Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
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The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board is expected to issue a number of loans and grants at its meeting in St. Paul Monday. The Tower Economic Development Authority requested the largest loan — $1,850,000 — meant for a 9,000 square foot building in Tower's industrial park off State Highway 135. The building, in turn, will be leased to Lamppa Manufacturing, a wood stove and furnace company undergoing a substantial expansion, as well as another tenant.
A federal bankruptcy judge heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether Glacier Park Iron Ore Properties had the right to pull its mineral rights at the Mesabi Metallics Nashwauk mine site out of a bankruptcy agreement and sell them to Cleveland-Cliffs. Attorneys for Mesabi Metallics, Glacier Park and Cleveland-Cliffs argued their case in front of Judge Brendan Shannon in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Shannon is expected to release an opinion on the leases soon.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue overvalued Enbridge Energy's oil pipeline system by billions of dollars, a tax court judge ruled Tuesday. Now the burden of paying refunds could fall on the 13 counties that the pipelines pass through. From 2012 to 2014, the pipelines were overvalued by $3.2 billion, according to Judge Joanne Turner of the Minnesota Tax Court. This poses a huge problem for counties making refunds.
Plans for a train convention in Duluth are derailed due to a new policy limiting the use of charter and private trains. The American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners had planned on holding its annual convention in Duluth from Sept. 20-22 but canceled when Amtrak announced to employees on March 28 that charter services and special trains would no longer be allowed to use their rails. The association's transportation to the convention — a train chartered from New Orleans to Duluth coined the "Lake Superior Limited" — was canceled.
Every day when Larry Johnson arrives at his North Shore Bank office, he reads a sign placed on the corner of his desk: "Have a good day, unless you have made other plans." The former bank president and CEO said he always looked forward to work in the morning — all 55 years and 2 months of his career. But last month, Johnson, 75, finally retired. "It just became my social life," Johnson said. "These people — I love being with them. I love seeing them."
The drop of the first puck at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center 10 years ago may have celebrated the end of construction, but there was still plenty of work to do. Facing long-term bank debt in the midst of a recession, volunteers and board members admit the first few years of the Heritage Center's life in the Lincoln Park neighborhood were spent keeping the lights on. "We tried to stay alive at the beginning," said Pat Francisco, a longtime volunteer.
Whether it's hockey teams rotating time on the ice or a convention setting up its annual exhibits, the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center remains busy. "Every week is different, it's as unique as opening up a birthday present — every one of them," said president and CEO Jerry DeMeo. "I don't think we've had routine here since I've been here." The News Tribune spent a recent Wednesday at the EDHC. Here's a rundown on what was happening. 8 a.m. — fire department takes the ice
1898 Clyde Iron sets up shop at the corner of 29th Avenue West and Michigan Street, and serves as a manufacturing hub in what is now Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood. At its peak, the business employed about 350 people making diggers and cranes, including equipment used to build the Panama Canal. December 1986 After 98 years in business, Clyde Iron closes, laying off about 100 engineering, sales and administrative employees. May 1987
The Superior fire chief is hoping to bolster a more robust hazmat team following last month's refinery fire. Superior Fire Department chief Steve Panger said elevating its team from Type 2 to a Type 1 team would lead to more funding, training and resources for the department. The major asphalt fire at the Husky Refinery on April 26 demonstrates the need, Panger said. But an upgrade isn't likely.
Exceptions to an administrative law judge's recommendation that the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline follow the existing route across Minnesota were filed with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Wednesday. Enbridge and several northern Minnesota bands, including the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, pushed back against the judge's non-binding recommendation filed last month that called for the route to pass through two reservations — Leech Lake and Fond du Lac — instead of around them, as Enbridge had proposed.