NORTHLAND BRIEFS: Police seek woman in attempted bank scam

Police seek suspect in attempted bank scam Duluth police are seeking to identify a woman who attempted unsuccessfully to withdraw more than $10,000 from the Wells Fargo bank at the Stone Ridge Shopping Center on Feb. 5 by posing as a client from ...

Police seek suspect in attempted bank scam

Duluth police are seeking to identify a woman who attempted unsuccessfully to withdraw more than $10,000 from the Wells Fargo bank at the Stone Ridge Shopping Center on Feb. 5 by posing as a client from a Wells Fargo California bank.

Anyone able to identify the woman is asked to call Financial Crimes Investigator Shana Greene at (218) 730-5160.

Eveleth resident critical after crash

A 46-year-old Eveleth resident is in critical condition after a two-vehicle accident late Monday afternoon on Minnesota Highway 37 near Cherry.


According to the State Patrol, the accident happened when a Cadillac Eldorado driven by David Begich of Eveleth began making a left turn from Highway 37 onto St. Louis County Road 25, then switched direction to turn right onto Tamminen Road. Begich's vehicle was sideswiped by a Peterbilt semi.

The semi driver, Christopher A. Carle, 61, of Virginia, was not seriously injured.

The accident happened about 4:45 p.m.

Superior Township business destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed Benson Cabinet and Counters in Superior Township on Tuesday morning.

The building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene at 3905 E. Benson Road about2 a.m., said Brian Laverdiere, chief of the Town of Superior Volunteer Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Laverdiere said it started in one of the back corners of the building.

"With everything gone, it makes it 10 times harder to find the cause," Laverdiere said.


One firefighter sprained an ankle.

"Ice was a factor," Laverdiere said. "A couple trucks went into the ditch and we had to get them pulled out. It was real slippery. We had a sander come out."

Firefighters from Parkland, Oakland, Summit and the City of Superior helped battle the blaze.

Proctor school superintendent finalists on agenda

The Proctor School Board will discuss its impressions of the four superintendent finalists at tonight's board meeting.

The meeting was postponed from Monday because of bad weather conditions.

On Saturday, board members interviewed fourcandidates to take the place of Superintendent Diane Rauschenfels, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

The finalist candidates include Kimberley Belcastro of Wrenshall, the principal at the district's Jedlicka Middle School; John Engelking of Grand Marais, principal of the Cook County high school and middle school; Daniel Parent of McIntosh, superintendent of the Win-E-Mac School in Erskine, Minn.; and Gregory Winter of Fergus Falls, principal of the Fergus Falls High School.


The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Proctor High School media center.

Great Lakes domestic shipping drops below 1 million tons

For what's believed to be the first time since the recession of the mid-1980s, U.S.-flagged ships on the Great Lakes carried less than a million tons of cargo in January.

The 918,981 net tons of cargo was less than a quarter of the average amount carried in the previous five years.

According to the Lake Carriers' Association, U.S.-flagged vessels carried 619,157 tons of iron ore (compared to a five-year average of 2.9 million tons) and 299,824 tons of coal (compared to a five-year average of 672,695 tons).

The Lake Carriers' Association represents 16 American corporations operating 63 vessels on the Great Lakes.

Two Harbors council OKs first payment to power co-op

The first of 10 payments from the city of Two Harbors to the Cooperative Light and Power Co. is on the way.


The payment will cap a lengthy dispute between the city, which provides electrical service to about 1,800 customers, and the company, which supplies electricity to much of southern Lake County and parts of St. Louis County.

In 2004, the city annexed 22 acres on Lake Superior where the Blue Waters Development Co. is building the Burlington Homes project. The property had been in the cooperative's service area. In doing so, the city became obligated to pay the cooperative for 10 years of lost revenue from the development.

The cooperative estimated the loss of revenue at $750,000, while the city estimated the value at $40,000. The dispute was settled just before a jury trial was scheduled to begin in April 2008, with the city determined to owe $70,759.

The Two Harbors City Council approved the first $7,075.97 payment Monday night.

Two Harbors City Administrator Lee Klein said the settlement was fair.

The city spent about $300,000 in the legal battle over the settlement. The money will come out of the city-operated electric power supply budget, Klein said.

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