Gov. Mark Dayton took to WCCO radio this morning to say that his proposal to research medical marijuana hasn't gotten any love from the advocates of broader legalization. He put the prospects of passing it between "slim and none." However, those same advocates plan to add part of the Dayton proposa ... More >>
What Barry Bonds was to homers, Richard Hegquist is to getting arrested.SEE ALSO: Duluth muffin macer sprays man following epic SuperAmerica argument [VIDEO] The 37-year-old Ham Lake resident was sentenced yesterday for his 12th felony, this time for beating up and robbing the owner of Hermantown Ca ... More >>
We've all been there. (Ahem, Comcast, ahem.)SEE ALSO: Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC merger Steven Saari, a 28-year-old Duluth resident, pleaded guilty yesterday to a gross misdemeanor after he threatened to blow up a Charter Communications office in Duluth last summer. The reason? ... More >>
As she left Whole Foods and walked toward her vehicle around 8:30 Tuesday night, Laura Ness, wife of Duluth mayor Don Ness, heard an argument. Then she heard a gunshot. But instead of running away, she ran toward it.SEE ALSO: Duluth man allegedly tossed Molotov cocktails from roof of Shanty Bottle S ... More >>
If it wasn't already clear, it's now more apparent than ever that Duluth officials are bound and determined to shut down the Last Place on Earth once and for all.THE BACKSTORY: Jim Carlson's son allegedly sold bath salt used in recent overdose to an undercover agent Just one day after posting $480, ... More >>
By his own estimation, in 2011, Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth in downtown Duluth, made $6 million selling synthetic marijuana and stimulants. But those high times have come to a crashing end.Last summer, Carlson's store was raided by feds. In December, he was charged with 54 violatio ... More >>
The oldest known wild bear in the world by a longshot lives in the woods near Marcell, Minnesota.FROM LAST MONTH: Lily the black bear gives birth to two cubs live on webcam [VIDEO]She doesn't have a name, but is simply called Bear No. 56 by DNR officials. And at 39 years of age, she's six years olde ... More >>
Either Brandon Stahl and Rochelle Olson like to kid really aggressively, or they kinda hate each other.WTF FILES: Star Tribune runs ads on behalf of polygamist Mormon sect The two Star Tribune reporters got into a Twitter war yesterday, culminating in each of them agreeing to stay away from the othe ... More >>
"Hey baby, you're looking good tonight... by the way, I have to tell you I'm a convicted felon who didn't pay my child support for four months a couple years ago."SEE ALSO: Wisconsin couch humper makes Colbert Report [VIDEO] Sound awkward? It's supposed to, and it's the pickup line a Hayward, Wiscon ... More >>
Early Saturday morning, internet sensation Lily the black bear gave birth to two cubs at the North American Bear Center in the woods near Ely, Minnesota.SEE ALSO:-- Frogtown black bear shot and killed by DNR-- Hibernating bears have remarkable wound healing capabilities, finds Minnesota researchers- ... More >>
Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell has been hit with a court order to stop communicating with a 17-year-old girl with whom he was romantically involved.SEE ALSO: -- Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler's 0.234 DUI arrest: The dashboard footage [VIDEO]-- Kerry Gauthier sex scandal: Are these his oral ... More >>
In recent weeks, video of two young Duluth women wearing blackface and uttering absurdly offensive racial slurs went viral (the footage can be seen below the jump). Just a week later, a photo of a Pizza Luce employee wearing blackfare at a Halloween party has surfaced.SEE ALSO: 11 white supremacists ... More >>
A month after New York City approved a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, Duluth-based St. Luke's Hospital has taken the next step and is banning the sale of all sugary drinks on hospital premises. SEE ALSO:-- MN Blue Cross' new anti-obesity ads spark controversy: Do they shame fat people? ... More >>
Duluth police officer Richard Jouppi, 34, has been placed on paid administrative leave and is under criminal investigation after brutally beating a drunk man in a wheelchair at the Duluth Detoxification Center on September 21.SEE ALSO:-- MPD officer Blayne Lehner shown choking and pepper-spraying pr ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Gauthier decides not to seek reelection after DFL Rep. Huntley calls him a "child molester"-- Duluth's Last Place on Earth raided as new synthetic drug crackdown goes into effect-- Duluth flooding sets zoo seal free downtown [PHOTOS]In his last life, he was a raccoon. Now, he demarcates ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Thom Pertler, Carlton County Attorney, reportedly blew a ridiculous 0.336-- Thom Pertler, Carlton County attorney, had nearly empty bottle of vodka in car-- Thom Pertler, Carlton County attorney, quits teaching gig after showing up to class drunkDespite two recent incidents where he made ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Rep. Kerry Gauthier says he's running for reelection despite rest-stop sex scandal-- Kerry Gauthier sex scandal: Are these his oral sex-seeking Craigslist posts?-- Rep. Gauthier, 56, claims rest-stop oral sex with Craigslist boy, 17, was consensualThis afternoon, Rep. Kerry Gauthier, D-D ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Rep. Kerry Gauthier under investigation for "suspicious activity" at highway rest stop-- Rep. Kerry Gauthier reportedly sexed 17-year-old boy in Duluth-area rest stopRep. Kerry Gauthier, D-Duluth, won't face charges for having oral sex with a minor at the Thompson Hill rest stop near Dul ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Thom Pertler, Carlton County Attorney, reportedly blew a ridiculous 0.336The Duluth News Tribune is calling out the State Patrol and Duluth Police Department for not releasing more information about a mysterious rest stop incident involving state Rep. Kerry Gauthier, D-Duluth.Gauthier is u ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- MN Marriage amendment: Majority support one man-one woman definition, says new survey-- Catholic school teacher forced to resign after disagreeing with church's gay marriage stance-- Marriage amendment means it's a great time to be in Minnesota's media businessThe Fargo Forum's managemen ... More >>
People who have worked with Kirk and Beth Schield's foster children call them "loving and caring" parents. Yet the couple's foster care license has been revoked after a state investigator couldn't get Beth to promise she'd stop spanking her foster children.Kirk is pastor of Shepherd of the Lake Luth ... More >>
The effects of last month's unprecedented flooding can be seen in aerial shots of Lake Superior, which show chocolate milk-colored waters stretching all the way from the Twin Ports to Wisconsin's Chequamegon Bay.Erik Brown, acting director of the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesot ... More >>
The Lake Superior Zoo is one of the hardest-hit victims of the torrential rainfall and subsequent flooding that has the Duluth area on lockdown today.According to the Duluth News Tribune, the zoo's Polar Shores exhibit, which housed seals and a polar bear, has been completely flooded out. The zoo's ... More >>
Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler resigned his adjunct teaching job at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College because he showed up to class three sheets to the wind.February 27 was the first day of a law enforcement class Pertler teaches about Minnesota statutes. The class began at 6 p.m ... More >>
It probably wasn't the sort of showing members of the Supreme White Alliance had in mind, but really, what else did they expect? Eleven members of the white supremacist group took part in an anti-Un-Fair Campaign march in downtown Duluth on Saturday morning, only to be vastly outnumbered by count ... More >>
A pro-white group plans to rally in protest of Duluth's controversial anti-racism billboards.Backlash against the Un-Fair Campaign's "It's hard to see racism when you're white" billboards continues. Stormfront -- a "white nationalist" group devoted to promoting white pride throughout the world -- ... More >>
All the news that mattered Monday morning.Front page editors around Minnesota were doubtless biting their fingernails last night as the White House kept pushing back its official announcement that Osama bin Laden had been shot and killed in a firefight outside Islamabad, Pakistan. But confir ... More >>
There may be more to Horner's newspaper endorsements than his qualifications.With the election only days away, Tom Horner's chance at moving into the Governor's Mansion are looking pretty slim. After all, leading political statistician Nate Silver gives Democrat Mark Dayton an 85% chance of vi ... More >>
Dustin Nelson's going down to the woods in Moose LakeGampers Restaurant, out on County Road 61 in Moose Lake, is a fine family establishment, popular with the locals for its bowling alley, and a fine plate of loaded-to-the-gills nachos. So why in tarnation is level-3 sex offender Dustin Kenne ... More >>
Clear?There's been a long-simmering resentment in Ely about the decision in 1978 to ban most motorized vehicles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on the Minnesota-Something border. And in recent years, Ely Mayor Roger Skraba has been somewhat of a poster child for locals acting o ... More >>
A peace activist says the government is to blame for a letter she received suggesting her Army son was dead.
La-Z-Boy came after the police department, claiming the chair wasn't really an actual La-Z-Boy and couldn't be advertised as such.
When we're hanging out around the house with our buddies, we can't skip an opportunity to point guns at our friend's head just for the heck of it.
All of Duluth's rubber balls can rest in peace after the city's infamous rubber ball slasher has been put away for a year.
A Duluth man who has been diagnosed with the AIDS virus for a decade was having unprotected sex and not telling his partners about his disease, prosecutors say.
One day after the media reported on a Duluth tourism store along Canal Park selling shirts offensive to some American Indians in the community, the store owner publicly apologized to all American Indians for selling the merchandise in his store.
The looming threat of the Hells Angels can lead to problems when police try to watch them a little too closely as they go about their legal and quite normal vacationing activities. Some business owners are yelling overkill.
The man has a professed sexual fetish for slashing rubber exercise balls and he is accused of burglarizing yet another place to satisfy the urge, police say.
Johnson decided it would be funny to place a dead skunk on his 20-year-old sister's car in the parking lot of a gas station. When the prank backfired, he pulled out a gun.
Franken, my dear, they give a damn
City Pages took home 27 awards, including 15 first-place honors at the annual Minnesota SPJ Page One Awards Banquet.
Two Harbors is mourning the loss of one of their most historic residents: the Honking Tree. Late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, someone with a chainsaw took down the 75-foot-tall white pine in the median of the Two Harbors expressway.
The three-judge panel on Monday rejected the request, ruling that Cox had to testify based on the public nature of his job and that the amount offered is fair.
Embattled boxing commissioner goes 10 rounds with Satan
On Saturday, the Star Tribune posted a curious story about the uncertain future of its main rival, the St. Paul Pioneer Press. As noted in this space previously, speculation about the Pi Press is fully warranted, given the shareholder revolt at Knight Ridder.
The sexual harassment movie that Pawlenty won't pay to see