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CARLTON, Minn.—If visitors to Jay Cooke State Park want to use an indoor restroom, they're out of luck. The only choices now are a port-a-potty or an outhouse. The park's water line was damaged in October, leaving it without running water. But it's not the only repair needed at the park — the shower-and-restroom building is too small for the 83-site campground, the Oldenburg Point picnic shelter's deteriorating roof has shingles falling off and the Oldenburg Point restroom building still hasn't been restored since the 2012 flood.
DULUTH—More than two dozen people are facing state and federal charges stemming from their alleged involvement in what authorities say was "a large heroin trafficking network" that brought drugs into northern Minnesota.
MARICAO, Puerto Rico—Faced with going into a 1,000-foot-deep ravine to fix a power line near Maricao, Puerto Rico, Minnesota Power linemen turned to two local men for help. The men had been running their well pumps off generators to get water since hurricanes Irma and Maria cut off their power last fall, explained Dean Erdman, the line crew supervisor with Minnesota Power and part of a contingent of employees from the Duluth-based utility who have spent the past month on the island.
DULUTH, Minn. — At 21,000 feet above Minnesota's snow-covered ground, an F-16 fighter jet approached the back of a KC-135 Stratotanker. A Wisconsin Air National Guardsman, suspended on his stomach above a board covered in switches and knobs, watched the F-16 through a window at the back of the Stratotanker while using a joystick to maneuver a boom down to the F-16. Connected to the Stratotanker via the boom, the F-16's refueling began, all at a speed of 315 knots. Within minutes, the F-16 was refueled and disconnected, dipping away and out of sight.
ON THE GUNFLINT TRAIL, Minn. — Halfway across Poplar Lake on Monday morning, Jan. 29, Ingrid Pond's dog team decided it was more interested in another group of sled dogs than it was in reaching the finish line. As the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon mid-distance musher was nearing Trail Center Lodge and the end of the 120-mile race, there was an overlap with marathon mushers heading back out on the trail to Grand Portage. A north-woods traffic jam, of sorts.
BAYFIELD, Wisc.—This month's frigid weather hasn't pushed the needle toward opening the popular, ice-coated Apostle Islands mainland sea caves to the public.
Facing a $5.4 million budget shortfall next fiscal year, the University of Minnesota Duluth announced Thursday that it will make budget cuts over the next several years. The university will reduce its budget by $600,000 in fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black announced Thursday, Jan. 11, in employee town hall meetings.
DULUTH — During the month that the 148th Fighter Wing has been deployed in Puerto Rico, its ranks have grown by one with the addition of One-Eyed Juan. The yearling German shepherd-husky mix took a liking to Duluth's Airman 1st Class Krishia Baltazar and the feeling was mutual. Baltazar adopted Juan while in Puerto Rico and he arrived in Duluth on Wednesday, a few days ahead of her return from deployment, scheduled for this weekend. She said she wished she could travel with Juan to Duluth, but her mother and sister are excited to care for him until her arrival.
DULUTH — As Moose Finbar runs from rhinos, rides an elephant and hangs from a helicopter, his Duluth Pack survives each jungle adventure — and provides a convenient excuse to not save a man in the grips of a hippo's mouth. "I've got a backpack on. You don't get in the water with a backpack. Everybody knows that," states Finbar, played by actor-comedian Kevin Hart, in the upcoming movie "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."
DULUTH, Minn.—Seven veterans recently returned from a week of backpacking together in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.