Colleges
April 8
A statue of Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux, left, stands in front of the PPG Paints Arena, site of the Frozen Four.

You Betcha Brigade invades Frozen Four with three Minnesota teams

The semifinals start this afternoon with St. Cloud State vs. Minnesota State at 4 p.m., followed by UMD playing UMass.
Duluth
April 7

Duluth man who died in Easter Sunday fire identified

Another man died in an accidental fire at the same apartment building in August.
Duluth
April 7
Levi LaVallee was filming for Red Bull Portside in Duluth in February.

Watch: Stunt snowmobiler Levi LaVallee makes Duluth his 'playground'

The X Games gold medalist filmed stunts at iconic Duluth sites, including one that accidentally landed him in Lake Superior.
Duluth
April 7
The Grand Portage Point of Entry on the U.S. border with Canada closed to nonessential travel in March of 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19. ALEX KO

Minnesota, Canadian lawmakers search for border solutions

No "vaccine passport" for travelers to or from Canada yet.
Duluth
April 6
FILE PHOTO — Duluth Mayor Emily Larson unveiled a number of new initiatives during her address and alluded to the $60 million in federal coronavirus

Duluth mayor eyes 'a better normal' as city recovers from pandemic

Equity and sustainability were themes of Monday's state of the city address.
Coronavirus
April 5
ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com FILE-Castle Danger Brewery dumps excess beer that had gone bad down the drain in January. A new report s

Minnesota breweries drained by pandemic as on-site sales dried up

600 jobs lost, contribution to state economy slips.
Duluth
April 5
Robert Giuliani, the owner and chef of Tacos Tacos Tacos, prepared a torta in the kitchen.

After years traveling through Mexico, Duluth native opens traditional taqueria downtown

Tacos Tacos Tacos owner was inspired by street vendors in Mexico.
Duluth
April 1
A bulldozer pushed dirt along Park Point beach on Tuesday as part of an effort to raise the beach front and protect homes along the island. ] ALEX KOR

Duluth seeks long-term solution to Park Point erosion

A recent dredging project, a temporary fix, deposited old metal shards on beach.
Duluth
April 1
FILE-Snow falls as waves crash onto the shore in Canal Park in Duluth in 2019. The City Council is poised to delcare a climate emergency in the face o

Duluth City Council considers declaring climate emergency

The resolution will require city officials to outline "concrete steps" toward
Duluth
April 1
FILE-Two Duluth firefighters removed wooden boards and debris from a doorway where smoke was pouring out in the former Paul Robeson Ballroom and Kozy

Duluth sees most fires in a decade in 2020 as more people cooked at home

Fire damage in the city more than doubled from 2019 levels to $3.8 million.
Business
March 30
Between January and February, the Duluth metro area — St. Louis, Carlton and Douglas (Wis.) counties — gained 2,800 jobs, according to state figur

Workforce shortage constrains growth in Duluth area

Thousands have yet to rejoin the workforce as employers in the region seek more applicants.
Coronavirus
March 30
Andrea Crouse, left, and Miranda Pacheco at a recent COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood.

COVID-19 outreach team breaks down barriers in Duluth's most diverse neighborhood

Local nonprofit promotes health equity in diverse Hillside neighborhood.
Duluth
March 30

Cloquet man pleads guilty to shooting friend on Fond du Lac Reservation

Thomas A. Micklewright accepted a plea deal Tuesday that brings a sentence of seven years in prison.
Colleges
March 28
(Left) North Dakota Fighting Hawks forward Riese Gaber (17) and UMD Bulldogs defenseman Louie Roehl (6) fell over the boards and into the North Dakota

Minnesota Duluth wins epic NCAA hockey game over North Dakota in five overtimes

The longest game in NCAA tournament history came to a surprising end when freshman Luke Mylymok scored.
Duluth
March 26
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken

Duluth activists call on police to address racial disparities

Data show arrests, use of force target people of color disproportionately.
Local
March 26
The St. Louis County jail in Duluth (Star Tribune file photo by Alex Kormann)

Former Minnesota jail worker sues, says a corrections officer choked her in 'training exercise'

Lawsuit:  St. Louis County officer has a history of choking new employees.
Business
March 26
Theresa Thornton, a motor-coach operator for Landline, checked passengers in as they boarded at Duluth International Airport. ]

Car service expands ride options for Sun Country flights in Minnesota, Wisconsin

A partnership with Sun Country was just starting to roll when the pandemic hit.
Outdoors
March 25
While she hiked for the love of it, Emily Ford said she is glad her hike is inspiring other people. She is shown on the grounds of Glensheen Mansion,

Duluth woman on thru-hike of the Ice Age Trail in winter: 'Me being me'

Emily Ford accepts the attention on her epic winter thru-hike, even if her intent was modest. "A lot of things in my life appear," she says, "and I just say, yes."
Duluth
March 24
Darby Voeks, left, with the 29-year-old man he pulled out of frigid Lake Superior waters near the Duluth ship canal on Wednesday.

Lake Superior surfer saves man, dog from drowning in Duluth

High waves and frigid temps made the lake attractive for surfers Wednesday but potentially deadly for others.
Business
March 24
FILE-The Edwin H Gott passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth in August. A rebound in the steel industry bodes well for the Port of Duluth-Super

Strong steel demand fuels hopes for solid Great Lakes shipping season

The Port of Duluth-Superior is coming off its lowest tonnage year since 1938.
Duluth
March 24
Work continued on the Canal Park section of Duluth’s Lakewalk in early March. The rebuilt trail is scheduled to reopen by mid-June.

Duluth's Lakewalk set to reopen by Grandma's Marathon in June

Until then, officials say to keep off the unfinished trail in Canal Park.
Duluth
March 23
FILE-People line up for free lunch at CHUM Food Shelf in Duluth, MN on March 17, 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. Now the group is planning to b

Duluth's CHUM plans to purchase downtown motel for housing for homeless

The apartments would primarily serve the elderly and medically vulnerable.
Coronavirus
March 22
The Schroeder family, including patriarch John who took time in the pool with son Aiden, was among a wave of people vacationing along Minnesota’s No

North Shore spring break? Resorts see uptick in tourism

Vaccine rollout and recent warm weather may be driving more visits. Some area resorts have already sold out for Easter weekend.
Duluth
March 22
ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com The median home sale price in Duluth rose 22% in February compared to the year before.

Duluth-area home inventory drops in half, but buyers keep looking

The median sales price in Duluth jumped 22% in February to $174,000.
Duluth
March 22

Man killed in western Wisconsin mobile home explosion is ID'd

The blast destroyed two homes and damaged a third.