This year’s shipping season is getting off to a slow start due to record levels of ice on the Great Lakes after an extremely cold winter. Some ice on Lake Superior is still several feet thick, and ice breakers are working to carve paths for ships. Jim Sharrow with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority says that even with the help, several fleets have delayed their first sailing until early April.
Authorities say one of 14 men charged with operating an online child exploitation network was arrested in Minnesota.
One Wisconsin town among the many dealing with frozen waterways and clogged drains because melted snow has no place to go has tried an explosive new approach: blowing up a creek. Town of Onalaska officials hired a blaster to stick several hundred sticks of plastic explosives in the frozen Sand Lake Coulee Creek and blow it up on Friday.
Lake Michigan’s ice cover has set a record. The federal government’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor reports that ice spread across 93.29 percent of the lake’s surface area on Saturday.
On March 6, 2014 we received word from NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory that the Great Lakes were 92.2% covered by ice — the second-highest ice cover on record.
Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to continue a steady recovery this year, courtesy of widespread ice cover that is slowing evaporation and snowfall that has approached record amounts in some cities, federal experts said Wednesday.
National Park rangers have reopened the popular ice caves along the Lake Superior shore near the Apostle Islands. Officials closed the area Thursday night because of the strong winter storm and uncertainty how it would affect ice conditions on the lake.
There’s a law you may not know about that you could be breaking this winter. In Minnesota, drivers are required to clear their car windows of snow before driving. Scraping may seem pretty standard, but a lot of people aren’t doing it. Officers say that’s caused a string of accidents.
Officials in a northern Minnesota city are telling residents to keep their water running until April if the temperature of the water coming out of the faucet is close to freezing.
The Department of Public Safety is urging Minnesota residents who have homes heated with natural gas to clear their meters of ice and snow.
In it’s 39th year, the Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby was held Saturday afternoon. Besides fishing, the event featured a vintage snowmobile show and an ice-auger drilling contest. Photojournalist Mike Durenberger has all the sights and sounds from the derby.
For the first time, we’re hearing from a Sartell, Minn. man who fell through thin ice and spent more than 25 minutes underwater. He then spent three and a half weeks in a coma and lost more than 50 pounds.
Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation, and our cold and snowy winters don’t stop runners. There are some unique hazards connected to winter running that can cause serious injuries, even to experienced runners. Runner Jeff Dehler says his biggest concerns with winter running is slipping and falling on the ice.
At least 50 volunteers spent Saturday outside, adding ice to an already frozen lake. They were “hatching” ice luminaries on Lake of the Isles, which will be safely stored until the City of Lakes Luminary Loppet on Feb. 1. In the video above, WCCO photojournalist Joe Mears shows us the cold, wet process.
Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has been making progress toward a return to playing. Harding took part in the team skate before the Wild hosted Ottawa on Tuesday.