DULUTH, Minn. - The first winter storm of 2017-18 came in a fury Friday, Oct. 27 — causing mayhem for municipalities and travelers across the Northland and dousing a warm fall in a coat of snow and slush.
An outpouring of support on social media speaks to the type of musician and educator Tina Thielen-Gaffey was — vivacious and talented and capable of teasing out performances from students they didn’t know they had in them. But the death of the former University of Minnesota Duluth associate music professor and choral director last weekend, described by family in her obituary as an “accidental overdose,” was a tragic end for a person who touched countless lives, said her husband.
LAKE SUPERIOR -- Commercial shipping traffic to and from Lake Superior was at a standstill Thursday, Aug. 10, after a freighter ran aground in the St. Marys River near the Soo Locks.
A Superior city councilor was arrested late Thursday and remains in Douglas County Jail facing multiple criminal charges. Graham Franklin Garfield, 26, was taken into custody by the Superior Police Department at 11:54 p.m., according to information posted on the Douglas County Detention Center Inmate Roster. Garfield is facing charges of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct offenses and an additional pending charge of operating under the influence of an intoxicant.
Janel Olesiak got a call she never wanted but will always remember last Saturday. On the other end of the line was her 19-year-old daughter, Mikayla, phoning to say everybody was alive but there’d been a crash and that Janel needed to get to the bridge over the St. Louis River on U.S. Highway 2, immediately. Mikayla was there with her dad and youngest sister in the aftermath of the three-vehicle mayhem that had occurred on a clear morning.