I’ve wondered who on Earth wanted to live on an island in the harbor.
Report: A dead cougar turned up over the weekend in Pope County. Biologists say the cougars are likely young males looking for lady cats, and wandering in from the western Dakotas. There’s still no evidence mountain lions are staying, or reproducing in Minnesota.
Four Lions, a “terrorism comedy” which got a lot of buzz after screening in the Sundance Film Festival, opens in Minnesota, not in Minneapolis or St. Paul, but in Duluth.
A major fund raising drive is underway to help clean up the site of the former Pioneer Mine in Ely and preserve the buildings there to become the Ely Arts and Heritage Center. The complex across from the Grand Ely Lodge near Shagawa Lake is what remains on the surface of the underground Pioneer mine. Read more →
Perhaps you’ve seen the Seinfeld episode of the horrible smell that just wouldn’t go away – the smell that no amount of washing could remove. I now have some idea what inspired that show – a skunk. For it was a skunk that I encountered early on a recent morning; and the memory lingers still Read more →
Two reports came out this week demonstrating the resurgence in shipping from Great Lakes ports, including the Port of Duluth-Superior. With three months to go before ice closes the shipping season, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority reports tonnage shipped so far up 25 percent from the same period the year before. As a whole, St. Read more →
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior’s North Shore is celebrating its 125th anniversary this weekend. Proprietors say its Minnesota’s oldest resort. The resort opened in 1885, many years preceding a road up the North Shore. The property was first a homestead for Swedish immigrant Charles Axel Nelson, who named the property “Lutsen.” Travelers heading up the Read more →
The Virginia Regional Medical Center, in the Iron Range city of Virginia, has been struggling for a couple of years. The city-owned hospital is on track to lose $2.4 million this year, according to the Mesabi Daily News. It lost another $1 million between 2008 and 2009. I reported on the hospital’s struggles and those Read more →
A prime weekend approaches for leaf watching
Bolstered by federal and local grants to aviation, Cirrus Aircraft is holding a three-day symposium this week in Duluth with more than 250 service, training, and vendor partners. Cirrus Spokesperson Valerie Blanchenay said company officials will update their partners on the state of the business and discuss 2011 planning. MPR blogger Bob Collins noted a Read more →