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The large, old silver maples that create a canopy over Fourth Street looking east from 21st Avenue East are slated to be removed as part of a street reconstruction project starting in 2016. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Fourth Street reconstruction puts picturesque maples in peril

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Myrna Matheson can hardly imagine her home of nearly 50 years devoid of the stately maples standing sentry out front. And she’s not about to watch quietly as plans are laid to cut them down along with nearly 200 more shade trees that line Fourth Street in Duluth.

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