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Last Place on Earth owner running for president

August 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The owner of a Duluth store that police have targeted for allegedly selling synthetic drugs is running for president. The Grassroots Party, which mostly supports legalizing marijuana, Monday filed paperwork to place Jim Carlson’s name on the Minnesota ballot. Continue Reading

Climate scientists: Bigger, harder rainfalls the new norm

July 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Climate scientists said we are seeing more storm events like the Northland’s flood of 2012, and they said it’s not just by chance. Continue Reading

Flood recovery office opens in Duluth, Minn.

July 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Federal and state officials have opened a flood recovery office in Duluth.
The office opened Thursday to help manage the recovery from flooding in northeastern Minnesota one month ago. Continue Reading

Dayton readies federal disaster request for floods

June 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to send off a federal disaster request detailing more than $100 million in flood damage and says he expects to call state lawmakers into special session in July or August. Continue Reading

Health officials urge flood victims to test wells

June 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota Department of Health is urging private well owners affected by flooding in the northeastern region to have their water tested. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Floods keep teaching hard lessons on insurance

June 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks learned. Minot learned. Bismarck learned. And now, Duluth has learned, too:Homeowners should buy flood insurance. Because there’s a pretty good chance they’ll need it. And should that time come, they’ll be fantastically grateful for the protection it affords. The quotes that now are coming from Duluthians could have been lifted word for word from flooded homeowners in other cities. Continue Reading

Light rain in Duluth, but flooding repeat unlikely

June 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Duluth is getting more rain, but forecasters say it’s not likely to cause major problems for the recently flooded city. The National Weather Service in Duluth says about a quarter-inch of rain had fallen by noon Saturday. Continue Reading

Little federal help available for individual flood victims

June 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The bottom line for individual flood survivors is simple and bleak: do not expect much government financial help. Most federal money goes to state and local governments to pay for replacing or fixing public infrastructure, such as roads. Continue Reading

Flood claims animals at Lake Superior Zoo

June 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The floodwaters at the Lake Superior Zoo rose several feet Wednesday morning, completely engulfing three bird habitats and washing away all of the animals in the barnyard exhibit. By the time the waters receded, zoo staff said three of its birds had drowned, turkey vulture, a raven, a snowy owl; of the barnyard animals, only a miniature horse survived, while six sheep, four goats and a donkey died. Continue Reading

Grand Forks, East Grand Forks say ready to help Duluth

June 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown and other city officials say they are ready and waiting to provide assistance to their counterparts in flood-ravaged Duluth. Huizenga, through a city employee, said, “Duluth officials have not requested assistance, but as soon as they do, we are ready and willing to help.” Continue Reading