• Ice increasing river levels at LaMoure
Ice forming on the James River in LaMoure County caused the river level to rise nearly a foot between Sunday evening and Monday morning, according to Kimberly Robbins, LaMoure County emergency manager.
"The water temperature is below zero degrees Celsius so we're forming shore ice and ice in the river channel," she said. "... There is broken ice hanging up against railroad trestles. Smaller ice chunks now."
The James River level at LaMoure jumped from 11.3 feet at 10 p.m. Sunday to 12.1 feet at 10 a.m. Monday, Robbins said.
"At 12 feet, we're at the 'action stage' for the city of LaMoure," she said.
• Duluth continues to dig out after snowstorm
The city of Duluth's plows have cleared over 60% of residential streets as of Tuesday morning with an anticipated completion time of 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The city prioritized clearing snow from main roads before starting on residential streets Monday. Plows will start clearing alleys Wednesday, according to a news release from the city.
After having to pull four graders from the streets due to mechanical issues, the city has 21 of its 22 graders on the streets as of Tuesday morning, the release stated. Plows, front-end loaders and nine sanding trucks are also working to improve road conditions.
The St. Louis County Public Works Department has plowed all of its public roads as of Monday.
• MN State Christmas tree harvested from state forest
Foresters from the Department of Natural Resources cut down the official state of Minnesota Christmas tree Monday, Dec. 2, in General C.C. Andrews State Forest in Pine County.
The balsam fir, which will decorate the Governor’s Residence, is about 40 years old and 25 feet tall. Each year, DNR staff chooses the Governor’s Christmas tree from one of Minnesota’s 59 state forests, a release from the DNR said.
• Christmas train to visit several MN communities
A Christmas-themed train will be rolling into more than two-dozen Minnesota towns over the next couple of weeks, spreading holiday cheer and encouraging communities to partake in the merry season of giving.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, which departed Montreal in late November for its 21st annual tour through the northern U.S., will ride into Minnesota on Dec. 5 and spend the next nine days traveling throughout the state, visiting various communities.