The Northland's Week in Review - Aug. 21-27, 2009
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-23 ? Alan Klapmeier, who co-founded Cirrus Aircraft with his brother, Dale, left the company Friday. Dale remains vice chairman at Cirrus, but an Atlanta-based venture capital firm, Arcapita Inc., owns 58 perc...
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-23
- Alan Klapmeier, who co-founded Cirrus Aircraft with his brother, Dale, left the company Friday. Dale remains vice chairman at Cirrus, but an Atlanta-based venture capital firm, Arcapita Inc., owns 58 percent of the stock and controls the aircraft building company.
- On Saturday, 18-year-old Duluthian Cody Lee Walker-Nelson was arrested by Owatonna, Minn., police on a St. Louis County warrant for arson in the third degree (a felony), arson in the fifth degree and making a false emergency call.
- Former Duluthian Kara Goucher finished 10th in the World Championships marathon early Sunday in Berlin.
Monday, Aug. 24
- The Duluth City Council voted not to allow the NorShor Experience strip club downtown to keep its liquor license after numerous infractions.
- A 7-year-old Twin Cities boy was transported to a Duluth hospital by helicopter after he fell 20 to 30 feet in the water after slipping on rocks at Gooseberry Falls State Park.
- The Hermantown School Board made the decision to put a $58 million school referendum on the November ballot. The money would be used to renovate and expand the approximately 2,000-student school district's high school and elementary school and to improve its hockey arena. If approved by voters, the project would cost the owner of a $200,000 home in Hermantown about $470 a year for up to 25 years.
- The government's $3 billion "Cash for Clunkers" program ended.
- Iraq vet Chad Lisdahl is suing Gold Cross over violation of re-employment rights.
Tuesday, Aug. 25
- Area job seekers now outnumber job openings 12-to-1. The latest job vacancy survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows that in northeast Minnesota there are 17,600 unemployed workers competing for 1,500 unfilled jobs.
However, Duluth's July unemployment ranks were the lowest since January. The July unemployment rate for Duluth was 7.4 percent.
Wednesday, Aug. 26
- A standoff at 612 E. Sixth St. between the Duluth Police Tactical Response team and a suspect in a fatal shooting ended shortly after 3 p.m. when the suspect gave himself up without a fight. The man, Stephen Louis Cobenais, 24, was subsequently charged with intentional second-degree murder for the early-morning shooting of Mario Highler at 3932 Grand Ave. in West Duluth. Highler, 31, died from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head. Bail for Cobenais was set at $750,000 Thursday.
- Massachusetts Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.
- More than $18,000 was raised in the first day of the Duluth and Superior firefighters' Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
- The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Canal Park received its 15 millionth visitor shortly before 11 a.m.
- Employees at Cirrus Aircraft were informed that more layoffs are coming: an additional 85 workers are expected to go.
Thursday, Aug. 27
- Just four days before classes are due to start, Barbara Brueggemann resigned as head of The Marshall School. Marshall Board President Eric Norberg said the news came as a surprise. Associated Head of School Karen Snyder will serve as acting interim head of the private Duluth school.
- The 148th Fighter Wing of the Air Force National Guard received an "excellent rating" for combat readiness.
The Duluth News Tribune contributed to this report.
Coming this weekend
- The free Bayfront Dance Festival will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Bayfront Festival Park.
- There will be two seatings at this year's League of Women Voters Daughters Tea: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Held at Duluth Women's Club, 2400 E. Superior St. Cost is $15; call 727-2026 for more.
- Finn Fun Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sampo Beach on Little Grand Lake in Saginaw.