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If you're following Joe Braeu or Josh Horky on the highway, watch for sudden stops. They brake for witches' brooms. Braeu, the owner of Edelweiss Landscaping & Nursery, and Horky, a botanist at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, share a passion for the natural phenomenon known as hexenbesen (bewitch -- hex; a bundle of twigs -- besom) in Braeu's native Germany. A witches' broom is a unique mass growing in the midst of a tree.
In 18-plus years, the Rev. Sharon Johnson has become acclimated to the Northland in several ways. The southern California native adjusted more easily to the winter weather than you might think. Adjusting to the culture was a bit trickier.
Robin Moore used to regularly send packages to a loved one in Iraq. Now she regularly sends packages to strangers. Moore leads the Duluth chapter of Operation Minnesota Nice, which mails packages to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan who aren't receiving mail from anyone else. At one time, she was sending packages to her nephew, Lance Cpl. Scott Modeen. That ended on Dec.
It is said that only God can make a tree, which raises the question of what to call the structure that was going up on Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. "It's going to look like a big cone with lights on it," said Brian Nelson, training coordinator for Iron Workers Local 512, who was supervising the raising of the 120-foot-tall structure. "Like an upside-down ice cream cone." Kane Tews, an architect for Krech Ojard, the company that designed what is believed to be the largest Christmas tree in the United States, had a similar view.
In the Republican wave that crossed the nation on Tuesday, Duluth barely got wet. The GOP could celebrate wresting the 8th District congressional seat from Jim Oberstar, but the celebration was in Hinckley. Oberstar won the state legislative districts that include Duluth with 59 percent of the vote. The close race for governor wasn't close in Duluth, with DFLer Mark Dayton winning 61 percent of the vote in those districts.
Congressman-elect Chip Cravaack withheld support Wednesday for some of his political rival's pet Duluth projects, including the Northern Lights Express passenger railroad, the cross-town bicycle trail that would connect the Munger Trail in West Duluth to the Lakewalk and the new terminal at the Duluth International Airport. Cravaack, 51, defeated Rep. Jim Oberstar by about 4,400 votes Tuesday in the race to represent Minnesota's 8th District in Congress. In a telephone interview Wednesday, Cravaack said his priority will be to reduce the federal deficit.
Jordan Burnham remembers everything about a practice round of golf he played on Sept. 28, 2007, at Indian Valley Country Club in Telford, Pa.
Watching a campaign for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District seat is usually about as interesting as watching a rerun of a football game after being told the final score. Normally, if there's any drama at all, it's learning Rep. Jim Oberstar's margin of victory over his Republican challenger.
The ambulance company that was involved in a fatal accident on a snowy night in May has been issued two misdemeanor citations for unsafe tires. An Itasca County-based Meds-1 ambulance was transferring 76-year-old Iven H. Othoudt from the Deer River HealthCare Center to St. Mary's Medical Center on May 7 when the driver lost control of the ambulance on U.S. Highway 2 near the St.
The ambulance company that was involved in a fatal accident on a snowy night in May has been issued two misdemeanor citations for unsafe tires. An Itasca County-based Meds-1 ambulance was transferring 76-year-old Iven H. Othoudt from the Deer River HealthCare Center to St. Mary's Medical Center on May 7 when the driver lost control of the ambulance on U.S. Highway 2 near the St. Louis River bridge.