HERMANTOWN, Minn. — In 28 years as a geologist working in and out of industry, Dean Peterson has done his share of field mapping. He loves the work — camping under the stars, sweaty hikes to document rock outcroppings and other phenomena throughout Northern Minnesota. His work has contributed to our understanding of the state’s terrain and slots in alongside the likes of the late University of Minnesota professor Frank Grout — “one of the best geologists in the history of mankind,” Peterson said.
DULUTH — There was a time Diana Oestreich could have never imagined going back to Iraq. But standing by her kitchen island outside Duluth last week, Oestreich was a month removed from visiting Iraq for the first time since she soldiered there in 2003-04. This time, she’d gone as a peacemaker to visit tent villages in northern Iraq, where Syrian refugees were gaining self-sufficiency by starting micro-businesses in pursuits such as soap-making and crocheting.
DULUTH — A 36-year-old man who allegedly stormed the Cirrus Aircraft security gate with his vehicle before being apprehended on a Duluth International Airport runway last Friday told authorities he was high on methamphetamine and suicidal. Christopher Lee Dunker, of Duluth, allegedly took meth an hour and a half before he began to wreak havoc at the airport, according to the criminal complaint filed in District Court in Duluth on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
DULUTH — The topic of climate change wound its way into district dourt in Duluth last month, and now a judicial referee is deciding whether a trio of protesters was justified in shutting down a local bank earlier this year in the name of environmental defense. Scot Bol, Ernesto Burbank and Michael Niemi had their case argued before Referee John Schulte in October.
DULUTH, Minn. — A 36-year-old Duluth man faces multiple felony and possible federal charges after he crashed a vehicle through the gated fence near Cirrus Aircraft early Friday, Nov. 23, before speeding onto the runway and forcing an emergency closure of the Duluth International Airport. The closure remained in place until the man was apprehended.
AITKIN, Minn. — The year was 1991. Civic and business leaders in the city of Aitkin were tired of living in a ghost town on the day after Thanksgiving. Everybody would visit home for the holiday and the town of 2,100-plus, located 85 miles west of Duluth along Minnesota Highway 210, would swell with friends and family.
DULUTH — The major party candidates in the race for the 8th Congressional District met on Friday, Oct. 26, for a radio debate, and for nearly an hour it got as tempestuous between the candidates as any point to date. It was Republican Pete Stauber and Democrat Joe Radinovich arguing and needing to be corralled by moderator Mike Mulcahy of Minnesota Public Radio.
DULUTH — Consider for a moment the possibilities that a majority of people in the 8th Congressional District 1) don't approve of government-run health care, and 2) support the policies of President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. For some, these might be hard claims to reconcile and they might dispute the information, or at least vote the other way. Others might wholeheartedly agree and say so at polls Nov. 6.
DULUTH — Despite a state opinion suggesting otherwise, St. Louis County said Wednesday, Oct. 17, it will not release the contents of campaign correspondence found in Pete Stauber's county email account. Citing state statute, the county denied on Wednesday a new round of public records requests asking to see Stauber's email correspondence with the National Republican Congressional Committee, a large Washington, D.C.-based political action group. The county continues to argue that the correspondence is between Stauber and an individual.
DULUTH—A state data practices opinion on Tuesday, Oct. 16, said campaign correspondence found in Pete Stauber's county email account ought to be reviewable by the public. "Correspondence between elected officials and organizations is not meant to be classified as private," the Minnesota Department of Administration said in a three-page memo leading up to its opinion.