Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
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DULUTH — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered several of the state's utility companies to return $200 million to consumers — including $18.7 million from Duluth-based Minnesota Power. That's possible thanks to lower corporate tax rates following the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act. "With respect to each regulated utility, the Commission acted to ensure that each utility's rates reflect the new, lower federal income tax rates in the cost of providing service," the PUC said in a news release Friday, Aug. 10.
DULUTH—The city of Willmar, Minn., is interested in relocating a Duluth lighthouse to the landlocked shores of Willmar Lake or Foot Lake — a 200-mile inland voyage from its current location. But that's just not possible. The Duluth Harbor South Breakwater lighthouse, built in 1901, isn't going anywhere, the U.S. General Services Administration confirmed Wednesday, Aug. 8.
DULUTH—The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa said they are willing to allow Enbridge Energy to route the new Line 3 oil pipeline through the Fond du Lac Reservation. In a letter sent to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, Aug. 2, Sara Van Norman, an attorney representing Fond du Lac, wrote that while the band has "significant concerns about the replacement Line 3," they're considering an agreement with Enbridge to route the pipeline through the reservation.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A worn-out valve may have allowed air to contact various chemicals within equipment at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, potentially triggering the April 26 explosion, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board reported Thursday, Aug. 2.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- The explosion and fire at Husky Energy's Superior refinery in April resulted in $27 million in damage and $53 million in expenses, according to the company's second quarter results released Thursday. Insurance is expected to cover the costs of damage, interruption to business and any third-party liability, the company said.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce said the Line 3 decommissioning trust fund filed by Enbridge Energy isn't good enough.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.—A day after earning back mineral leases for one of his proposed mining operations, Tom Clarke learned he could be losing the mineral leases for his other mining company. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sent a notice of termination on Thursday, July 12, to ERP Iron Ore, Clarke's company that is trying to revive the bankrupt Magnetation operations in Grand Rapids after the company fell $34,200 behind in payments for five mineral leases near the Plant 4 site, according to Barb Naramore, an assistant commissioner with the DNR.
DULUTH — A 40-mile long mountain bike trail through Duluth is nearing completion. The Duluth Traverse, which will connect one end of Duluth to the other, and almost all of the mountain bike trail systems in between, is about 90 percent complete, according to Waylon Munch, who just finished his term as chairperson of Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS). "At this point, it's really just playing connect-the-dots," Munch said. "We've built a majority of the trail system now and we're just finding these remaining gaps."
DULUTH — Although Enbridge's Line 3 replacement was approved Thursday, the company still needs to clear several hurdles before construction can begin on the 340-mile oil pipeline across Minnesota. But Guy Jarvis, Enbridge's vice president of liquids, pipelines and major projects, said Friday morning, June 30, that he still expects the project to obtain an authorization to construct in November so work on the pipeline can begin and finish within 2019.
ST. PAUL — For some Northland residents, the approval of a new oil pipeline was reason to celebrate. For others, it was reason to grieve. As Public Utilities Commission members indicated their support for the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline Thursday afternoon, June 28, pipeline opponents poured out of the hearing room in tears, embracing each other. "It's bringing out those emotional responses from people who have been traumatized over generations," Anna Marie Yliniemi of Duluth said as she watched people exit the hearing room.