DULUTH From the water, the old wood pilings sticking out of the St. Louis River Estuary appear as ghostlike arms of long-gone industry. More than 100 years ago, the pilings held buzzing sawmills that helped build this inland sea city. But the byproducts, slipped into the water and out of sight, still haunt: thousands of tons of wood waste covering 75 acres of river bottom, piled 20 feet thick in some spots and inhibiting the natural ecosystem. This summer, officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are embarking on a $16 million initiative to restore habitat here. That’s just a fraction of an estimated $300 million to $400 million in projects now underway to restore the 12,000-acre estuary, put onto a list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern three decades ago by an international commission. The estuary is the primary nursery for more than 40 species of fish in western Lake Superior, including walleye, lake sturgeon, northern pike and smallmouth bass, according to … [Read more...] about St. Louis River estuary cleanup starts to bring species home
16 minutes ago Searchers went into the woods one last time Sunday, looking for any sign of Cassandra Gross. “I’ll never give up hope, I’m just running out of places,” said Kathe Gross, whose daughter was last seen April 7, 2018. Kathe Gross wore a “Bring Cassie Home” T-shirt to Unity Cemetery on Sunday, where friends and family gathered to search the wooded area to the west of the graveyard. They’ve searched that area many times before, as have the police. However, the property is large and densely wooded, and there’s always a chance previous searchers missed something. “It’s so vast, there’s so much land back there,” Gross said. Gross said she hasn’t stopped looking for her daughter, and never will. But Sunday was likely the last time the family will search the cemetery. “We all just wish we could find her, bring closure to the family,” said Kim Halvla, a friend of Kathe’s who helped with … [Read more...] about Family conducts final cemetery search for Cassandra Gross
A statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is underway, and motorists caught driving drunk can plan on having an uncomfortable experience. “Being booked into jail would not be one of your proudest moments,” said Dan Scheuermann, commander of operations for the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office. The Drive concurs. For the record, the Drive has never been cited for drunken driving but on Thursday participated in a mock arrest and found firsthand that it’s everything Scheuermann advertised — a time consuming, humiliating and invasive ordeal. Tim Parker, an affable but no-nonsense Dakota County corrections officer, started the intake process by confiscating my property and giving me a pat-down like no other. “Got to check for weapons,” he said, including in private areas where criminals like to hide stuff. From there Parker paraded me to a station where he entered my biographical information on a computer screen. Most arrestees … [Read more...] about What happens when you’re arrested for DWI?
Updated less than a minute ago Conditions exit for severe thunderstorms to pop up in a huge part of the state from east of Pittsburgh to Bradford through this afternoon until 3:15 p.m. , according to the National Weather Service. Weather service meterologist Pat Will said a warning is in effect until 3 p.m. Westmoreland, Armstrong, Butler counties are included. The NWS said at 2:26 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Trafford, near Monroeville, moving northeast at 25 mph. Wind gusts to 60 mph and quarter-size hail are possible. The NWS said minor hail damage to vehicles is possible. Expect wind damage to trees and power lines, resulting in some power outages. Possible damage is possible at Monroeville, Greensburg, Jeannette,Murrysville, North Versailles, White Oak, Irwin, Manor, Trafford, Delmont, Export and North Irwin. Part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is included between mile markers 59 and 67. Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at … [Read more...] about Severe thunderstorm warning until at least 3 p.m. Sunday
20 minutes ago Pennsylvania’s Rabbit King held court at the Westmoreland Fair on Sunday morning. Zach Farlow, 18, of West Newton, was awarded the title of this year’s Rabbit King by the Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeder’s Association, and this week he and his award-winning lagomorphs are at the Westmoreland Fair hoping for more victories. There are many animal competitions at the fair this week, and they got started Sunday with contests for llamas, horses, goats and rabbits. Farlow will participate in several contests. On Sunday morning the fair held its rabbit showmanship competition, a test of how well owners know their rabbits, and how well they can demonstrate that knowledge. “If you want to be the best, have a mindset of never stop learning,” Farlow said. One of his is biggest rivals is one of his closest friends. Hannah Smith, 18, of Smithton is the state champion in rabbit showmanship. She said her family wanted to raise livestock, but they … [Read more...] about Young competitors show off rabbits, goats at Westmoreland Fair