Reporter | Duluth/Superior

Brooks Johnson writes about the Duluth/Superior region. He joined the Star Tribune in 2019. Sign up to receive the new North Report newsletter.

Raised in Fargo and educated at the University of Montana, Johnson worked at newspapers in Idaho and Washington state before heading to the Duluth News Tribune in 2016. He lives in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood with his wife and son and can often be found hiking, running, reading or doing other Duluthy things.


Lake Superior College wants $14M to move growing manufacturing campus

The college wants to bring the program back to the main campus.


911 calls increase to Duluth Fire Department, but they're usually not for fires

A small fraction of calls are for fires, according to the yearly data.


Double-win for St. Paul Highland Park, Nordic ski champ Molly Moening

The sophomore won the individual state title and helped the Scots to their first team title. The boys' winner was Henry Snider of Mounds Park Academy while Forest Lake claimed the team championship.


Minneapolis Washburn senior follows brother to Alpine skiing title, Eagan eighth-grader wins girls' crown

Washburn senior, Eagan eighth-grader Palmquist were champs.


Duluth port gets $10.5 million federal grant to improve terminal

The grant will go toward $20.3 million in upgrades the port has planned.


Known for its craft breweries, Duluth now jumping on the dry wagon

There's never been a better time to be a social nondrinker in the Twin Ports.


Duluth port notches 'solid' season despite drops in coal and iron ore shipments

Iron ore shipments backed off last year's 23-year high; other cargo took its spot.


University of Minnesota Duluth recreational ice rink reopens after two years

The recreational rink needed $3.6 million in work.


Allete Inc., parent of Minnesota Power, gets first female CEO

– Allete Inc., parent company of Minnesota Power, promoted its president to CEO on Monday. Bethany Owen will be the first woman to…


With little ice on Lake Superior, Apostle Islands ice caves unlikely this year

The ice caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore were last accessible in 2015.