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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Northeastern Minnesota through Monday evening as a strong, slow-moving storm system may be bring several inches of rain to the region. The watch includes Duluth, Cloquet, the North Shore, the Iron Range, Grand Rapids, Aitkin and International Falls. The storm system has a lot of moisture to work with; that, combined with its slow movement, may lead to very heavy rainfall in some areas - possibly as much as 4 inches, the Weather Service reported.
Cloquet native Corey Millen was named head coach of the Minnesota Wilderness on Thursday as the team prepares to make its debut in the North American Hockey League in the 2013-14 season. A former high school standout at Cloquet and in college with the Minnesota Gophers, Millen played with five NHL teams in a 14-year professional career. "It is a great opportunity because of the people I know and knowledge I have of the area," Millen said in a news release.
Happy Friday! Highs will be near 53 today, and lower than that by the lake, with an east-northeast wind at 5-15 mph. A low-pressure system will develop over Colorado today; this low will creep eastward, joining with a trough in the jet stream to enhance its strength. This low will hang out with us for a week. Expect rain every day until Thursday as this slow low moves east through our region. We have a 60 percent chance of rain into the afternoon.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has asked the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate the steep increase in Minnesota gas prices over the past few weeks. Gasoline industry officials say regional gas prices have jumped 80 cents over the past month and 30 cents in the past week because of both unexpected and planned shutdowns at gasoline refineries.
Darrell Tiger Brown Bull Jr. has traveled great lengths to earn his master's degree. In two years he has put 40,000 miles on his car to make 20 weekend trips from Kyle, S.D., to the University of Minnesota Duluth for meetings that complement online classes. Brown Bull, who lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, works for his tribe's education agency. He's one of 22 graduates in UMD's Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program, the first of its kind in the nation. The graduates received their degrees on Thursday. "It's a 12-hour drive for me. We had class Friday night at 6.
Don't just rely on neighbors and those you pass on the highway to be the ones to see your motorcycle. Display it. The Twin Ports Motorcycle Expo and Bike Show is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 at Black Bear Casino Resort. Enter a bike for $10 cash the day of the show and leave enough time open to stay for the whole event. Trophies and tickets to Moondance Jam and Buffalo Valley Fest are up for grabs as prizes. Don't have a bike or just don't want to enter? That's fine, too. Admission is $3 for anyone interested in attending the event, which will have on-site bike dino and pinstripe tuning.
Bagging groceries at Super One and handing out flyers at Walmart last fall gave Minnesota Wilderness players a way of connecting with folks in Cloquet. The team was new in town, unknown to most after two successful years in Spooner, Wis., in the Superior International Junior Hockey League. The Wilderness is no longer unknown in Northeastern Minnesota, thanks to a record-setting season. On Saturday, the Wilderness becomes the first United States-based team to compete in Canada's Royal Bank Cup, which determines a national champion for players age 20 and younger.
A 54-year-old Cloquet woman died Wednesday when the pickup in which she was a passenger rolled over along Interstate 35 in Chisago County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Julie Koen was in the rear seat of a 2004 Chevrolet 2500 pickup traveling southbound on I-35 between North Branch and Stacy when the driver of the truck lost control and overcorrected, and the truck rolled into the median just after 7 p.m. Koen was thrown from the truck and died at the scene. The driver of the truck, Jacqueline Tuggle, 16, of Early, Iowa, and a passenger, Michael Tuggle, 47, of Early, suffered non
Three events. Two days. One venue. The cleverly and aptly titled "Jokes, Pokes and Chokes" comedy, tattoo and wrestling convention comes together in a three-way dance of hilarity, pain and mayhem today and Sunday at Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton. The event, the first collaboration of Duluth-based organizations Tattoo You Minnesota and Heavy on Wrestling, will feature live music, stand-up comedy, burlesque dancers, more than 75 licensed tattoo artists and piercers, and professional wrestling matches.
There is an historic moment at hand for greater Minnesota.