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Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth is making a move to become a year-round destination with construction of an Alpine Coaster ride. The attraction would be open all year and whisk riders down a winding, 3,500-foot stainless steel track at speeds up to 26 mph. Riders, who are seat-belted in, can control the speed. When the ride down the 750-foot vertical drop is over, riders simply stay on the coaster and are pulled back up to the top of the hill. It would be only the fifth Alpine Coaster ride in the U.S., and the first one in the Midwest. "It's the coolest thing ever.
Patrice Hurd of Bemidji won a $25,000 grand prize Tuesday in Ocean Spray's third annual Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest. The results were announced during a private cocktail reception at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Prizes were awarded by celebrity chef Tyler Florence. Hurd, a veteran cooking contest participant, won the consumer division with her Cranberry Bacon Brunch Scones with Cranberry Pecan Cream Cheese recipe .
The city of Duluth filed suit in federal court Tuesday asking that the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa be forced to resume sharing its casino revenues with the city. In early August, band Chairwoman Karen Diver sent a letter to the city saying the band would stop sharing slot machine revenues from the Fond-du-Luth Casino, saying the contract between the two sides in the 1980s and renegotiated in the 1990s was entered into "under erroneous understandings that the city's consent was necessary to the creation of reservation land within the city." The letter also states that the city
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Highway crashes involving farm vehicles and equipment are rare, according to statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. But, crashes do happen and can result in serious injury or death. According to department statistics, from 2006 to 2008, there were nine fatalities and 26 serious injuries from crashes involving farm vehicles. In 2008 alone, farm-related vehicles were involved in 127 crashes. Of those crashes, two resulted in fatalities, 43 in injuries and 82 in property damage.
Most teenagers occasionally go toe-to-toe with their parents, but Aaron Tonder was different. "When he would come home, we wouldn't know if it would be the good son or the evil son," said Aaron's mother, Jody (Freij) Tonder. "It was completely unpredictable." It began with the 12-year-old blond boy refusing to do chores around his family's rural Two Harbors home. In the next seven years, Aaron grew more and more confrontational.
It has been almost 40 years since my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Rome. The sights of the Eternal City, from the Colosseum to St. Peter's, from St. Paul's Outside the Walls to the Pantheon are etched in our minds, well, I guess, eternally. And so we have returned to that fabled city many, many times and cannot seem to get enough of it -- or even to scratch the surface. Friends say, "Rome again? Isn't it about time you get it right?
Zebra mussels have invaded Isle Royale National Park, with Park Service officials Monday confirming the finding for the first time. Park officials are concerned because Isle Royale holds one of the region's largest remaining populations of native mussels on small lakes on the island. Zebra mussels have in many cases wiped out native mussel populations across the Great Lakes. "A lot of the boats that come here come from harbors that have zebra mussel problems on other parts of [Lake Superior]," Isle Royale superintendent Phyllis Green said.
If you happen to come across a small yellow submarine off Two Harbors in Lake Superior, University of Minnesota Duluth researchers ask that you leave it alone. It's theirs. Scientists at UMD's Large Lakes Observatory on Thursday released the first remote electric submarine in the Great Lakes and, so far, it's working just fine. The 7-foot-long vessel was launched off UMD's research boat, the Blue Heron. The submarine has no propeller but moves forward, and can change depths, by changing its buoyancy.
The tourism folks in Grand Marais are having a bit of fun these days with the theft of a faux gull that was perched on the city's billboard along Interstate 35 in Pine County. "He was perched there, welcoming people north. And now it's just this little tangled yellow feet - so we're pretty sure he didn't just up and fly away," reports the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association. Grand Marais Mayor Sue Hakes has vowed to pull out all the stops to get to the bottom of the crime. The caper is the subject of Facebook updates.