Brady Slater, Forum News Service
DULUTH — The story of how Danielle Oxendine Molliver went from being a tribal liaison for the state of Minnesota to out of a job five months after she started working on the review process for a proposed pipeline is transactionally simple: she resigned.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Even after he'd been badly burned in a workplace incident at Fraser Shipyards in February, Joseph Burch figured he hadn't seen the last of his welding torch. "He was always optimistic," said Burch's sister-in-law Stacy Mackie. "He would talk about going back to work." The reunion between the welder and the tools of his trade never happened as Burch, 53, died in April — two months after the incident aboard the docked freighter Roger Blough.
Since 1926, people's stories have coursed through the historic Emily's building in Knife River. The landmark along Scenic Highway 61 about 15 miles northeast of Duluth has been a general store, filling station, bed-and-breakfast, post office and, multiple times, a restaurant. The last people to operate it were three sisters and one of their daughters. They closed their restaurant in October 2015 after a popular four-year run.
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 — A group made up of major businesses and public entities is exploring what it can do to expand rail service on the Iron Range. The Iron Range Regional Rail Initiative has been meeting quietly since as far back as 2013 as it looks for ways to lower the cost of using rail. The group’s efforts currently include a roughly $6 million engineering study aimed at identifying ways to bring multiple rail services to all parts of the Iron Range.
DULUTH — Albert J. Amatuzio will be memorialized and buried Saturday, April 15, little more than two weeks after the 92-year-old aviator and innovator died. Anybody who read his obituary will note a life that figures to resonate for ages. But for Bill Durand, one of Amsoil’s biggest self-made dealers and owner to a private Amsoil museum in the countryside outside Spooner, Amatuzio started out as an elusive figure.
WASHBURN, Wis. — Inside the milk-house store at Tetzner’s Dairy, a young couple and their friend packed a cooler full of ice cream. They stuffed a small envelope with the requisite dollar amount and plopped it into a lock box. The simple transaction, sans attendant, has long been the way of the generational Tetzner dairy farm, where age-old things such as the honor system mingle with innovations such as a robotic milker to make the family outfit viable in a modern age.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Duluth-Superior’s only remaining shipyard has requested a settlement conference in response to a nearly $1.4 million fine proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday. Fraser Shipyards in Superior was cited for 14 “willful egregious health violations for each instance of overexposing a worker to lead,” said a U.S. Department of Labor news release issued Monday.
DULUTH, Minn. -- The 2014 overdose death of a patient has led to a local physician being fined and reprimanded by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Dr. Timothy L. Burke, an infectious-disease specialist for Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic at the time of the incident, was cited for “unethical and unprofessional conduct,” said a news release from the state board earlier this month.
CARLTON, Minn. -- Beset with obstacles and challenges fit for a jungle adventure, the effort to restore Minnesota Highway 210 through Jay Cooke State Park has encountered washed-out roadway, unstable...