Duluth
January 14
St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth is tightening its visitor policy, effective Monday.

Duluth's St. Luke's limiting visitors, checking vaccination status

The regional health care provider is responding to current community spread of COVID-19.
High Schools
January 14
Proctor’s Terry Egerdahl football field in September, 2021. A Proctor football player was charged Friday for an alleged sexual assault against a tea

Proctor High School football player charged in teammate's sexual assault

Prosecutors are asking that the case be moved to adult court.
Outdoors
January 14
“We’re using all the tools we have to manage the wilderness to keep it as the amazing place that people love to visit,’’ said Forest Service s

Forest Service cuts access to BWCA to relieve crowding

About 23,000 fewer people will be allowed to enter the wilderness area this year under a reduction in the availability of entry permits.
Duluth
January 13
Forty athletes are scheduled to compete in Red Bull Heavy Metal, an urban snowboarding competition on Sunday at Cascade Park in Duluth. The stone gaze

Snowboarders converge on Duluth park this weekend

Red Bull Heavy Metal is a day-long snowboarding competition on Sunday featuring elite athletes.
Politics
January 13
Former legislator Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, died Wednesday.

Frank Moe, legislator and avid dog sled musher, dies at 56

The former northern Minnesota lawmaker died Wednesday from brain cancer, according to his family.
Duluth
January 13
(Left) TJ Jones received a free mask from Janet Kennedy, the vice president of the Duluth NAACP at their mask drive in 2020. The city of Duluth ordere

Duluth orders 30-day emergency mask mandate

The requirement is effective at 5 p.m. Jan. 14.
Duluth
January 12
Stranded anglers awaited rescue after an ice floe broke away from the Lake Superior shoreline near Duluth in 2021. The Duluth Fire Department responde

Duluth water emergencies spiked in 2021

Most rescues involved Lake Superior.
Business
January 12
Enbridge has paid over $4.5 million, via a state account, for policing costs surrounding Line 3.

Enbridge-funded state account has paid over $4.5M for Line 3 policing

Meanwhile, several hundred cases are still pending against protestors charged with trespass and other crimes.
Duluth
January 11
Ryan Redington pet each of his dogs after winning the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in January 2020. Redington’s sled dog team was hit by a snow

Elite sled dogs struck in snowmobile hit-and-run in northwestern Wis.

Musher Ryan Redington narrowly avoided collision, but two of his dogs were injured.
Duluth
January 11

St. Louis County approves $24M in bridge spending

Seventeen bridges and box culverts will be replaced by 2024.
January 11
Father Time Antiques in Duluth posted signs requiring masks outside and inside their store in 2020. On Monday, Jan. 10, the Duluth City Council reject

Duluth City Council rejects emergency mask mandate

The measure required approval by all nine councilors.
January 10

Northern Minnesota public defenders plead against reappointment of chief of staff

Some staffers sent an anonymous letter to the Minnesota Board of Public Defense imploring it not reappoint Kristine Kolar.
Duluth
January 10
The Esmond Building in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood was destroyed in a fire.

Duluth building slated for demolition destroyed in fire

The one-time Seaway Hotel most recently held low-income housing units.
January 10

Jury convicts Iron Range cop of firing gun into ground during off-duty confrontation

The defendant was a Gilbert officer at the time and a police chaplain.
Duluth
January 9
Sellers Auction held an event in Superior, Wis., on Saturday night to clean out a storage unit that contained unsold merchandise from Last Place on Ea

Auction for Duluth headshop brings out nostalgia hunters

More than 300 people turned out to sift through Last Place on Earth merchandise.
Local
January 8
The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center has announced a new singer-songwriter showcase.

Minnesota briefs: Duluth to channel Nashville with songwriting series

And Lutsen Mountains swaps hands, while keeping it in the family.
Duluth
January 7
The Duluth City Council will vote Monday on whether to reinstate a mask mandate.

Duluth council to vote on emergency mask mandate

Councilors were divided at Thursday night agenda-setting meeting.
Duluth
January 6
Politics
January 6
Supporters of the Spotlight on Democracy rallied Thursday night on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Minnesotans mark Jan. 6: 'Vote, not violence'

Events in Duluth and at the State Capitol were among more than 200 nationwide calling for swift passage of stalled federal voting-rights bills.
Duluth
January 5
A long line of people stood outside of Sven & Ole’s Pizza in Grand Marais in June, 2020. Owner Sid Backlund is selling the building.

Sven and Ole's pizza lives, but its Grand Marais home is up for grabs

The beloved longtime pizzeria at 9 W. Wisconsin St. is moving.
Duluth
January 4
Former Joynes Department Store and Ben Franklin owners Jim and Shanie Joynes stood with new owners Jessica Dean, holding son Asher, and Tyler Dean, ho

Grand Marais' landmark Ben Franklin store sold

The fourth generation of the Joynes family wasn't interested in running the 80-year-old family-run shop.
Local
January 3

Charges: Duluth high school team's bus driver extremely drunk on road

He was driving erratically, exhibiting "road rage" and speaking incoherently, according to the charges.
Duluth
January 1

Twin brothers found dead after house fire near Duluth

Their cause of death has not yet been determined.
Local
January 1
Emily Ford is only the second person to ever thru-hike the 1,200 miles of the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin during winter.

Minnesota briefs: Banff film fest to include Duluth woman's epic hike

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Duluth next weekend. The Duluth Cross Country Ski Club hosts the event in the Duluth Entertainment…
Duluth
December 31, 2021
Last Place On Earth owner Jim Carlson talked with reporters outside his head shop in Duluth in 2011 after it was raided by police. Store contents are

Auction contents of defunct Duluth novelty, record and smoke shop are nostalgic, R-rated

Sale of items from the long-closed store is Jan. 8.