Leaders of some Iron Range communities are breathing a sigh of relief after the United Steelworkers union agreed to terms Sunday on a new labor contract with U.S. Steel.
About 15 firefighters were battling a small wildfire Monday about 10 miles northwest of Ely in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Labor negotiations affect nearly 3,000 mine workers at five facilities on the Iron Range that mine low-grade iron ore and process it into taconite pellets used to make steel.
Time is running out on the United Steelworkers Union and five Iron Range taconite operations to hammer out a new contract.
Contracts between three giant mining companies on the Iron Range and the United Steelworkers of America will expire at midnight Friday, and an apparent stalemate threatens to set in motion a strike that could disrupt the nation's steel supply.
In another sign of Duluth's ongoing fiscal turnaround, Mayor Don Ness has proposed a budget that avoids layoffs and maintains city services at current levels.
Georgia-Pacific announced earlier this week it would shut down its plant in Duluth that makes a product known as Superwood. One hundred-forty one employees will lose their jobs.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday called the disaster relief package the state Legislature will take up in a special session "a solid package."
The state legislature today will consider a $167.5 million relief package for Duluth and other towns ravaged by summer floods and storms. The bulk of the funding would go to northeast Minnesota, where massive June flooding tore apart roads and submerged basements. Two months later some homeowners are still stuck in limbo.
DFL state Rep. Kerry Gauthier of Duluth announced that he will not run for re-election, amid calls to step aside after a scandal in which he admitted to sexual contact last month with a 17-year-old boy at a highway rest stop.
Georgia-Pacific says it will permanently close its plant in Duluth at the end of the month.
Two DFLers have announced their intention to run for the House seat currently held by Kerry Gauthier.
Their budget under pressure, Duluth police have turned to video camera surveillance to fight crime. They say it works. But they aren't cheap.
After winning a hard-fought DFL primary in the closely watched 8th Congressional District, former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan found himself launched into a competition for attention with his general election opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack.
The competition to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack has received most of the political attention in northeast Minnesota. But there's another hotly contested DFL primary under way in the region: The battle to be the DFL's nominee to replace state Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia.