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DRUMMOND, Wis.—Drummond in far northwest Wisconsin remained an isolated island among the floodwaters on Tuesday, June 19.. Flooded roads still blocked the routes in or out of town and dozens of residents were still stuck in their homes. And it's going to take more than one river or lake receding for life to return to normal in the flooded town of about 450 residents in Bayfield County.
SUPERIOR, Wis.—Two people died and many roads remained inaccessible after a series of storms brought flooding and washouts across northwest Wisconsin just across the border from Minnesota over the weekend. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday declared a state of emergency in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas and Iron counties
DULUTH, Minn. -- The 1,004-foot freighter American Spirit left Duluth on Monday morning after spending several hours grounded in the Duluth harbor. The investigation into the grounding, however, is still in its early stages.
DULUTH—The National Park Service announced on Thursday, June 7, that it will begin to implement its plan this year to increase Isle Royale's decimated wolf population. Park staff received the official OK from Cam Sholly, the Park Service's Midwest regional director, to move ahead with its plan to boost the island's wolf population. The park plans to move 20 to 30 wolves onto the island over the next three years beginning later this fall, Isle Royale Superintendent Phyllis Green said.
GREENFIELD, Wis.,—A new collaboration is taking shape in Wisconsin to connect firefighters to mental health resources.
ON LAKE SUPERIOR — The large container filled with mud sat on the Blue Heron's deck looking like a blob of pudding. The cold, thick mud from Lake Superior's floor stayed in place as the University of Minnesota Duluth students prodded it with their fingers. At the urging of UMD instructor Angela Sharp, they held the mud to their noses to take a whiff. Then they took a small taste of the mud.
DULUTH — Five University of Minnesota Duluth students will leave for Malaysia on Monday, April 23, to test their financial analysis skills on the world stage. The Financial Markets Program team from UMD won a spot to compete in the global finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge after advancing through the challenge's Upper Midwest competition in Minneapolis in February and the Americas Regional competition in Boston in March. UMD's team is the first from the Upper Midwest to reach the global finals.
DULUTH — Although the storm was predicted to only graze the Twin Ports with snowfall, the flakes began to fall on Sunday morning, April 15, and didn't stop. The National Weather Service reported that 8.5 inches of snow had fallen at its office in Hermantown by 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The storm was predicted to diminish in intensity on Sunday night, but even more snow was expected in some areas near Lake Superior in the overnight hours of Sunday.
CARLTON, Minn.—If visitors to Jay Cooke State Park want to use an indoor restroom, they're out of luck. The only choices now are a port-a-potty or an outhouse. The park's water line was damaged in October, leaving it without running water. But it's not the only repair needed at the park — the shower-and-restroom building is too small for the 83-site campground, the Oldenburg Point picnic shelter's deteriorating roof has shingles falling off and the Oldenburg Point restroom building still hasn't been restored since the 2012 flood.
The proposed Northern Lights Express passenger line between Duluth and Minneapolis has moved into the next phase of design and construction — and securing the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to make it a reality. "The planning is done. There is no more planning that needs to be done. Now we are ready to build," said Frank Loetterle, project manager in the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Rail Office.