Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
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ERP Iron Ore owner Tom Clarke said he's scrapping the company's project near Grand Rapids — literally. Hours after ERP filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Clarke said mining would be too expensive at the former Magnetation site and Plants 1, 2 and 4 are likely to be dismantled. "We're not going to be mining there," Clarke said. ERP had been trying to revive the bankrupt Magnetation operations since purchasing it in January 2017.
A day after earning back mineral leases for one of his proposed mining operations, Tom Clarke learned he could be losing the mineral leases for his other mining company.
The Lakewalk is busy this time of year. To the tune of 1,786 users per day. That's the June and July average this year according to data collected by the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council. Broken down, that's 1,235 walkers and 511 cyclists per day. With the annual rush of users, compounded with several sections of the boardwalk destroyed by waves in October and April, walkers and cyclists alike are hoping everyone knows proper trail etiquette.
A 40-mile mountain bike trail through Duluth is nearing completion. The Duluth Traverse is about 90 percent complete, according to Waylon Munch, who just finished his term as chairperson of Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS). Once finished, the trail will connect one end of Duluth to the other, and almost all of the mountain bike trail systems in between. "At this point, it's really just playing connect-the-dots," Munch said. "We've built a majority of the trail system now and we're just finding these remaining gaps."
After June floods damaged roads and bridges throughout northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, states and counties are now playing the waiting game for federal aid. On Thursday, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, conduct preliminary damage assessments across seven northwest Wisconsin counties with over $11 million in damage from the June 16-17 storms. Earlier in the week, Minnesota officials also requested FEMA conduct preliminary damage assessments for 36 counties and one tribal nation.
Chippewa Capital Partners, the parent company of Mesabi Metallics, has earned its mineral leases back. Mesabi Metallics, the mining company planning to finish a taconite mine and processing center and also build an iron plant on the Nashwauk site that Essar Steel Minnesota left several years ago, has met its final financing requirements, according to a review by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Details from the Husky Energy refinery fire investigation could soon be released. A "factual update" from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and Hazard Investigation Board is expected in early August, board spokesperson Hillary Cohen said in an email Tuesday. The short document will provide the public with an update on the investigation and some additional facts regarding the April 26 explosion and asphalt fire, which left 21 people injured at the Superior refinery and led to the evacuation of nearly the entire city.
The Travel Channel spotlighted several Northland restaurants Monday night. In an episode of "Man v. Food" debuting last night, which was filmed in April, host Casey Webb visited the Northern Waters Smokehaus and Breeze Inn in Duluth, but centered on a food challenge at Betty's Pies near Two Harbors. In each episode, Webb participates in a restaurant's eating challenge, which are typically large portions of food that must be finished in a certain amount of time.
Organizers said they hope a Tuesday panel about a new tax incentive will help spur investment in some of Duluth's most economically disadvantaged areas.
Soaring above Lake Superior in a restored B-25 Mitchell, Earl Rogers of Duluth sat in a folding chair behind the pilot, swiveling his head to catch views of the plane's control panel and North Shore landscape below. It was the first time Rogers, 82, a Korean War veteran, had flown in a B-25 since 1956. "Everything brought me right back to the fifties," Rogers said as he walked away from the plane at the Duluth International Airport on Friday. "Just the sounds, the procedures, the aircraft itself — it's a beautiful airplane."