Glensheen in Duluth was closed earlier this week to allow the staff to decorate the mansion for Christmas. You can see the results of their work starting Saturday. The Christmas display — open through Jan. 7 — includes 25 Christmas trees and hundreds of feet of garland, among many other decorations. Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday and self-guided tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays. Purchase tickets online and find more information at www.glensheen.org .
Minnesota’s official Christmas tree was cut down Friday in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest near Willow River. The 30-foot-tall white spruce will be set up at the governor’s residence in St. Paul on Monday, and lit on Nov. 27, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported.
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton junior Makayla Suominen qualified first in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle during Friday's preliminaries of the Class A state swimming and diving meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Suominen, the defending champion in the 50, set a school record with a time 23.37 seconds in the preliminaries, qualifying ahead of her closest rivals, Hutchinson eighth-grader Grace Hanson (23.45) and Visitation sophomore Ava Hoffman (23.58), to gain the coveted middle lane for today's finals.
The Minnesota Duluth men's and women's teams will compete this morning in the NCAA Division II Championships in Evansville, Ind., capping the cross country season. The UMD women are back for the fifth year in a row and have placed in the top 10 the past three seasons. Senior Emi Trost is a three-time All-American who finished a program-best fourth a year ago in the 6,000-meter race. The UMD men's team is making its first appearance in 13 years and fourth overall after earning a Central Region at-large berth. Seven runners and an alternate are making the trip.
UPDATE: Due to ice and snow in the forecast, this event has been postponed. A new date hasn't yet been set. ---
Q : Can my child use a bicycle helmet when he is a passenger in my side by side ATV? A: In Minnesota, any class 1 or 2 ATV operator or passengers under the age of 18 must wear an approved helmet when riding on public lands or waters, or a public road right-of-way. They must also wear a seatbelt if provided by the manufacturer.
A 58-year-old St. Paul man who became lost while hunting Thursday used a compass to find his way back to a hunting cabin after several hours as a search effort was underway, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported. Craig Ainsworth was declared overdue at 9:30 p.m., having gone out with a couple of other hunters in his party in an unorganized township north of Cook — a rural area off the Holm Logging Road several miles east of U.S. Highway 53, the Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release.
For the Family Grab your winter jacket and head out to the Christmas City of the North Parade, 6:25 p.m. today, on Superior Street from Ninth Avenue East and Fourth Avenue West. Enjoy a classic holiday tour, Monday through Jan. 5, Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E. Second St., Superior. Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, $5 for ages 6-17 and free for younger children.
Today Duluth entry Morning: Paul R. Tregurtha arriving to load coal. Walter J. McCarthy Jr. arriving to load coal. Evening: Paul R. Tregurtha departing with coal. Superior
Eric Gotz, a former Hermantown defenseman who is in his second season with the Minnesota Wilderness, is headed to Miami of the NCHC. Gotz announced his commitment Thursday via Twitter. As a senior at Hermantown, he notched seven goals and 20 assists as the Hawks won the 2016 Class A title, following six straight runner-up finishes. He ended his three-year prep career with 20 goals and 59 assists. Gotz makes it five players from that 2015-16 Hermantown team that committed to — or are playing for — Division I programs.