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Before we tell you about the time Pam Culver's foster dog consumed a Thanksgiving dinner intended for 12 people, you'll want to know what an outsized Chesapeake Bay retriever in La Crosse, Wis., is doing on the website of the Duluth News Tribune. Meet Lula, 113 pounds (pre-turkey incident), about 10 years old, with a fondness for peanut butter, a knack for breaking into refrigerators, feet so big she wears a woman's running socks instead of dog booties, and a mysterious past rooted in the Northland. Lula is up for adoption, although we somehow doubt this article will result in any takers.
Two Northwestern Wisconsin men say they have a better way to get snow off the roof. Jim Nieckula, who lives in Barnes, about 50 miles southeast of Superior, invented a tool he calls the Sno-knife in the late 1990s. Larry Bergman, also of Barnes, had the ability to manufacture the invention. Together, they formed a company called Logico to market it. The Sno-knife is like a giant spatula, Bergman said -- an 18-inch-by-24-inch spatula. It's used to cut under the snow on a roof.
The first time the Duluth East Daredevils robotics team entered the FIRST Robotics Competition, their robot didn't work. Three years later, the team has its sites set much higher. "We want to go to St. Louis," said Phil Norris, one of the team's mentors. "And after that the White House." To do that, the 30-member-strong Daredevils will have to emerge at the top of 42 teams in their regional competition, which will be in Duluth for the first time this year. That would get them to the national competition in St. Louis.
Here's the recipe for an ice dam: Start with a poorly insulated attic. Cover the roof with heavy blanket of snow. Leave the snow in place. Wait. This winter's early, heavy snow was the perfect ingredient for ice dams on Northland roofs.
Norwegians who have settled in Duluth say the visit by King Harald V this fall will be a major event -- even in the eyes of their friends and family back in Norway. "I was going to see how many of my relatives (from Norway) will be flocking to visit me so they can see the king close by," said Kris Eide, who immigrated to the United States when she was 7 and is president of the local chapter of Sons of Norway Duluth Mayor Don Ness informed the City Council this week of Harold's impending visit Oct.
Far from putting hurdles in the way of renovating the burned-out Kozy building in downtown Duluth, city officials say they've gone out of their way to encourage Eric Ringsred's hopes of saving it. "We wouldn't have met with (Ringsred) and done all these things and tried ... to go along and help him, if the writing was already on the wall," Duluth Fire Chief John Strongitharm said this week. "It would make no sense. It would be a waste of our time and his time if that was the case." In a News Tribune story last week, Ringsred contended the city was making his efforts more difficult.
One year after the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti, First Lutheran Church of Duluth will join in a national remembrance of the quake's 300,000 victims. It's particularly poignant for First Lutheran because one of the victims was Ben Larson, the son of the church's senior pastor and associate pastor. Organized prayer times will take place in the sanctuary of the church, 1100 E. Superior St., from 8-9 a.m., 12-12:30 p.m., 3:45-4:45 p.m. and 7-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and bells will be rung at 3:53 p.m.
A Duluth condominium complex on Lake Superior won't be affected by its developers' bankruptcy filing, the head of its management company said Wednesday. Beacon Pointe Hospitality of Sauk Centre, Minn., which developed the Beacon Pointe complex at 21st Avenue East, filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 23 in U.S.
Bentleyville goes into hibernation today until it awakens for the 2011 holiday season. But the big light show at Bayfront Festival Park had a last bash on New Year's Day. Undaunted by subzero wind chills, families came to enjoy ice skating, marshmallow roasting, cookies, fireworks and, one more time, the Bentleyville lights. We asked a few of the people who came early for skating to tell us their thoughts about the holiday season. Are you sorry the holidays are over? Heather Johnson, 35, of Duluth: Yes. I just love them.
Carissa Auers and Jack Holmes both work at St. Croix Casino in Danbury, Wis. On Saturday, they hit the jackpot. Mason Michael Holmes was born at 3:20 a.m. Saturday at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center, the first baby born in Duluth in 2011. Mason, the first child for both parents, was 21½ inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces. "I felt every one of those 9 pounds," said Auers, 26, as she held the baby in her hospital bed Saturday afternoon. Her parents and Holmes were nearby. New Year's babies perhaps run in Auers' family.