Latest Lake Superior News

Longtime superintendent of Isle Royale National Park retires

Nov. 3, 2019 9:24 AM EST

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The longtime superintendent of Isle Royale National Park in Michigan is retiring. Phyllis Green stepped down Friday as head of the remote park in northwestern Lake Superior. She held the position for 18 years. It was her final stop in a 41-year career with the federal government that...

Powerful lake storm hits Twin Ports

Oct. 22, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Twin Ports residents are clearing debris after a forceful storm knocked down trees and power lines and caused flooding near Lake Superior. Duluth city officials say they will begin to assess damage from the storm Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory because the...

Buyer now has keys to historic Lake Superior lighthouse

Oct. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — There is no driveway, not even a sidewalk, to Steven Broudy's new home away from home. To get there requires a long drive through a narrow canopy of trees, then a 10-minute scamper down a third-of-a-mile-long breakwater at the end of Wisconsin Point — first over mammoth...

Enbridge offers at least $24M to settle tribe pipeline suit

Oct. 10, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Enbridge Energy has offered the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa at least $24 million to settle a lawsuit the tribe filed to shut down and remove the Line 5 pipeline from its reservation in northern Wisconsin. But tribal leaders say their position against the pipeline remains...

Minnesota regulators restart Line 3 pipeline review process

Oct. 1, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State utility regulators on Tuesday unfroze the approval process for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, directing a state agency to fix the deficiencies identified by a court in the project's environmental review. The...

Wisconsin man dies after boat capsizes in Lake Superior

Oct. 1, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a Wisconsin man died after his boat capsized with two other passengers in Minnesota's Lake Superior. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says 68-year-old Donald James Sarter was the operator of a 21-foot Monark aluminum-hulled boat that capsized at about 11...

Minnesota regulators to revisit Line 3 oil pipeline dispute

Sep. 30, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utility regulators are preparing to discuss restarting the approval process for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The project had been on hold because of legal challenges by environmental and tribal groups that...

High-water Great Lakes reveal pieces of shipwreck history

Sep. 30, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Fragments of long-lost ships are being flung ashore on Michigan beaches. Skeletons of foundered vessels are showing themselves, then vanishing again. With water levels at or approaching record highs on the Great Lakes, history has been visible in unexpected volume on Michigan shorelines....

Water certification denied for Line 3; re-filing expected

Sep. 27, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota pollution regulators have denied a water quality certification for Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 upgrade, but it may be a short-lived victory for opponents of the project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced the denial Friday. The agency said the move was...

118 years after the Hudson sank in Superior gale, it's found

Sep. 27, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Flags flew at half-mast as the freighter Hudson passed through the Duluth ship canal on a mid-September day just over 118 years ago. The crew of the ship was paying their respects to President William McKinley, who had succumbed to an assassin's bullet the day before. It was a somber...