A lightning strike at the power plant that serves Northshore Mining in Silver Bay knocked the taconite processing plant offline Friday night. Northshore’s operations remained shut down on Saturday as crews worked to resolve the issues caused by the strike that hit the coal-fired plant as storms moved through the region late Friday, said Patricia Persico, a spokeswoman for Cliffs Natural Resources, which owns and operates Northshore Mining.
Severe thunderstorms swept across the Northland on Friday evening, downing trees, knocking out power to several thousand customers and causing flash flooding — on the one-year anniversary of storms that caused widespread devastation in the region in July 2016. A flash flood warning remains in effect for the Duluth area until 1:30 a.m., the National Weather Service reported, though the heaviest rain appeared to have moved south and east of the city.
District Court St. Louis County July 14 Adrian M. Greene Jr., 32, Hermantown, theft by shoplifting, fined $50 and 60 days in local confinement or NERCC; giving a false name or date-of-birth, 60 days in local confinement or NERCC - concurrent. July 20
The News Tribune asked readers to share their memories and reflections on the July 21, 2016 storm, one year later. Here are some of the responses we received: ——— We live in Upper Woodland, and we lost half the trees in our yard. Spent the rest of the summer cleaning up and digging out stumps. Some of the cut-up trees were too large to lift, so we rolled them around and made snowmen around our property (as we do decorate for Christmas and also put lights on them).
News Tribune, July 22, 1977 • The Duluth Air Base will continue in operation for at least two years, but the long-term future of the base is questionable, Air Force officials said yesterday. Further reductions of personnel or technological changes could force the closing of the base, they said. • Howard Caldwell said yesterday he can't believe his brother Roger could have been involved in the June 27 slaying of Duluth heiress Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse, Velma Pietila. Caldwell said his brother grew up in a Lutheran home and was a good son.
The University of Minnesota Duluth and the Duluth Transit Authority have renewed their UPass agreement until 2022. The UPass allows full-time students to ride the bus to campus and around the Twin Ports. It’s paid for with the $12.50 transportation fee that students are assessed each semester. Employees can purchase a UPass for $60.
A 1995 Chevrolet Corsica was totaled and a 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche sustained significant exterior damage in a fire on Friday afternoon in Hibbing. The Hibbing Fire Department reported that it responded to a vehicle fire outside a residence at 2320 Ninth Ave. E. shortly before 2 p.m. Friday. The garage sustained some smoke damage. Damage is estimated at $30,000. The exact cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but it’s not suspicious, according to the department.
Today Duluth entry Overnight: Mesabi Miner arriving to load coal. Morning: Innovation / Samuel de Champlain arriving to discharge cement. Afternoon: Mesabi Miner departing with coal.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson had been on the job for just over six months when the storm hit. On July 21, 2016, she was on vacation with her family, camping in Michigan, when she received word of the storm that brought 100 mph wind gusts to parts of the city and caused widespread devastation across the region. Thousands of Northland residents lost power for days. Larson said it took no more than a 45-second meeting for her family to agree that the trip should be cut short. "It's a no-brainer. When 60 percent of your community is without power, you come home," she said.