DULUTH — Protesters shut down the Wells Fargo bank in downtown Duluth on Friday morning, Jan. 12, when three men in a crowd of about three-dozen protesters locked themselves to entrances for the bank. One man placed a U-shaped bike lock around his neck to secure himself to the customer entrance security gate prior to the bank's opening, effectively keeping the bank closed.
ST. PAUL—A preliminary figure released by the state on Wednesday indicates Minnesota experienced its lowest number of roadway fatalities in 74 years in 2017. The 348 traffic deaths announced by the state is the lowest total since 1943 (274) and second-lowest since 1926 (326). In the neighboring states of North Dakota and South Dakota, traffic deaths stayed about the same as last year, but are also showing signs of dropping significantly.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Five people were arrested during protests Thursday, Sept. 14, after blocking entrances at an Enbridge pipeline contractor in Superior. It was the sixth "lockdown" protest in roughly three weeks by people identifying themselves as water protectors, and the first one inside the city limits.
ASHLAND, Wis. — Another protest of an Enbridge pipeline will come with a twist Saturday, Sept. 2, when people gather to play lacrosse atop a line buried in the Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Organized by a group called Save the Water's Edge, the food and games begin at noon along Forest Road 237 in Bayfield County. The protesters' beef relates to the 2013 expiration of a permit for Enbridge Line 5, say organizers who are calling for the pipeline to be removed from the forest.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn.—While the Minnesota Department of Agriculture prepares to inspect the raw milk sold by a rural Grand Marais farmer, an attorney for the farmer said another round of court wrangling could ensue if inspections seek changes to the dairy. Last month, in a one-page order, the Minnesota Supreme Court said it would not review an appeals court decision that would allow state department of agriculture inspectors onto the David Berglund farm, known as Lake View Natural Dairy.
DULUTH, Minn.—Whether it was for military service or job creation, for philanthropy or friendship, Al Amatuzio always seemed to be there for Duluth and Superior. After 92 years of being there for the Twin Ports, Amatuzio died Friday at his home. The company he founded, Amsoil Inc., announced his passing to its worldwide network of dealers in an email on Saturday, saying Amatuzio died peacefully and surrounded by family.
RICE LAKE, Minn. — A funny thing happened on the way to the finish of the 2017 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon: a race broke out. With three of its leaders each claiming to be using the Beargrease as a trial-and-error tuneup for the sport's most iconic event, Alaska's Iditarod, someone still had to win — and that someone was now three-time champion Ryan Anderson.
DULUTH, Minn.—Addressing the North Dakota pipeline protests that are the largest tribal movement in more than a century, Wendy Savage talked first about the need to protect water and how rare it is, in relation to the rest of the world, that most of our tap water is potable. But the local artist and curator grew more impassioned as she spoke and was soon saying that U.S. Sen. Al Franken's letter in support of the tribes to the Department of Justice last week was hollow for stopping short of any real action.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Having received several live doses of Bernie Sanders so far, it's notable that northeastern Minnesota will go without seeing Hillary Clinton up close this presidential campaign primary season. But daughter Chelsea Clinton stopped in Duluth for the first time in her life, she said Monday, intent on carrying her mother's torch while carting Gov. Mark Dayton in tow.