The Northlands week in review: June 14-19
Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15 ? A shooting occurred at 227 W. Third St., Apartment 3, involving three men, Saturday. Stanley Michael Boody, 35, died from a gunshot wound. Another man was also shot. A third man was found with injuries sus...
Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15
- A shooting occurred at 227 W. Third St., Apartment 3, involving three men, Saturday. Stanley Michael Boody, 35, died from a gunshot wound. Another man was also shot. A third man was found with injuries sustained from being pistol-whipped. The incident occurred after a drug deal went awry, police said. If you have information about the incident, call the Duluth Police Department at 730-5050.
- Lane Zentgraf, 32, died when the pickup truck he was driving on Lavaque Road in Fredenberg Township overturned Sunday. Zentgraf was by himself in the vehicle. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in his death. He wasn't wearing a seat belt.
Monday, June 16
- DFL Rep. Mike Jaros said he does not plan to run again for Minnesota Legislature. (See story.)
- Due to an increase in gasoline taxes and fees approved by legislators, there is a program set in place to renovate or replace more than 160 bridges over the next 10 years. Some bridges on Interstate 35 in Duluth are on track for replacement. They include the side-by-side bridges near the ore docks and one by Menards in West Duluth.
Tuesday, June 17
- The Duluth School Board voted 6-1 to try to have a say (allow attorneys to be hired) in a lawsuit that is trying to slow the Red Plan.
The group Petitioners for the Protection of Water and Wildlife brought a lawsuit last month against the city of Duluth -- the school district was not specifically mentioned -- because the Duluth Planning Commission did not require an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the Red Plan.
The petitioners said this decision violates the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act.
In other school district news, the board approved the layoffs of 23 employees.
Wednesday, June 18
- A vehicle transporting a bucket scraper piece of equipment on a flatbed trailer southbound on U.S. Highway 53 was unable to make the turn onto Interstate 35 south and struck three vehicles stopped at a red light above I-35. The scraper, estimated at more than 100,000 pounds, came off the trailer and slid across the right land of traffic, going over the guardrail and dropping 70-some feet. As it fell, a portion of the left guardrail on northbound I-35 was struck. Four people were injured during the accident and the left lane of northbound I-35 was closed for two days. Several support beams were also damaged.
- Minnesota's assistant attorney general, Gunnar Johnson, was selected as Duluth's new city attorney by Mayor Don Ness. Johnson will assume his duties July 16.
Thursday, June 19
- The Duluth City Council voted 6-2 against a resolution that would have called for a public advisory referendum on any issue related to the Duluth School District's Red Plan. They also voted 5-4 in favor of a sewage overflow plan that includes two pricey provisions: A $5.57 monthly "Clean Water" surcharge on more than 25,000 city sewer customers and a requirement that at least 175 building- and home-owners a year repair or replace their sewer lines.
- The U.S. House voted to provide $162 billion for operations in Iraq, according to an Associated Press report. The Senate will vote on it next week.
The Duluth News Tribune contributed to these reports
Coming this weekend
- Grandma's Marathon will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, in Two Harbors.
There is live entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Big Top Tent in Canal Park. Free and all ages are welcome. The awards ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m. at the DECC's Lake Superior Ballroom.
There will also be live entertainment at the Big Top Tent in Canal Park from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Must be 21.
-The Kesselhon Benefit and Silent Auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Mount of Olives Baptist Church, 1500 Swan Lake Road. Lora Kesselhon has a rare and aggressive central nervous system lymphoma that has settled in her brain. She was 23 weeks pregnant when they diagnosed her. They will be serving one of Lora's favorite soups. Suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for children and $30 per family. For more, call 525-5545.
- Sunday Night at the Races will begin with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at the Proctor Speedway. Racing begins at 6 p.m. For more, visit www.proctorspeedway.com.