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"Maximum service with a minimum interface" was how one resort's general manager described the way forward with summer about to kick off.
The state is allowing all stores to open as long as they file safety plans and limit capacity to 50%.
With nearby Miller Creek and a forest bordering the parking lot, the mall has seen visits from beavers, fox, rabbits and even coyotes over the years.
Without elective procedures or COVID surges, already-stressed rural health care systems are taking an extra financial hit.
Despite an explosion of cases at a Sioux Falls pork plant, the state is one of the few that has yet to impose a statewide stay-at-home order.
Crooked Spoon restaurant, two gift shops destroyed in downtown fire.
As Minnesotans work and study from home amid the pandemic, access to high-speed internet has become more important than ever. For the rural households without high-speed internet or reliable connections, keeping up has been a struggle.
As of Monday, two county residents had died from the virus out of 23 who had tested positive — including nine from a local church congregation, according to the pastor.
In towns across the state, where neighbors rely neighbors, social distancing doesn't come easy.
Northern Minnesota's Cook County usually welcomes visitors, but now wants to keep COVID-19 at bay.
Mild temps and thin ice make shippers' pitch for better ice breaking equipment a tougher sell.
Duluth opera company brings cultural experience to young students in northern Minnesota.
Intrepid trekkers get their ice cave fix, sans crowds, on the world's largest freshwater lake.
Using real-time data from GPS collars to set up trail cameras, researchers found that blueberries may play a more important role in the canines' diet than researchers had known.
Legal system teams with social services in a new St. Louis County initiative.
One of the victim's children called 911 after finding her passed out in the bathroom of their apartment.
He was once an American sports hero, a high-flying playmaker from Minnesota's Iron Range who competed with the best hockey players in the world. Now, his fall has been heartbreaking for his family and friends to see.
Alaska's Ryan Redington wins Beargrease for the second time in three years
Beargrease mushers say they admire the sport, love the dogs
Assessors are re-examining vacation properties rented out for part of the year.
Former U.S. Olympic hockey player Mark Pavelich was ordered committed to a secure treatment facility.
Duluth shop wants to offer a sustainable way to try activities.
Former hockey player Mark Pavelich awaits civil commitment decision.
The future is important to the more than 300 residential structures, hotels and other businesses that call it home, as well as the bustling shipping industry
The Minnesota DNR added the Minnesota portion of the lake to the state's zebra mussel infested waters list.
The pathways have become real estate selling points, a sign that Duluth's investments in rebranding itself as an outdoors haven are paying off.
A judge suspended the assault case against the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" hockey star.
Diocese must also open files on priests and develop plan to protect children.
Mourners helped restrain the suspect until police could arrive
The masterful maneuver took place with just over a foot of clearance.
Officials need a calm day to tow it through the pedestrian bridge.
Year after her kidnapping, parents' killings, teen is "reclaiming her life."
Hayes Scriven, who now directs a veterans historical museum in Superior, Wis., starts Nov. 1.
The proposal comes about a year after the Park Service began the controversial move of introducing more wolves to the island, bringing the wild canines in from Minnesota, Canada and the park's home state of Michigan.
Historic Edna G. tugboat needs costly repairs and maintenance
DULUTH – A former job coach working at Duluth East High School charged with possessing a machine gun conversion kit and threatening violence was…
Homeless Duluth man not charged with arson but with felony negligence.
No accelerants found in Duluth synagogue blaze; suspect is ID'd.
Three new businesses are set to open in Lincoln Park before year's end.
Investigators are knocking on doors and reviewing surveillance video in search of answers.
Bacteria have attacked rivets on William A. Irvin attraction in Duluth.
UMD researcher keeps tabs on migrating common nighthawks
"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…