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Shawna Mullen Eardley was drawn to Duluth for its recreational opportunities. After searching for a meaningful job after graduating from college, she took a chance on Duluth. Today, she’s helping to shape the way we treat our urban forest and making transportation easier for those not using a vehicle. (Photo courtesy Shawna Mullen Eardley)

Neighbors: Shawna Mullen Eardley took a chance on Duluth

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Shawna Mullen Eardley graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in southern Minnesota with a degree in biology during the heart of the Great Recession. After kicking around with no permanent job prospects in sight, by 2010 she made a move here “with no other reason than I loved Duluth.”

It was more of the same here — retail and “random jobs,” she said. “It sucked.”

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