Environmental report card highlights threat from ‘mega-rains’ for Minnesota

Ticks are also becoming more wide-spread

A draft environmental report card for the state warns that as global temperatures warm, Minnesotans need to prepare for increases in catastrophic “mega-rains” and a greater spread of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.The report card comes from the Environmental Quality Board, which will discuss the draft next week. The final version will provide a foundation for the Minnesota Environmental Congress in February.The report card singles out climate-related issues for the lowest marks.Minnesota is getting more frequent “mega-rains,” when at least 6 inches affects over 1,000 square miles. Minnesota has experienced seven in the past 17 years, compared with four in the previous 27. Minnesota recorded two this summer alone.The report also shows how ticks are becoming more widespread across Minnesota with the warmer weather.___Online:The draft 2017 Minnesota Environment and Energy Report Card can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/2hwjr4CMinnesota Environmental Congress: https://www.eqb.state.mn.us/environmentalcongress

3 killed in 40-vehicle pileup on slick Michigan interstate

Several crashes reported near Detroit

Authorities say three people have died and 11 others are hurt following a pileup on a snow-slickened Interstate 96 near Lansing, Michigan.Lt. Eric Sanborn of the Livingston County Sheriff Department confirmed the three deaths Thursday in the pileup involving about 40 vehicles. He says 11 other people were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.Sanborn says westbound lanes of the interstate about 55 miles west of Detroit remained closed about 5{ hours after the pileup began Thursday morning.Several crashes also were reported on Detroit-area freeways

Winter Watch Information for Duluth Residents

The City of Duluth reminds residents of important winter expectations

Winter has arrived in Duluth, and the City of Duluth is reminding residents of the partnership between themselves, businesses, and the City Street Maintenance team. While many are getting out and enjoying the fun winter activities, navigating streets and/or sidewalks can always pose a challenge.

A Company Town: The Story of Silver Bay

Back in The Day: Combining Taconite With Tourism

“When I was little on the farm, I didn’t know very many people because there wasn’t many people here. I lived here before Silver Bay even did,” said Jenny Hanson, a resident of Silver Bay.