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The North Shore News Hour includes up-to-the minute weather, North Shore happenings in local news, sports and entertainment, as well as a variety of features from WTIP staff and volunteers. If you miss the North Shore News Hour at noon, tune in for a replay Monday through Thursday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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Rock of Ages Lighthouse at Isle Royale, July 2019 - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Restoration of Rock of Ages Lighthouse continues

The historic Rock of Ages Lighthouse in Lake Superior had fallen into disrepair when the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed in 2008. The society has made great strides in restoration since the work on the grounds began in 2016. 

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence checked in with Heather Gerth of the society to hear the latest on the restoration work. 


A snowy Highway 61 near Schroeder - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Winter storm advisory for Monday's commute

Another winter storm will be rolling across Minnesota and into Wisconsin tonight, December 8. According to the National Weather Service, the storm will once again have less impact on the North Shore, but Cook County can still expect 4 - 6 inches overnight, with the worst conditions between midnight and 6 a.m.
Cook County and northern Lake County are under a winter weather advisory until noon on Monday, and by 10 p.m., Sunday, freezing drizzle had begun.
The weather service predicts 6 - 8 inches in the Silver Bay area and 6 - 10 inches in the already hard-hit Duluth area. Across Lake Superior in the Ashland and Hurley, Wisconsin areas, snow totals could reach 8 to 12 inches.

Snow will begin before midnight Sunday in central Minnesota and will spread east, giving heavy snowfall rates between midnight and noon before exiting Monday afternoon.

Sunday night’s low will likely fall to zero.

The Monday high should be around 6 degrees. Monday night temps will fall to -11 degrees, with winds of 5 to 10 mph, and some gusts as high as 15 mph. That equals wind chills of -20 or -30 degrees.

Cold temperatures continue through the week, with a Tuesday high near -2; the Tuesday night low, -15 degrees. The forecast expects continued negative temps on Wednesday with a high near -2 and the Wednesday night low, around -11.

At this time, the National Weather Service predicts a warming trend on Thursday with a high near 13 degrees.

The predicted hazardous conditions could impact the Monday morning commute.

Motorists are advised to plan on slippery road conditions. Each year, on average, more than 5,000 people are killed and more than 418,000 are injured due to weather-related vehicle crashes. If you need to drive in snow or cold conditions, take it slow in the snow. Black ice can be difficult to see. If the temperature is near freezing, drive like you're on ice--you may be!

Before you leave the house, especially before a longer trip, make sure all fluid levels are full and ensure that the lights, heater, and windshield wipers are in proper condition. Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

The old dock at Hat Point was destroyed in the severe storms in September and October 2019. Submitted photo

Grand Portage prepares for repairs, improvements to Hat Point Marina

The Hat Point Marina – home base for the Grand Portage-Isle Royale Transportation Line for many decades – is slated for some long-needed repairs and upgrades, hopefully, this spring and summer. Although the need for the work was highlighted after severe storms in September and October destroyed the old dock, this is a project that has been years in the making.

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior has been working on plans to redevelop the marina and ferry terminal for several years. The project cost is estimated to be $5.2 million.

The Grand Portage Band has received a $3.2 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, part of a tax-incentive program to encourage investment in economically distressed communities. More funds were garnered from the Minnesota Department of Transportation piers program.

And the community will contribute in-kind work with the Grand Portage Construction Department doing much of the grounds preparation work.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence learns more from Grand Portage Tribal Chair Beth Drost in this interview.

Rhonda also talked to Tony Swader of Grand Portage Trust Lands, who has been spearheading project planning.


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Kylan Hill - Photo courtesy of CO Hill

New DNR Conservation Officer in Tofte area

 As WTIP listeners likely know, with the retirement of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Darin Fagerman in June 2019, Cook County was down a CO. That void has been filled and there is now a new Tofte area conservation officer, Kylan Hill.

Rhonda Silence sat down with this new member of the DNR Conservation Officer team to learn more about how he came to be a CO and his thoughts on his new station.

Conservation Officer Hill asked WTIP to share his phone number, so citizens who have questions may contact him at 218-387-4393.


Cook County Law Enforcement Center - Photo by Rhonda Silence

A look at the Law Enforcement Log, Nov. 18-24

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office shared a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center from November 18 - 24. WTIP requested more information on a number of the incidents logged by law enforcement dispatchers.

On November 19, an individual getting a divorce came into the law enforcement center at 9:20 a.m. to see if there is anything that came be done because his soon-to-be ex-wife had dropped him from her health insurance. He was told this is a civil matter and advised to talk to an attorney.

That afternoon at 3:58 p.m., a party came into the law enforcement center to speak to a deputy about someone harassing her. She was advised to file for a restraining order.

The Cook County Recycle Center called at 8:11 a.m. on November 20 to report a van parked across the road, in the way when trailers are moved in and out of the center. The sheriff’s office checked and the vehicle is parked legally in the Little League field parking area, but the owner was contacted to see if it could be moved. It has a bad transmission and the party is working on it.

The sheriff’s office assisted the Cook County Environmental Health Department with a video documenting at 10:20 a.m. on November 20.

There was a report of a structure fire on East Highway 61 at 2:10 on November 20. The reporting party said cabin number 3 is on fire. Grand Portage, Colvill and Hovland fire departments and Cook County Ambulance were paged.
Grand Portage Fire was on scene by 2:30 p.m. and found a chimney fire, smoldering in the rafters, as the renters were using the woodstove. Grand Portage said the other departments could stand down. All responders were clear of the scene by 4:51 p.m.

 There was a report of a vulnerable adult being a victim of theft on November 20.

A party called at 7:50 p.m. on November 20, asking for a welfare check on 28-year-old their son in Tofte. The party said they normally hear from him once a day. Cook County asked if the son has mental health or drug issues. The parent did not think so and told Cook County to disregard the call, they would go to the son’s home to check on him themselves. They will call back if assistance is needed.

There was a report of suspicious activity on West Highway 61 at 9:41 p.m. on November 20. It was determined that it was someone putting some items in storage.

A call reporting an overdue motorist on the slippery Gunflint Trail at 12:38 a.m. on November 21 led to a deputy going in the ditch in a squad car. The incident started when a party asked the sheriff’s office to check on her daughter, who was coming to her residence on Mile ‘O Pine Drive from Grand Marais.
A deputy checked the daughter’s place of work and other possible places she could be and then headed up the Gunflint Trail to look for her car. The deputy told dispatchers that the Gunflint Trail was practically undriveable at 1:36 a.m. At 1:39 a.m., the deputy reported that the squad car had gone in the ditch. Staff from Poplar Haus assisted the deputy and he was on the way again at 1:58 a.m. The deputy found the daughter on South Gunflint Road. Her car had gone into the ditch. She was delivered to her destination at 2:20 a.m.

At 4:14 a.m., on November 21, a party called to say said he hydro-planed and went off the road into the ditch, taking out a couple of trees. He said there were no injuries, but it looks like the vehicle is probably going to be totaled. The reporting party needed to continue on to the border so he could plow their parking lot. He just wanted to advise that his pickup would be in the ditch until he could get back to it and call a tow.

Sheriff deputies assisted probation on November 21 with the transport of a party that was being released from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center.

At 8:55 a.m. on November 21, a party called to say they were having difficulties getting up the hill on the Gunflint Trail in his logging truck. He was having to back down the hill and requested help. The Cook County Highway Department was contacted for sand and a deputy responded to follow the truck up the hill with lights on. The truck was up the hill and the deputy clear at 9:18 a.m.

A party called the sheriff’s office at 9:54 a.m. on November 21 to report that he had hit a tree while plowing in a Grand Portage Housing vehicle. There was minimal damage. Photos were taken. No citations were issued.
There was a report of child neglect at 10:22 a.m. on November 21. The call was determined to be a matter of record.

A party called from the Gunflint Trail at 11 a.m. on November 21 to report damage to a room. There was a broken TV and the room was a mess. The credit card number left for damages got denied and phone calls to the party were unanswered. The sheriff’s office called the party and left a message. Shortly after the resort owner called to say the renter had called and will provide a credit card number.

A deputy provided assistance to a tow truck pulling a car out of the ditch on east Highway 61 at 12:11 p.m. on November 21.

There were four reports of possible fraud on November 21. One party gave the sheriff’s office a phone number for a caller who told him he was getting money back for computer services. There were three other reports the same day, reporting a call supposedly from the Social Security Association. None of the parties gave any personal information and just wanted the calls on record.
There was another fraud call report on November 23. This call was supposedly from Medicare and the caller asked for personal information. Information was not given. The party asked that the Sheriff’s Office keep the information for the record.  

Law enforcement was contacted about a large tree down near the hops farm on North Road in Hovland at 3:11 on November 21. The Cook County Highway Department was notified.
 A party called the sheriff’s office at 9:03 a.m. on November 22 to express concern about a mail delivery vehicle heading south on Highway 61, delivering mail without flashing lights.

The sheriff’s office took a call reporting a possibly suicidal person in Grand Marais at 1:54 p.m. on November 22. A party was transported to North Shore Health.

A party reported a reckless driver at 6:07 p.m. on November 22. The caller said the red vehicle was passing in no passing zones and cutting people off. The car passed the reporting party in a 30 mph zone and flipped him off. Deputies drove west to County Road 14 and were unable to match a vehicle.

An automated fire alarm went off in Tofte at 10:18 p.m. on November 22. Tofte Fire Department and First Responders were paged and responded. It was a false alarm call, one of four such calls during this time period.

A logger called at 3:42 a.m. on November 23 to report that the Hall Road was a sheet of ice. He asked the sheriff’s office to let the highway department know to put down sand so that logging trucks can travel the road. The highway department was contacted.

Two different motorists called at 2:20 p.m. on November 23 to report another driving in front of them, driving like he is falling asleep or drunk. Information was given to Minnesota State Patrol.

 A hunter called at 6:36 p.m. on November 28 to let the sheriff’s office know that he needed to go onto private land to track a deer he had shot. He just wanted the sheriff’s office to know in case someone reported it.
There was a report of an intoxicated woman leaving an establishment at 10:15 on November 23, driving a Jeep Cherokee. The party could hardly walk. The sheriff’s office found the car parked.

A gold Pontiac Grand Am slipped off the road into the ditch on Devil Track Road at 1:22 a.m. on November 24. The party told the sheriff’s office he would get it out in the morning, as the road is very slippery. He tied caution tape to the car mirror.

A call of an unwanted person at a residence on east Highway 61 came in at 1:31 a.m. on November 24. A party said his ex was at his house. She is intoxicated and he took her keys, but he does not want her at his house. Deputies gave the woman a ride to a friend’s house

A party called at 12:49 p.m. on November 24 with questions about the new driving speeds. Are drivers allowed to go 10 mph over the posted speed limit to pass? The sheriff’s office deputy read the state statute on passing, which says the speed limit is increased by 10 mph over the posted speed limit on a highway with a speed limit equal to or higher than 55 miles per hour.

Lost and found
There were only two “lost and found” calls during this period. One party reported a lost black Toyota key fob on a rectangular shaped key ring on November 22. The second report was of a credit card was found and turned in to the counter at Java Moose on November 24.
Animal calls
There were calls of loose dogs and cows and more in this law enforcement log, starting with a call of a loose dog on West Highway 61 on November 19.

Two cows were spotted on the loose on Fall River Road at 2:17 on November 21. The owner was contacted and found all cows accounted for.

A woman on the Gunflint Trail called at 10:07 p.m. to report that a large white dog, possibly a great Pyrenees was in her yard. He was wearing a collar, but wouldn’t come to her. She wanted it noted in case the owner is looking for the dog.

As usual, there were several deer/vehicle collisions. A party called at 3:14 p.m. on November 20 stating there was an injured deer in his yard. Cook County contacted the Minnesota State Patrol to reach a conservation officer.

A car hit a deer at 10:15 a.m. on November 22. There were no injuries to the driver, but the deer needs to be dispatched, it is hobbling around on the road.

A caller reported hitting a deer near Chicago Bay Road at 10:14 p.m. on November 24. Airbags did not deploy, but there is windshield damage and other damage. There were no injuries, but the party will need a tow to Thunder Bay.

Another deer was hit on west Highway 61 at 11:47 p.m. on November 24. The deer is still alive. A deputy responded and was unable to locate the injured deer.

Traffic problems
The city’s new parking ordinance and flyers informing the public of which side of the street to park resulted in 88 “parking problem” log entries. It also brought a party into the law enforcement center on November 20 to say that they had received a flyer event though they were parked on the proper side of the street.

There were 18 traffic stops, with 13 reprimands and five citations. Deputies also conducted ATV patrols.
Deputies made 8 business and residence checks. There were three medical calls.

Dispatchers handled 8 crank or misdialed 9-1-1 calls and issued 15 burn permits. One permit to carry was issued.

For non-emergencies, call the Cook County Sheriff's Office at 218-387-3030.  If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Borealis Chorale - Photo courtesy of North Shore Music Association

Community comes together for Borealis Chorale

For over sixty years, community members have come together to present a community choral and orchestral concert at the beginning of December. The North Shore Music Association invites all to “Come hear your musically talented friends, family, and neighbors in the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra.”

The community musical event began with Ora Wilcox’s Symphonium Music Club in the 1950s, and was led by B.J. Muus from 1980 to 2010.

In 2010, accomplished composer and musician Bill Beckstrand became the group’s director, and its name changed to Borealis Chorale & Orchestra. Under his direction, the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra has continued the treasured tradition of Christmas-season concerts.

We learn more about what is in store for the audience this year in this interview by WTIP volunteer Gary Latz.


Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is operating as usual, despite rumors to the contrary. Photo courtesy of Grand Portage Lodge

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino responds to rumors

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has reached out to the community to squelch a rumor that the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is closing.
In a statement on its Facebook page, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino states, "Nothing could be further from the truth. It is unfortunate that someone is trying to disrupt our business and discredit our reputation."
The lodge opened in 1975 and the casino in 1986, and just last year completed a multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion project.
Tribal chairwoman Beth Drost gave an interview to Thunder Bay News Watch, and expressed disappointment over the rumor. She said, "It hurts us, because that's our reputation...Hopefully whoever it was, was just misquoting what someone said. It will probably stop now, because this is the truth: We are here. We are open for business.”
Grand Portage Enterprise Manager Brian Sherburne echoed that thought in this interview with WTIP’s Rhonda Silence. 

Cook County logo. WTIP file photo

County joins effort to combat youth tobacco use

The regular meeting of the Cook County board of commissioners was Tuesday, November 26. Commissioners considered personnel matters, capital improvement projects such as work at the Cook County YMCA, and changes to the county's tobacco ordinance. The meeting started at 8:30 a.m. with a time for public comment.
Two citizens came forward with comments. Commenting first was Mike Hofer, speaking on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposal to designate a 4-wheel drive vehicle route through the county, dubbed the Border-to-Border Route, or B-2-B. He expressed concern that the proposal had not had a vigorous enough evaluation and the DNR had not presented the proposal in an unbiased way. 
Hofer said because the B2B proposal does not have adequate, substantiated evidence of the short- and long-term costs and benefits to the county, commissioners should not approve the use of county roads for the touring route. 
The second citizen to speak was Arvis Thompson, who expressed concern about the county board’s plan to proceed with the administrative form of government. She read from materials shared about the administrator’s role. She said this an “awesome power” to place in one person’s hands.
She recommended establishing a probation period for the person who takes this position, to make sure they are a “fit” for the county. 
And, she asked the board to include a county employee on the interview team. Commissioner Heidi Doo-Kirk said the consultant hired to find candidates for the county administrator position is working with department heads.  
Following the public comment period, County Board Chair Ginny Storlie brought up the subject of the “Speak Your Peace Civility Project.” Storlie said she was reminding her colleagues that they all had agreed to follow the Speak Your Peace guidelines not because of any problems, but because she didn’t want to see the resolution they passed forgotten. 
Land Services matters
Land Services Department Director Tim Nelson appeared before the county board to request authorization to add a recycling assistant position to the county staff. 
Nelson said the position basically pays for itself, as the recycle center budget has currently been paying for a temporary person for most of the year.  
Commissioners asked questions of Nelson.  Nelson said although prices on recycled materials fluctuates, the amount of materials being accepted remains consistent. 
The board voted to authorize adding a recycling assistant with a unanimous vote. 
Land Services Director Nelson also gave a brief explanation of the “One Watershed, One Plan” and the county’s past efforts to protect the watershed. The primary purpose of the current plan is to identify and upgrade failing septic systems. 
In the past, Cook County has been doing this work on its own under a Lakeshore Septic Compliance Program, however lack of funding put a halt to the inspections and inventories. The One Watershed, One Plan is a cooperative initiative with Lake County. 
The two counties are eligible for $599,767 toward implementation of the One Watershed, One Plan Workplan. Cook County will receive $130,000 for contract services and $30,000 for county staff time to continue working to implement its sanitary sewer treatment system ordinance. 
Commissioners unanimously moved to approve the 2020 watershed workplan and to accept the funding. 
County Engineer contract renewed
The county board voted unanimously to renew an agreement with Lake County for shared services of County Highway Engineer Krysten Foster. 
Speaking as a peer of the engineer, Rena Rogers, the IT director and, acting county administrator, said Krysten is “a delight to work with.” 
The total cost to Cook County for the shared engineer services is $120,924, which covers the county’s portion of salary, benefits, communications and training, mileage and indirect costs. Administrator Rogers said this is an increase of $7,281.00.
Foster also received kudos from Commissioners Myron Bursheim and Bobby Deschampe for her two years of work in the county. Deschampe especially credited Foster with moving ahead with improvements to Mineral Center Road in Grand Portage, a long overlooked road. 
Capital improvement update
Acting County Administrator Rogers gave an update on three capital improvement projects. 
Rogers said following the county board meeting, she and Community Center Director Diane Booth would be doing a walk-through of the Community Center ice rink warming house to ensure the project was completed as designed. 
Rogers said the Hovland County Highway building is finished and a walk-through to check the punch list for the project will take place soon. 
Finally, work at the Cook County YMCA was completed by the company hired to find and fix problems in the swimming pool area. Rogers said the company found air gaps in the ceiling where the natatorium had not been properly sealed. 
The company also found that the air exchange system was wired incorrectly so half of the system was not working. She said gaining control of the air exchange system had already made a difference. She said the humidity is much better. 
She commended the company for completing this work is within budget and on time. And, she said she is optimistic that with the repairs authorized by the board, the county will see a dramatic impact on utility costs. She said the county may see the money spent on the repairs may be recouped rather quickly. 
Personnel matters
County Human Resources Specialist Pamela Dixon presented two personnel matters. She asked for board approval for the hiring of Kay Burkett as a taxation specialist/payroll clerk at a wage $23.48 per hour. She said Burkett has a background in the field, which recently included work as Tofte township clerk. 
Dixon then shared a letter of resignation, effective December 20, from County Attorney’s Office Administrator Carolina Mitchell, who is moving with her military husband. Mitchell wrote a letter thanking County Attorney Molly Hicken for the experience of public service and for “the culture of respect, self-care, and camaraderie” in the county attorney’s office. 
The board affirmed the resignation with regrets and wished the Mitchell family well. The board also authorized Dixon to advertise to fill the position. 
Another position was approved later in the meeting for a volunteer position on the Grand Marais Library Board. Commissioner Dave Mills asked that applicant Kristina MacPherson, who had a 35-year career as a librarian, primarily at St. Olaf College be appointed. 
T21 hearing
Finally, the county board convened a public meeting regarding a change to the Cook County Tobacco Ordinance which would raise the age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 years old to 21. 
Six people spoke, all in favor of increasing the age to 21. 
Andrea Orest spoke of her own smoking habit, which she said unfortunately, began at 14 years old. She said what allowed her to begin smoking was older friends who purchased cigarettes for her. She said had there been a larger age gap, she may not have ever started smoking and she encouraged the county to make the change. 
Mike Carlson, who said he has never smoked, also said he was strongly opposed to smoking, recalling the horrid coughing of his parents who were smokers and who had poor health. He said if increasing the age prevents one person from smoking, it should be approved. 
Assistant Principal of School District 166, Mitch Dorr, Alison McIntire of Cook County Public Health, and Taylor Blakeman of the American Lung Association all shared startling statistics and anecdotes of youth smoking and vaping habits. 
Tim Carlson, a Grand Marais City Councilor, urged the county board to make the change because “it’s the right thing to do.” He said he is willing to take a similar resolution to the city council for consideration.
The public comment period closed and commissioners had a brief discussion, asking Sheriff Pat Eliasen about enforcement of the ordinance. Sheriff Eliasen said the sheriff’s office would conduct compliance checks with vendors who sell tobacco products, something they have done in the past. 
The only dissenting voice was Commissioner Bobby Deschampe who said he understood the health concerns and said he worried about them, especially regarding vaping. However, he said he has a hard time with “government overreach.” He said he knows of several young people who are 18 who have not yet graduated, but who have signed up for military service. He questioned the fact that these young people can put their lives on the line, but can’t buy a pack of cigarettes. 
Commissioners ultimately passed the resolution to make the change to increase the age for purchase of tobacco to 21.

The National Weather Service reports over 16 inches of snow in Duluth - Logo courtesy of National Weather Service

Blizzard dumps over 16 inches of snow in Duluth

UPDATE: According to the city of Duluth and the National Weather Service, 19 inches of snow has fallen in Duluth and another 1-3 inches is predicted to fall before noon, when the storm begins to move out of the region. Winds will start to subside later today as well. The powerful winter storm has been accompanied by events and institutions issuing postponements and closures. In partnership with the National Weather Service, the city of Duluth issued a no-travel advisory at noon Saturday until further notice. In the Proctor area, a stretch of I-35 remains closed Sunday after heavy snow slammed the region. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the stretch between Exit 237 near Scanlon and Exit 249 near Boundary Avenue in Proctor is closed. No word as of 9:15 a.m. Sunday when it will re-open. It still appears that Cook County will avoid the worst of the slow-moving storm moving across Minnesota and Wisconsin, with an expected 2-5 inches of snow. However, anyone planning to head to the Twin Ports should wait. Highway 61 beyond the Cook/Lake county line is extremely hazardous, with the National Weather Service in Duluth measuring 16.3 inches before 3 a.m., Nov. 30.

Winds are creating blizzard conditions in the Duluth area with near whiteout conditions along the South Shore as well.

High waves and flooding in Duluth led the city to close access to Park Point for non-residents. The Duluth Police Department is checking identification before at the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Officials have also closed Buchanan Street and the portion of Canal Park Drive that connects to Morse Street.
The city of Duluth continues to advise absolutely no travel unless it is an emergency.

The storm is expected to last until noon on Sunday, however, the majority of snowfall will accumulate before 6 a.m.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Snowfall predictions for Thanksgiving weekend. Image courtesy of National Weather Service

Worst of winter storm may miss Cook County

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, the forecast remains on track for a powerful winter storm to greatly impact holiday travel this weekend with very heavy snow accumulations likely.
For the North Shore, winds up to 40 mph are possible which will likely result in Blizzard conditions Saturday afternoon and night. Visibility of a quarter mile or less will be possible during this time along the Lake Superior North Shore, however, it appears much of the storm will stall short of the Cook County border.
The afternoon briefing on Friday, November 29, shows Cook County under a Winter Storm Watch, not yet a Winter Storm Warning, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.
But south of the Arrowhead region, confidence remains high in heavy snow accumulations, strong east to northeast winds, and the possibility for lakeshore flooding in Duluth and Superior.
That entire area is now covered by either a Blizzard or Winter Storm Warning. The anticipated start time is early Saturday morning, with possibly a period of wintery mix. The Weather Service says the worst weather conditions will be on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.
According to the National Weather Service, this storm has the potential to become a top-10 highest two-day snowfall total in recorded history for Duluth, with top-15 totals for Ashland and Brainerd.