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Light snow continued to fall in Duluth this afternoon on top of 8 to 16 inches reported across the city overnight and this morning -- and there's more to come Wednesday across most of the Northland. As much as 26 inches had fallen just north of Two Harbors by 8 p.m.
Enbridge Energy officials said today that they want to drop part of a proposed new pipeline route in Carlton County that had farmers and rural residents upset. Company officials said they will ask the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to consider a revised route for about 1.5 miles of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline that would have crossed undisturbed farm and woods in Carlton County. Enbridge wants the PUC to consider a new alignment that will follow existing pipelines and then follow electric and gas-utility corridors for that portion of the pipeline. The news came after the Carlton
A 62-year-old Cloquet man was killed Wednesday evening at an Interstate 35 rest area in Carlton County. A 55-year-old rural Duluth man arrested after the 25-mile-long high-speed chase is in the Carlton County jail. The Carlton County Attorney's office said he's expected to be charged Friday morning. State Patrol officials said they were first called to the Culkin Rest Area off northbound I-35 about 5:30 p.m. on reports that a 2004 Ford pickup struck a man who was walking at the rest stop.
Record April snow, an unusually warm string of days, thunderstorms and now the possibility of snow in May are all contributing to Northland rivers spilling over their banks, some of them flooding roads. No major flooding was occurring or expected in the Northland, but the National Weather Service has posted advisories for small streams across the region, and several roads have been closed.
The St. Louis River at Scanlon is expected to rise to near the level that it causes problems for a couple of businesses along the river, the National Weather Service said this morning. A flood warning has been issued through Thursday night for the river, which was at 9.9 feet this morning, to reach 10.5 feet or higher, which is the flood stage for low-lying areas. This morning, law enforcement reported water over the road at the intersection of Lakewood and Pioneer roads near the French River, north and east of Duluth. The road has been closed.
Convertibles will have their tops down, motorcycles will be plying the highways and we should see our first shorts and T-shirts of the season this weekend when highs under mostly sunny skies are expected to rise to near 60 degrees in Duluth for the first time since Oct. 16. But first, one more blast of winter. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. today through noon Tuesday for Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, the North Shore and all of Northwestern Wisconsin.
A major winter snowstorm is already pummeling North Dakota and western Minnesota and is expected to make its mark on the Northland overnight. Snow is expected to start in the Twin Ports about 8 p.m., and continue until about 8 a.m. Tuesday with anywhere from 2 to 7 inches around Duluth and Superior, depending on the track of the snow and where you live -- with more snow to the west and south and less to the east. The heaviest snow should fall between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Temperatures dropped as low as 39 degrees below zero in Northome this morning, with 21 below in Duluth, in what may be the last arctic blast of winter. For many areas it was the second-coldest night of the winter, with wind chills dipping to 40 blow -- and near 50 below -- in some areas. And temperatures won't warm up much today, with highs likely below zero.
Bea Kehr was expecting more out of Tropical Storm Isaac as it whizzed past Tampa and the Republican National Convention on Monday. After the convention was delayed one day amid much pre-storm hoopla, the soon-to-be hurricane mostly missed northern Florida and was instead aiming at Louisiana. "It was about as windy as a Minnesota snowstorm, without any snow," said Kehr, of Duluth, a delegate to the convention. Kehr and Kevin Erickson of Mountain Iron, who spoke to the News Tribune by phone Monday, are two of just three delegates from the 8th Congressional District to attend the national conv