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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Speaking to the International Union of Operating Engineers in Crosby, Texas last week, President Donald Trump announced a pair of executive orders meant to expedite embattled pipeline projects.
An amendment that would have allowed Minnesota breweries producing more than 20,000 barrels of beer per year to continue selling growlers was dropped from the Senate's Omnibus Liquor Bill on Thursday. Karin Housley, R-St. Marys Point, introduced an amendment to bump the production cap up from 20,000 barrels to 40,000 barrels. State law currently prevents breweries that produce more than that annual cap from selling off-sale, in growlers or crowlers, out of its taproom.
Husky Energy said it will continue to use hydrogen fluoride at its Superior refinery.
Ramming through ice at the end of Canadian National Dock 6 in Duluth, Mike Ojard pushed the Helen H. tugboat as far forward as its 3,900-horsepower locomotive engine would allow, then backed up, and went at it again. The tug jolted to each side as it hit the ice, which split easily against its hull. "You've got to understand that this is a contact sport," Ojard, 73, owner of Heritage Marine, said from the cabin of his tugboat. "Our job is really to run into stuff," added Bob Hom, a Heritage Marine captain.
The first ship on the scene after the Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a 1975 Lake Superior storm is expected to return to service.
One of Enbridge's oil pipelines running through the Fond du Lac Reservation could soon be relocated underground. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday accepted an application submitted last month by the Calgary-based company detailing a plan to take 10 miles of the existing Line 4 through the reservation, which currently sits above grade but under a mound of soil, and completely move it below grade.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission again on Tuesday stood by its decisions to permit Enbridge's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. In late June, the Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted in favor of granting the project a certificate of need, but requested Enbridge make additional compliance filings, or modifications, to its plan while also requiring the company to pledge $100 million for economic opportunities to tribal members and businesses.
PolyMet on Thursday received the last permit it needs for the contentious copper-nickel mine it's planning near Hoyt Lakes.
Amid one of the worst pothole seasons for Duluth streets, researchers say an experimental patch mix using taconite tailings held up over the winter. Standing at the corner of Truck Center Drive and Chestnut Street Thursday morning, Larry Zanko, a senior minerals researcher with the University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute, kicked and poked at several of the test patches set last summer and fall. "Overall, I'm satisfied," Zanko said. "But I know that we can do better."
A vintage Duluth postcard shows beachgoers sunbathing on the sandy shores of Park Point as others wade into Lake Superior. The red mercury on a thermometer hovers at 70 degrees. "Come to Duluth," the card reads. "The air-conditioned city." Other tourism materials from that era capitalize on Duluth's proximity to the always-chilly Lake Superior. One brochure proclaims Duluth as "America's coolest summer city."