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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
It was the coolest morning in months across parts of the Northland as temperatures dipped down into the 30s in some areas at sunrise today, including 33 in Embarrass, 34 in Bigfork and 35 at the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport. Unofficial lows also included 36 at Hayward and Crane Lake, 37 in Cook, 39 in Two Harbors and Ely, 40 in International Falls, 43 in Cloquet and 44 in Duluth. Temperature should rebound to about 70 across most of the Northland today, with mid-70s by the weekend and maybe even 80 degrees by Tuesday as summerlike warmth returns.
After Minnesota judges re-drew all of the state's legislative district boundaries this year to make sure each had about the same number of people, Carlton County ended up in a rare situation -- a state House district with no incumbent. Longtime DFLers who had represented the area for years, Bill Hilty to the south and Mary Murphy to the north, had been pushed entirely out of the county.
THOMSON -- With a federal disaster already declared for public roads and bridges, government officials fanned out Wednesday in Northland neighborhoods hit hardest by last month's flood to see firsthand the damage done to private homes and businesses. It is the first step in declaring a federal "individual assistance" declaration that would bring federal grants and loans to help eligible flood victims rebuild. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Disaster Assistance were joined by state and local authorities in some of the most heavily damaged homes in Carl
The fine for forgetting to pull your drain plug at a boat landing, allowing a zebra mussel into your boat or leaving weeds hanging on your trailer will double starting Sunday across Minnesota to as much as $500. The move was set by the Minnesota Legislature last year and Department of Natural Resources officials said Friday they are ready to enforce the change and slap violators with hefty fines. The fine for transporting aquatic plants will go from $50 to $100; same for forgetting to pull that bilge plug.
Water levels on the reservoir lakes north of Duluth that feed into the Cloquet and St.
Minnesota Power's system of reservoirs and dams along the St. Louis River leading into the Twin Ports is holding well despite massive amounts of water pouring through, officials said this afternoon. Utility officials say there are no problems with any of the four dams along the lower river -- including the Fond du Lac, Thomson, Scanlon and Knife Falls dams between Cloquet and Duluth. "There are no problems, no failures; the system is designed to handle this kind of flood and more," Amy Rutledge, spokeswoman for the Duluth-based utility, said. Stream flow on the St.
Spring slowed down across the Northland in April after the fastest-ever start in March, but last month still was noticeably warmer than normal. The average monthly temperature for April was 42.4 degrees, 2.8 degrees above the 30-year normal in Duluth, continuing a highly unusual streak of 10-straight months of above-normal temperatures. Maybe April just didn't seem as warm after the 13.3-degree warmer-than-usual March. Or maybe it was because April saw 15 days above normal while March saw 27 of 31 days above normal. The forecast for May so far looks mixed.