HERMANTOWN, Minn. — In 28 years as a geologist working in and out of industry, Dean Peterson has done his share of field mapping. He loves the work — camping under the stars, sweaty hikes to document rock outcroppings and other phenomena throughout Northern Minnesota. His work has contributed to our understanding of the state’s terrain and slots in alongside the likes of the late University of Minnesota professor Frank Grout — “one of the best geologists in the history of mankind,” Peterson said.
DULUTH — There was a time Diana Oestreich could have never imagined going back to Iraq. But standing by her kitchen island outside Duluth last week, Oestreich was a month removed from visiting Iraq for the first time since she soldiered there in 2003-04. This time, she’d gone as a peacemaker to visit tent villages in northern Iraq, where Syrian refugees were gaining self-sufficiency by starting micro-businesses in pursuits such as soap-making and crocheting.
DULUTH — The topic of climate change wound its way into district dourt in Duluth last month, and now a judicial referee is deciding whether a trio of protesters was justified in shutting down a local bank earlier this year in the name of environmental defense. Scot Bol, Ernesto Burbank and Michael Niemi had their case argued before Referee John Schulte in October.
DULUTH, Minn. — A 36-year-old Duluth man faces multiple felony and possible federal charges after he crashed a vehicle through the gated fence near Cirrus Aircraft early Friday, Nov. 23, before speeding onto the runway and forcing an emergency closure of the Duluth International Airport. The closure remained in place until the man was apprehended.
AITKIN, Minn. — The year was 1991. Civic and business leaders in the city of Aitkin were tired of living in a ghost town on the day after Thanksgiving. Everybody would visit home for the holiday and the town of 2,100-plus, located 85 miles west of Duluth along Minnesota Highway 210, would swell with friends and family.
DULUTH — The major party candidates in the race for the 8th Congressional District met on Friday, Oct. 26, for a radio debate, and for nearly an hour it got as tempestuous between the candidates as any point to date. It was Republican Pete Stauber and Democrat Joe Radinovich arguing and needing to be corralled by moderator Mike Mulcahy of Minnesota Public Radio.
DULUTH — Consider for a moment the possibilities that a majority of people in the 8th Congressional District 1) don't approve of government-run health care, and 2) support the policies of President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. For some, these might be hard claims to reconcile and they might dispute the information, or at least vote the other way. Others might wholeheartedly agree and say so at polls Nov. 6.
DULUTH — Despite a state opinion suggesting otherwise, St. Louis County said Wednesday, Oct. 17, it will not release the contents of campaign correspondence found in Pete Stauber's county email account. Citing state statute, the county denied on Wednesday a new round of public records requests asking to see Stauber's email correspondence with the National Republican Congressional Committee, a large Washington, D.C.-based political action group. The county continues to argue that the correspondence is between Stauber and an individual.
DULUTH — Sometime a couple years ago, Paul Kellner and his family noticed they'd lost a canoe to either thieves or Lake Superior. Sometime during Wednesday's storm, the canoe returned to Kellner's Park Point lakeside beachfront. One of Paul and Deb's two teenage sons came bounding into the house amid the gales to pronounce, "Dad, the canoe's back!" "It's the weirdest thing," Kellner said on Thursday, Oct. 11, laid up in his living room overlooking a chocolate Lake Superior still rolling with waves.
DULUTH —His materials from a brush with history were splayed out on a kitchen table, Duluth's Pat Shaw singled out a group photo filled with his fellow photographers — some from the Navy and others from media outlets, such as National Geographic and the Associated Press. The capsule from the historic moon landing, Apollo 11, is prominent in the background with its shield of gold foil battered but gleaming. "The test I always have is, 'Find me,'" Shaw said.