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Monday rewind: A look at the weekend's local news

Pao Vang, of Poplar, Jennifer Xiong and Lee Neng, both of Duluth, cook egg rolls while preparing for the Hmong New Year celebration at First United Methodist Church in Duluth Friday. They are preparing 960 egg rolls and 125 pounds of sweet rice for Saturday's celebration. --- Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com

NEWS

According to the Duluth Fire Department, fishermen and their equipment were stranded on the ice around 10:40 a.m. when strong northeast winds caused the ice to break away from Park Point.

Despite October disruption, no new rules for Duluth City Hall

In the aftermath of a disruptive protest that forced the Duluth City Council into a temporary recess, Mayor Emily Larson and Council President Noah Hobbs vowed to look at whether new rules were needed to better maintain order at City Hall. Following a deep dive into the city's policies, however, they decided sufficient rules already were on the books.

Menthol cigarettes again targeted by bandana-wearing bandits

A second menthol cigarette burglary in two days was thwarted early Friday when the owner of the Adolph Store walked in on the suspects and chased them into the clutches of authorities.

Minnesota 'Bachelorette' gets cozy with fiance at Duluth destination

A Minnesotan whose nationally televised breakup almost resulted in legislation banning her ex from the state brought her new fiance to Bentleyville on Thursday, according to the star's Instagram page.

State agency issues first Minntac discharge permit since 1987

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Friday said it issued a new water pollution discharge permit for the U.S. Steel's massive Minntac taconite iron ore processing center in Mountain Iron, the first unexpired permit for the facility since 1992.

Northland climate data sent to the National Weather Service comes from radar, computers and volunteers

More than 70 groups, services and people that dot the Northland and north Wisconsin make up a network of citizen scientists that feed weather-related data to the National Weather Service in Duluth — the central hub of a spider web of information.

Celebrating Hmong culture: Local community ushers in new year with Saturday celebration

Minnesota is home to the largest population of Hmong people in the United States. The first Hmong people to come to the United States came as refugees. Native to the highlands of Laos, they were an integral part of the Vietnam War effort, assisting the American military in strategic bombing and rescuing downed pilots in the '60s and '70s.

SPORTS

Shepard shines again, but Bulldogs spend too much time in penalty box in loss to North Dakota

Second-ranked Minnesota Duluth had to settle for a weekend split with North Dakota after losing 2-1 on Saturday in NCHC play at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.

Shepard's red-hot glove sends him past Stalock in UMD record book

Second-ranked Minnesota Duluth returned from its second bye week of the month and convincingly beat up on No. 15 North Dakota 5-0 in NCHC play on Friday at Amsoil Arena.

Prep girls soccer: Cloquet senior Kendra Kelley is Northland's All-Area Player of the Year

Her career total of 133 goals is the most among Northland athletes and fourth-most in state annals, according to available figures.

OUTDOORS

Ice fishing show kicks off Friday

Looking for a new ice auger — electric, gas, propane or battery — but still have some questions? The sixth annual Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show should have the answers.

Side by side, veteran wardens train rookies

Dozens, maybe hundreds of people might apply. Only 21 made it through the intensive selection process to attend the Department of Natural Resources conservation officer training academy over the summer. Only the 18 are moving on to a permanent job.

Minnesota snowmobile trails lack snow for opening day

As has been common in recent years, state officials and snowmobile enthusiasts warn that more snow is needed before the trails are passable

FEATURES

Nerd Nite events showcase Northlanders talking everything from 'Star Wars' to Japanese toilets

Funny and informative has always been the vibe for Nerd Nite, which launched in 2003 in Boston. It made its way to Duluth in 2010, thanks to Crystal Pelkey, Adam Brisk and Jeremy Nilson.

Music review: DSSO holiday concert offers skilled performances but narrow focus

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra launched into its first pops concert of the season with “Home for the Holidays” Saturday afternoon at Symphony Hall.

Theater review: Tale as old as time still enchants at NorShor

The Duluth Playhouse’s enchanting “Beauty and the Beast” had all the bells and whistles to win the hearts of the opening night audience Thursday.

Sam Cook column: On the trail, letting go of an illusion

"I realized, somewhere during that sunny jaunt over the crusty maple leaves, that he is likely not coming home again — at least not permanently. That had been my hunch for a while now. So, I just asked him straight out. And he confirmed it."

Photo gallery: Final frames from Bob King

"I love taking photos, but sometimes there's no room in the newspaper for random images taken on the fly. That's why on this, my last Blink for the News Tribune, I put together a few photos of things that moved me."