Chester Bowl didn't look so good. Excavators had ripped up earth, water from the stream was being funneled through a pipe and no vegetation was growing on its shores. But now, serenity has returned to the meandering creek, with boulders flanking the shoreline and grass spawning out of the stream's embankment. "Mother nature should like this. There's a lot of thought behind it," said Kate Kubiak, the project manager with the South St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The Proctor school district finally has a name for its new $10 million hockey arena. In front of the new facility, a curtain was pulled back Tuesday to reveal it: St. Luke's Proctor Sports & Event Center. "This is a venture that St. Luke's is extremely proud to be involved with," said John Strange, the president and CEO of the St. Luke's health care system. The partnership comes with a $300,000 gift from St. Luke's to be paid over 10 years, along with the use of three athletic trainers who will work at the school and oversee varsity sporting events.
Parts of St. Louis County could be getting respite from the opioid crisis in the coming months. An opioid prevention strategy that tackles the epidemic in rural parts of the county will be rolled out in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health and healthcare partners around the area.
John Steffl looked at your eyes when you were talking to him. "You were the important person. He dealt with you directly," said Ken Bloom, the director of the Tweed Museum of Art. "And you'd always come away feeling a little enlightened or a little uplifted. Or more."
A piece of Zenith City history is getting a new resting place. With the donation of a display case from Security Jewelers, a baseball signed by Babe Ruth will be unveiled as the newest addition to the Duluth Depot on Saturday. "More people are going to see it and appreciate it, and I know that was important to (the owner)," said Ken Buehler, the executive director of the Depot. "He felt that he had a bigger obligation to share this with more people and I respected that."
The city of Duluth is looking at an estimated $9 million price tag to redesign and repair the Lakewalk. That's what the out-of-state engineering consulting firm TRC says it will take to repair and improve the city's lakeside trail after a pair of storms eroded rock, shifted earth and flipped boardwalk pieces.
It wasn't just your imagination, last May was hot. So hot that it now wears the crown for the warmest May in Duluth's 144 years of weather record keeping. May was forecasted to be a warmer than average said Bill Leatham, a meteorologist with the Duluth National Weather Service station. "But to break the record for the month, we weren't expecting it to get as warm as it did."