Duluth
May 4
Lake Superior College instructor Dave Werner moved debris around inside a shipping container during a residential fire simulation for recruit training

More work, fewer applicants: Duluth Fire Department steps up recruiting

DULUTH – Evan Jamar didn't know what his dream job was until his dream came true."It's like waking up for Christmas every morning," he said…
Duluth
May 3
Bob Dylan played in Los Angeles in 2012.  Several events in Minnesota will honor the Nobel laureate in his 80th year.

Bob Dylan's hometowns devote year to 80th birthday celebrations

St. Louis County is expected to proclaim "The Year of Dylan."
Music
May 3
Music will return to Duluth’s scenic Bayfront Festival Park at least in time for August’s blues fest.

Duluth's Bayfront Blues Fest is back on, with limits and Louisianans

Ticket numbers are being capped for now at the 2021 festival, which will feature Tab Benoit and CJ Chenier.
Local
May 1
Matt Reed 1892-1971  Finnish immigrant Matt Reed, who was Matti Riitijoki until he was processed at Ellis Island, was a wrestler, dairy worker, logger

The larger-than-life story of Finnish immigrant Matt Reed

For more than 30 years, up until his death in 1971 at 79, he barnstormed across the country as a lay preacher.
Local
May 1
Magnet fisherman Phillip Marbut Jr. at Rivers Edge Park in Waite Park on Friday. Dry conditions have led to a red-flag warning in much of Minnesota.

Red-flag fire warning issued for much of Minnesota

At least two wildfires were reported on the Iron Range, with several homes north of Virginia, Minn., evacuated.
Duluth
April 30
A Canal Park Brewery offering is pictured along the shores of Lake Superior.

What to drink this week at Twin Ports breweries

We are launching a weekly feature to tell you about what's new at the many breweries and cideries in the Twin Ports.
Duluth
April 30
The Duluth Playhouse at the NorShor Theatre returns to in-person audiences this week with “Dancing Queens: The music of ABBA’s Mamma Mia.” The h

Live performances return to Duluth's historic NorShor Theatre

The Duluth Playhouse's main stage returns with smaller productions until its fall season begins with "Spamalot."
Music
April 30
Sarah Krueger said “it’s just so easy to escape” into nature in Duluth, a heavy influence on the Lanue album. MICHELLE BENNETT

After a long lull, Duluth songwriter Sarah Krueger re-emerges with a poetic new album as Lanue

Her new album under a new name features an all-star cast and songs inspired by change.
Music
April 30
Black Eyed Snakes will play Earth Rider Brewery on Thursday during Homegrown week.

'Unofficial' gigs add to Duluth Homegrown festival's virtual run next week

For the most part, music lovers will have to enjoy Duluth's Homegrown festival from home this year."We hate being so lame, but we don't want…
Duluth
April 29
The northern lights lit up the night sky over Lake Elora on March 13. A film about a Korean couple who travel to Minnesota to see the northern lights

Another movie shoot coming to Minnesota's North Shore

Local producer calls the region an "untapped frontier for production."
Duluth
April 29

Boy, 5, falls 70 feet to his death into Iron Range mine pit

The incident "appears to be an accident," police said.
Duluth
April 29
Five Castle Danger Brewery growlers were on display at the brewery in January chained up with a padlock to illustrate their motto of “#FreeTheGrowle

'Free-the-growler' legislation appears dead at Minnesota Capitol

Minnesota's largest breweries have pushed for lawmakers to remove a cap that prohibits them from selling growlers.
Local
April 29
A tailings basin would be put back into use at PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn.

State Supreme Court hits pause on PolyMet permit to mine

The DNR must hold a contested case hearing on the permit to mine. Environmental groups said the ruling was a major victory.
Business
April 28
This file photo shows a tailings basin would be put back into use at PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Minnesota Supreme Court hits pause on PolyMet permit to mine

DNR must hold trial-like hearing on copper mine's tailings dam proposal.
Business
April 28
This file photo shows a tailings basin would be put back into use at PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Minnesota Supreme Court hits pause on PolyMet permit to mine

Mining company and environmentalists both say the ruling was a victory.
Business
April 28
This file photo shows a tailings basin would be put back into use at PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Minnesota Supreme Court hits pause on PolyMet permit to mine

Mining company and environmentalists both say the ruling was a victory.
Business
April 28
FILE-A Pizza Hut on Central Avenue in Duluth with “Now Hiring” spray painted in it’s front window. Both job vacancies and unemployment are high

As Duluth's economy reopens, where are the workers?

"It's definitely a puzzle," said Duluth's workforce development director Elena Foshay.
Duluth
April 28
Tony Jones, his dog Crosby, and Bob Timmons paddled from Mountain Lake toward their portages to Moose Lake in 2019. Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@

Boundary Waters visits soared amid the pandemic

And the current pace of Boundary Waters reservations indicates that this year could surpass 2020, outfitters say.
Duluth
April 27
FILE-A buyer is eyeing the shuttered Verso paper mill in Duluth and is seeking millions in state support to help convert the mill to make tissue paper

State aid sought to reopen Duluth paper mill

ST Paper plans to convert the shuttered mill to make tissue paper.
Duluth
April 27
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken.

Victim, suspect missing in downtown Duluth shooting

Police say there is no current threat to the public.
Business
April 27
Heidi Zimmer at the $10 million Wild Rice Retreat she owns and is developing in Bayfield, Wis. It is her first project since striking out on her own a

Twin Cities apartment developer builds $10 million artist retreat in Bayfield

Surviving a pandemic scare, an expanded Wild Rice Retreat opens in May with 22 new lodging units on 114 acres.
Duluth
April 26
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said a department consultant will analyze data on traffic stops in part to answer demands from the local NAACP to brin

Duluth to take closer look at police race bias, traffic stops

Outside audit to examine lopsided demographics.
Duluth
April 24
Enmegahbowh: As “the only Native American who interacted between the Native population and the white establishment … and who left a written record

New book recounts history through Ojibwe missionary's eyes

As winter was about to descend in 1850, about 4,000 Lake Superior Ojibwe were forced to travel to Minnesota Territory to collect money and goods…
Colleges
April 23
FILE - At the law offices of Fafinski Mark & Johnson in 2015, former UMD women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles, softball coach Jen Banford, and hoc

Judge dismisses former coaches' discrimination claims against UMD

Women's lawsuit claimed discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
Outdoors
April 23
The proposed route for four-wheelers and others is set on existing roadways.

DNR again denies review of motorized backroad route proposal Up North

Reidents are concerned that the Border to Border Touring Route will increase traffic of high-impact vehicles on natural surface roads in remote forest lands