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A slow start in the first round of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on Saturday has Penn State looking up at Iowa in the team race as 15 points separate the Lions and the Hawkeyes after a long first day at Bryce Jordan Center. With all four mats still occupied at 11:25 p.m., Penn State coach Cael Sanderson said on Zoom that some of his six freshmen wrestled better than others, perhaps ...

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Mar. 7—Minnesota health officials have identified a growing outbreak of a COVID-19 variant, known as the B117 variant, in Carver County, outside the Twin Cities. Nearly 70 cases have been linked to students involved in school and club sports since late January, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials are recommending a county-wide two-week pause on all ...

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Mar. 7—Emily Ford and her borrowed sled dog, Diggins, walked into Interstate State Park near St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, on Saturday afternoon and ended their 10-week journey across the entire route of Wisconsin's 1,136-mile Ice Age Trail. Ford, of Duluth, becomes only the second person on record to complete a winter thru-hike of the trail that zig-zags across the state along the line of the ...

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Mar. 7—Northeastern Minnesota recorded its largest single-day vaccination growth Saturday. Another 8,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to residents in the seven-county region. Prior to Saturday, the single-day record was 4,350 on Feb. 27. The vaccination growth is due to an increase in vaccine supply from the federal government to Minnesota, according to a news release from the ...

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Mar. 7—The city of Duluth will be closing a portion of Keene Creek Dog Park to users beginning Monday. The closure includes the area of the dog park where newly seeded turf was established last year. The area was temporarily opened to dog park users during the winter season when ground conditions were snow-covered and frozen, a city news release said Friday. With recent warm temperatures and ...

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Mar. 7—The city of Duluth will hold a virtual public hearing March 16 to discuss the proposed delay of the stormwater rate increase. In January, the city accidently charged Duluth homeowners at the increased stormwater rate, which wasn't supposed to begin until July, to give those experiencing financial hardships during the pandemic more time to prepare. To make up for the rate increase in ...

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Mar. 7—The United States Coast Guard has announced the start of the spring ice-breaking operations on Lake Superior. The 225-foot cutter Alder will depart its mooring in Duluth on Wednesday to prepare for this year's shipping season. Alder will then fracture ice through the Duluth and Superior harbors before heading north to clear ice from Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Taconite Harbor, according ...

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Mar. 7—John Ryder said cutting down buckthorn was a perfect opportunity to log volunteer hours as a Minnesota Master Naturalist. "It's a spring day, the sun's out and there's not much to do," he said as he stood on the frozen pond in the Rochester Izaak Walton League Wetlands. He was among a handful of volunteers joining five staff members from the Lewiston branch of Prairie Restoration Inc. ...

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Mar. 7—BOYS BASKETBALL BIG NINE CONFERENCE —Emmanuel Manyuon paced Austin with 24 points. Teyghan Hovland added 14 points and Gage Manahan and Dieth Duop had eight apiece. HIAWATHA VALLEY LEAGUE —Jace Bigelow scored 17 points, Camden Holecek 16 and Jake Hallstrom 13 as Kasson-Mantorville edged Lourdes 51-49 in Hiawatha Valley League play. SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE —Chase Johnson had 20 points and ...

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Mar. 7—Here are a few things to know about buckthorn. 1. Two species of buckthorn are found in Minnesota. Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources lists common (European) buckthorn and glossy buckthorn as the non-native, invasive buckthorn species found in Minnesota. Both species can grow as shrubs or trees with the ability to reach 20 feet. Common buckthorn favors dry to moist areas, and ...