Prior to attending the first of 18 listening sessions in 18 counties in 18 days, 8th Congressional District DFL candidate Joe Radinovich went for a run Tuesday at the Duluth YMCA. If his first listening session was an indication, he'll need to keep running hard. Among the two dozen-plus people who showed up to meet with Radinovich at Clyde Iron Works in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth was Renee Van Nett — Duluth city councilor and an undecided voter in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
Three weeks ago today, Leah Phifer ended a congressional campaign which just days before led every ballot at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's 8th District endorsement convention. Despite being the front-runner, Phifer failed to earn enough delegates for the party's endorsement. Instead of strengthening the campaign's resolve, the convention experience yielded a reversal and saw Phifer fold up her candidacy. She left the race saying her campaign was always reliant on winning the endorsement and that she saw no way forward in terms of fundraising without full party backing.
The prospect of protests in Minnesota along the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline construction corridor is forcing officials to consider ways to pay for law enforcement responses and other associated costs. "It's clearly on our minds," St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman said. "If the resources required go beyond the expense associated, it's a legitimate concern." In a letter last week to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and copied to Gov. Mark Dayton and other lawmakers, the Association of Minnesota Counties called the expenses "out of ordinary."
By sunrise Friday, what remained of a Cloquet carpet store was smoldering and continuing to flare with small fires, but the scene was under control along Minnesota Highway 33
It was almost seen as novelty in 2016 when an Iron Range mayor endorsed a Republican for the 8th Congressional District seat that went to retiring Rep. Rick Nolan. But as Pete Stauber heads triumphantly into the 8th Congressional District Republican Convention on Saturday in Park Rapids, it's now a roster of four Iron Range mayors who've pledged support for the presumptive Republican nominee.
The $6.1 million Minnesota Slip seawall reconstruction project has resumed after a lengthy delay, said a city of Duluth news release on Monday. "Seawall installation will be complete by mid-June, but there remains additional landscaping and sidewalk work that will continue the rest of the summer," said a statement from city spokeswoman Pakou Ly. Contractors began steel sheet piling on Monday, making it a good length of the way down the slip, which is home to the 611-foot S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum.
Flooding in the north and southbound exits to Lake Avenue from Interstate 35 caused the Minnesota Department of Transportation to close the exits on Monday. The exits were closed for a short period of time. A MnDOT spokesperson, Stephanie Christensen, blamed the flooding on “a minor issue with clogged drainage,” she said. “Once crews opened up the drain the water quickly began to recede.”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — By the time this story reaches doorsteps and browsers, the 34-member contingent sent to represent Duluth at the opening of a national lynching memorial ought to be home — unwelded from their bus seats and stretching into a new week. For the group's members, many of which were associated with the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial in downtown Duluth, the trip was equal parts discovery of new places within themselves and without, and affirmation of things they've long known.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Mike Tusken flew into Atlanta and drove to Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday intent on taking in the opening of a celebrated new national lynching memorial. He's long been occupied by the Duluth Police Department's responsibility to the city's lynching tragedy in 1920, which decades later begat the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial in downtown Duluth. Those black men — Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie — were taken by a mob from the Duluth jail after being fingered by police for what turned out to be false allegations by a white woman.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Included in a Duluth delegation's bus trip to see the opening of a national lynching memorial this week was a series of sessions on race conducted by some of the topic's foremost modern thinkers.