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Increased enrollment, a 1 percent tuition hike and cost-cutting measures have helped the University of Minnesota Duluth battle a stubborn budget deficit in recent months, but the campus is still falling further into the red over the long haul. In a letter to faculty and staff on Thursday, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black said the campus budget shortfall will be $3.2 million during the current school year, raising the campus' long-term deficit to nearly $11 million by June.
Seasonal weather experts at the National Climate Prediction Center on Thursday forecast a warmer-than-average start to the coming Northland winter but said a developing La Nina cooling of the Pacific could bring colder weather here early in 2018. The meteorologists said current trends show the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, eastern states and the Southwest U.S. have a better-than-average chance of seeing above-normal temperatures from October through December. No portion of the U.S. is expected to see colder-than-normal temperatures through December.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto on Wednesday became the first and maybe only candidate for Minnesota governor to propose a state "price on carbon," part of a proposed multi-point energy independence plan that's heavy on renewable energy. Her "RenewMN" carbon tax aims to reduce carbon dioxide, the pollutant that the vast majority of scientists who study the issue say is causing global warming, but also aims to create Minnesota-based jobs in renewable energy and energy conservation industries.
The largest island of the Susie Islands archipelago just off Minnesota's North Shore, habitat for rare arctic-like native plants, has been officially returned to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The Nature Conservancy announced Tuesday that it has transferred all of 142-acre Susie Island to the band after a multi-year effort. The Nature Conservancy has acquired all of the 13 Susie Islands over recent decades, including the largest in 1993. The islands have remained protected, off-limits to development, but now are owned and managed by the band.
A previously little-known infectious disease has emerged as a major killer of frogs in Minnesota and nine other states, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey recently published the journal Nature. Scientists studied 247 frog die-offs in 43 states from 1999 through 2015 and found that severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, caused 21 major mortality events in 10 states total. Those included mass die-offs at locations in Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and New Hampshire where in some cases up to 95 percent of the tadpoles died from the disease.
The Great Lakes Commission is holding its annual meeting in Duluth this week to tackle regional issues including invasive species, tribal treaty rights and billions of dollars in unmet public works repairs needed to keep the lakes clean.
Soil from the Clayton Jackson McGhie memorial in downtown Duluth was gathered Sunday to become part of the first-ever national lynchings memorial planned for Montgomery, Ala. Community leaders gathered at the Duluth site with officials from the Montgomery-based nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative to honor the three local victims and pledge their alliance with the national effort. About 100 people watched as elders from Duluth's black community shoveled soil into three jars — one for each of the Duluth victims — as an Anishinaabe honor song was sung.
TOWER — They say Iron Range Finns are usually a reserved bunch, but Daryl Lamppa talks about his Kuuma wood burning furnaces with the zeal of a traveling street preacher selling the Good Book. Lamppa is convinced his tiny company makes the absolute best wood furnace in North America. They burn cleaner, steadier, longer and cheaper than any other wood furnace, he says, and he has the numbers to prove it.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Friday indicated it's so far satisfied with PolyMet's plans to build a massive earthen dam to hold back tailings, or mining waste, from the company's proposed copper mine and processing center near Hoyt Lakes. The DNR released PolyMet's dam safety permits for public review, two of more than 20 state and federal permits the company needs before opening what would be the state's first-ever copper-nickel mining operation. The DNR will take comments through Oct. 16 and then decide whether to make the draft permits final.
The Minnesota State Patrol on Wednesday reported the results of a recent two-week crackdown on drunken and other unsafe driving that included an Ely woman so drunk when she was arrested that officers had to wait until the next morning to formally book her into jail. The woman in Ely recorded a 0.24 blood alcohol concentration, three times the legal limit; the Patrol reported that she said she was driving at the time because her boyfriend was too drunk to drive.