Here's what happened this week in the Northland

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The boarded up Pastoret Terrace, former home of the Kozy Bar, is seen Monday. (Tyler Schank /

Judge rules Duluth's fire-damaged Kozy building may come down

Decision cites crime, blight, threat to public health posed by structure

Mother bear killed: Authorities unsure if same animal was responsible for Duluth Heights dog attacks

Following recent reports of bear aggression involving dogs and the subsequent death of a toy poodle named Gizmo, a female bruin was euthanized Sunday morning in Duluth Heights.

Attorneys: Miller, UMD reach tentative agreement to settle lawsuits

The deal, which has not been finalized, would resolve state and federal claims from the former women's hockey coach.

Duluth man accused of 'brutal' assault hours after being released from prison

Daniel Kriesel has a violent past and spent much of the past decade in custody. He's now accused of stabbing and beating his wife on the same day he was released from prison.


Troy Rogers of Duluth performs Wednesday during an ambient interactive immersive light show and mass drone featuring projections of sonic climate change data during a welcome happy hour for the Catalyst Content Festival at Embassy 35 pop-up art exhibit in Duluth. (Clint Austin /

Catalyst Content Festival offers how-tos and networking ops

The five-day event, in Duluth for the first time, brings creators and executives together in a "destination wedding"-like setting

St. Louis County gives go-ahead for downtown Duluth apartments

With $700K in local subsidies secured, the $11 million First Street Lofts at the corner of Lake Avenue and East First Street figure to open sometime in 2021.

Recently disarmed WWII bomb revives memories for Superior man

“Seventy-plus years later, this still exists. It’s a danger,” Winterscheidt said of the bomb found in a village about 17 miles from where he grew up near the German border with Belgium during World War II.

Coffee and wine bar coming to Duluth early next year

The Blue Rock Coffee and Wine Cafe will open in early 2020.

John Beargrease mid-distance racer Rita Wehseler’s team
John Beargrease mid-distance racer Rita Wehseler’s team runs early in the 2019 race. Steve Kuchera /
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Beargrease joins international sled dog racing championship circuit

“We have a great story to tell, and we get a chance to tell that story to an international audience."


Study: One in 10 Minnesota kids obese

That's one of the best marks in the nation, but a state expert says it might be an underestimate

St. Luke’s opens women’s breast health center

Breast cancer is among the leading causes of cancer deaths in the U.S.

Stauber solicits residents' thoughts on small business

In a survey mailed to 8th District households, the congressman says he's committed to "rolling back burdensome regulations."

Man's prison term in home invasion overturned

The Minnesota Court of Appeals found that circumstances didn't warrant a prison sentence of more than double the presumptive guidelines for Guy Robert Franklin Rabold, 28, who was convicted in a 2015 Rice Lake home invasion.

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One-year-old Hannah Litel is drawn to the Ty Beanie Boos displayed at her eye level at Legacy Toys. Small children have access to numerous toys in the jampacked store. (Steve Kuchera /

Ely-based Legacy Toys to open store at Mall of America

Legacy Toys, which is based and was founded in Ely, announced it's opening a new store in the Mall of America.

Superior parks commission continues to debate smoking ban

Superior’s Parks and Recreation Commission is considering a smoking ban in recreational spaces, but for two months commissioners have been at odds on how to implement it.


Superior warehouse takes step toward historic listing

Twohy Mercantile Building, known as the Bayside Warehouse, was built in 1894

Nemadji Trail Energy Center
Minnesota Power and Dairyland Power Cooperative have proposed a $700 million natural-gas power plant, Nemadji Trail Energy Center, which would be located near the Husky refinery in Superior and provide between 525 and 625 megawatts of power. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota Power)

DNR: Proposed natural gas power plant could harm groundwater

Regulators say plant's wells "likely to deplete groundwater," requests more info from power companies

NRRI aims to prioritize carbon capture potential in Minnesota forests

The University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute hosted a discussion Tuesday on forest carbon capture opportunities in Minnesota.

MPCA says it won't support U.S. Steel's call for Dark River reclassification 'at this time'

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not support U.S. Steel’s request to reclassify portions of the Dark River, which sits at the foot of the company’s Minntac tailings basin, unless the mining and steel-making company can provide the agency with more information.

Timeline for hiring consultant for Duluth schools superintendent search pushed back

Also, the Duluth school district was recently informed by its food service provider that it may not be able to fulfill its contract with the district.

St. Louis County gains in 'win for public lands'

Years in the making, a donation of almost 1,600 acres by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association figures to be made official later this month.


WLSSD collects $7.1 million in state loans

The loans will fund two improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.


Postcard aerial scene of Duluth
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.
Adelie Bergstrom / Duluth News Tribune

Northlandia: A seal and a polar bear walk into a bar …

Northlandia: A seal and a polar bear walk into a bar …

Feisty, the harbor seal that escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo during Duluth's historic 2012 flood, is alive and well under the New Mexico sun.

Sam Cook column: Coping with bearanoia in the not-so-wild West

All you can do is to be prepared, then just go.

The Memo: Over 80 forfeited properties to be auctioned and more

And yes, despite it being October, there is something about taxes in here.



UMD 2019-20 season preview trophy
The 2019 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey championship trophy sits on stage during Minnesota Duluth's victory celebration last April at Romano Gymnasium on the UMD campus. The Bulldogs begin their quest to be the first school in 66 years to three-peat as national champions Friday against UMass-Lowell at Amsoil Arena. News Tribune file photo

2019-20 UMD men's hockey season preview: Bulldogs embrace pursuit of NCAA's first three-peat in 66 years

2019-20 UMD men's hockey season preview: Bulldogs embrace pursuit of NCAA's first three-peat in 66 years

Instead of ducking and dodging questions about three-peating, the Bulldogs are embracing what’s before them, starting with head coach Scott Sandelin.

College women's hockey: Bell adds offensive element to UMD, Canadian blue lines

Junior out of Manitoba made the move this offseason from forward to defense both with Bulldogs and with Hockey Canada

UMD women’s hockey team signs cards and banner thanking veterans

UMD women’s hockey team signs cards and banner thanking veterans

The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team spent Tuesday morning signing cards and writing their thanks on a banner in an effort to support veterans and current service members, organized by the American Red Cross.

Prep soccer playoff preview: Hermantown rises to the top in 7A

The Hawks have done more than compete, going 12-3-1 this season to earn the No. 1 seed in this week’s Section 7A playoffs.



Kyle Duncan and Brandon Jackson perform Sunday during a rehearsal for Dance TV. (Clint Austin /

Dance fever: 'Dance TV' is theater-slash-party starter

A new original production, which plays today at Brewer's Garage, is a behind-the-scenes look at a televised dance show — and all its hot gossip.

Cauliflower crust pizza, separate toasters and other tips for life without gluten

Cauliflower crust pizza, separate toasters and other tips for life without gluten

Diagnosed with celiac disease at 77, Duluthian Sue Majewski wants other people to know how to cope.

Vegan Cookbook Club: Plant-based milks offer a variety of tastes and health benefits

The variety of vegan milks available might surprise you. And for the more adventurous among you, try making your own!

Pop-up art show opens this week in Duluth

Embassy 35 is among a handful of exhibitions currently showing at Twin Ports art spaces.

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