A guest speaker in Duluth yesterday long has been a dark cloud over any prediction of economic benefit related to the coming mining of precious metals in northern Minnesota. And he was brought here by Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, a Minneapolis-based anti-mining nonprofit.
Here’s the most encouraging thing: City Hall shares a vision, at least ultimately, with those working to rebuild the burnt-out shell of what once was the notorious Kozy bar and apartments and what originally was the swanky Pastoret Terrace townhouses, designed by famed architect Oliver Traphagen.
Public hearings don’t get much bigger than today’s on Duluth’s struggles with synthetic drugs, hosted by Attorney General Lori Swanson and several key lawmakers. The time of the hearing may not be convenient and the venue almost certainly will be too small, but let’s do all we can to be there anyway.
As hard as it is to believe 84 long days have passed since a water service line broke and a basement mechanical room flooded and power was knocked out and boilers, heating and cooling systems and power panels all were damaged and Duluth’s Radisson Hotel was forced to close, it’s encouraging to see western downtown’s hospitality anchor slowly but surely returning and reopening.
Another Memorial Day Weekend is in the books. So, ready or not, it’s summer. Of course, around here that means three months of jam-packed weekends, things to do virtually all the time, hurry-hurry-get-there and chaos. So much chaos.
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