The Trump administration's federal budget proposal for 2018 isn't a week old, but already state and local transportation officials are adjusting to President Donald Trump's goal of reducing the federal government's role in funding infrastructure. While hopeful still of federal dollars, organizers behind the proposed Northern Lights Express high-speed rail project between Duluth and the Twin Cities are starting to consider piecemeal options aimed at bringing the project to fruition over a longer period of time.
There appears to be hope for the American Birkebeiner yet — at least a semblance of the weekend's iconic Northwestern Wisconsin cross-country ski race between Cable and Hayward. While racers and organizers waited out another day above freezing on Wednesday, attention turned to a winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service based in Duluth that said significant snow accumulation could be on its way to Northwestern Wisconsin, among other areas, between late Thursday and early Saturday morning.
Standing Rock is the site of a months-long and ongoing protest of a proposed crude oil pipeline near the reservation. The fear among the thousands of people gathering there is that the proposed pipeline would one day degrade or fail in a way that contaminates the local rivers and water sources.
DULUTH—The presence of a Green Party candidate Tuesday made the major party candidates in the race for Minnesota’s 8th District congressional seat less like polar opposites. Duluth’s Ray “Skip” Sandman, of the Green Party, called himself the common man in an effort to stress that he’s the only non-millionaire in the race. Rep. Rick Nolan, the incumbent Democrat, called himself a moderate in an effort to distance himself from charges he’s a radical liberal.