Observers of the local port might have noticed the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay moored in Superior Bay off Harbor Drive over the course of the past several days. The Neah Bay, normally stationed in Cleveland, is in Duluth as a precautionary icebreaking measure as the Duluth-based cutter Alder is undergoing an extended-period of engine maintenance, Coast Guard director of vessel traffic services Mark Gill said.
Just days after a new Nativity scene outside St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was blessed during Sunday service in Chisholm, the Mother Mary figurine disappeared. The figurine was reported missing Tuesday, said Chisholm police Captain James Vukad, who is investigating the incident. A secretary at the church noticed the figurine missing when she was reporting to work, Father Anthony Craig said.
Confronted with student-body outcry and a swelling online petition, the College of St. Scholastica will hold off on dissolving an advisory team designed to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, the school said this week in a memo to faculty, staff and students. "This is one of those moments here at the College where we need to take time to listen with the ear of our heart," wrote vice president for student affairs Steve Lyons and vice president for human resources Myron McCoo in the memo obtained by the News Tribune.
Issues with hill braking and on-board heat led the Duluth Transit Authority to pull its new fleet of electric buses from routes on the last day of November. The buses are in the process of making it back to the streets, but not before passing field tests and updating driver training, said General Manager Phil Pumphrey on Wednesday. While no incidents had occurred because of the issues, pulling the buses was described as a precautionary measure.
Five months after taking the top job in the local port, Deb DeLuca talked with the News Tribune about the transition last week by sharing some personal details. She talked fondly of her family, seeming to share more about her 88-year-old father, Hector, than anyone else. A university educator and researcher, he still has a lab at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. A son of Italian immigrants, he was smart and a go-getter amid the toil of the Great Depression. "He's a character. He's always fun to be around," DeLuca said.
Barring action in Washington, D.C., before the end of the year, Congressman-elect Pete Stauber plans to take up legislation early in 2019 which would stem a series of legal challenges to copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota, he said Monday in a news release. Stauber, R-Hermantown, encouraged the current Congress to pass legislation ratifying a ballyhooed land exchange between PolyMet Mining Co. and the U.S. Forest Service. If not, Stauber said he would take up the mantle from predecessor Rick Nolan and try to press the land swap into law.
CHISHOLM — There are few modern Christmas traditions older than the nativity scene. The first nativity scene was credited to St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 — some 300 years before Germans began to decorate the first Christmas trees with candles.
Rick Nolan emerged from the boardroom at Fitger's Inn on Tuesday to be greeted by a smiling, familiar face. "You've earned this," said Craig Olson, president of the Duluth Building and Construction Trades Council, as he presented the retiring congressman with a crisp, new lumberjack flannel. "By the way, how are you my friend?"
The captain of Duluth’s Olympic gold medal-winning curling team is bringing a national championship event to the Northland. The first 5 and Under National Bonspiel will take place Feb. 22-24 in Duluth. Five and under refers to teams made up of players with five or fewer years of experience in the game. USA Curling announced the tournament Tuesday morning.
A Duluth coffee retailer made both online and big-box breakthroughs last month, when City Girl Coffee Co. finalized agreements to be sold on Amazon and by Target stores throughout Minnesota. “And one in the state of Virginia,” owner and CEO Alyza Bohbot said. “We don’t really know how that happened, but we’ll be distributed at the Target store in Leesburg (Va.), too.”