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SOUDAN — Imagine walking three-quarters of a mile through a mine tunnel in complete darkness to find iron ore, park interpreter James Juip tells the tour group. The lights click off to help people imagine that scenario and the 20 people stand in darkness at level 27 of the Soudan Underground Mine, unable to see each other or Juip at 2,341 feet below the surface of the Earth.
FREDENBERG TOWNSHIP — Earl Edberg barely made it into his house before the large trees started crashing down in his yard as the storm hit on Friday night. "Nobody got hurt. That's the biggest thing. You can replace things, but you can't replace a life," his wife, Margaret Edberg, said. Earl replied, "If I had been two minutes late, I might have had one of them trees..." Margaret was out of town on Friday night, and it wasn't until Saturday morning that she arrived home to see the storm damage around the house they've lived in for 58 years.
Families eating hot dogs filled the picnic tables at Wade Stadium on Wednesday evening while local band the Trash Cats played on the third-base line. In left field, a couple dozen kids began playing an impromptu game of whiffle ball.
The starry sky will take center stage at a new event in the Northland this fall that organizers hope will become an annual event celebrating something the region has in abundance: dark night skies with a minimum of light pollution.
After leaving Duluth nearly 75 years ago to become a U.S. Marine, Sgt. James Joseph Hubert came home on Saturday. "In terms of military service, defending our country, there is a truth that all gave some, but some gave all. United States Marine Corps Sgt. James Joseph Hubert gave all," said Hubert's nephew and namesake, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mark James Hagen.
The first year that Bruce Plante was at the helm as the Hermantown High School boys hockey coach, the team made it to the section semifinals.
Chelly Townsend has been announced as the new executive director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The DECC Board of Directors unanimously approved Townsend, the facility's current assistant executive director, to replace Dan Russell when he retires on Aug. 31. Townsend said she appreciates the opportunity to lead the DECC, where she has worked in various capacities since 1990.
One year ago, floodwaters washed out roads, destroyed homes and claimed the lives of three people in Northwestern Wisconsin. Streams and rivers overflowed their banks after rainfall of 8-10 inches or more began on July 11, 2016, prompting Gov. Scott Walker to declare a state of emergency in eight counties and instruct the National Guard to provide assistance. A week after the flooding, the damage estimate in Northwestern Wisconsin topped $30 million and an estimated 350 homes were affected. The flooding also affected the Moose Lake area and parts of Pine County in Minnesota.
The scope of input is expanding on whether Grand Mound, a Native American burial site located west of International Falls, should reopen to the public. "We'll continue to engage with the community up there, the International Falls community and people in Koochiching County. We'll continue to engage with Native Americans up in that area, but we'll expand the scope to Native groups in Minnesota, as well as the larger region," said Joe Horse Capture, who is now overseeing the Grand Mound site.
Tim "LT" Stephenson always gave 100 percent effort when playing Ultimate Frisbee, coming off the field with a dirty jersey and sometimes sporting some blood after battling it out on the field. He had a saying, "Cleats on," that indicated that it was time to get to work. "He was nonstop energy, both physical energy, but also his exuberance in firing people up. He never had a down moment playing Ultimate, and I think in a lot of ways, really helped people play their best by firing them up," Tim's teammate Dave Schaeffer said.