Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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After saving lives during a distinguished career as a surgeon, Duluth's Per Wickstrom devoted much of his retirement to making lives better. Wickstrom, who lost an 11-year battle with prostate cancer on Dec. 29 at age 75, is being remembered as a great surgeon, a giving man and talented artist who touched many lives in the Duluth community. "He was very generous, very supportive of me, very open and loving in all ways," said Lee Stuart, executive director of CHUM, the Duluth nonprofit that benefited from the extensive volunteer efforts of Wickstrom and his wife, Elaine.
Authorities are investigating a break-in at North Shore Community School in Duluth Township. The alarm at the school went off around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when a window was broken on the attached greenhouse at the school, according to St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. The school was cleared by a police K-9; no one was found inside. According to the Sheriff's Office, nothing was reported missing as of Tuesday afternoon. Evidence was collected at the scene, and authorities plan to meet with school officials to discuss the possibility of surveillance video.
Sen. Tina Smith met with retired Teamsters on Saturday morning to talk about a proposed solution to the problems facing their pensions. The Teamsters Smith met with are part of Central States Pension Fund, which is on its way to being insolvent as it pays out $3.46 for every one dollar it takes in. There are 21,000 members in Minnesota affected by this, with 3,624 of them in the Eighth District, according to Sherman Liimatainen, vice president of National United Committee to Protect Pensions.
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith made her first public appearance in Minnesota as a senator Friday in Duluth, meeting with community members and leaders and outlining a priority of advocating for economic opportunity for all.
Life House finalized its purchase of the former Cooper's Engraving building Wednesday. The building, at 21 N. First Ave. W., will be used to expand the nonprofit's Legitimate Hustle Program. Life House provides homeless youth with support, transitional housing and a safe alternative to the streets.
David Kirby will once again lead the Duluth School Board this year, following his selection as chairman Tuesday night. The board held its annual organization meeting, during which three new members were sworn in and new officers were chosen for the coming year. Kirby was selected as chairman after also serving in that role in 2017. Chosen as vice-chairwoman once again was Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, with Nora Sandstad voted clerk and new board member Josh Gorham voted treasurer. New board members sworn in included Gorham, Jill Lofald and Sally Trnka.
In 2016, Frank McQuade opened up McQuade's Herbs, Spices and More on the corner of First Avenue and Seventh Street in downtown Two Harbors. In February, McQuade is planning to open a new restaurant at the other end of the block. The not-yet-named restaurant, at 602 First Avenue, will have a higher-end atmosphere with prices comparable to the area, he said. It will be a place couples could have their weekly date night, McQuade said.
TWO HARBORS, Minn. - A Two Harbors parent spoke out at a Lake Superior School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Dec. 12, regarding concerns over a movie played in class.
A Two Harbors parent spoke out at a Lake Superior School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Dec. 12, regarding concerns over a movie showed in class.
A Hibbing truck driver accused of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed the Silver Bay mayor's son two years ago pleaded guilty Monday in Lake County District Court. John Ray Carpenter, 61, entered a plea of guilty to operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner, avoiding a trial. Carpenter admitted in court to causing the crash that killed 31-year-old Andrew Johnson.