Some familiar friends may soon be spending a little more time in Duluth. Migrating monarch butterflies have been making fewer pit stops in the Northland lately, as development in the area has claimed some of the spots where they used to sojourn during their thousand-mile journeys. Now, there’s a plan to make them feel a little more at home. “We really understand the importance of pollinators to the environment,” said David Lood, youth director for the Pheasants Forever chapter in St. Louis and Carlton counties.
Lisa from “The Simpsons” brings her trademark saxophone to her lips. Just down the street, Edward Scissorhands lurks under a starry night sky. This isn’t a television-meets-Hollywood crossover. It was the scene at last year’s sidewalk chalk festival in Two Harbors, which returns for its third year Saturday. “Chalk.a.Lot” gives residents and tourists alike the chance to turn the sidewalk along Waterfront Drive into their own personal canvas for chalk art. “It’s not intimidating,” said Michelle Ronning, the festival’s organizer.
A missing Duluth man out hunting for fossils was found dead outside a small Utah town Friday, after authorities followed a trail of footprints and discarded water bottles along a local hiking route.
Essentia among 21 other US facilities with cath labs If you’re having a heart attack, there are few places in the country better equipped to save your life than Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Duluth. That’s according to an independent, physician-led group called the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence, which has put the hospital’s cardiac catherization (cath) lab in a category with just 21 other facilities in the United States. “It’s an honor to know Essentia Health-St.
If it were always as blustery at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority as it was Monday morning, the Port would be a natural mecca for harnessing wind energy. Because that isn’t the case, the Port Authority has found another way to help increase the use of wind energy in Northeastern Minnesota: a partnership with Minnesota Power. Since Minnesota Power began work on the Bison Wind Energy Center in North Dakota — a soon-to-be-completed project with four separate wind farms — around 2007, the Port Authority has been the docking and unloading station for Minnesota Power’s wind farm construction suppl
Leaders from the African-American and Native American communities plan to meet with city officials and local business representatives next week concerning employment barriers facing racial minorities in the Twin Ports. Henry Banks, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “People of Color with Henry Banks,” said in a release that local racial minorities who either are unemployed or under-employed are welcome to attend the meeting Wednesday night at the Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E.
The rabbit Abby Langlois cradled at the Proctor Fairgrounds early Friday morning came into the world about the same time she did. The biggest difference between Abby, 10, and Cocoa Puff, 9 — other than the obvious girl-rabbit distinction — is that Abby is the youngest of four Langlois girls, while Cocoa Puff is the oldest of four Langlois rabbits. A cute, but unlikely pair, Abby and Cocoa Puff won a blue ribbon during the 4-H rabbit show at the South St.
Essentia Health Foundation has a new development officer in Northeastern Minnesota. Katy Sunnarborg has joined the foundation’s East Region team, it was announced Monday, and will be responsible for assisting with special-event fundraising, employee giving and major and planned giving. Sunnarborg, an Esko native, spent three years working in special-event fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, splitting time among centers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. “I am excited to be back in my hometown working for Essentia Health Foundation,” Sunnarborg said.
The American Lung Association in Minnesota is pressuring state lawmakers to follow Duluth’s lead when it comes to regulating electronic cigarettes. A new state law that went into effect last week bans e-cigarette use in schools, requires retailers to keep e-cigarettes behind counters and guarantees penalties for those who sell e-cigs to minors.
Advertisements for Mosquito Squad spraying service feature a muscular, strong-chinned character armed with a device better suited for a battlefield than a backyard. For sprayers across Northeastern Minnesota this summer, another army of blood-thirsty mosquitoes means war. “It feels like every year for the last three years has been getting worse,” said Debbie Fenlason, a sprayer for the Mosquito Squad of Northeast Minnesota, one of several businesses offering mosquito-control spraying in the area.