The Duluth Police Department on Friday asked for the public’s help in locating a 63-year-old man who was last seen at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Kenneth Jay Gordon was last seen leaving the area of the 2500 block of Rice Lake Road in a small red or brown passenger vehicle, according to police. Police describe Gordon as 5 foot, 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with black hair in a ponytail, facial hair and a tattoo on his left forearm. He uses a two-handed silver walker and was last seen wearing a cream-colored long-sleeve shirt, grey sweatpants and a worn out baseball cap.
A Gordon, Wis., man is dead as a result of a motorcycle crash on Monday in Ashland County. The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office reported that Jay Ronald Young, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on County Highway GG about two miles south of Mellen.
A 29-year-old Makinen man was killed in a rollover crash Sunday night, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported. Rai Walden was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that happened at about 9:15 p.m. on the 9300 block of County Highway 4, also known as Vermilion Trail, about 25 miles north of Duluth. Walden’s was one of two vehicles found by deputies when they arrived at the crash scene. Both were in the ditch; the one driven by Walden was overturned and submerged in about 2 feet of water.
Two people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Sunday on U.S. Highway 2 near Hermantown Road. Scott Dean Murphy, 60, of Proctor, was taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, and Brandon Puchalla, 29, of Superior, was transported to St. Luke’s hospital — both with life-threatening injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol reported in a news release.
District 5 - Eveleth area CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports checking ATV use, invasive species compliance, public access use, and closing out a wetland case along with fishing and boating activity. An environmental incident was followed up on with the MPCA. A call in regards to a bear causing damage was handled. The officer also took a report of a deer with an arrow sticking out of the top of its back. The deer was located and appears to be healthy and getting along alright at this time.
Mitchell Clayton of Forest Lake, Minn., outdueled Duluthian Brian Bich to win the men’s half of the Buzz Ryan Triathlon on Sunday near Island Lake. Clayton, 21, finished the 500-yard swim, 12-mile bicycle ride and 2.5-mile run in 51 minutes, 48 seconds to finish ahead of the 19-year-old Bich (53:02), whose father, Brian, has won a number of Brewhouse Triathlons. Clayton was fourth after the swimming portion but caught up by winning the bike race.
Jason Line of Wright defeated Duluthian Greg Anderson in the quarterfinals of the National Hot Rod Association Mile-High Nationals on Sunday, but lost in the semifinals of the Pro Stock event in Morrison, Colo. Line edged his teammate Anderson by eight-thousandths of a second in their head-to-head race before losing to eventual winner Drew Skillman by .001 despite having more speed, 198.67 mph to 197.80. Skillman defeated Bo Butner in the finals, though Butner increased his lead over second-place Anderson to 174 points in the season point standings. Line is fourth with 931.
Andrew Fisher scattered six hits and struck out five in eight innings as the Mankato MoonDogs blanked the Duluth Huskies 6-0 on Sunday at Wade Stadium in a battle for first place in the Northwoods League North Division. The win put the MoonDogs (11-5 in second half) a game and a half ahead of the Huskies (9-6). Mankato scored three runs in the third inning, keyed by a leadoff error, a Daniel Amaral RBI single, Kyle Cuellar's RBI double and Logan Busch's RBI sacrifice fly.
A woman was killed, and a Duluth man is under investigation after a boat struck a dock and boat lift on a lake near Cotton late Saturday. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that the crash happened at about 11:15 p.m. on Dinham Lake in Ellsburg Township, about 35 miles northwest of Duluth. According to the sheriff’s office:
An Askov man was critically injured late Saturday night when his motorcycle struck a car exiting Interstate 35 in Pine County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.