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HAYWARD — Lorne Andrew Young took responsibility for the fatal shooting of his sister's boyfriend last fall on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation, but his guilty plea did little to satisfy the victim's family and a judge on Wednesday. As Young appeared for sentencing in Sawyer County Circuit Court, Judge John Anderson clearly took exception with Young's claim that he accidentally shot 22-year-old Kyle Ross with a deer rifle along a rural road on Nov. 25.
The Diocese of Duluth is seeking an extension to file reorganization plans in its bankruptcy case as representatives prepare for more settlement talks with victims of child sexual abuse. The diocese and a court-appointed creditors committee met for a "productive," two-day mediation session last month in Minneapolis, and they're planning to return to the table for additional discussions during the week of Nov. 14, diocese attorneys said.
Fellow employees describe Pat Castellano as the "face of Animal Allies." For the past 25 years, she has been a staple at the shelter, turning her passion for animals and education from a volunteer position into a career. Currently the organization's humane educator, it is estimated that Castellano reaches more than 10,000 Northland children every year through classroom outreach, summer camps and other shelter programs.
A Duluth man has pleaded guilty to a January bank robbery — his third over a period of 16 years. Court records indicate that Derrick Lee Harper, 46, entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of bank robbery last Thursday in U.S. District Court in Duluth. He had been scheduled to stand trial this week. Authorities said Harper held up the Park State Bank in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Jan. 25.
Teah Joan Phillips took the witness stand to testify in the trials of three co-defendants charged in connection with a 2014 shooting death in Superior. And she accepted legal responsibility for her role in April when she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of party to attempted armed robbery. But one thing she hasn't done, Douglas County Circuit Judge George Glonek said, is truly take responsibility for her decision to drive four accomplices to Superior's Allouez neighborhood, where a robbery attempt turned to murder on Sept. 30, 2014.
As a developer, J.R. "Rob" Link's projects were among the most visible in Duluth. He led construction of Superior Street's Technology Village and the revitalization of the Wieland Block across the street. When a fire gutted the Chinese Lantern building on West First Street in 1994, Link purchased the property and renovated it for new commercial use. In West Duluth, when the closure of Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Co. lead to an abandoned industrial site along busy Grand Avenue, he helped usher in the construction of a retail center and medical clinic.
Police are cautioning Park Point beachgoers to be on the lookout for standing pieces of driftwood after a 6-year-old boy was injured by a falling 20-foot log on Wednesday. Duluth police spokesman Ron Tinsley said several pieces of driftwood, up to 30 feet long, had been placed upright in the sand on the beach along the 3500 block of Minnesota Avenue. Tinsley said police were working to safely remove the logs, and asked the public to stay away until that process is complete.
Mark Fruehauf was just 6 years old and growing up in Superior when Dan Blank was first elected Douglas County district attorney. On Tuesday, the 32-year-old Fruehauf unseated Blank in...
An Embarrass man is accused of causing "tremendous" water damage to three levels of a downtown Duluth condominium building, where police said he appeared to be living without permission of the owner. Wallace Peter Warren, 50, faces a felony second-degree burglary charge in connection with the incident last week at the units above the Sheraton Duluth Hotel, 301 E. Superior St. Authorities said Warren apparently broke into an 11th-floor condo and damaged a sink, causing extensive damage to the building and personal belongings on Aug. 2. According to court documents:
A plot to burglarize a Grand Rapids home turned into a hostage situation before it was foiled by a housesitter, according to charges filed Friday. Police said Zachary Walter Cary, 28, of Cloquet, and Edward Wade Fauth, 19, of Grand Rapids, attempted to burglarize a residence on the 400 block of Northwest 17th Avenue in Grand Rapids on Wednesday night. The men, believing the homeowner was out of town, planned to “get some fast money and drugs” from the residence, according to the charges.