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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."
Patti Lindelof's family would partake in the Finnish tradition of taking a sauna at her grandmother's house every Saturday when she was growing up in Oulu, Wis. Her grandmother emigrated from Finland and both her parents spoke Finnish as their first language, but she said she remembers her father saying that they would get in trouble for speaking it in school. There were a lot of Finnish families in the Oulu area, she explained, but she married David Lindelof, who descended from Norwegians and Swedes.
An Anishinaabe-centric assessment of the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement found that the project will have a multitude of impacts on Minnesota's Native American communities.
University of Wisconsin-Superior students are planning a peaceful protest outside the Chancellor's Ball today to oppose the university's recent suspension of more than two dozen academic programs in October. The peaceful protest will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. outside the banquet hall at UWS' Yellowjacket Union, where the Chancellor's Ball is taking place.
When an Alakef Coffee Roasters employee called Wednesday to say they had found an owl stuck in a coffee machine, Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation thought it was a joke at first. And in fact an owl was far from Alakef employee Ezra Bennett's mind when he went to investigate a strange noise he was hearing from within a piece of equipment at the Duluth business that day. But when Bennett opened the door to the machine's cooling system, a startled snowy owl was looking back at him.
Winter hats, mittens and scarves will soon be placed around Duluth that people can take if needed. Yarn Harbor is collecting winter accessories for its annual Warm Up the City event, in which it leaves those items on fences, trees and street signs for those who need them. "We live in Duluth, Minnesota and everybody needs a hat and scarf and some mitts. It's just another way of getting some stuff out there that's accessible for the public to grab. Not everybody can afford a new hat every year," said Yarn Harbor owner Kathy Thomas.
When a father and daughter drowned in Lake Superior near the Park Point Beach House on Aug. 10, it struck a nerve with Duluth resident Gary Glass, whose family has lived on Park Point since the 1930s. "We knew the area. When I was 7 years old, one of my friends drowned in the lake so we've been sensitized to making sure that people were aware of it," Glass said. Glass said he has spent the past few months talking with first responders about water rescue in an effort to answer the question, "Is there something that can be done better to prevent this from happening?"
The sleds' engines revved as they flew off the top of a jump. The drivers kept control of their snowmobiles as they landed, a cloud of powder kicking up in their wake as they rounded a bend in the track at the top of Spirit Mountain. As a few errant sleds crashed upon landing on Saturday afternoon, sounds of surprise came from spectators sitting in the stands, dressed head to toe in warm clothing to endure a day in temperatures hovering around freezing.
Before sitting down for their own Thanksgiving dinner, Bob and Sarah Gutsch drove to Duluth homes Thursday morning to deliver Thanksgiving meals to local residents. "Happy Thanksgiving! Have a blessed day," Bob told residents opening their front doors wearing pajamas and bathrobes shortly after 8 a.m.
Volunteers were busy Wednesday setting up tables and hanging decorations at Zion Lutheran Church in preparation for hundreds of Cloquet-area residents sitting down for a turkey dinner as a community.