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After one round of strong thunderstorms moved through the Northland early today, additional strong, possibly severe storms may affect the region tonight and Thursday, the National Weather Service reported. The morning storms moved through the Twin Ports between 5 and 6 a.m., producing a vivid lightning show and dropping more than an inch of rain at Western Lake Superior Sanitary District rain gauges in Pike Lake, Proctor and at the WLSSD plant in Lincoln Park.
Communities across the region will celebrate the Fourth of July — Independence Day — with a wide range of parades, fireworks, games, races and other activities. And the fun isn't confined to the holiday on Tuesday — many towns have scheduled events for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, too. Of note for revelers in the Twin Ports: There is a change to the events in Superior this year. Many Fourth of July activities, including the fireworks, will be held at Barker's Island for the first time in more than 20 years, city officials said.
A flood advisory is in effect for the Twin Ports and surrounding area until 11:15 p.m. as another round of rain - on top of what already has fallen today - may cause minor flooding. The National Weather Service issued the advisory for southeastern St. Louis, northeastern Carlton and northwestern Douglas counties. It includes Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Proctor, Rice Lake, Cloquet, Scanlon, Carlton, Mahtowa, Barnum, Wrenshall, and Oliver.
Duluth firefighters, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded to a report of a water emergency on Lake Superior just before 3 p.m. Monday. Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Clint Reff said a kiteboard had tipped over on the lake offshore from the Rose Garden and Leif Erikson Park, and the boarder tired while trying to right it. Firefighters reached him in their boat and gave him a ride to shore, Reff said. He was uninjured.
Authorities on Saturday identified the wrong-way driver who died after causing a pair of freeway crashes in Duluth on Friday as a 77-year-old man from the Twin Cities metro area. The Minnesota State Patrol said Dennis Edlund of Centerville, Minn., died after colliding with two vehicles while driving a Hyundai Sonata the wrong way in the Duluth-bound lanes of the Bong Bridge at about 5:15 p.m. Friday. That crash came moments after the wrong-way vehicle sparked a three-car crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near 27th Avenue West.
A roundup of many of the Memorial Day observances taking place across the Northland this weekend. All events take place Monday, unless noted. MINNESOTA The Duluth Honor Guard will conduct Memorial Day services throughout Duluth at the following cemeteries: East Squad • 8:30 a.m. — Park Hill Cemetery • 9 a.m. — Forest Hill Cemetery • 9:45 a.m. — Calvary Cemetery • 10 a.m. — Polish Cemetery • 10:45 a.m. — Sunrise Memorial Park • 11:15 a.m. — Temple Israel/Maple Grove Cemetery
Mother's Day is just around the corner. Make your mom or grandmother smile by sharing a special message. Send in your favorite qualities about her along with a photo of the two of you. Submissions will print Mother's Day, May 14, in the Scrapbook section. Send entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth MN 55802. Deadline is noon Wednesday.
Duluth Fire Department crews battled a fire in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood late Monday. The fire on the 2000 block of West Fourth Street, just below Piedmont Avenue, appeared to involve two structures -- one of which, 2006 W. Fourth St., was the scene of a March 20 fire that officials labeled suspicious in nature. An "Arson" sign was visible in the window of that home as firefighters worked to douse flames in that building and an adjacent house. Crews were using two aerial ladders to battle the flames.
The arrival of May is being marked with snow and gusty winds in parts of the Northland this morning, with winter weather advisories in effect for much of the region. As of 11:30 a.m., U.S. Highway 53 between Duluth and Cotton was reported to be partially snow-covered, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Interstate 35 between Duluth and Sandstone was snow-covered earlier in the morning, and authorities had responded to several crashes and spinouts during the morning hours.
A late-season storm remains on track to affect the Northland from late Sunday into Monday, with the potential for accumulating snow in the region. “Rain Sunday afternoon may transition to snow Sunday night into Monday,” the National Weather Service reported Friday night. “... Accumulating snowfall (is) possible across Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, but (it’s) too early to tell where and how much.”