Wind gusts of 50 mph were common across the region on Wednesday as a strong fall storm hit, causing power outages, swamped roads, large waves and flooding along Lake Superior’s shore. Water-swollen roads in Canal Park didn’t deter the wave-watchers from making their way to the shore, where waves crashed over the large boulder wall and the water flowed through the Lighthouse parking lot and onto Canal Park Drive.
A black bear’s whereabouts before it attacked three men and a pet dog near Isabella in December is still unknown. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hasn’t been able to find out more about the bear’s history in the months since the attack Dec. 19, according to DNR spokeswoman Cheri Zeppelin.
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A home was destroyed by a fire northeast of Duluth on Sunday morning. Fire crews battled the flames — and subzero conditions — at 1713 Hegberg Road, in Duluth Township about 20 miles northeast of the city of Duluth. Thick smoke billowed across the road and could be seen from several miles away.
Musher Ryan Redington and his team were the first to reach the halfway point at Grand Portage on Monday during the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, with a crowded pack of mushers running about three hours behind him.
Another familiar name will take the place of Northern Waters restaurant in Duluth's Mount Royal Shopping Center later this winter. The owners of Two Harbors' Vanilla Bean Restaurant announced Friday, Dec. 29, that they'll be opening a restaurant in the space at 1608 Woodland Ave. on Feb. 1.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has identified a body that was found washed up on the beach near Split Rock Lighthouse over the weekend. Derek Sigurd Hansen, 45, of Minnetonka, Minn., was found early Saturday morning, the Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday evening in a news release. “It appears that Hansen drowned but circumstances involved with his death are still under investigation,” the release stated, adding that an autopsy had yet to be conducted.
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon's "Cub Run" for kids, scheduled to take place Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Two Harbors, has been canceled because of poor weather conditions. "Due to the rain, we feel the area where we planned to have the children run their sled dogs has become unsuitable and unsafe," race organizers announced early Saturday. "It breaks our hearts to cancel as we know how much the children were looking forward to their moment, and we will try to coordinate schedules so the event can happen soon."
William James Holisky II admitted in court on Friday that he fatally stabbed Lisa Jean Isham in her Lincoln Park home on May 16, 2015. Holisky, 64, pleaded guilty to intentional second-degree murder in front of Sixth Judicial Judge Mark Munger in Duluth. A charge of animal cruelty was dismissed. Holisky also admitted to stabbing Isham's dog, although he claimed he did so out of respect for Isham's wishes. Under the plea agreement, Holisky would be sentenced to 30 years in prison, minus time already served and time for good behavior, Munger said.
The Two Harbors Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a teenage girl last seen nearly two weeks ago. Hailey Gine Timo, 15, ran away from home and was last seen in the early morning hours of June 2, police said. "All investigative efforts to locate her have been unsuccessful, but she is believed to be in the Duluth/Two Harbors area," the police department said Tuesday.