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This timeline of the June 2012 Northland flooding originally ran in print and online on Sunday, June 24, 2012: A week ago -- though for many, it seems like an eternity --forecasters at the National Weather Service in Duluth were keeping tabs on the potential for heavy rain in the Northland in the days to come. But no one could have predicted the forces of nature that came together to dump in excess of 10 inches of rain on parts of the region --sparking flash flooding in Duluth and up the North Shore, and a longer-duration river flood event for areas south and west of Duluth. All thro
KNIFE RIVER — Gordy Olson was “absolutely numb” on Sunday afternoon as he surveyed the charred wreckage of his family business, Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse. Monday morning, he was “exhausted” after...
It was 31 below zero with a wind chill of 63 below on Monday morning at the start of the third and final stage of the Gichigami Express Sled Dog...
Get those shovels and snowblowers ready: A winter storm taking aim at the Northland may drop in excess of a foot of snow by the time it moves out on Wednesday. And you'll want to get the wet snow removed quickly, because it'll be followed by a blast of arctic air that may leave daytime highs struggling to climb above zero by next weekend. "It's one of the classic ones that bring us plenty of snow," said meteorologist Greg Frosig with the National Weather Service in Duluth.
It's not a surprise, but it is now official: Duluth, Superior and Cloquet are in a drought. But while lawns and fields are growing brown and brittle in the Twin Ports -- with more heat on the way -- areas to the north have seen summer rainfall much greater than normal. "We've had a lot of haves and have-nots," said Steve Gohde, observing program leader with the National Weather Service in Duluth. "While the immediate areas around Duluth have been dry, areas north of the Laurentian Divide seem to be much wetter than normal." Thursday's update from the U.S.
ALONG THE NORTH SHORE -- It was a long time coming, but North Shore rivers finally are breaking out of their icy restraints and once again are putting on a show. Thanks to the recent stretch of warm weather in this late-arriving spring, the ice went out on the Gooseberry River over the weekend.
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Today marks the 37th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior gale, and once again a bell will toll in memory of the lost ship's crew -- and all lost mariners -- during a ceremony at Split Rock Lighthouse. The lighthouse on the North Shore will be open from noon to 6 p.m. today . At 4:30 p.m., the lighthouse will close briefly for a ceremony in which the names of the Fitzgerald's 29 crew members will be read, and a bell tolled for each man.
You can stuff a lot of things into a Granite Gear pack. But thanks to continued growth, the Two Harbors-based outdoor gear company found it couldn't stuff any more of its expanding operations into its existing facilities. So the company doubled its space this month by leasing a new, 7,200-square-foot distribution center near its headquarters. "We've just been overflowing in (our existing) facility," chief operating officer Dan Cruikshank said.
The northern lights put on quite a show over the Northland from Saturday night into early Sunday morning. "Large, curving swaths of fuzzy light are now all over the northern sky and spilling into the southern sky across the constellation of Gemini," Duluth News Tribune photo editor Bob King wrote on his Astro Bob blog shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.