The story of how Danielle Oxendine Molliver went from being a tribal liaison for the state of Minnesota to out of a job five months after she started working on the review process for a proposed pipeline is transactionally simple: she resigned. On July 24, in a letter to the commissioners of both the state departments of Commerce and Human Rights, Oxendine Molliver cited "a multitude of reasons" for walking away, including a lack of what she called "fair dealing" with the state's Native American tribes.
The county's top traffic expert calls running red lights "the most pressing traffic safety issue" within Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor. To curb it, St. Louis County is adopting a red-light enforcement project this month intended to help authorities manage what has been a difficult violation to enforce. "We want people to know we're going to be enforcing — no warning," St. Louis County traffic engineer Victor Lund said. "The goal is to get people to not run through red lights."
Forty-three Fraser Shipyards workers filed lawsuits Wednesday in federal court as fallout continues from the 2016 lead poisoning of scores of workers during the shipyard's repowering of the freighter Herbert C. Jackson.
Commercial shipping traffic to and from Lake Superior was at a standstill Thursday after a freighter ran aground in the St. Marys River near the Soo Locks.
A precarious entrance onto Interstate 35 from downtown Duluth is getting a makeover in 2018. On Wednesday, the Duluth office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced a public meeting next week to address an $8.2 million roadway project that will update Mesaba Avenue. The work will reconfigure the roadway so as to eliminate the weave at the I-35 on-ramp which forces Superior Street and Mesaba Avenue traffic to compete for space to either get onto I-35 or continue west on city streets.
The Trump administration's $1 trillion infrastructure promise is starting small — with a reboot — and shifting greater responsibility onto states and municipalities. The Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. is asking cities in rural America that have applied for federal bridge and highway funding to resubmit for projects, such as the Twin Ports Interchange, which are no longer eligible for funding under an Obama administration mechanism.
Until this summer, Mattaya Green had never been fishing. "Now I've been four times," said the 7-year-old who was bouncing from one Chambers Grove hole to another on a recent Tuesday — the weekday Duluth Police Department officers set aside middays to take groups of kids fishing. The "Get Hooked on Fishing" program started in the late 1990s only to dissolve as demands pulled officers in other directions. After more than 15 years out of the spotlight, Sgt. Ken Zwak brought the program back this summer.
His vehicle stuck in a swamp off U.S. Highway 2 in the Brookston area, Ron Tarnowski tried to get help for himself and his wife, Mary, said the investigator into the deaths of the elderly Duluth couple found Saturday following a widespread and weeklong search. "Undoubtedly he was going for help," Sgt. Wade Rasch, of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, said of Ron Tarnowski, whose body was found near the roadway.
The ship master and "an observing captain" entered the pilothouse of the Roger Blough seven minutes before she ran aground on May 27, 2016. One moment they were getting coffee and confirming delivery of ship's provisions, respectively, and the next the lake freighter was grinding to a halt on the bedrock floor of Lake Superior — puncturing steel in multiple places and flooding her forward ballast tanks to the waterline less than 30 feet above the well-charted bottom of Whitefish Bay.
For the first time, residents of Edgewood Vista boarded a local transit bus right outside their front door in Hermantown Tuesday. The world around them — sometimes inconveniently out of reach — had come to their doorstep. "The people at Edgewood have been wanting to have something like this for a long time," said Ann Carlson, who rested on a bench and watched her friends and neighbors board two Arrowhead Transit buses ticketed to give all Hermantown residents access to new and expanded service.