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The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa held a grand opening today for its veterans' supportive housing. The 10 rental apartments, providing permanent supportive housing on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Cloquet, will open to American Indian veterans later this summer. Money for the project was secured by the band in 2011. Chairwoman Karen Diver has said that veterans are overrepresented in the homeless population, and it's important to have a residence specifically for veterans on a reservation that faces a housing shortage.
Two people were killed and one injured Tuesday afternoon when a truck hauling well-drilling equipment veered into an oncoming pickup on Minnesota Highway 194 west of Duluth. The pickup's occupants were both killed. The Minnesota State Patrol today identified the driver as Lon-Lee C. Lindquist, 29, of Cloquet. The passenger was Troy R. Berens, 46, of Floodwood. The truck, which was heading west on Highway 194 near Bergquist Road, apparently had a tire malfunction, according to the state patrol.
Lyric Opera of the North has announced the postponement of tonight's outdoor Red, White & LOON concert because of wet conditions. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Historic Scott House in Carlton, according to LOON general artistic director Sarah Lawrence. Called "Music from Home," the concert features Shad Olsen and Janet MacDonald. Tickets are $15 at the door. Directions and other information on the LOON website or call (218) 464-0922. Bus transportation is available.
The Cloquet Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in an early morning armed robbery today at PJ's Little Store on Doddridge Avenue. The robbery was reported at 3:25 a.m. when a clerk called 911 to say a man entered the store brandishing a knife and ordered him to hand over all of the money in the cash register. The suspect then fled the store heading east. No one was injured. Police say the amount of cash stolen was undetermined.
What's open and what's closed on the Fourth of July Thursday is Independence Day. The following offices will be closed: Closed: Post offices in Duluth and Superior; Duluth and Superior city offices; St.
Marie Margaret Majerle said she shot her estranged husband as he sat in a sauna, but she only did so because she wanted to wound him after another man she had been married to said he would kill him. Majerle, 36, the mother of three daughters, made that admission in State District Court in Carlton while pleading guilty to first-degree assault in the Jan. 6 shooting of Richard Majerle.
Carlton County authorities have charged a Cloquet man with two felonies for his alleged role in a January shooting. John Edwin Bemis III, 38, was charged in State District Court with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and assault in the first degree -- aiding and abetting. He is expected to appear in District Court in Carlton on the new charges at 11:15 a.m.
Strong storms that moved across the Northland overnight and early this morning have left gusty winds and power outages in their wake. The National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 54 mph at the Duluth airport at about 8 a.m. today. There were numerous reports of trees and power lines down around the area during the morning hours - no doubt caused in large part by the combination of high winds and saturated ground.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch and a flash flood watch for parts of the Northland through Friday morning. The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 6 a.m. for Carlton, Pine, Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties in the Northland. It also includes the Twin Cities. Severe thunderstorms over the Dakotas and western Minnesota are forecast to track eastward overnight.
More than 1,700 Lake Country Power members will be without power June 26 while workers perform maintenance on the Grand Lake Substation. The outage is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and last two hours.