The Flame of Hope started its journey across Minnesota at the U.S./Canada border Monday morning. Law enforcement agencies from across the state escorted the flame down from the shore, where it reached Grand Marais Monday afternoon.
While the Greenwood fire has been devastating for homeowners and and residents, an Assistant Professor who studies Earth and Environmental Sciences said it may also have some positive impacts on the forest in time.
Crews battling the Greenwood Fire are asking the public not to send any more donations after the huge amounts of food and water have started to attract bears. They have already had two instances of bear damage to stored donations.
The John Ek Fire, burning 2.5 miles south of Little Saganaga Lake, nearly doubled in size Monday, from 800 to 1,500 acres. As a result, some Gunflint Trail residents have been told to prepare to evacuate. It applies to residents from Seagull Lake to the south end of Loon Lake.
Members of the Duluth City Council from both sides of the political spectrum are supporting a series of amendments to the city's proposed budget to increase funding for police and fire. Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan is making the extra spending possible.
The Red Lake Nation is requiring all people who come to the reservation for work or other business purposes to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or show weekly test results. There are exceptions for pregnant women, children under 12, and others.