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3 historic lighthouses on the Great Lakes to be auctioned

Jul. 18, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three historic Great Lakes lighthouses owned by the federal government are going on the auction block. They include Lake Huron's Poe Reef lighthouse. That lighthouse 6 miles east of Cheboygan, Michigan, guides ships through a hazardous channel. The Ontonagon Breakwater...

Task force considers options for saving Lake Superior reef

Jul. 16, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

LAKE LINDEN, Mich. (AP) — A government task force is considering three ways to deal with mining waste rock that threatens to smother a natural reef in Lake Superior off the Keweenaw Peninsula. The Buffalo Reef Task Force has scheduled a public meeting for July 31 in Lake Linden to discuss the options....

2 Michigan men clash over Upper Peninsula's glowing rocks

Jul. 13, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

BRIMLEY, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan men are in conflict over recently discovered glowing rocks in the Upper Peninsula. Erik Rintamaki is credited with finding the sodalite-rich syenite rocks in 2017 on a Lake Superior beach near Brimley. He chose to name the fluorescent rocks "Yooperlites." Rintamaki...

Minnesota woman who swims topless vows to return to beach

Jul. 10, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who swims topless in Lake Superior says she won't be dissuaded by someone who called the police on her. Michelle Bennett was sunbathing topless on the beach in Duluth last month when a woman asked her to cover up, saying she was making the woman's children...

Great Lakes water levels continue surge; 2 set records

Jul. 9, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Water levels in two of the Great Lakes are the highest ever recorded. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that Lakes Erie and Ontario last month reached their highest points since record-keeping began in 1918. Also setting a new mark was Lake St. Clair, which is part of the...

Minnesota state parks work to keep the crowds coming back

Jul. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of the best places to see just how popular some Minnesota state parks have become is Gooseberry Falls State Park, along the North Shore of Lake Superior, where the Gooseberry River cascades over a series of dramatic drops just a short walk from the highway. More than 750,000...

Minnesota regulators won't appeal ruling on Enbridge project

Jul. 3, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota utility officials won't appeal a ruling that shot down their approval of an environmental impact statement for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace an aging crude oil pipeline. Instead, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission said Wednesday that it will try to fix flaws in its...

Eau Claire, Duluth continue debate over historic locomotive

Jul. 1, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Over the course of more than three decades, the Soo Line Locomotive No. 2719 traveled about 4 million miles on the Soo Line, hauling passengers across the Upper Midwest. But now, that train is at the center of a complicated tug of war between the city of Eau Claire and the Lake...

Enbridge pipeline project hits another Minnesota obstacle

Jun. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy's plan to replace an aging crude oil pipeline that runs through northern Minnesota hit another obstacle Tuesday when two state agencies said they would hold up approval of the project's permits until problems with its environmental review are resolved. The Minnesota...

Indiana teen gets 45 years for fatally stabbing mother

Jun. 12, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana teenager accusing of stabbing her mother more than 60 times has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. Seventeen-year-old Chastinea T. Reeves was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in the February 2017 slaying of 34-year-old Jamie Garnett at their home in Gary,...