It's not clear how long it has been since Duluth last played host to a Freedom Fund banquet, but the most recent one mentioned in the News Tribune's electronic archives happened in 1995. "We haven't had one of those in, shoot, 20 years," said Stephan Witherspoon, president of the Duluth branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
When Rep. Rick Nolan announced his upcoming retirement from Congress earlier this month, he ended a re-election campaign flush with cash — more than half-a-million dollars' worth. The situation was not unusual; politicians retire midstream all the time. What Nolan does with his unspent campaign money is basically up to him — but it includes some limits, said David Schultz, a Hamline University professor of political science.
An inspection last summer has upgraded the Blatnik Bridge between Duluth and Superior from deficient to adequate, but it doesn't change the long-term future of what is referred to as "the high bridge." "We're still thinking the same thing," said Duane Hill, the Minnesota Department of Transportation's district engineer in Duluth. "We still need to do something." The 56-year-old bridge has been targeted for replacement by the local MnDOT office by as soon as 2028. The status upgrade is owed to three rounds of gusset plate reinforcement which ended in 2016.
Pete Stauber bounced from one thing to the next at his 8th Congressional District campaign headquarters in Hermantown earlier this month. It was the same morning Congressman Rick Nolan announced his retirement to come at the end of his term. The news crashed like a wave on both major political parties. It set some familiar names to envision themselves in the seat. And it sent Stauber into a closed-door sidebar with a GOP strategist in town from Washington, D.C.
The first new entrant into the midterm election void left by Rep. Rick Nolan's retirement announcement last week wasn't among the names people expected. As other politicos remained mum through Monday, North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy entered the race on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor side late in the day Sunday, declaring her candidacy with a short news release. "I knew this would be a heavy-hitter race," she later told the News Tribune. "I consider myself the Forrest Gump of this race."
DULUTH, Minn.—The airplane carrying Rick Nolan home from Washington, D.C., on Friday reached Minnesota in the middle of the afternoon. By suppertime, the surprise retirement announcement from the 74-year-old congressman was a workday's old. The hard part for Nolan was over, and he had already shed his proverbial navy blue 8th District DFL jacket for the robe of family.
The airplane carrying Rick Nolan home from Washington, D.C., on Friday reached Minnesota in the middle of the afternoon. By suppertime, the surprise retirement announcement from the 74-year-old congressman was a workday's old. The hard part for Nolan was over, and he had already shed his proverbial navy blue 8th District DFL jacket for the robe of family.
By moving to close the door on his political career Friday, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan turned the midterm race for the 8th Congressional District seat into a wide-open affair. Nolan's bombshell retirement announcement set in motion a flurry of new candidacy considerations from within both major parties. Nolan's Republican challenger in each of the past two elections, Stewart Mills, took to Twitter on Friday to say he's now "very seriously considering another run for U.S. Congress." He was hardly alone.
Always political, Jennifer Carnahan turned to caucusing after she left corporate America to become a small-business owner. She quickly became disillusioned with government on both sides of the aisle and wanted a bigger voice, she said last week in a bipartisan conference call to promote Tuesday's precinct caucuses across Minnesota. "I was interested in politics my entire life," she said from the Twin Cities. "I voted since the day I turned 18, and I always had strong opinions at the state and national level."
MOOSE LAKE — An observatory dome is a curious machine — one that appears static but is dynamic when put to use. It's got a giant shutter that raises like an automatic garage door to allow for the telescope inside the dome to peer out into the heavens. And the dome itself, which looks like the rounded cap on a grain silo, will sensibly rotate so that the shutter can open to any part of the sky.