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The man who led Reserve Mining Co.'s handling of a federal environmental lawsuit over the disposal of taconite tailings into Lake Superior has died. Matthew R. Banovetz, who served as company president from 1981 to 1986, died Tuesday in his suburban St. Paul home from cancer.
During months of rumors about a Leeann Chin restaurant coming to Duluth, Katie Altrichter, Miller Hill Mall's manager, kept quiet. Even as speculation flew about other possible locations, Altrichter stayed mum. She knew the popular quick-serve contemporary Asian food chain already had decided on the mall. "It's hard to keep secrets, especially when the news is exciting for the mall," she said.
Fourteen mechanics and parts employees at the Krenzen car dealership in Duluth walked off the job Monday morning and began striking after employers failed to return to the bargaining table. The four-year contract between United Auto Workers Local 241 and Krenzen and three Hermantown dealerships expired April 31. Subsequent talks through a federal mediator broke down in May. The walkout at Krenzen followed a similar walkout of 17 mechanics and parts workers at Kolar Toyota on June 15.
Ice cream is coming back to London Road with the reopening this month of the old Dairy Queen shop at 17th Avenue East. But this time around, it will be serving Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, a popular premium ice cream made by a company based in Madison. Besides using waffle cones made on site and rotating its 20 or so flavor offerings, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream of Lake Superior will offer soft serve, malts, root beer floats and the Avalanche, its version of the DQ Blizzard, made with Oreos, M&Ms, candy bars and cookie dough blended in.
This year, more than 180 Pamida stores -- including stores in Two Harbors, Ely and Ashland -- will become Shopko stores. Over the next 12 months, Pamida stores will undergo five-week makeovers to give them the Shopko look and feel, down to the brands carried, said Tara Powers, a Shopko spokeswoman. "There will be (Pamida) liquidation sales," Powers said. "The current merchandise will be sold. There will be brief period where the signage, fixtures and layouts are changed. They'll end up with a very different look and feel.
When it comes to gas prices in Duluth, it sure looks like collusion to resident Robert Mattila. "The gas stations in Duluth have had a monopoly on the price," he said. "Everybody has the same price. It doesn't matter what time of day. It seems they all raise and lower their prices at the same time. I don't understand how they can do that in a competitive market." Mattila isn't alone. Local complaints about gas price differences fly when prices climb. And the suspicion lingers when prices fall. Drive to Two Harbors or Cloquet, and prices are usually less than in Duluth.
Texas-based Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the fastest growing barbecue restaurant chain in the country, is coming to Duluth. A franchise for a Dickey's restaurant in Duluth was awarded recently to a Chippewa Falls, Wis., man. "We're just getting the ball rolling. We just signed the agreement," said Butch Berg, who will be the owner and operator. "We're working with a real estate team to find locations. Right now, we're just seeing what's open.
The family who operated the Lighthouse on Homestead restaurant until it closed abruptly in July is back in business at a new location in Knife River. "We're very excited to be open," said Claire Pierson, who owns the restaurant with her two sisters and a niece. Taking their menu, most of their staff and their nautical theme with them, they opened Tuesday in the former Emily's Eatery along Scenic Highway 61, about 20 miles northeast of downtown Duluth.
An armed-robbery suspect that authorities had been searching for in Cook County is dead after a brief standoff near Grand Marais on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities had been looking for Quincy Adam Pederson, 38, who authorities suspect had robbed a Subway restaurant in North St. Paul and shot about 10 bullets at a police officer a week ago. Pederson was shot about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, after a short police chase on Cook County Road 60 near Grand Marais and a brief standoff, a Minnesota Department of Public Safety news release Tuesday night indicated.