Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
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DULUTH -- When a driver threatened Jessie Diggins, an Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing and Minnesotan native, and her training partner as they roller skied near Afton, Minn., last month, Diggins detailed the account on her blog. The post went viral, and the driver was charged with reckless driving, careless driving, disorderly conduct and nuisance on a public roadway.
DULUTH—The city of Willmar, Minn., is interested in relocating a Duluth lighthouse to the landlocked shores of Willmar Lake or Foot Lake — a 200-mile inland voyage from its current location. But that's just not possible. The Duluth Harbor South Breakwater lighthouse, built in 1901, isn't going anywhere, the U.S. General Services Administration confirmed Wednesday, Aug. 8.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.—A day after earning back mineral leases for one of his proposed mining operations, Tom Clarke learned he could be losing the mineral leases for his other mining company. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sent a notice of termination on Thursday, July 12, to ERP Iron Ore, Clarke's company that is trying to revive the bankrupt Magnetation operations in Grand Rapids after the company fell $34,200 behind in payments for five mineral leases near the Plant 4 site, according to Barb Naramore, an assistant commissioner with the DNR.
ST. PAUL — For some Northland residents, the approval of a new oil pipeline was reason to celebrate. For others, it was reason to grieve. As Public Utilities Commission members indicated their support for the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline Thursday afternoon, June 28, pipeline opponents poured out of the hearing room in tears, embracing each other. "It's bringing out those emotional responses from people who have been traumatized over generations," Anna Marie Yliniemi of Duluth said as she watched people exit the hearing room.