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The proposed Walgreens project for Duluth's Kenwood neighborhood may be dead. Duluth city councilors tonight unanimously refused to allow a zoning variance that would allow the store and its parking lot to extend into adjacent residential lots for the project. That, along with an alleyway vacation developer Commonweal Development has not received, was needed for the store proposed for Arrowhead Road and Kenwood Avenue to be built. Without the zoning variance, developers probably have run out of options, Stuart Schaefer, representative of Commonweal Development, said during a meeting break.
Duluth City Councilor Tony Cuneo paid off about $9,000 in overdue property taxes Friday after news broke that he had been delinquent for several years. He said the publicity prompted him to pay the taxes that he and his wife had intended to pay soon with money they had been saving. "I paid it all today, so I'm not behind anymore," Cuneo told the News Tribune. Like a lot of families, he said his has been struggling financially. "It's not uncommon for working families to have a tough time paying the bills from time to time," said Cuneo, 30, who works for the Zeppa Foundation.
Duluth City Councilor Garry Krause announced Thursday that after much reflection, he has decided not to run again for the council's 4th District seat. After eight years of public service -- four years on the City Council and four years on the Duluth School Board -- Krause said he's putting his personal life first. He wants to spend more time with his family before his children grow up, and with friends. He also is completing work on a doctorate degree in organizational development from the University of St. Thomas in St.
News of the passing Tuesday of Monsignor Patrick McDowell is causing many to stop and reflect on how the beloved Catholic priest touched their lives, from the poor and troubled to those who worked at his side. McDowell, 81, died Tuesday at St. Luke's Hospital of apparent heart failure. Overseeing Center City Catholic Churches in Duluth -- St. Mary Star of the Sea, St. Peter's Catholic Church and Our Lady of Mercy -- for much of the 1990s, the rotund, affable McDowell was well known in Duluth's Central Hillside.
Despite the economic downturn, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation did something remarkable in the past year. It raised $1 million to get a matching $1 million Challenge Grant from the Bush Foundation of St. Paul.
When Ryan and Lori Melton bought their Duluth home seven years ago, much of the original character they love in old homes had been removed or covered up. The wood clapboard siding had been covered with aluminum. Most of the interior woodwork had been removed. The tall first floor ceiling and crown moldings were hidden under a suspended ceiling. Plaster walls were covered with dark paneling. Original doors, lighting fixtures, even the heating grates -- all gone. But the couple could see beyond the alterations that had robbed the house of its 1910 charm. They saw beyond the neglect.
The Chester Bowl Improvement Club has come to the rescue again. First, it saved Chester Bowl's popular winter ski program after it was lost to city cutbacks last year. Now the club is taking over the summer youth program that also was eliminated. "We're trying to provide a safe, healthy and friendly environment for the kids of Duluth," said Mark Berns, the club's board chairman.
The Chester Bowl Improvement Club has come to the rescue again. First, it saved Chester Bowl's popular winter ski program after it was lost to city cutbacks last year. Now the club is taking over the summer youth program that was also eliminated. "We're trying to provide a safe, healthy and friendly environment for the kids of Duluth," said Mark Berns, the club's board chairman.
Preservationists were left stunned Monday night after the Duluth City Council voted 5-4 to allow them to issue a demolition permit for the former St. Louis County Jail if no new use for the building is found by Nov 15. That gives preservationists just six months to find a developer to adapt the neoclassical building -- part of Duluth's historic Civic Center complex -- for a new use.
As if nearby overflowing trash cans weren't enough, Ellen Dunlap encounters something worse behind her Park Point home. Human waste. "I know it's human because dogs don't use toilet paper," she said. On a recent evening, she counted seven piles of feces in a fenced-off area of protected dunes by her house. It's a seasonal problem for residents who live near the 12th Street beach. It happens in late spring before the city puts a portable toilet in the parking lot.