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The Minnesota Supreme Court has sent a case back to the trial court to determine whether a Two Harbors businessman sexually harassed three women employees, but two of the justices issued strong dissents and said they believe the women already proved their case. In his dissent, Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Anderson said the court is sending a message to Minnesota citizens that victims of workplace sexual harassment will have a harder time finding justice in state courts. Jennifer Moyer, Jaime Rasmussen and Kathe Reinhold filed a sex discrimination case based on a sexual harassment hos
With a head of gray hair and a full beard, Adolph Ojard has the look of a sea captain. It's perhaps a fitting look for the 63-year-old Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director, who is planning to retire later this year. Ojard, a native of Knife River, has been on the Great Lakes in a variety of roles since his youth. His father, Adolph Ojard Sr., was the last master of the Edna G. tugboat, once the oldest operating tug in the United States, which now serves as a floating museum in Two Harbors. Ojard grew up working on his dad's commercial fishing boat and the Two Harbors ore docks.
Whoever said you can't teach an old dog new tricks, never met Dewey Pihlman. The 73-year-old Gunflint Trail man, who has spent the past 50 years working in the tool and die trade, graduated Monday with honors from Lake Superior College in Duluth with an associate's degree in computer design engineering and machine technology. But unlike many older graduates, earning his degree wasn't just something Pihlman did to keep busy in retirement or to fulfill a lifelong dream. He plans to put his degree to use. "I'm going to do my own job search," said Pihlman, who is polishing off his résumé.
Warm water might already be changing the makeup and distribution of fish in Lake Superior, a new study suggests. Increasing water temperatures over the last three decades have made conditions more favorable for chinook salmon, walleye and lean lake trout but less favorable for cold water-loving siscowet lake trout. The research was conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, funded by Wisconsin Sea Grant and led by Tim Cline, now at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. The research builds on work by Jay Austin and other researchers at the Univers
A group of youngsters has filled the upstairs of the Vanilla Bean Café with their artwork. The exhibit is a display of work from Arlee Wilkes' watercolor students, who range in age from 4 to 16. Wilkes began teaching watercolor more than 20 years ago as a way to unwind from her job. Now that she's retired, she offers more courses, including two per week for kids and one for adults. "Anyone can paint," she said, noting that she tries to let her students find their individual style.
The Two Harbors baseball team stepped onto the field for the first time on Monday, close to a month after their first scheduled game. They played the Oredockers on their home field but they couldn't muster a run. They lost the match 10-0 in five innings. The Two Harbors Track and Field team competed at the Pierz track meet on Tuesday but results were not available before press time. The Two Harbors softball team will play their first game on Wednesday and the golf team will compete for the first time on Friday at Giant's Ridge.
Replacement of the flood damaged bridge at the Silver Bay Golf Course should be complete this summer, City Administrator Linda Fralich told the Silver Bay City Council Monday night. The council unanimously approved bids for the design and construction of the Beaver River bridge at Hole 4. LHB Inc. of Duluth is handling architectural aspects, while Contech Engineers will handle construction. It should take roughly eight to 10 weeks for construction, Fralich said.
High school prom is a rite of passage for many high school seniors in the area, marking the end of an era. Hugo's Bar decided last year that the event wasn't just for high schoolers, and they offered the experience to the young at heart by holding their own prom in Brimson, open to all. The event was a success, so they held it again this year on April 27. Jody Hepola took these photos of a night to remember.
Some big changes could be coming to the Northeastern Minnesota logging and lumber businesses, bringing new challenges for one of the region's biggest industries.The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is set to initiate a quarantine on wood harvested in Lake and Cook counties next spring in an effort to stop the nationwide spread of the invasive gypsy moth, putting in place strict regulations on the transportation of wood from the two counties. "It's huge," said Howard Hedstrom, president of Hedstrom Lumber in Grand Marais.