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.


Jen McEwen beats incumbent Erik Simonson in DFL primary for Duluth Senate seat

The progressive candidate took 73% of the vote.


MnDOT delays work on Duluth's Can of Worms to end of decade

DULUTH — As unexpected costs continued to climb for the $343 million rebuild of the web of highway interchanges known as the Can of Worms,…


Spirit Mountain director resigns as Duluth ski hill faces uncertain future

Recreation center has been closed since March.


Counterfeit seizures on the rise at Minnesota-Canada border

International Falls, Minn. – In a nondescript warehouse on the edge of the forest, federal agents were dissecting shipping containers pulled off trains, in search…


In Duluth, Gov. Walz says local rise in COVID-19 cases 'still manageable'

The governor said he doesn't think more restrictions are necessary.


New CEO named at Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth

Haley Cope moves from marketing director to leader.


As mines signal a return to work, a sigh of relief for Minnesota Power

Nearly all the taconite mines sidelined by the pandemic are resuming production.


'Don't Forget Labor': Duluth's DFL Senate primary shows battle for party

DULUTH – Local DFL voters are being asked not just who should represent them in the state Senate but what the party itself should represent…


As newcomers increase in Boundary Waters, so do calls for help

Volunteer rescue squads warn that their resources to help are limited.


Esko change its nickname? Dueling petitions on whether to keep 'Eskomos'

The small district south of Duluth is the latest to be caught up in a national reckoning over racist place names, statues and team mascots.