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There are so many fantastic European bands that Americans don't hear about. It's not because they're not good -- it's because they aren't American enough. (They sing with accents, basically.) As a result, they are viewed as being outside the normal cone of interest of the typical American music consumer by most major media outlets, and so they are passed by in favor of more "palatable" fare. Case in point: Norway's Motorpsycho. Not only are they one of the best rock bands going (don't judge them by their terrible name, please), but they're celebrating their 25th year in business.
Your next read Northland, as of right now you are reading "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway. The 2008 novel is based on the true story of a cello player who continued to play in bombed-out buildings during the siege of Sarajevo, and it is this year's pick for the community-wide reading project One Book, One Community. The read-along, brought to you by the Duluth Public library and other local organizations, will include a handful of book-themed events: There will be an author visit and book signing on April 15 at the Spirit of the North Theater at Fitger's. A rea
About 500 Duluth and St. Louis County business, nonprofit, education and political leaders gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol in St. Paul for a two-day lobbying effort to persuade legislators to support bonds and other projects considered vital to the region's continued economic growth. Organizers say it's the largest delegation ever sent to the annual lobbying event.
A kitchen fire damaged a home in Hibbing on Wednesday afternoon. Hibbing firefighters were called to the one-story home at 3415 Leighton Road at 12:15 p.m., after neighbors reported they saw smoke coming from the house. Firefighters arrived at the scene and discovered a fire in the kitchen. "The kitchen is badly damaged and the rest of the house suffered smoke damage," said Andy Anderson, acting battalion chief at Hibbing Fire Department.
A swath of open water on Lake Superior that had grown larger in recent days was responsible for a surprise half-foot of snow across parts of Duluth and the North Shore on Wednesday morning. An east wind wrapping around a big Midwestern storm system provided the energy, and the area of open water on the big lake provided the moisture.
A motorcyclist going at least 100 mph struck a pothole or a crack along a winter-worn stretch of a Minneapolis interstate and was thrown to his death, authorities said Wednesday. Anand Baskaran, 30, of the Long Island community of East Northport, N.Y., hit the road hazard along eastbound Interstate 394 near Theodore Wirth Parkway about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Baskaran was not wearing a helmet when he was found by emergency personnel, state safety officials said.
The latest Property Crime Person of the Week was arrested Tuesday night. Duluth police officers went to a residence in the 300 block of North Fourth Avenue West and arrested Maxine Morrow outside without incident about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Morrow has warrants for her arrest on various cases, most recently for auto theft. She was taken to the St. Louis County Jail for her five felony warrants.
Caleb J. Austin visits his grandparents in Superior for the first time. Parents are Joe and Amanda (Ullan) Austin of Wasilla, Alaska. Grandparents are Dennis and Jill Austin, Cathi Austin (Marty Hope) and Debbie Paine, all of Superior, and Jeff Ullan of Hibbing.
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Adam Clayton, 54; Dana Delany, 58; William H. Macy, 64; Neil Sedaka, 75. TODAY'S BIRTHDAY: You can share knowledge or relay information, but do your best not to exaggerate this year. The simple truth will get you much further ahead in the end. Strategy, analytics and precision will help you achieve the success you desire. Protect your physical and emotional comfort and health. Don't tempt fate when it comes to personal relationships. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don't let impulse get the better of you.
Traversing the ice along Alaska's forbidding Bering Sea coast this week, with no protection from swirling 40 mph winds pushing his sled in all directions, Northland musher Nathan Schroeder glanced back from his sled and caught a strange sight: His lead dogs. The wind had pushed him ahead of his team. "Wow," was his one-word assessment of that welcome-to-the-Iditarod moment, spoken Wednesday from Nome about five hours after finishing his first attempt at the legendary, grueling, nearly 1,000-mile race across the Alaskan wilderness.