The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a Minnesota company $59-million contract to help control flooding along the Red River. Ames Construction, based in Burnsville, is expected to build a concrete flow structure south of the Moorhead-Fargo area.
The Cook Fire Department responded to a call at the Elbow Lake Lodge, just north of Cook Monday morning. Smoke was seen billowing out of the building that housed maintenance equipment. The fire is under investigation.
Wildlife officials say three ruffed grouse in Itasca County have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus. The Minnesota DNR says it is the first time that eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed to cause illness in a Minnesota wild animal.
Students were evacuated from schools in International Falls due to a potential bomb threat Monday. Authorities conducted preliminary searches of both schools, and there was no indication that anything suspicious was found.
Lake Superior remains near a record high but has begun its typical seasonal decline. The International Lake Superior Board of Control said there is a continued risk of shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding and coastal damages over the next several weeks.
An updated environmental review of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement project has found no serious impacts on Lake Superior from hypothetical spills. Enbridge hopes to start construction next year if it receives final approval.