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
Enbridge is constructing a pipeline to replace the existing 50-year-old Line 3 that crosses northern Minnesota on its route from Alberta to Superior. The replacement is under construction in Canada and Wisconsin, but awaiting the outcome of a review process in Minnesota. "They're about to put a pipeline right under our wild rice," said Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa member Jaclyn Furtman of Duluth, citing ceded lands through which the proposed Line 3 replacement will travel. "As Anishinaabe, it's our livelihood." The protesters crawled into the storage yard under a wide gap under the fence sometime in the mid-morning, Lt. Lake said. By the time the sun made its presence felt, the protest featured harmonized singing and a symbolic placing of glass jars of water inside tubes of pipe.
Stephanie Lee had one hope for the 8th Congressional District DFL candidate forum at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet on Wednesday, April 4.
AUTOMBA — Against a backdrop of large pipes stacked like cordwood, Nicholle Ramsey stood alongside two dozen others on the trespassing-side of a long fence on Monday. Their arrival drew a small group of sheriff's deputies and the attention of Enbridge to the remote corner of Carlton County. But there were no arrests on this day — only songs and appeals for the energy company to reconsider its proposal to construct a new Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
Stephanie Lee had one hope for the 8th Congressional District DFL candidate forum at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on Wednesday. "I hope we can see more delineation between the DFL candidates," said Lee, of Finlayson and a onetime student at the host school located in Cloquet. Members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party who packed the school's rotunda didn't see Lee's wish come true — until the topic turned to copper mining.
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.