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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.
Aerial and ground searches in recent days of properties owned by the father and grandfather of a missing boy have turned up no new leads, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday. Authorities still don't know where James Nordrum Jr. is more than a week after he allegedly abducted his 7-year-old son Wyatt after a judge awarded sole custody of the boy to his mother. Nordrum, 41, of Brookston, was supposed to hand the boy over to authorities on March 27. But neither has been seen or heard from since, said Lt.
WRENSHALL -- The onions were the first to hit dirt on March 1 and they're already reaching for the sky. So Catherine Conover is visiting her hoop house often now, watering and nurturing the first vegetables at her Stone's Throw Farm off County Road 102.
For 113 years, there's been a mill in Cloquet making pulp for use in paper mills -- but not much longer. The mill isn't going anywhere and still will be making paper, and it still will be turning trees into pulp. But the pulp made by Sappi Fine Paper in the future will be made into clothing and baby wipes. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approved permits for the project last week.
While most people wouldn't dream of dumping refuse along a road or in the woods in this day of environmental awareness, ditch and ravine dumping always has been a problem that ebbs and peaks. Minnesota conservation officers say we seem to be back on a peak. "We're seeing everything from wooden fish house-blocking materials on lakes to old appliances in roadway ditches," said Col. Jim Konrad, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Many illegal dumpers don't get caught.
If home is where the heart is, then U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack is being pulled in two directions when he's not serving at the Capitol in Washington. On one hand Cravaack, the freshman Republican says his home is unequivocally in Chisago County, in North Branch, where he moved last year from nearby Lindstrom. On the other hand, Cravaack's wife, Traci, and their two children moved last summer from Lindstrom to New Hampshire, not far from Boston where she was transferred in her position with a medical supply company.
The federal government appears ready to make amends for a dark period in Indian relations 123 years ago that took timber and land from six northern Minnesota Chippewa reservations. Legislation is advancing in Washington that would release a $20 million settlement to the Fond du Lac, Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth bands of Chippewa.
The Bentleyville Tour of Lights 2011 ended with a bang Monday night at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park, where the season-long holiday lighting display was capped with a fireworks show. Bentleyville's last night was paired with the city's annual Warmer by the Lake skating event for one last holiday hurrah.
A fast-moving weather system is expected to drop up to two inches of snow on parts of the Northland early Friday. While not exactly a winter storm or blizzard, it's the first measurable snow in days and the only snow in the forecast for the next week. The National Weather Service in Duluth said northern St. Louis, Koochiching, Lake and Cook counties can expect to see up to two inches by the time the snow moves out Friday afternoon. Itasca, Carlton and southern St.
Most members of the Duluth-based 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry of the Minnesota Army National Guard are still in Kuwait, riding armored trucks and escorting supply convoys in and out of Iraq. But through the luck of a draw -- the units were picked out of hat -- about 60 of the 94th's 500 members are home in the Northland for the holidays for a brief break in their yearlong deployment in the Middle East. Jason Gates, 21, was one of the lucky ones.