Reporter | Duluth/Superior

Brooks Johnson writes about the Duluth/Superior region. He joined the Star Tribune in 2019.

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.


Duluth area lost more than 500 jobs in 2019

A three-county region around Duluth lost jobs despite the overall growth of employment across Minnesota.


Under pressure from residents, Hermantown votes down senior housing project

The City Council voted 3-2 against the project, citing its height, density and location as problematic.


Hermantown seeks sales tax increase to raise $28 million for hockey arena

The City Council voted to ask the Legislature if it can raise up the money over the next 20 years with a 0.5% sales tax increase.


St. Louis County plow driver strike ends with contract deal

– After five days of picketing, and more than a foot of snow, the St. Louis County plow driver strike has ended. Negotiators…


Duluth's 'Can of Worms' interchange is $100M over budget before work begins

If state funding doesn't come through, the project will be scaled back.


St. Louis County plow strike continues after heavy snow

"Public safety is at risk and it's now past time for the county to call the union back into mediation," a union official said Friday.


Fired Cloquet cop sues county attorney, others for $4 million

Scott Holman says he was retaliated against and his civil rights were violated when he was reprimanded for a social media post.


Plow drivers strike amid snowfall in St. Louis County

Plowable snow fell Wednesday afternoon and more is expected this weekend.


St. Louis County plow strike planned for Wednesday

St. Louis County plow drivers and other public works employees are poised to go on strike starting Wednesday and will continue "until the demands of the members are met," the Teamsters Local 320 union announced Tuesday.


Timing uncertain on St. Louis County plow strike as snow arrives

Teamsters won't say when they plan a work stoppage, which can begin anytime now.