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  • Trump to make first public Minnesota visit today; Pence in Duluth on Monday

    11/06/2016 10:19:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | November 6, 2016 | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has said in recent days that Minnesota is his to win, will make his first public visit to the state Sunday afternoon. “We’re going up to Minnesota which, traditionally has not been Republican at all,” Trump said at a rally in Florida. “And we’re doing phenomenally. We just saw a poll.” The Trump rally will be at 2 p.m. at the Sun Country hangar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, located at 2005 Cargo Road. Gates will open at 11 a.m. Tickets are required and can be requested on Trump’s website....
  • Real Viking Ship Completes North Atlantic Crossing

    06/30/2016 11:32:36 AM PDT · by Ketill Frostbeard · 44 replies ^ | June 30, 2016 | GCaptain Staff
    The world’s largest viking ship has arrived in North America after crossing the North Atlantic Ocean on a journey from its homeport in Haugesund, Norway. The Viking ship, named Draken Harald Hårfagre, set sail from Norway with its approximately 32 crew members in late April and made stops in Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland, Canada, before making its way through the Saint Lawrence Seaway to Toronto for the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016 festival this weekend. Future stops for the Viking ship include Chicago, Green Bay and Duluth, before heading to U.S. east coast with stops in New York City...
  • UMD (University of Minnesota) Researcher Sorts Out Climate Variability from Climate Change

    03/02/2015 12:36:09 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 16 replies
    Inforum ^ | March 2, 2015 04:40 GMT | John Meyers
    ULUTH, Minn. – Research by a University of Minnesota Duluth professor that separates Earth’s natural climate variability from outside factors points in particular to greenhouse gas-induced climate change as the likely cause of the warming planet. The study found that natural climate variability probably has helped keep things cooler in recent years than they otherwise would have been due to the outside factors. The research, published Sunday in Science Magazine, was headed by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Byron Steinman, an assistant professor of geological sciences with the Large Lakes Observatory and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • UMD team’s snowmobile sweeps competition

    04/10/2014 5:43:25 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    brainerd dispatch ^ | 4-8-14 | Alysee Shelton
    DULUTH — In a competition to create a cleaner-running, quieter snowmobile, the team from the University of Minnesota Duluth reduced friction and turned heads to dominate the competition when it came to style and functionality at the 2014 Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The club walked away with the BASF Corporation Award for Innovation for the first time, as it competed against 13 to 16 schools from around the United States and Canada last month.
  • Lake Superior nearing rare ice-over

    02/07/2014 5:01:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-7-14 | John Myers
    DULUTH, Minn. -- A frigid winter is pushing Lake Superior toward a complete ice-over for the first time since 1996, though there's still a ways to go before you can skate from Duluth to the Soo Locks. Lake Superior had at least some ice across an estimated 91 percent of its surface as of Thursday, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. That compares with the 40-year average annual Lake Superior ice coverage for February of just 30 percent. George Leshkevich has been tracking Great Lakes ice for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory...
  • Inspection shuts down southbound Interstate 35 [Duluth Mn]

    11/19/2013 2:43:31 PM PST · by DManA · 19 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | November 19, 2013 | John Myers,
    Southbound Interstate 35 in Duluth was closed Monday, and will remain closed for at least a week or more after bridge inspectors found a deteriorated piling on the roadway. The damaged piling is on one of 38 supports, or piers, for the low bridge that runs from Mesaba Avenue west to near 21st Avenue West. The piling that supports the pier “was so corroded we could see through it,” Duane Hill, chief district engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, told the News Tribune.
  • Proctor Chief Turns to Citizens During Ammo Shortage (Deluth MN)

    05/10/2013 11:46:59 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    Northland's NewsCenter ^ | 05/09/2013 | Northland's NewsCenter
    A nationwide ammunition shortage has police departments across the country counting their bullets. It's no different in Proctor, where the Chief says he was told he'd have to wait months, even a year to get more ammo. . . . . With the Proctor Police Department in need of ammunition, the Chief sent out a call asking for help.
  • Clinton to campaign in Duluth; doors open 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (Minnesota)

    10/29/2012 9:55:31 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 22 replies
    Former president Bill Clinton is slated to visit the University of Minnesota Duluth campus Tuesday afternoon, making his first return visit to Duluth since Nov. 4, 1994. During his prior stop in Duluth, President Clinton went for a morning jog on Skyline Parkway with then-mayor Gary Doty and stumped at UMD for Ann Wynia in her unsuccessful congressional bid. She ultimately lost that race to Sen. Rod Grams. This time around, Clinton will lend his support to the campaigns of fellow Democrats including former Congressman Rick Nolan, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and President Barack Obama. A recent Star Tribune poll showed...
  • (Roadkill Raccoon) Along Duluth Roadside, Road-Striping Crew Delivers A Final Insult

    09/14/2012 8:41:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | September 14, 2012 | News Tribune staff,
    Along Duluth roadside, road-striping crew delivers a final insult At least one Howard Gnesen Road traveler said she wishes someone on the road crew had taken the time to clear the way before the striping truck came through this week. At least one Howard Gnesen Road traveler said she wishes someone on the road crew had taken the time to clear the way before the striping truck came through this week. Patty Donaldson of Gnesen Township said she’d seen the dead raccoon in the roadway near South Road, north of Arrowhead Road, since early this week. She said she’s been...
  • Public university to fund sexually explicit slideshow of transgender’s sexual metamorphosis

    09/11/2012 2:55:43 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 29 replies
    A public university plans to host an event in which a self-described man displays sexually explicit images of his transition from a female to male physique. The University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD), now infamous for funding controversial programs, plans to pay transsexual activist Loren Cameron an honorarium of $4,000 for his presentation “Transgender Images,” emails from the school’s administration sent exclusively to Campus Reform reveal.
  • Minn. Lawmaker Involved in Sex Scandal Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

    08/22/2012 4:33:12 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 31 replies
    KSTP-TV ^ | 08/22/2012 6:15 PM | Leslie Rolander
    Hours after releasing a statement saying he will seek re-election, a Minnesota state lawmaker who police say had a rest-stop liaison with a 17-year-old boy, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he has reconsidered his position and will not be running again. He also says he will not be at the upcoming special session to discuss flood relief for the area he represents. He says he does not want to be a distraction. In his original statement released Wednesday afternoon, 56-year-old Rep. Kerry Gauthier said, the scandal "has been an obvious tragic embarrassment to me. I am sorry for the hurt this...
  • Minnesota lawmaker in rest stop scandal says he won't drop bid

    08/22/2012 1:27:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 22, 2012 | unattributed
    A Minnesota Democrat who had a rest-stop sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy says he's still running for re-election. Democratic Rep. Kerry Gauthier told Northland's NewsCenter in Duluth on Wednesday he will let people in his district decide his political future, "rather than the political power base in St. Paul." [Gauthier also said] that he's "a better person than this incident portrayed me."
  • Projections upped for Ely mine's 'monster deposit'

    06/14/2012 11:14:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    biz journals ^ | 6-14-12 | Katharine Grayson
    Officials from Duluth Metals Ltd. say the site of a proposed mine near Ely has more metal deposits than it expected, the Associated Press reports. Duluth Metals CEO and Chairman Christopher Dundas called the area a "monster deposit" and said metals there could be worth more than $100 billion. Duluth, a Toronto company that has its U.S. headquarters in St. Paul, plans to invest $2 billion in the mine and create hundreds of jobs through its subsidiary Twin Metals Minnesota LLC. However, mining likely won't kick off for several years.
  • Duluth City Council takes stand against 'corporate personhood' ruling

    12/31/2011 11:23:42 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-11 | Peter Passi
    Duluth made history last week when it became the first city in the state to pass a resolution in support of a constitutional amendment that would essentially overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision, namely Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission. The court ruled in 2010 that corporations are entitled to the same constitutional rights as individual U.S. citizens. A majority of justices also concluded that political spending was a form of free speech and that corporations should be able to spend an unlimited sum of money to influence voters, without disclosing financial details of their activities. Although Duluth is...
  • Duluth city councilors push for vote on gay marriage issue

    12/19/2011 7:24:26 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 12/19/11 | Peter Passi
    The issue of gay marriage will come before the Duluth City Council tonight when Councilors Jeff Anderson and Sharla Gardner introduce a resolution opposing an amendment to the state Constitution that would allow Minnesota to legally recognize only opposite-sex unions. Councilor Todd Fedora criticized the resolution at a Thursday night agenda session, saying: “It has nothing to do with the city of Duluth.” The matter of whether to disallow same-sex marriage will be put to a statewide public referendum Nov. 6, 2012, and Fedora contends the city has no business telling people how to vote. He sarcastically asked whether resolutions...
  • Duluth argues free speech doesn't apply at holiday lights display

    12/18/2011 9:56:46 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 3 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-17-11 | duluth news tribune
    First Amendment rights don't apply at a bayfront Christmas attraction, the city of Duluth argued in an objection filed Friday in federal court. "Bentleyville is not a public forum, and the nonprofit is not a state actor," Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson said, reading from the city's objection. "The plaintiffs do not have First Amendment rights in Bentleyville." Federal Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois recommended this week in favor of a temporary restraining order that would permit Steve Jankowski of Duluth and Peter Scott of Hibbing to resume preaching at Bentleyville, at Bayfront Festival Park. Last year, city police told them...
  • Duluth 'ball slasher' pleads to latest break-in

    10/27/2011 12:54:24 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-26-77 | Duluth News Tribune
    Christopher Neil Bjerkness faces sentencing Nov. 29 in a felony burglary case after a plea agreement was reached Wednesday in St. Louis County District Court. Known as the "Ball Slasher," the 33-year-old Bjerkness originally pleaded not guilty to breaking into the Chester Creek Academy fitness center in May. Bjerkness has several previous convictions for breaking into facilities to slash exercise balls - an action described as a sexual fetish.
  • DULUTH: 7.5 years for felon who shot himself

    10/21/2011 11:32:00 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-21-11 | ap
    A Duluth man continued to say someone else shot him, but nevertheless pleaded for a shorter sentence Thursday by telling the court: "If I shot myself, your honor, I don't need any prison; I need a damn shrink." Judge David Johnson was unmoved and sentenced Alcide Cloutier, 35, to a longer-than-guideline prison sentence of 7-1/2 years. Last month, a St. Louis County jury rejected Cloutier's claim that he was a good Samaritan who was shot by a black man - whom he later described as a white man - while trying to help a woman in Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood in...
  • Happy 70th birthday, Bob Dylan

    05/24/2011 2:42:18 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 24, 2011 | Andrew
    Seventy years ago today, on Saturday, May 24, 1941, if you were walking the halls at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth you might have run into members of the Zimmerman family. They would have been there for the birth of Abe and Beatty Zimmerman’s first child, a son whose arrival was noted in the News-Tribune five days later:
  • Oberstar (D-MN) Loses Endorsement from Area's Largest Newspaper for the 1st Time in 30-Years

    10/28/2010 2:00:18 PM PDT · by wrrock · 7 replies
    ButAsForMe ^ | 10/28/2010 | ButAsForMe
    He just lost the endorsement of the largest newspaper in his area, The Duluth News-Tribune, for the first time in 30 years. Citing the lack of financial restraint by the incumbent, The Duluth News Tribune emphasized Oberstar’s rubber-stamp of Obama’s policies on cap and trade, health care reform, continuation of the war in Afghanistan, and the resulting increase of unemployment.
  • Backers gamble on rail line to Duluth

    10/25/2010 7:27:55 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-4-10 | paul levy
    Is a proposed passenger train line from Minneapolis to Duluth on course for a $700 million derailment? Or is it merely headed toward a $300,000 detour that could delay plans a year? Faced with competition from nine other routes seeking federal funding as well as a possible rerouting of the line's Twin Cities starting point -- to St. Paul, instead of Minneapolis -- proponents of the Northern Lights Express (NLX) have shifted gears.
  • Duluth News Tribune and Other Papers Endorse Horner(I-Mn, Not Just Taking Democrat Votes)

    10/18/2010 10:59:10 AM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies ^ | October 18, 2010 |
    With just over two weeks until Election Day, several Minnesota newspapers are endorsing the Independence Party's Tom Horner for governor. The Star Tribune's editorial board says Horner has the best chance to overcome partisan gridlock in St. Paul. The Forum of Fargo, the Duluth News Tribune and the Bemidji Pioneer also endorsed Horner Sunday. Polls have shown Horner well-behind both Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer.
  • Estimated $1 trillion in the ground, but mining critics are concerned about BWCAW (MN)

    06/21/2010 3:13:58 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 10 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 6-21-10 | John Myers
    ALONG THE SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER — Just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilder­ness, deep below the lakes and streams that have defined this area’s value for centuries, lies a fortune to be made. Everyone involved in Minnesota’s copper mining controversy agrees there’s an incredibly rich deposit of nickel, platinum, palladium, copper and other high-demand minerals under this rugged land. “The Duluth Complex is perhaps the world’s largest untapped resource of (copper, nickel and platinum group metals) with multibillion tons of geologic resources estimated to be worth more than $1 trillion,”
  • Steven Seagull returns to Duluth motel

    05/17/2010 3:04:26 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies · 652+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 5-15-10 | ap
    DULUTH — A ring-billed gull with a taste for doughnuts has returned for the ninth straight year to the Super 8 motel in Duluth, and he’s brought some friends. The Duluth News Tribune reported that the bird, known at Steven Seagull, still taps on the glass door of the motel every morning looking for doughnuts.
  • Duluth, Mn. Residents Attack Honor Guard For Posting Colors

    04/20/2010 8:43:28 AM PDT · by scoobysnak71 · 21 replies · 1,411+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | pril 20 2010 | John Marshall
    As commander of the Duluth Combined Honor Guard, I have received a number of complaints, belligerent rants and slanderous remarks from our community after the guard posted the colors at the Tea Party rally Thursday in Bayfront Festival Park. The guard posted the colors during the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and during the National Anthem. The responses I’ve received have been intolerable and unfounded. People really need to inform themselves about the intentions of our honor/color guard before becoming irrationally reactionary.
  • Woman pleads not guilty to abortion clinic knife assault

    12/17/2009 3:27:21 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 12 replies · 593+ views
    A Superior woman accused of holding a knife close to the neck of an anti-abortion demonstrator outside of Duluth’s Building for Women last month pleaded not guilty to an assault charge today in St. Louis County District Court. Mechelle Tallulah Hall, 26, is charged with second-degree assault in the alleged Nov. 24 incident. At her initial appearance, last month, Hall told the court, “I know what I did was wrong.” Hall waived a hearing to challenge evidence against her. Judge John DeSanto scheduled Hall’s next hearing for Feb. 16 with a trial scheduled for Feb. 23. The defendant is accused...
  • Duluth company makes donation to enjoy Bentleyville lights guilt-free

    12/10/2009 2:02:31 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies · 516+ views
    duluth new tribune ^ | 12-10-09 | John Myers
    Duluth architecture firm donates $5,000 for credits to offset carbon from the Bentleyville light display
  • Holy Father names new bishop for Diocese of Duluth

    10/15/2009 2:27:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 311+ views
    cna ^ | October 15, 2009
    Pope Benedict / Bishop Sirba Duluth, Minn., Oct 15, 2009 / 10:34 am (CNA).- On Thursday morning, Pope Benedict named Msgr. Paul D. Sirba, currently vicar general and moderator of the curia in St. Paul and Minneapolis, as the ninth Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota, filling the position left vacant when Bishop Dennis M. Schnurr was appointed as coadjutor of Cincinnati, Ohio in October 2008.Two other bishop's appointments were also announced by the Vatican today: Fr. Fernando Isern as Bishop of Pueblo, Colorado and Msgr. Robert C. Evans as auxiliary of the Diocese of Providence, R.I.According to the Diocese of Duluth, Bishop-elect...
  • Man With Workout Ball-Slashing Fetish Charged (More MN Weirdness!)

    07/20/2009 2:32:18 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 23 replies · 609+ views
    The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says a man with a self-professed sexual fetish for slashing rubber balls was arrested and has appeared in court. Police started looking for 31-year-old Christopher Bjerkness after surveillance tape allegedly showed him breaking into a fitness clinic in May and slashing exercise balls. Duluth Police said Bjerkness was arrested after he called them from Holiday Mall to surrender and that he now faces burglary charges. Authorities are familiar with the Bjerkness. A criminal complaint released last week says he was convicted in 2005 of breaking into a sports facility at the University of Minnesota...
  • Car Thief Nabbed After Calling 911 To Brag ( Duluth, Minnesota )

    03/01/2009 10:40:19 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 837+ views
    CBSNews...KBJR ^ | March 1, 2009
    A Duluth man is behind bars after allegedly stealing a car and repeatedly calling 911 to brag to police that they would not catch him. A police officer spotted the stolen car about 2 a.m. Friday and chased the man, who crashed into a guardrail but then turned off his lights and sped away. Police soon found the car abandoned. Shortly after that, the man allegedly began calling 911 from a cell phone and telling dispatchers he would not be caught because he was "smarter than the police." But about two hours later, a man called 911 to report a...
  • Thief nabbed after boasting (he was)'smarter than the police'

    03/01/2009 7:09:44 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 8 replies · 641+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 3/01/09 | Story via Duluth News-Tribune
    A Duluth man is behind bars after allegedly stealing a car and repeatedly calling 911 to brag to police that they would not catch him. Police say the 23-year-old man stole gas from a gas station late Friday, then fled in a car he allegedly stole earlier in the night. A police officer spotted the stolen car about 2 a.m. Friday and chased the man, who crashed into a guardrail but then turned off his lights and sped away. Police soon found the car abandoned. Shortly after that, the man allegedly began calling 911 from a cell phone and telling...
  • Duluth woman, 64, recovers after hours exposed to cold

    01/08/2009 8:15:26 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies · 747+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 1-8-09 | ap
    A 64-year-old Duluth woman whose heart almost stopped beating and whose body temperature dropped to a dangerous 60 degrees after she was stuck in the cold for hours has survived — and her recovery amazed doctors. Janice Goodger slipped in snow on the afternoon of Dec. 27 and wasn't found until hours later. Near death, she was taken to St. Luke's hospital. One emergency room doctor said her body was as cold as he's seen.
  • 'Perfect' UMD Bulldogs win football title

    12/13/2008 6:26:38 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 9 replies · 482+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 12/13/08 | Greg DeWalt - Staff Reporter
    Ted Schlafke's second trip to Alabama turned into what the Minnesota Duluth quarterback called the best memory of his life late Saturday afternoon at Braly Municipal Stadium. Schlafke and the Bulldogs completed a perfect season with the perfect ending, winning the school's first Division II football championship, beating Northwest Missouri State 21-14 in a game that wasn't that close until the end. Schlafke, UMD's All-America quarterback, was instrumental in the victory, throwing two touchdown passes while managing the game in near flawless fashion. Combined with a stifling defense that came up with four turnovers, the Bulldogs celebrated a 15-0 season...
  • Duluth brewhouse offers beer delivery

    06/05/2008 4:56:21 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies · 193+ views ^ | 6/5/08 |
    Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth is updating the old concept of the milkman for beer drinkers. The brew pub says it's the first in Minnesota to offer home delivery of growlers -- half-gallon jugs of fresh beer. The pub plans for weekly and daily routes through Duluth. Brewmaster Dave Hoops says the company will drop off the beer and take the empties away, sort of like and old-time milkman. The growlers are $14 each, or $11 for a replacement. There's a special introductory charge of $1 per delivery, but Hoops says with today's gas prices that will go up. The pub...
  • Duluth (Minn) 'just a different town nowadays' - Gangs and Crime Rising

    10/09/2006 7:30:37 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 26 replies · 1,873+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 10/09/06 | Chuck Haga - Staff Reporter
    Jennifer Randa didn't need to see the official numbers released this month by the Duluth Police Department: crime up nearly 20 percent from 2004 to 2005, with drug crime more than doubling and violent crimes up by 32 percent. From the Union Gospel Mission, where she helps provide meals and clothing to the homeless, Randa monitors the daily fistfights and street prostitution, the bustling drug trade and random vandalism sapping life in the city's Central Hillside neighborhood.
  • Contortionist's act gets police officer bent out of shape

    07/11/2006 3:39:55 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 2 replies · 353+ views
    Duluth police issued a citation Thursday night after watching a live contortionist onstage at a troubled historic theater — an act the officer says violated a new state law on adult entertainment. The citation was issued on the only recent night that adult entertainment was offered at the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth. "We're back to being just a bar for now,'' said Jim Gradishar, a Duluth adult bookstore owner who also is managing the bar business in the NorShor, which is owned by Duluth physician Eric Ringsred. Gradishar said he believed the Thursday night act was not in violation...
  • Duluth Enacts Civic Ecology(becomes an "Eco Municipality.")

    06/28/2006 1:41:34 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 16 replies · 352+ views ^ | 6-27-06 | ap
    Duluth, Minn. Duluth has become the third U.S. city to become an Eco Municipality. Ashland and Washburn enacted the Swedish-born sustainability program last year. The Duluth City Council passed a resolution last month pledging to move toward four basic principles of sustainability: use fewer natural resources, use fewer man-made or synthetic chemicals, cause no additional degradation to the Earth and meet all human needs.
  • The Next Retirement Time Bomb

    12/11/2005 9:55:55 AM PST · by MRMEAN · 34 replies · 1,712+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 11 | By MILT FREUDENHEIM and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    SINCE 1983, the city of Duluth, Minn., has been promising free lifetime health care to all of its retired workers, their spouses and their children up to age 26. No one really knew how much it would cost. Three years ago, the city decided to find out. It took an actuary about three months to identify all the past and current city workers who qualified for the benefits. She tallied their data by age, sex, previous insurance claims and other factors. Then she estimated how much it would cost to provide free lifetime care to such a group. The total...
  • Duluth mayor cited in drunk driving crash near Spooner

    12/10/2005 4:19:47 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 20 replies · 803+ views
    wbay tv ^ | 12-10-05 | ap
    SPOONER, Wis. Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson crashed his car near Spooner last night and was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol. The Wisconsin State Patrol says Bergson suffered minor cuts to his face and was taken to the Spooner Health Center after his vehicle struck a guard rail along U-S Highway 53 on his way to a conference in Chicago. Bergson says in an e-mail to reporters that he was charged with operating while intoxicated. He says he made a, quote "terrible error in judgment when I got behind the wheel." Duluth City Councilor Russ Stewart says he...
  • Plastic deer threatened in city hunt

    09/26/2005 3:31:18 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 89 replies · 1,908+ views
    duluth news trib ^ | 9-26-05 | Jim Heffernan
    Homeowners who decorate their yards with life-sized plastic deer are complaining the sculptures are being damaged by those stalking real deer during Duluth's special season for bowhunters. "My decorative doe, Felicity, had an arrow sticking out of her hind quarter," Orval Pussywillow of Hunter's Park complained yesterday. "This has got to stop. We paid good money for our beautiful deer." Pussywillow said his four plastic pink flamingos and a lawn ornament depicting the posterior of a fat woman bending over were unmolested.
  • More than 100 cats seized from woman's home

    08/04/2005 1:10:27 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 27 replies · 609+ views
    KARE 11/AP ^ | 8-4-05 | AP
    More than 100 cats have been seized from a woman's home in Duluth's West Duluth neighborhood. The Duluth Animal Control and Animal Allies are asking for the public's help in finding homes for the cats. There are too many to be housed at the local animal shelter. People can adopt the cats or be foster owners until space becomes available at the shelter. Authorities say the cats seemed to be OK and had enough food and water. The woman living with the cats was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Authorities seized the cats after a complaint by the...
  • Runaway Bride Makes Crime Pay - (Jennifer Wilbanks seals $500,000 book deal; pays Duluth, GA.$13K)

    06/21/2005 4:10:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 44 replies · 2,783+ views
    Remember Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks? How could any of us forget the fleeing fiancée, considering the wall-to-wall media coverage we had to endure. Well, now after pleading no contest to faking her own kidnapping, Wilbanks has been sentenced to probation and community service. She's also been fined $2,550 and is repaying the city of Duluth, Georgia, $13,250 towards the $40,000 search tab. In addition, Wilbanks is receiving treatment at a mental health facility. Oh, yeah, did I mention that she's just snagged a book and TV deal for a reported half-million dollars? That's right. According to the New York Post,...

    06/18/2005 11:04:06 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 73 replies · 2,403+ views
    AROUND THE NATION, A RISING TIDE:COMMUNITIES CLAMOR FOR ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION In Duluth, Minnesota this afternoon, the bells will be ringing. Duluth's citizens are not alone in demanding action. Washington D.C. – In states throughout the nation, the extreme gun lobby and their willing accomplices in public office are getting stiff reactions to their hard-headed refusal to support reasonable steps to protect the safety of American families. Some of those responses: In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Monday, two Senators received a frosty reception for offering no genuine response to combating what has been a terrible year of gun violence. In...
  • Should We Let Slide the Goggle-Eyed Bride? - (too funny!)

    05/08/2005 1:46:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 110 replies · 3,622+ views
    Never has our nation been more united than in our current consensus that Jennifer Wilbanks is officially coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs. I’m talkin’ coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs. Y’know, we can’t seem to harmonize over Iraq, judicial nominees, or what to do with social security, but we have formally joined in one accord and have spewed our national coffee over the goggle-eyed runaway bride, aka, Jenny from Georgia. It seems as if this Georgia peach has officially begun to turn. For what it’s worth, here’s what I propose we require of this damsel who’s hanging on by a thin wire: 1....
  • Runaway bride runs into legal complications

    05/04/2005 7:53:08 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 39 replies · 1,175+ views
    CFP ^ | May 4, 2005 | Michael M. Bates
    I don’t purport to be an authority. But it seems to me having as many bridal showers as Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky has had marriages is an obvious red flag. Things are spiraling out of control. Weddings have a way of doing that. Almost everyone, even those remotely involved, has a suggestion or two. The bride and groom, trying to satisfy as many people as possible, often end up making arrangements they really aren’t happy with. The result is what should be a joyful celebration turns into a nerve-racking, embittering experience. This week’s adventure...
  • Wedding stress can take a toll - (excuses for Wilbanks' caper...oh, for pete's sake!)

    05/02/2005 6:27:00 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 59 replies · 1,461+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | APRIL 30, 2005 | Staff
    'It's like being stuck in a river getting whisked over a waterfall' ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- On the surface, Jennifer Wilbanks was a happy bride-to-be who showed no sign to friends or family that she wanted to call off her extravagant wedding. But underneath, as she would later tell police after running away to New Mexico, Wilbanks was scared and not sure she wanted to go through with her big day. Marriage counselors say Wilbanks' actions are an extreme but understandable reaction to the stress of the wedding and the fear of disappointing others by backing out. "Sometimes it's like...
  • Runaway Hoax-(Jennifer Wilbanks "psychoanalyzed;" it's a matter of character, after all, isn't it?)

    05/01/2005 2:51:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 105 replies · 4,267+ views
    Those who subscribe to the retro and misguided theories of 20th century psychology believe there is no age at which a person is accountable for his or her actions. No matter how egregious, premeditated, arch or criminal, there is always a mitigating "reason" – which in the "non-judgmental" world of psychobabbling therapists can never be deemed wrong or evil or stupid or a matter of bad character. That reason, the thinking goes, can be traced back to one's childhood and especially one's parents. And no matter how many years or decades have elapsed, no matter what the influence of peers,...
  • Georgia Bride-to-Be Vanishes

    04/27/2005 1:44:26 PM PDT · by halieus · 169 replies · 4,837+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 27, 2005 | Liza Porteus
    DULUTH, Ga. — Local police are investigating the disappearance of a Georgia woman who is supposed to get married on Saturday. Jennifer Wilbanks has not been seen since she went jogging in Duluth, Ga., Tuesday night, Gwinnett County police said. Wilbanks, 32, described as 5-foot-8, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, was last seen in the downtown Duluth area at 8:30 p.m. She was wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue sweatpants and blue New Balance running shoes. Her fiancé, John Mason, said Wilbanks left the house around 8:30 p.m. for her jog "in good spirits" and said she would...
  • Explosion causes more than $600,000 in damage to Duluth rink (Exploding Zamboni)

    12/20/2004 6:15:40 PM PST · by O.C. - Old Cracker · 11 replies · 670+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | December 20, 2004 | A.P.
    DULUTH, Minn. - Investigators were trying to determine on Monday the cause of the Sunday night explosions that destroyed a local ice arena and injured several broomball players and fans. People inside the building said they suspected the explosion came from a room containing an ice-grooming machine, which are often known by the brand name Zamboni. Fire Chief John Strongitharm said after the initial blast in the room, there were at least two subsequent explosions. He thought they were caused by propane tanks stored near the ice-groomer. Ice grooming machines often use the flammable gas as fuel. Strongitharm estimated the...
  • Zamboni explodes; fire destroys arena

    12/20/2004 8:26:41 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 115 replies · 3,640+ views
    MPLS Star & Sickle ^ | 12-20-04 | Larry Oakes
    DULUTH -- A Duluth hockey arena was destroyed and at least two people suffered minor injuries Sunday night after a Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine exploded during a broomball game, starting a major fire and sending players and spectators fleeing. "It looked like the Zamboni doors flew off onto the ice," a player told KDLH-TV in Duluth, referring to the doors of the enclosure in which the Zamboni sat while waiting to go on to the ice. The explosion happened about 9:40 p.m. at Peterson Arena, 3501 Grand Av. in west Duluth. The witness said the explosion started ceiling insulation on fire,...