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DULUTH — Although the storm was predicted to only graze the Twin Ports with snowfall, the flakes began to fall on Sunday morning, April 15, and didn't stop. The National Weather Service reported that 8.5 inches of snow had fallen at its office in Hermantown by 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The storm was predicted to diminish in intensity on Sunday night, but even more snow was expected in some areas near Lake Superior in the overnight hours of Sunday.
CARLTON, Minn.—If visitors to Jay Cooke State Park want to use an indoor restroom, they're out of luck. The only choices now are a port-a-potty or an outhouse. The park's water line was damaged in October, leaving it without running water. But it's not the only repair needed at the park — the shower-and-restroom building is too small for the 83-site campground, the Oldenburg Point picnic shelter's deteriorating roof has shingles falling off and the Oldenburg Point restroom building still hasn't been restored since the 2012 flood.
GOODLAND — Heather Maki's three kids went straight for the children's books lining the lowest bookshelves. The children's stack grew on the Bookmobile's checkout counter, with a few DVDs mixed in, and Maki reminded the kids that they could check out only a couple of books each. Despite the limit, Maki's large cloth bag still strained to contain all of their finds after Bookmobile assistant Janet Hougas checked out their items.
DULUTH — Babette Sandman was walking to lunch with a woman caring for a girl whose mother had died from a drug overdose. "I was watching the little girl skipping in front of us and she has no idea what death is, how final it is, that she will not see her mother ever again," said Sandman, the chairwoman of the Duluth Indigenous Commission. There are so many deaths from drug overdoses, Sandman said, and she realized something needed to be done.
DULUTH, Minn.—Two Duluth residents have been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder after a man was allegedly severely beaten, bound and gagged and left for dead alongside a northeast Minnesota road.
CULVER, Minn. — Faced with snowshoeing up a hill, Bob Dunsmore encouraged the kids to use their "four-wheel drive" to keep moving upward. At the top, the 10 South Ridge elementary students followed the Culver resident's tracks as he led them to another hill, where they stopped to rest in the snow before moving along the outskirt of a frozen bog.
DULUTH—More than two dozen people are facing state and federal charges stemming from their alleged involvement in what authorities say was "a large heroin trafficking network" that brought drugs into northern Minnesota.
MARICAO, Puerto Rico—Faced with going into a 1,000-foot-deep ravine to fix a power line near Maricao, Puerto Rico, Minnesota Power linemen turned to two local men for help. The men had been running their well pumps off generators to get water since hurricanes Irma and Maria cut off their power last fall, explained Dean Erdman, the line crew supervisor with Minnesota Power and part of a contingent of employees from the Duluth-based utility who have spent the past month on the island.
DULUTH—Al and Jenny Lopez dated for three months before they decided to tie the knot on Valentine's Day last year. "When you're 80 years old, why wait? You might wait too long and then you're sorry," Jenny said. But whether they really dated before getting married seems to still be up for debate. "Did we date?" Al joked. Jenny responded, "When you came and knocked on the door after supper, that was a date."
DULUTH — Military medics now have a path to more quickly become civilian nurses in Minnesota with a program that takes advantage of their experience. Lake Superior College's new seven-month program provides the education needed for current and veteran military medics to work as civilian licensed practical nurses in Minnesota. The Military Bridge Medic-to-LPN Program is the only program of its kind in the state, said Deb Amys, director of nursing programs at Lake Superior College.