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In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, photo, Paige Wagner, Kelly Gilomen, Trevor Peterson and Kendra Kvebak, who created Connection Day, play a game of Scrabble at the University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, Minn. They encouraged students to connect with one another face to face, rather than through their digital devices. (Dan Kraker/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Minnesota-Duluth students want you to hang up your phone

Feb. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — If you’re reading this on your phone — stop. Look up. Who’s nearby? Any kids, partners, co-workers or friends who might be trying to talk to you? And how many times have you checked your phone today, anyway? Those are the questions that a small group of college...

With little ice on Superior, access to ice caves unlikely

Jan. 31, 2020 5:15 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The breathtaking ice caves along the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will likely be inaccessible this year due to low ice coverage on Lake Superior. On Friday, less than 5% of Lake Superior was covered by ice; ice coverage is typically 25% at the end of January. The Star Tribune...

Duluth man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing wife

Jan. 27, 2020 12:52 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his wife after she planned to divorce him. Ryan Jazdzewski, 40, entered the plea to intentional second-degree murder in the June death of 41-year-old Nicole Ann Jazdzewski at their home. Jazdzewski admitted he "lost it" and "just...

Veterinary students clear sled dogs for Beargrease Marathon

Jan. 25, 2020 5:05 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Before sled dogs can compete in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, they have to be cleared by vets to ensure they can handle the race. WDIO-TV reports that University of Minnesota students who are studying to become veterinarians gave the dogs check-ups Saturday morning. Up to...

Striking snowplow drivers, St. Louis County reach agreement

Jan. 20, 2020 7:43 PM EST

ELEVETH, Minn. (AP) — Snowplow drivers in northeastern Minnesota ended their strike with St. Louis County Monday when union members voted to approve a new contract. Teamsters Local 320 members went on strike Wednesday afternoon over differences about health care and accrued sick leave. On Monday morning,...

Regulators OK natural gas power plant in northern Wisconsin

Jan. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators have approved plans for a $700 million power plant on the shores of Lake Superior despite conservationists' concerns that the facility will harm the environment. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 on Thursday to...

Falling snow covers Teamsters Local 320 members as they picket in front of the St. Louis County MN garage in Virginia Minn., Wednesday January 15, 2020. The St. Louis County heavy equipment and snow plow drivers went on strike Wednesday morning. (Mark Sauer/The Mesabi Daily News via AP)

Plow drivers on strike in snowy northeastern Minnesota

Jan. 15, 2020 7:06 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Union snowplow drivers went on strike in northeastern Minnesota where a winter weather advisory was posted as snow moved into the region. Teamsters Local 320 official Brian Aldes said the strike in St. Louis County began Wednesday. Union members voted overwhelmingly Saturday to reject...

Snowplow drivers set to strike Wednesday in St. Louis County

Jan. 14, 2020 4:04 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Union snowplow drivers are set to strike Wednesday in northeastern Minnesota's St. Louis County as snow moves into the area. Teamsters Local 320 posted on Facebook that union negotiators and members decided to engage in a county-wide work stoppage. The local's chief negotiator, Erik...

Minnesota county has plan if snowplow drivers strike

Jan. 13, 2020 2:27 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Union snowplow drivers in northeastern Minnesota’s St. Louis County could go on strike as early as midnight Tuesday, as some snow is expected in the region. County officials have a contingency plan to keep roads plowed, but they are hoping they don’t have to use it....

St. Louis County plow drivers reject offer, poised to strike

Jan. 12, 2020 11:01 AM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Union snowplow drivers in St. Louis County are poised to go on strike just as snow moves into northeastern Minnesota. Members of Teamsters Local 320 voted 117-8 on Saturday to reject the county's final contract offer. Union negotiators rejected the offer after mediation on Friday. A...