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Now the waiting game begins. The final votes were cast online Sunday, and the Locally Laid Egg Co. of Wrenshall soon will learn if it or one of three other finalists has been selected as the winner of a 30-second television spot during the Super Bowl. What's on the line?
Although a new state law designed to crack down on sales of synthetic marijuana will take effect Aug. 1, Jim Carlson, owner of the Duluth head shop Last Place on Earth, expects it will have little effect on his sales of those products. The new law adds 20 chemicals to a list of prohibited substances, but Carlson said: "When one gets banned, they'll switch to a new one." In addition to expanding the number of products classified as illegal, the new state regulations will increase the penalty for selling certain compounds designed to mimic the effects of controlled substances.
THOMSON -- The rising floodwaters forced most of the 153 residents of this Carlton County community to evacuate their homes last week. On Sunday, they began to trickle back. Kim Price came to help her parents -- Armas and Donna Koski -- clean up the home in which she was raised. When she got there, she was overwhelmed by the scene. "It's devastating," Price said. "I don't even know where to begin." Her 76-year-old father said he's not certain the house can be salvaged. Armas Koski has called the Vermillion Street residence home for 47 years -- before the St.
The city of Duluth's efforts to hold on to a casino revenue-sharing agreement with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have been dealt another blow. The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced it will cancel a lease agreement that once provided the city with 19 percent of all revenue from electronic gaming at the Fond-du-Luth Casino. That agreement used to pour about $6 million per year into city coffers.
As of Sunday evening, the Pagami Creek fire, which has been burning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for about 1½ months, was 71 percent contained, said a report by Larry Helmerick, a public information officer assigned to the blaze. That's up from a Saturday estimate that the fire was 67 percent contained. The cost of battling the stubborn fire is estimated to be $14.2 million, and 530 people remain on the scene.
When Rebecca Lawrence stopped at the day care to pick up her three children Thursday afternoon, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. But that changed in a heartbeat after her 4-year-old son, Layton, playfully slipped into the driver's seat of the family's idling van. "Somehow, he put it in gear," Lawrence said. "I was maybe 5 feet away from the van when it started to roll. I grabbed for the handle, but he had locked the door." Lawrence quickly put down the car seat in which she'd been carrying her 3-month-old son, Nico, to the vehicle.
The Kolar Automotive Group of Duluth announced today it will add Chevrolet to its local product line by acquiring Luther Family Chevrolet of Hermantown. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Peter Kolar, one of the co-owners of the dealership, said Luther will continue to operate from its existing location at 4183 Haines Road -- for the present. But within two years, the business will pick up stakes and move to a new facility that will be built next door to Kolar Auto World.