A solution to repeated flooding in the Interstate 35 tunnels and exits in downtown Duluth appears to be working. "The rain event on Tuesday was a good test," said Tom Johnson, a senior engineer with the city's public works and utilities department. Nearly an inch of rain fell that day, according to the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District's rainfall overview, but the tunnels remained free of standing water.
Outfitted in colorful Slovenian garb, Tom Sersha and John Susnik shared a laugh about how they came to acquire their attire. Both men — Sersha, 68, of Virginia, and Susnik, 78, of Duluth — got their handmade velvet vests by visiting the same woman near the border between Slovenia and Austria. "I went up into the hills one day and found this older lady sitting by her home overlooking a pasture and she measured me up," Susnik said. "You have to be there for a week," Sersha added. "She measures you one day and it's ready a week later."
Albert J. Amatuzio will be memorialized Saturday, little more than two weeks after the 92-year-old aviator and innovator died surrounded by family in his Duluth home. Anybody who read his obituary will note a life that figures to resonate for ages. But for Bill Durand, one of Amsoil's biggest self-made dealers and owner to a private Amsoil museum in the countryside outside Spooner, Amatuzio started out as an elusive figure. "I looked for A.J. for two years," Durand said. "I asked around all over Superior."
A second-straight summer of construction work on East Fourth Street in Duluth resumes Monday, and it will be hard not to notice. "It's going to be busy — six days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and at times there will be 100 workers on Fourth Street," said Steve Krasaway, resident engineer for the $13.8 million project billed as the largest single project ever for St. Louis County Public Works.
Whenever Duane Hill takes his son fishing on the French River northeast of Duluth, the boy notes the evolving shoreline. "The gravel and sand move up and down the bank, and even big rocks move," said Hill, district engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 1 based in Duluth. "He notices everything."
Flanked by a local panel of transportation leaders, Sen. Amy Klobuchar presented a roomful of listeners her take on road and bridge infrastructure Monday. "When I think about northern Minnesota and how all of it is connected, I think about the port and how all roads lead to the port," Klobuchar told a packed conference room at the St. Louis County Public Safety Building. Klobuchar noted "a lot of bipartisan support" in Washington, D.C., for infrastructure funding and upgrades, but that President Donald Trump's proposed budget would cut vital supports to port, rail and air.
The Duluth Transportation Authority will hold a public hearing on proposed route expansions Wednesday, April 19 from 3-5 p.m. in the Duluth Transportation Center, 228 W. Michigan St.
People rallied around Equal Pay Day across the country on Tuesday, and Duluth was no exception as roughy 75 people, mostly women, showed up outside City Hall to press the issue. Metrics illustrating pay discrepancy between genders in the workplace came from multiple speakers, including Mayor Emily Larson, who said her two sons were aghast when she explained it to them.
Authorities are looking for a 16-year-old Superior girl who failed to board the bus after school on March 29. Erica Danielle Woodhull was last seen at Superior High School, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported in a news alert seeking the public's help in locating her. Woodhull has not been heard from since March 29, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (715) 394-4432 or by calling 911. Woodhull is 4-feet-11 with blue eyes and brown hair, weighing 125 pounds.
The specter of a United States travel ban on citizens from several Middle Eastern and African nations has caused a Duluth orchestra to alter its upcoming concert season by removing an Iranian composer from its bill. The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra had expected to use its second in a series of four concerts this summer to unveil a new work by Hooshyar Khayam, a composer from Tehran who has previously appeared in Duluth and been featured by the LSCO and its conductor and artistic director Warren Friesen.