Minnesota legislators look expand internet access
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While cities and towns in Koochiching County might have fast and reliable internet service, large parts of the northern Minnesota region currently have no good options. Paul Nevanen, director of the county's Economic Development Authority, says that translates to headaches for the area's economy.
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Record-setting heat Sunday in Minnesota
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Late summer temperatures in northern and north central Minnesota rose to record-setting levels during the weekend.
The mercury climbed to 89 degrees Sunday in Brainerd, beating a record of 82 set in 2015.
The National Weather Service says the average high for Brainerd this time of year is 69.
Record-breaking September cold hits northern Minnesota
HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — The mercury is falling in northern Minnesota, with cold air bringing in a record-breaking chill.
The National Weather Service says temperatures plunged below the freezing mark in several locations early Thursday.
It was 28 degrees (-2 Celsius) in International Falls, breaking the Sept. 6 record of 31 (-0.5 C). It was 29 degrees (-1.6 C) in Hibbing, exceeding the bone-chilling lowest low of 33 (0.5 C) for the same date.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The State Patrol says a motorcyclist has died in a collision with a moose in northern Minnesota.
The patrol says 66-year-old Gary Allan Vansickle of Milaca was riding a Harley-Davidson on Highway 6 in Koochiching County when he struck a moose that was crossing the road on Saturday.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Voyageurs National Park and the U.S. Mint will hold festivities next month to mark the release of a commemorative quarter honoring the park on Minnesota's northern border.
The Voyageurs quarter is part of a series of 56 commemoratives highlighting America's national parks. It shows a loon with a rock cliff in the background.
Feds seize $1.4M in knockoff home sound systems at Minnesota border crossing
Federal border agents in northern Minnesota have seized a shipment of hundreds of knockoff home theater systems that are being valued at nearly $1.4 million.
The discovery in a rail container, announced Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, occurred at the International Falls port of entry on the border with Canada.
One 135-mile endurance race wasn’t enough; ultramarathoners get their ‘Double Arrowhead’
Two ultramarathoners from Minneapolis covering the Arrowhead 135-mile endurance race route twice on foot back to back finished the final mile of 270 late Wednesday afternoon in frigid Tower, Minn.
Imagine traversing 135 miles of the frozen hinterlands of the North Woods on foot in the dead of winter.
Youll start in International Falls, Minn., aka the Icebox of the Nation and Frosbite Falls, and follow the Arrowhead State Trail used primarily by snowmobilers. Youll drag all your gear and fuel behind you in a sled, sleep outside, and have no support crew but for three checkpoints along the way. And you must finish in Tower in under 60 hours.
Maybe youve heard of Bold North. How about Old North?
Early Monday morning, two Minnesotans in their 70s will be at the starting line of the Arrowhead 135, a winter wilderness trek starting in International Falls, described as one of the worlds toughest endurance races.
Minnesota ends 2017 on frigid note
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is ending 2017 on a frigid note.
Days of arctic cold are persisting. The National Weather Service reports Embarrass in northeastern Minnesota dropped to a low of 45 degrees below zero Sunday. International Falls bottomed out at 32 below while Duluth dropped to 24 below.
St. Cloud in central Minnesota recorded a low of 24 below. Minneapolis-St. Paul hit 16 below.
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The Latest: In Minnesota, temperature drops to 37 below zero
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on cold and snowy weather across the northern U.S. (all times local):
The "Nation's Icebox" is feeling the chill and setting a record.
Brrr! After record snow, bitter cold ahead for northern US
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, even setting a record in a Minnesota city so cold it's called the Icebox of the Nation, and will stay put for days to come as snow-hardened Erie digs out from a record snowfall.
Forecasters warned of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.
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Record-breaking cold settles over northeast Minnesota
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An arctic wave is bringing record cold to northeastern Minnesota.
The National Weather Service reports International Falls and Hibbing set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning. International Falls — the self-proclaimed "Nation's Icebox" — plunged to 37 degrees below zero, breaking the old record of 32 below set in 1924, while Hibbing bottomed out at 28 below, breaking the old record of 27 below set in 1964.
Massive fire destroys oil company in northern Minnesota
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A massive fire in northern Minnesota has destroyed a heating oil and fuel company near the Canadian border.
Rainy Lake Oil Co. erupted in huge plumes of fire, fueled by eight or nine tanks inside the company's warehouse Monday night near International Falls.
The local fire department says the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Lare fire damages International Falls oil refinery
A large fire erupted at an oil refinery in International Falls, where several explosions were heard, authorities said.
The fire broke out bout 7:10 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Oil Company on County Road 332 on the southeast side of the city near the airport.
Nobody was hurt and International Falls Mayor Robert Anderson said no adjacent structures were damaged.
Judy Hardin, 76, formerly of International Falls and Rochester, died at her home in Lady Lake, Fla., on Saturday May 6, 2017. Judy was surrounded by her three children.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A new report from the National Park Service estimates the local economic impact of visitors to Voyageurs National Park at about $24 million in 2016.
The park service says nearly 242,000 people visited Voyageurs last year, spending nearly $20 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 310 jobs and had a cumulative economic benefit of about $24.6 million in the area as a whole.
Suspect in Iowa slaying picked up near Canadian border
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say customs officials near the Canadian border have taken into custody a man suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend in a suburb of Des Moines.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials detained the man Sunday in International Falls, Minnesota after recognizing his car from a description provided by police in Johnston, Iowa, where the slaying occurred.
Edna Mae Denny, of Pine Island, passed away on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at the Golden Living Center-East in Rochester at the age of 82.
The funeral will be at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 21, at United Methodist Church in Pine Island, with the Rev. Carolyn Westlake officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were made with Mahn Family Funeral Home - Mahler Chapel.
VIRGINIA — Winter is ... well, it’s here. And so is hockey, for that matter.
For the Blue Devils, their hockey season officially begins Friday night as they take the long trek up to Bronco Arena in International Falls. But as to what they expect when they get there, head coach Reed Larson is at a bit of a loss.
A group of International Falls businessmen will open a brand-new $230 million wood-pellet plant in Arkansas next week that could offer a blueprint for economic development in northern Minnesota.
Highland Pellets will begin churning out 600,000 metric tons of pellets per year for a wood-fired power plant in England. The company is run by, among others, Dennis Wagner, the president of Wagner Construction, and Marty Goulet, its chief financial officer.