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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Regulators could decide this week whether Minnesota Power can go ahead with its plans to build a $700 million natural-gas plant in Superior. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide whether the proposed Nemadji Trail Energy Center is needed or in the public interest during a public meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Duluth City Council chambers. Minnesota Power wants to build the 550-megawatt plant with Dairyland Power Cooperative on a plot of land between Enbridge Energy's Superior terminal and the Nemadji River.
A rainy week left sections of the Spirit Mountain bike trails soggy for 800 middle and high school cyclists competing in a Minnesota High School Cycling League race Sunday. Races throughout the morning faced temperatures in the 30s, and by noon it was snowing. But Michon Harju, a first-year member on the Duluth Composite Mountain Bike Team and seventh grader at Ordean East Middle School, didn't mind.
U.S. shipping on the Great Lakes was down in September. Lakers carried 9.36 million tons of cargo last month, down 8.3 percent from September 2017 and 6.6 percent below the month's 5-year average, according to the Lake Carriers' Association, which represents 13 American companies and their 45 U.S.-flag ships. But, those lower numbers shouldn't be a cause for concern, spokespeople from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Interlake Steamship Company said.
Republican candidate Pete Stauber said Monday that PolyMet's final permits were on the way within two weeks, but both the company and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say it's not that simple. "I believe in a couple of weeks the DNR is going to hand permits to PolyMet," Stauber said at the 8th Congressional District debate against Democrat Joe Radinovich in Brainerd on Monday, referring to the more than decade-old proposal and project to mine and process copper and nickel at the former LTV Steel facility outside Hoyt Lakes.
One of the last survivors of the 1918 fires died Saturday. She was 102. Ailie Amanda Costello of Cromwell and her family, then living just north of Kettle River, had escaped the blaze that ripped through Pine, Carlton and St. Louis counties from Oct. 10-12, 1918, killing 453 people, displacing over 11,000 families and charring 1,500 square miles.
A Minneapolis man who was kicked out of President Donald Trump's Duluth rally this summer as the president mocked his hairstyle and questioned his gender is in the news again. This time, it's for repeatedly yelling "Dad!" as he was escorted out of and arrested at Trump's Oct. 4 rally at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn.
Enbridge Energy has asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission not to reconsider its June decision approving the company's Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. In a filing Friday, Enbridge attorney Christina Brusven argued the PUC should deny petitions for reconsideration filed last month by the Department of Commerce and environmental and Native American activists, which all argued the pipeline replacement is not needed.
George Perpich, a former DFL state senator from Chisholm, died last week. He was 85. With late brothers Rudy, Minnesota's longest-serving governor, and Tony, also a state senator, the three, all dentists, dominated Iron Range politics in the 1970s. George, who most recently lived in Shoreview, died from Parkinson's disease Sept. 26 at Johanna Shores, a long-term care facility in Arden Hills. George served in the state senate from 1971-1980. In 1976, Rudy told the Duluth Herald that George was the most colorful of the brothers, a good politician but a generalist.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the Husky Energy refinery explosion and fire on April 26 could have been prevented if the company had maintained its equipment and established safety procedures. OSHA delivered eight "serious" citations and $83,000 of fines on Tuesday to Superior Refining Company LLC, which owns and operates the Superior refinery but does business as Husky Energy.
Just blocks from Duluth's ore docks, where train cars sat full of iron ore pellets, crews in Lincoln Park on Thursday were using waste left behind in the production of pellets like those to fill a pothole. The project, a partnership between the city of Duluth and University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute, takes taconite tailings, the leftover rock that would otherwise sit in tailings ponds, and use them to fill potholes. If the patch holds up, the mixture could be used more and more as an alternative to typical asphalt patches.