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When members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church gathered to worship on Father's Day, they had no way of knowing they wouldn't be back in their West Duluth home for a very long time, perhaps forever. As the News Tribune reported in a July 14 story, the flood of June 19-20 awakened a long-docile culvert running below the church at 4441 Grand Ave. Floodwater surged into the basement, filling it 5 feet deep. When the water receded, everything from choir robes to tableware was covered in mud and muck.
Gene Castro-Castellares has found an unexpected clientele in her high-fashion store on the lower floor of the Fitger's complex: husbands. "Who really loves this clothing is the men, the husbands," said Castro-Castellares, a native of Huancayo in the Andes Mountains of Peru, whose thick accent has to be heard to be fully appreciated. "The ladies say, 'I think it's expensive.' And the men say, 'I don't think so. This is quality.' You know? That happens just in Minnesota." Castro-Castellares's store, which opened Aug. 24, is called Alpaca Wawa.
Laser treatments, supplements and cold weather add up to good times for Schoep, the geriatric Bayfield, Wis., dog made famous by a photographer's July 30 picture. "A month ago we did the blood work again, and everything is on the positive," said Schoep's perpetually upbeat owner, John Unger, in a recent interview. Bayfield photographer Hannah Hudson's image of Unger bathing Schoep in Lake Superior went viral and catapulted all three into fame that has only slightly diminished. "I kind of missed the interviews when they stopped happening," said Unger, who lives on one of Bayfield County's nu
A 54-year-old man is dead and Duluth police are searching for a suspect after a stabbing late Friday at a duplex in the city's Central Hillside neighborhood. The victim's name was not released Saturday pending notification of family. Officials said investigators are working on several leads, but no one was in custody Saturday for what is Duluth's second homicide of 2012. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 911. Police said they were called to a report of a stabbing in the 10 block of East Seventh Street, between Lake Avenue and First Avenue East, shortly after 10 p.m.
The people of Pine Hill Lutheran Church will gather for their Christmas Eve service as always, to the ringing of the bell that used to be part of a locomotive steam engine. The Christmas story will be read from Scripture, interspersed with familiar carols. "Joy to the World." "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." At the close of the service, everyone will light candles and sing "Silent Night," as always. But something will be missing. For the first time in 48 Christmases, the person standing in front won't be Pastor Daryl O.
A pleasant pinging sound filled the air in the parking lot east of the old Duluth Armory building on Saturday. The scene looked like a backyard barbecue party, with grills full of hot charcoal. But those who gathered on the chilly morning were producing not hamburgers and hot dogs, but functional works of art forged by a technique that's thousands of years old. A couple of dozen men and a couple of women, many wearing bib overalls and heavy work gloves, were participating in the first blacksmithing class put on by members of the newly formed Forging Community.
Christmas isn't until next week, but Leslie Bucar has all the present she needs already. "I told him he doesn't have to get me a Christmas present this year," she said of her husband, Frank Bucar. "I already got my Christmas present. I got him back." Frank Bucar was playing basketball with his friends at the Stowe Elementary School on Dec. 10, as he had been doing on Monday evenings for nearly 20 years. As his longtime friend, Tom Rzatkowski of Hermantown, watched from the side, Bucar slowly slumped to the floor. Rzatkowski said he thought his buddy was kidding at first.
Just in time for Christmas, influenza has reached widespread levels in Minnesota, the state Department of Health reported on Thursday. "We are now at widespread activity across the state," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious diseases for the Minnesota Department of Health.
No one can know who the next deranged killer might be, mental-health experts say. "There is no predictor where we'd be able to say in mental health that this person is going to do something very dangerous," said Rick Gertsema, clinical supervisor of the recently opened Amberwing Center for Youth and Family Well-being in Duluth. Kathy Bergum, social service supervisor for children's mental health in St.
For children who live in the little town of Thomson, the trip to school and back got a whole lot shorter last week. "Our granddaughter just got on a bus that comes across the bridge, and it's 20 minutes less time per ride for her," Ruth Jorgenson, Thomson's city clerk, said in a phone interview on Friday morning. Jorgenson was talking about the difference made by the reopening of the Minnesota Highway 210 bridge that connects Thomson to the bigger town of Carlton, where a post office, banks, insurance offices, convenience stores, grocery store, hair salons, bars, restaurants and schools are