Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
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An environmental group claims the Environmental Protection Agency is wrongfully withholding documents that contain staff comments on the state-issued pollution permits issued to PolyMet's copper-nickel mine proposed near Hoyt Lakes. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on behalf of WaterLegacy, the groups argue the EPA failed to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by WaterLegacy last year for the federal agency's comments on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's draft water pollution permits for the proposed mine.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and area emergency agencies said BNSF Railways waited hours to notify them about Saturday’s 40-car coal train derailment on the St. Louis River north of Cloquet and on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
Minnesota Power will likely ask state regulators to increase electric rates later this year, the Duluth-based utilities company announced Thursday morning. During a conference call announcing parent company Allete, Inc.'s fourth quarter results, Bob Adams, Allete's senior vice president and chief financial officer, said Minnesota Power will need to make up for an expected drop in revenue from expiring power sales and increasing expenses. "Given the significant revenue deficiencies, we do anticipate the need to file a rate case in late 2019," Adams said.
Environmental groups are asking Minnesota regulators to reconsider a decision to back Minnesota Power's proposed $700 million natural gas plant in Superior.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce will continue to appeal Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline, Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday morning.
Allete Inc., the parent company of Minnesota Power, has named its next president. Bethany Owen, a 16-year veteran of the company, was elected to the position by the Allete board of directors, the company announced Monday. She's the first woman to hold that role at Allete, spokeswoman Amy Rutledge said. Al Hodnik, who will remain Allete's CEO and chairman, had most recently held the title of president as well, but Owen taking over as president is part of the company's succession plan ahead of Hodnik's eventual retirement.
A group of four Catholic Workers were arrested Monday after entering a fenced-off area along Enbridge Energy's oil pipeline system in Itasca County and protesting oil industry expansion, citing the need to cut fossil fuels to curb climate change.
A Duluth man faces felony charges after allegedly attempting to solicit sex from an underage girl. Michael Robert Poukka, 32, was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he sent sexually explicit photos to and tried to solicit sex from an undercover Homeland Security Investigation special agent posing as a 14-year-old girl online. Poukka is now charged with one felony count of attempting to solicit a child for sex online and six counts of describing sexual conduct with a child online.
Shipments moved through the Port of Duluth-Superior were up for 2018. The port handled over 35.9 million short tons of cargo in 2018, up slightly from the 35.3 million tons moved in 2017, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. But it was an even stronger year for shipments of iron ore, which were up nine percent compared to 2017 and were higher than the five-year average by over 30 percent.
A federal judge is allowing to proceed lawsuits challenging a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet after a bill that would curb such legal challenges to the swap failed in Congress’ last session. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen granted motions to lift stays — a legal barrier to any future proceedings — on a lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Center for Biological Diversity and the W.J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and a separate lawsuit filed by WaterLegacy.