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The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for most of the Northland, including the Twin Ports, for the overnight hours, as temperatures may drop into the low 30s in some locations. The advisory is in effect for St. Louis, Carlton, Douglas, Lake, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, northern Aitkin, Bayfield, Washburn, Sawyer, Ashland and Iron counties from midnight to 8 a.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for parts of the Northland for the overnight hours, as temperatures may drop to near freezing in some locations. The advisory is in effect for Cook, Lake, Ashland and Iron counties from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if not protected, as temperatures tumble into the mid-30s. The best chance for frost will be in the higher terrain away from Lake Superior.
The National Weather Service reports that thunderstorms moving across the Northland this afternoon may produce hail. "Any of the storms will be capable of producing small hail, along with gusty winds this afternoon. While most of the hail will be in the dime- to nickel-size range, some storms could produce even larger hail," the Weather Service reported. A storm dropped pea-sized hail in Rice Lake as of 1:20 p.m.
The French sailors' spirits must have been running high as they headed out onto Lake Superior on that November day 99 years ago. After a long journey from France in what would turn out to be the waning days of World War I, the 100-plus men made up the crews of three brand-new minesweepers built for the French Navy at a shipyard in Fort William, Ontario (now part of Thunder Bay).
Some relics of the past came back home to the News Tribune last week, thanks to the crew at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District's Materials Recovery Center. A local resident stopped by the MRC near the Duluth airport and dropped off a stack of dozens of flexible plastic-like mats — each with a full-size impression of a Duluth Herald newspaper page, most if not all dating to December 1939. He had found them while remodeling a home, where they had been used for insulation.
A car crashed into a home in Superior on Saturday after its driver suffered a medical emergency, police said. The crash happened just before 5 p.m., and left the front of the car embedded underneath the front porch of the home at 1221 Lincoln St., about a block from Hammond Park. The condition of the driver was not available Saturday; Superior police said no one else was injured. Custom Auto Towing removed the car from the home about a half-hour after the crash.
Neighborhoods across Duluth, the Northland and the nation will celebrate the 34th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The event is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch, and in Duluth by the Duluth Police Department. Organizers say it's intended to be "a cohesive effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back."
Local and state officials continue to monitor the Rainy River below International Falls after a sulfuric acid spill at the city's Boise Paper mill last week. Meanwhile, officials in Canadian communities along the river have expressed concern about a delay in receiving notification of the incident affecting the river that forms the border between Minnesota and Ontario.
A line of strong thunderstorms moved through the Northland on Monday afternoon and evening, knocking out power to several thousand homes and businesses and prompting a tornado warning on the Iron Range. There was no immediate confirmation of a funnel cloud or tornado in the area just south of Aurora where National Weather Service radar indicated rotation in a storm just after 7 p.m.
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