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.

In Duluth, ODs spike as pandemic decreases access to aid

The pandemic might be increasing the demand for dangerous drugs.

Minnesota judge rules 'Miracle on Ice' player competent to stand trial in assault case

Mark Pavelich was previously found to be 'mentally ill and dangerous' and committed to the state hospital.

Duluth's Bayfront Blues Festival canceled and refunds put on hold

Ticketholders have to wait a year to request a refund.

Group proposes bold vision for I-35 in Duluth: Make it a parkway

Collective has unveiled a proposal to bridge Canal Park and downtown.

Spirit Mountain likely needs an extra cash boost from Duluth to open this winter

Closed for the summer, the public ski hill will need cash to start up in November.

Duluth creates an African Heritage Commission

The 90%-white city sees wide disparities among black residents.

Essentia Health permanently laying off 900 employees

The cuts are in addition to 850 employees still on leave.

AAR closing Duluth airline maintenance facility, costing hundreds of jobs

The company had just signed a 20-year lease last year.

Duluth's Spirit Mountain won't open for the summer

The ski hill closed in March as the pandemic swept into Minnesota.

Fond du Lac Band shelves instant COVID-19 test amid accuracy concerns

The FDA says the Abbott ID NOW test can return false negatives, but Abbott says it is accurate in its studies.