CRIME AND COURTS

Adas Israel Synagogue lay leader Phillip Sher speaks during a news conference Sunday at Duluth City Hall updating the investigation of the Adas Israel Synagogue fire.  (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)
Adas Israel Synagogue lay leader Phillip Sher speaks during a news conference Sunday at Duluth City Hall updating the investigation of the Adas Israel Synagogue fire. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Man charged in Duluth synagogue fire

A homeless Duluth man allegedly admitted to starting the fire that destroyed the Adas Israel Congregation synagogue last week.

Charges: Willow River man intentionally drove into Kettle River in incident that killed passenger

The driver, who is now facing two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, said he didn't realize the river was so deep.

Charges expected in grand theft crash on Grand Avenue that injured two, plus dog

Mike McDonald, of Superior, had his Dodge Charger stolen out from under him at a storage unit around midnight, and later located the vehicle in the Fairmount neighborhood of West Duluth.

Miller given more time to make key decision in UMD lawsuit

The former hockey coach is mulling whether to accept less money or take on a new trial.

INDUSTRY



Great Lakes icebreaking yields frosty debate

Taking a back seat to assets bound for the Arctic Ocean leaves Canadian and U.S. trade agencies sparring over which country can break through for Great Lakes shipping.

Minnesota Court of Appeals suspends two PolyMet permits



The court ordered a temporary stay of a permit to mine and dam safety permits until an oral hearing scheduled Oct. 23.

Duluth-Superior port on pace for banner year



Wheat, wind turbines helping boost tonnage total while high-water levels present “challenge and opportunity”

Minnesota Supreme Court denies Line 3 appeal, likely allowing project to advance



Honor the Earth, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and Friends of the Headwaters argued that they weren't adequately consulted in the planning and approval of the pipeline project.

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota system President Joan Gabel is the 17th person to lead the university, and the first woman. Gabel succeeded outgoing President Eric Kaler on July 1. (Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota)
University of Minnesota system President Joan Gabel is the 17th person to lead the university, and the first woman. Gabel succeeded outgoing President Eric Kaler on July 1. (Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota)

U of M leader: One school, many strengths

The News Tribune sits down with University of Minnesota system President Joan Gabel to discuss her vision for the university, the system’s relationship with its nonmetro campuses and why she considers UMD to be a “sweet spot.”

NAACP supporting fired Denfeld principal

The Duluth branch of the NAACP is backing former Denfeld High School Principal Tonya Sconiers, who was fired from the Duluth school district earlier this summer.

Duluth School Board focuses on equity and inclusion when deciding At Large interview questions

An At Large seat on the board was made vacant after Josh Gorham resigned Sept. 4.

Attorneys argue whether to split Duluth Edison lawsuit into four

Attorneys for Duluth Edison Charter Schools and the families who are claiming racial discrimination on the part of the district presented arguments to a magistrate judge Monday in U.S. District Court in Duluth.

UMD recognizes campus site's indigenous history

The land acknowledgment statement, part of a trend in recent years on college and university campuses, is the first campuswide recognition in the University of Minnesota system.

NEWS

A young audience member listens as Lisa Fitzpatrick speaks at the Climate>Duluth forum at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at AICHO Monday night. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)
A young audience member listens as Lisa Fitzpatrick speaks at the Climate>Duluth forum at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at AICHO Monday night. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)

At Duluth forum, media urged to call attention to climate change

The answers to, as well as the problem of, climate change are stories that must be told, a speaker at a media-focused forum said Monday.

Wisconsin adds nearly 65 assistant district attorney positions

Bayfield County district attorney: 'We’re going to be trying to keep people out of our criminal justice system and, ironically, having an ADA will help do that'

Burial recovery halted at Mission Creek cemetery

Citing 'a need to stop and reassess,' MnDOT confirms that work at the site has been temporarily stopped and the locks changed out of precaution.

Merritt outdoor hockey rink removed

“Parks staff is really excited to begin the collaborative design process for future improvements at Merritt Park,” a city of Duluth statement said.

Using the body’s ‘natural killers,’ Minnesota researchers target leukemia

Clinical trial at the University of Medical Center focuses on a form of the disease diagnosed in 21,000 people annually

BUSINESS

Dennis Day and daughter Beth Belden pose for a photo a few days before the Esko Self Serve is slated to close. The store has been serving Esko residents almost 50 years and is the last family-owned station in Esko. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Dennis Day and daughter Beth Belden pose for a photo a few days before the Esko Self Serve is slated to close. The store has been serving Esko residents almost 50 years and is the last family-owned station in Esko. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Esko loses last locally owned gas station

After nearly 50 years, Esko Self Serve to close Sept. 20

Cloquet, London Road Wendy's close, will reopen as Burger King

Two Northland Wendy's restaurants are closed, but will reopen as another fast food chain.

St. Luke's nurses plan Oct. 3 strike

The union also has filed charges of unfair labor practices against the Duluth hospital.

Shuttered market in the Central Hillside being prepped for rebirth

A transformation is starting to take place inside the old 4th Street Market.

Essentia opens orthopedic urgent care near Duluth's Miller Hill Mall

The facility opened on Sept. 3, offering care for bone, joint and muscle injuries.

COLUMNS

This is Northlandia. Each Monday, we try to quell your curiosity about local history, trivia, culture and lore. We also cover practical questions about topics that affect your daily lives as Northland residents.
This is Northlandia. Each Monday, we try to quell your curiosity about local history, trivia, culture and lore. We also cover practical questions about topics that affect your daily lives as Northland residents.

Northlandia: Duluth Heights, lake-free since 1891

Was part of Duluth Heights once underwater?

Sam Cook column: Images from the hunt stir unexpected emotions

Sometimes it’s about more than success in the field.

The Memo: A new federal report on small businesses in northeast Minnesota and more

Small business, flying and spirits make up this week's roundup of business news.

Our View: Housing a well-placed priority for Duluth

Having enough housing that’s affordable to Duluthians of all income levels and attractive to everyone from first-time buyers to seniors remains one of our city’s biggest barriers.

FEATURES

Chai cider on display at Duluth Cider. (Courtesy of Duluth Cider)
Chai cider on display at Duluth Cider. (Courtesy of Duluth Cider)

Move over, pumpkin spice: Duluth businesses embrace chai flavoring

Numerous local businesses are offering chai-flavored products, as many see the flavor as warm and comforting during cold months.

Feeling anxious? Here's how adults and kids can face it

Anxiety is a cluster of physiological and cognitive symptoms, trouble concentrating and restlessness. But there are many solutions.

Hayward-area cafe serves up food with a philosophy

In Northwestern Wisconsin lake country, a pizza farm grows as a grassroots, family affair.

Best bets: Manila Luzon, 'Smokey Joe's,' Charlie Parr twice

Top picks for what's coming up in entertainment this week.

SPORTS

Karson Kuhlman is featured on the Bulldog Insider podcast. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)
Karson Kuhlman is featured on the Bulldog Insider podcast. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Bulldog Insider Podcast: Former UMD captain Karson Kuhlman drops the puck on Season 2

In the Season 2 premiere, the Esko native looks back on his experience as a rookie playing for the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final and shares what his go-to Gordy's order is when he's home for the summer.

College men's hockey: Bulldogs picked to win NCHC in preseason poll

It's the second year the back-to-back national championships are slotted No. 1 by the media during the preseason

Prep volleyball: Proctor duo courts success on any court

Rails seniors are college basketball recruits but they also excel on the volleyball court

Prep newsmaker: East's Leonard delivers punishment on the gridiron

There's more to the Greyhounds' 265-pound senior than handoffs and tackles