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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Throughout a decade of running her own photography business, Bailey Aro Hutchence had assembled plenty of custom gifts for her clients. She fell in love with the process and it paired well with her "lifelong love affair with pretty packaging," she said from her single-room studio tucked in the woods north of Duluth. "So those two factors together, this little seed was planted. And it was like, 'Hmm, you know I could spend more time doing this kind of hands-on creative work instead of being behind the computer so much,'" Hutchence said.
Minnesota regulators reiterated Thursday their support for Enbridge Energy's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline. At a meeting in St. Paul, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously denied a petition for reconsideration challenging the pipeline's 338-mile route across northern Minnesota from the North Dakota border to the Wisconsin border.
A federal safety agency hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday to provide an update on its investigation into the April 26 Husky Energy refinery explosion and fire in Superior. But the public comment portion of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's meeting inside the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Yellowjacket Union focused on one topic — the refinery's use of hydrogen fluoride, a potentially dangerous chemical used in the refining process.
A federal safety agency said safeguards at the Husky Refinery in Superior did not consider the possibility of a worn valve and were "ineffective" at preventing the April 26 refinery explosion that injured 36 people and resulted in the evacuation of much of Superior.
A steam line in downtown Duluth burst Wednesday morning, sending a steam plume at least 100 feet in the air and leaving some nearby buildings without heat and hot water. The steam line burst under the sidewalk of 100 E. Superior St. in front of the Fond-du-Luth Casino and East Superior Street Public Ramp at around 6:50 a.m., according to the Duluth Fire Department. No one was injured. The burst blew a hole in the sidewalk and strewed cobblestone bricks onto the surrounding street and sidewalk.
Several Minnesota environmental groups are appealing permits issued last month for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota.
In the year since Col. Chris Blomquist took over as wing commander of the 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota National Guard, there hasn't been much time for rest. In 2018, more than half of the 148th's 1000 mission-qualified members were deployed across the world and United States for up to 90 to 180 days at a time. On top of that, the Duluth base hosted President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on their two separate trips.
When a driver threatened Jessie Diggins, an Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing and Minnesotan native, and her training partner as they roller skied near Afton, Minn., last month, Diggins detailed the account on her blog. The post went viral, and the driver was charged with reckless driving, careless driving, disorderly conduct and nuisance on a public roadway.
Taven Woodie doesn’t have her driver’s license yet, but she’s one of the top female snocross racers in the nation. Woodie, 15, finished second in the Pro Am Women’s race at the Amsoil Duluth National Snocross at Spirit Mountain on Sunday afternoon. After taking a commanding lead early in the race and lapping many of the other racers, Woodie was edged by Megan Brodeur by .015 seconds at the finish line.
Tuesday morning was the coldest yet this month as below-average temperatures have hung around the Northland, with 16 degrees below zero recorded at Skibo in Bassett Township while Seagull Lake in Cook County reached 14 below zero. From Nov. 1-18, temperatures in the region were 8-10 degrees below average, making that period in November the 15th coldest since 1874, according to the National Weather Service. But warmer temperatures are on the way. By Thursday, highs in Duluth could rise to 30 degrees and reach 40 degrees by Friday, the Weather Service predicted.