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"It really is just an important piece of the ecosystem for the wetlands in this region," said Matt Steiger, the St. Louis River's Area of Concern coordinator for the Wisconsin DNR.
Projects costing more than $300 million are underway to restore the estuary, which was put onto a list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern three decades ago.
Reporter gets an up-close look at what will be on display this weekend at Duluth Airshow.
Community fundraisers included a garage sale.
Opening dams in the East could thwart flooding but hurt shipping in Duluth.
People thought Gerry Spiess was crazy to try to sail across the Atlantic in the tiny vessel he meticulously crafted out of plywood and fiberglass and called Yankee Girl.
After several years of high water on the Great Lakes, residents and governments are scrambling to figure out what to do to combat Mother Nature's wrath.
While the grind of an election campaign is well behind him and his hair is now white, he's still engaged and the demands on his time don't stop.
Duluth vessel equipped for fire, medical, environmental response
Project has raised public concern because of Seth Jeffs' past.
Much of Minnesota got a Memorial Day soaking, with spots in the southeast corner of the state getting hit by tornadoes. The National Weather Service…
"You are the embodiment of evil," Barron County District Judge James Babler told the kidnapper of Jayme Closs and the murderer of her parents. Closs' statement called Patterson "a coward."
Wisconsin man pleaded guilty to killing the teen's parents and abducting her.
It's the friendships formed through hockey that help keep him going, says Mark Sertich, who was honored Thursday and still suits up with a local hockey club.
When the multipurpose room is added, the building will double in size.
Smart, who also survived a lengthy kidnapping as a teenager, offered praise and advice to Jayme Closs' hometown of Barron.
Cook County looks to license short-term tourism properties.
While expectations for winter travel have changed over the decades, the dangers from snow and ice haven't.
Officers arrived to find a white or tan horse hoofing it through various rooms as police watched through windows from the outside.
Overall, tourism tax revenue was up 4.7 percent from the year before.
Jake T. Patterson did not enter a plea to charges that could imprison him for life if convicted. His next court date was scheduled for March 27.
American Airlines announced two daily direct flights from Duluth International Airport to O'Hare, and two coming from the Windy City.
New apartment building, medical center will rise near each other.
But additional charges could still be filed against the man accused of abducting Jayme Closs and murdering her parents last October.
Blackduck school board clears yearbook photo after discussion.
Few details of what happened in Jake Patterson's cabin have been released. They might be shielded to protect Jayme Closs.
The randomness of a meticulously planned crime has shaken residents of Barron, Wis.
The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl told authorities that the suspect first killed her father at the front door of their house, and then broke down the door to the bathroom where she and her mother were hiding.
Wisconsin authorities said Jayme Closs was abducted by 21-year-old Jake T. Patterson, who is being charged with murder and kidnapping. She was reunited with her family. "It's amazing, the will of that 13-year-old girl to survive and escape," Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.
Elated residents couldn't help but gush after the teen's 88 days away.
There are about 30 students in Denfeld High School's new class, promoted especially to students of color and designed to encourage students to think critically about the history of educational inequity and show them how they can become part of the solution through a career in teaching — preferably right back in the Duluth school district.
With no end in sight for the stalemate in Washington, leaders in Minnesota are scrambling to figure out what, exactly, will be disrupted and when.
Elizabeth "Betty" Scheurer was practically unflappable.As a pioneer in critical care nursing for open-heart surgery patients and a mother of four whose husband frequently traveled…
Lake Place Park sits over Interstate 35 and connects Lake Superior to Duluth’s historic downtown. Soon, community leaders say, it will connect cultures and people,…
The Lake Superior city has been hurriedly armoring tree trunks with chicken wire and strategizing at council meetings about their furry foes.
The Lake Superior city has 'plenty of that legendary Minnesota nice,' says New York Post.
A new festival is promoting the Arrowhead's nighttime views.
Jared Scheierl was 12 years old when Danny Heinrich abducted and molested him in January 1989, nine months before he kidnapped and killed Jacob Wetterling.
The appeal cites a brief closure of the trial to the public.
Daniel Rassier, wrongly named as "person of interest," is suing Stearns County for defamation.
The volunteers' assignment was to look for evidence of her disappearance and clues behind the killing of her parents.
The gales of October are proving to be quite expensive for the city of Duluth. The Oct. 10 storm that whipped up a frenzy of…
The Barron County sheriff said 13-year-old Jayme Closs was in the home when her parents were shot and killed. She has been missing ever since.
When black students at the University of Minnesota sat down to negotiate with President Malcolm Moos in 1969 after they effectively shut down the school's…
As the owner of a Duluth music venue, Bob Monahan understands that many touring musicians need inexpensive places to sleep. That was becoming less and…
Gusts topped 50 mph while snow was forecast in north-central region.
In the minds of many opposing the nomination, the confirmation is not just about one situation, not just about victims being heard and believed. It's about the next step.
Duluth and Superior are among the regional cities seeing a boom after environmental restoration efforts.
Don Gudmundson stunned the state with a blunt critique of the 27-year child abduction investigation and its perplexing blunders.
Underground walk focuses on the science behind ore mining
A man and woman in southern Minnesota have been charged with child neglect after telling authorities they dropped off a 5-year-old boy in the woods…
A series of traffic signals in southern Minnesota have disappeared in recent years, casualties of low volumes of vehicles, modern state standards and aging infrastructure expensive to replace.
In hopes of establishing the Lake Superior port city as a destination for passenger ships, the city and local agencies are investing in port infrastructure.
Crews digging near an intersection in Duluth in preparation for future road construction came across 55 coffins — all believed to be empty — as…
University student's research involves scaring away hungry birds.
Six Mile Lake Road is a two-track, overgrown and muddy thoroughfare — a place better suited to off-road vehicles.
Even into her 90s, Doris Clegg wouldn't finish the milk at the bottom of a glass.That was where the dirt settled during the storms of…
Listeners near and far have come to appreciate the little community station broadcasting on the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead.
Susan Schurke was proud that Wintergreen Northern Wear was chosen but also a bit conflicted.
The laws that made it illegal to panhandle or sleep in a car hadn't been enforced lately.
Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player who was paralyzed in a game in 2011, raised hope in his recovery Monday when he posted video showing him slightly moving his toes on command.
Opposition to the proposed Border to Border Touring Route has mushroomed in places.
Officials apologized for heeding weather report, postponing original event.
Water and air quality are among their worries.
Renting out cabins has become so popular in Cook County that officials are now reconsidering how they are taxed. But property owners say even if they are often booked, they're not raking in cash.
Investigators say Rick Duncan admitted writing anonymous, threatening letters to coerce a female employee.
The American Indian burial mounds have been closed since 2002
The U.S. Coast Guard deemed the red-roofed structure "excess" to their needs.
Ten Below Coworking boasts the city's first fiber-optic broadband-connection available to the public.
While it was already a violation of the city's zoning code to occupy a recreational vehicle in a backyard, the new ordinance spells it out clearly for rentals.
Officials said some leaked into local sewer system.
Sediment buildup is making things difficult for boaters as well as local aquatic life, so a grass-roots group is working on changes.
Slip cleanup, paint job will mean moving the William A. Irvin
The 81-year-old showed an interest in people's lives, families and hobbies, friends said.
The stress and anxiety left by the storms still plagues young people who have seen their homes destroyed, families uprooted and futures shaken.