GRAND MARAIS — It was an extremely dark, windy 2007 Halloween night on the Gunflint Trail when Dr. Kenneth Petersen stopped his vehicle in a traffic lane, left his high beams on, turned his hazard lights on, put on ear protection, grabbed a chain saw and started to clear a downed tree from the roadway.
The designation was announced last week at a ceremony in Washington and, while it doesn’t include any regulatory authority, it does offer the clout of the national byway system as a tool for preservation and marketing.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent whose SUV struck and killed a man on the Gunflint Trail does not qualify for federal immunity because she wasn’t responding to an emergency at the time of the incident, a federal judge has ruled.
A Washington, D.C., man pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in Duluth to charges that he allowed his campfire to blow out of control on Ham Lake in May 2007, spurring the state’s largest wildfire in 80 years.
Stephen George Posniak, 64, appeared before Judge Raymond Erickson.
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