HAYWARD — In a normal year, this city's downtown would be a snow globe come to life that people dub "Birkieland." Main Street on the Thursday before the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race would be bereft of automobiles, filled with trucked-in snow and outfitted with the trademark International Bridge that skiers would traverse toward the finish line of Saturday's main event. Children would christen the trail with the Thursday Barnebirkie, the first races of what is an extended weekend celebration.
There appears to be hope for the American Birkebeiner yet — hope for at least a semblance of the weekend’s iconic cross-country ski race between Cable and Hayward. While racers and organizers waited out another day above freezing on Wednesday, attention turned to a winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service that said significant snow accumulation could be on its way to Northwestern Wisconsin, among other areas, between late today and early Saturday.
The Duluth Transit Authority turned out more than 3 million rides in 2016, and Tuesday the bus company turns to ask those riders, "What's next?" The DTA will host an open house at the Duluth Transportation Center on downtown Michigan Street from 4:30-6:30 p.m., when it will unveil its Transit Development Plan survey — a semi-regular evaluation of ever-changing travel patterns. To hear the state tell it, the DTA does well at this sort of thing.
A dynamic weather situation in Northwestern Wisconsin is forcing organizers of the iconic American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race to adjust its course and “cross our fingers” that conditions don’t further deteriorate, said one spokesperson. The 44th Birkie will not finish in downtown Hayward, race officials announced in a news release Monday, because crossing Lake Hayward at the tail end of the 55-kilometer racecourse is “no longer a viable option.”
A plan adopted late last year prioritizes the protection of the Duluth-Superior port from developments that encroach on the working aspects of the harbor. The plan is dubbed the Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan and was developed by the Metropolitan Interstate Council, which put forth its first such plan in 1978. Now almost 40 years later, the update that comes roughly every 10 years continues to press the importance of preserving the maritime and industrial aspects of the port.
Roze Brooks is not in Kansas anymore — and is thankful for that. The newest coordinator of Sexuality & Gender Equity Initiatives — the former LGBT Services at the University of Minnesota Duluth — may have come into an unsettled campus climate, but it's "ahead of the game" from Brooks' graduate school experience, they said. "I'd heard and read things, but I didn't feel like I had looming clouds or lingering things I had to mess with," said Brooks, who uses the pronouns "they" and "them." "It was, like, 'Here I go.' "
The victim in Tuesday’s fatal house fire in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood probably struggled to escape the home before collapsing next to an interior door, the Duluth fire marshal said Wednesday. “He was most likely trying to get out,” Fire Marshal Marnie Grondahl said.
The person who perished in a fire early Tuesday in Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood was believed to have been the homeowner, said neighbors, who described him as well-liked but little-known. "He was a nice person, but we seldom saw him," said Ann Davidson, 79, who lives two doors to the west of the home that burned at 4516 Cooke St. Duluth Fire Department crews responded to the fire at midnight and remained on the scene well into the morning, having battled the fire overnight.
The debate over earned sick and safe time for city workers is leaving the boardroom and meeting the people. A series of eight public input sessions begins Friday at noon at Duluth City Council chambers before subsequent sessions radiate out to other neighborhoods.
A 69-year-old Apple Valley, Minn., man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday in Cloquet. John Frederick Schultz was traveling south on Minnesota Highway 33, attempting to exit onto Interstate 35 when he lost control and ran off the road, down an embankment into a grove of trees, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a news release. The crash occurred close to 10 a.m. Road conditions were snowy and icy, the news release said.