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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Candidates Bernie Mettler and Paul McDonald will vie for the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners 4th District seat in November’s general election. Mettler, 55, of Embarrass, and McDonald, 60, of Ely, were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election, defeating five other candidates. The two received 1,817 and 1,633 votes, respectively, with 89 percent of precincts reporting at deadline.
The 2018 Bayfront Blues Festival ended with a flashback to the first festival in 1989 — with Bernard Allison onstage — a fitting end to the 30th annual bluesfest. Allison, who performed with his father Luther Allison at the inaugural event, has returned a few times since then. Sunday marked his fifth bluesfest appearance. "Feels good to be back," Allison told the crowd. "I remember playing Bayfront with my daddy."
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered several of the state's utility companies to return $200 million to consumers — including $18.7 million from Duluth-based Minnesota Power. That's possible thanks to lower corporate tax rates following the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act. "With respect to each regulated utility, the Commission acted to ensure that each utility's rates reflect the new, lower federal income tax rates in the cost of providing service," the PUC said in a news release Friday.
A federal judge said Tom Clarke can no longer represent himself as the owner of Mesabi Metallics and Chippewa Capital Partners. In a preliminary injunction issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sided with Nubai Global Investment in a dispute over who's in control of Mesabi Metallics, which is trying to finish a taconite mine and processing center and also build an iron plant near Nashwauk, and Chippewa Capital Partners, its parent company. Both Nubai and Clarke have claimed ownership and management of the companies since July 23.
The city of Willmar, Minn. is interested in relocating a Duluth lighthouse to the landlocked shores of Willmar Lake or Foot Lake — a 200 mile inland voyage from its current location. But that's just not possible. The Duluth Harbor South Breakwater lighthouse, built in 1901, isn't going anywhere, the U.S. General Services Administration confirmed Wednesday.
LaVerne Stone asked her high school classmates if they remembered their graduation ceremony held 75 years ago in the Duluth Armory. "It was hot and crowded," responded one attendee. "And foggy outside." Stone, who's quick to say she's 93½ years old, organized the Duluth Central High School Class of 1943's 75th reunion with classmate Betty Weatherby, also 93. "Our (reunion) committee has always been a busy one," LaVerne said. Weatherby figures they used to have 40 or 50 classmates on the reunion committee.
Nick Clattenburg first learned about airparks working out West. Just outside the city of Salem, Ore., he saw what a fly-in community could look like — a bunch of pilots living in homes next to their hangars with a runway just outside the door. "It just kind of took off from there," Clattenburg said. "That's what I wanted to live in long-term." Now he's planning to bring one to the Northland.
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa said they are willing to allow Enbridge Energy to route the new Line 3 oil pipeline through the reservation. In a letter sent to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, Sara Van Norman, an attorney representing Fond du Lac, wrote that while the band has "significant concerns about the replacement Line 3," they're considering an agreement with Enbridge to route the pipeline through the reservation.
A worn-out valve may have allowed air to contact various chemicals within equipment at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, potentially triggering the April 26 explosion, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board reported Thursday. The explosion occurred within the fluid catalytic cracking unit, which was previously reported. The "factual investigative update" released by the board offers further information on what may have caused the explosion, which injured 36 people and led to the evacuation of most of Superior. The investigation is ongoing.
When one of Dr. Susan Mulholland's students finds an artifact, it's cause for celebration. "I start dancing around," Mulholland said. "It's exciting." Mulholland, an adjunct assistant professor in anthropology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, leads a summer Field Research in Archaeology course for UMD undergraduates. At their excavation site, along a stream north of Duluth, she's been dancing a lot lately — her three-student crew finds several items per day. Some could be nearly 10,000 years old.