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As U.S. Steel announced plans to build a massive plant in what would become the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth in the early 1900s, there also was talk of building a new bridge across the St. Louis River in large part to serve that facility. That span became today's Oliver Bridge -- read more about it in the News Tribune Attic .
Arctic cold descended on the Northland late Thursday and early Friday, setting record lows across the region as temperatures were in some cases more than 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. The Duluth International Airport dropped to zero late Thursday and then to 5 below zero early Friday, resulting in two new daily low-temperature records for the city. The old records were 5 above zero for Nov. 9, set in 1959, and 1 above zero for Nov. 10, set in 1986.
Friday – Nov. 10, 2017 – is the 42nd anniversary of the wreck of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald in a massive November storm on Lake Superior. After leaving Superior with a load of taconite, the ship sank on the evening of Nov. 10, 1975, in eastern Lake Superior off Whitefish Point with the loss of all 29 men on board. Read more about the wreck in the News Tribune Attic .
Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings remain in effect for parts of the Northland for lake-effect snow -- and not just near Lake Superior. Gusty northwest winds moving across relatively warm lake waters is also sparking lake-effect snow for areas downwind from Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake and Lake Kabetogama, the National Weather Service reported -- along with ushering in arctic air.
With all the intertwined buildings on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus today, it's hard to imagine what that site was like before the university moved there from its original campus on East Fifth Street. Get a glimpse of the early days - when the so-called "upper campus" had only one building - in the latest News Tribune Attic post .
Parts of the Northland dropped below zero early Tuesday - the coldest night of the season so far across the region. A Minnesota Department of Transportation weather station near Birchdale in Koochiching County recorded a morning low of 3 below zero, while a MnDOT station near Effie in Itasca County dropped to 1 below, the National Weather Service reported. International Falls recorded a low of 1 above zero -- 22 degrees below normal for the date, but not a record. The record low for International Falls for Nov. 7 remains 9 below zero, set in 2003.
Much of the Northland will continue to see on-and-off snow or a rain-snow mix on Saturday, as thousands of hunters head into the woods for Minnesota's firearms deer season opener. Winter weather advisories will expire for southern parts of the region on Saturday morning, but are slated to continue until 10 p.m. Saturday for the Iron Range, North Shore and points north, where accumulating snow may linger throughout the day. Total snow accumulations may reach 3 to 6 inches for those northern areas, the National Weather Service reported, with locally higher amounts.
Another round of accumulating snow is in the forecast for the Northland for Friday night into Saturday, as the region's early-season plunge into winter continues. No advisories or warnings had been issued as of Thursday evening, but the National Weather Service said much of the region may see 2 to 5 inches of snow by Saturday morning -- the Minnesota firearms deer season opener -- with locally higher amounts along the North Shore.
Take a look back at the history of the span that carried traffic between Duluth and Superior from 1897 to 1961 in the News Tribune Attic .
Snow totals from around the Northland through 11 a.m. Thursday, as relayed by the National Weather Service: