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It took all 60 minutes of football for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs to win their second national championship on Saturday. A viewing party at Clyde Iron Restaurant in Lincoln Park seemed like a winner from the start. Close to 400 people filled the restaurant's second floor, by owner Alex Giuliani's estimate, to cheer on the Bulldogs in a late-morning game, the outcome of which was in doubt until David Nadeau's field goal gave UMD the 20-17 win with no time left. The game, projected on a giant screen, kept the UMD contingent in suspense throughout -- cheers and high-fives foll
Chip Cravaack doesn't remember how old he was when he decided he wanted to be a naval officer. But he was young, he said, in third or fourth grade. "I was watching -- it was 'Sunday Matinee: John Wayne Theater with John Wayne and the Fighting Seabees,' " Cravaack said in an interview in the North Branch, Minn., office from which he ran his successful campaign for Congress. "And I was watching with my dad. And I said, 'Dad, I want to go in the Navy just like you.' " Raymond Cravaack Sr.
It doesn't take much time with U.S. Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack to see the deficit hawk emerge. The $14 trillion-plus national debt comes up sooner or later -- usually sooner -- seemingly in every conversation. Even when talking about his sons, Nick and Grant, Cravaack moves to talk about the deficit. "I had the greatest opportunity in the world staying at home with them ... and I really miss that," said Cravaack, who visited Grant's school on his Dec. 1 birthday for the first time since the campaign began. "But ... now I'm just fighting in a different realm for them.
Single mom Amanda Thomas was driving home with her two children from a Hanukkah celebration just after midnight on Dec. 5 when all three lives suddenly ended at West Broadway Avenue and Second Street North in Minneapolis. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Thomas' 1994 Chevrolet Caprice was T-boned by a car driven by Rufus Victor of Edina, Minn., who was being pursued by a state trooper and ran a red light. The Caprice was pushed into a third vehicle. Thomas and her son, 12-year-old Andre Mack, died at the scene.
U.S. Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack has overcome whatever qualms he had about the new terminal project at Duluth International Airport, according to airport officials and Cravaack's staff. Cravaack, a Republican from Lindstrom, Minn., sparked concern in some quarters after the election when he questioned the need for Duluth transportation projects such as the airport terminal and the proposed Northern Lights Express passenger train.
5 degrees. Wind gusting to 25 mph. Wind chill 15 below zero. Light snow in the air. Football weather in Duluth. Mittens muffled applause.
Duluth residents will find something extra in their mailboxes today.The inaugural issue of Duluth Quarterly, with a picture of a crew of snow plow operators on the cover, was distributed to the city's libraries and various news racks on Friday and is in the mail today. The city of Duluth bills it as a newsletter, but it has the feel of a slick magazine: 24 pages in full color, with advertising. It's published by New Ventures Publishing Corp., which also publishes Duluth-Superior Magazine, with content, some photographs and editing assistance from city employees, said Pakou Ly, a public infor
The Duluth Salvation Army kettle drive is running behind last year, both in donations and volunteers. As of Thursday, the kettle drive was $4,500 behind compared with the same time last year, said Jill Buchholz, executive administrative assistant for the charity. And 1,200 bell-ringing hours still were unscheduled, compared with 562 at the same time last year. Buchholz, who has coordinated the kettle drive since 1997, said the Salvation Army has 17 kettles. They are staffed 10 hours a day, six days a week for six weeks.
Mike Maghan looks like a man who's settled in for the long haul. Outside the Walgreen's on the 1300 block of East Superior Street, Maghan sits on a camp lounge chair. He's equipped with foot warmers, hand warmers, wool pants and long underwear. He sits on one wool blanket and has another over his legs. He wears a black felt hat with -- incongruously -- a fist-sized flower pinned to it. The flower is artificial, as is the campfire at his feet with the blue coffeepot on top.