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Barely 18 and voting for the first time, Olivia Mancini of Duluth knows a lot about the issues and races. Still, she plans to study up on them before voting on Tuesday. "I really want to make an informed vote," the East High School senior said as she took a break from shopping Saturday at Miller Hill Mall. Besides voting for president, voters in Northeastern Minnesota will cast ballots for U.S.
About 50 Duluth homeowners who attended a meeting with city staff Tuesday night weren't happy to learn they're the first ones in the city expected to fix their private sewer lines under a new city mandate to keep raw sewage out of Lake Superior. Not only do they have until April to start the process, they'll have to pay for it themselves, at an average cost of $7,500. If they don't fix it, they face a monthly surcharge of $250 on their utility bills. The residents will receive official notice in January that they have 90 days to get the repairs done.
Authorities are hoping a deck of cards will generate new leads from inmates in 52 missing person and homicide cases that have gone cold in Minnesota. Thousands of the decks are being handed out to inmates in state prisons, county jails and other correctional facilities in Minnesota. Each card features an unsolved case, with the victim's picture, brief details of the case and where to call in a tip.
When the city of Duluth is slashing staff and services to deal with its budget woes, why is it about to spend more than $600,000 on another Lakewalk extension? It's the question some exasperated residents have asked, saying it's a frill in tough times. Relax. Most of the money to extend the Lakewalk from 36th to 47th avenues east is coming from hefty federal and state grants, applied for long ago. "These things are scheduled years out, and we budget and program for it," City Engineer Cindy Voigt said.
Americans are kind and tolerant. We admit our mistakes and try to make things better. We have comfortable, cozy homes free of desert dust. But our tea is lousy, many of us are overweight and our youth dress too casually. These are some of the observations of a visiting delegation from Tajikistan who spent the past week in Duluth to learn about our election and campaign process to help their country become more democratic. The group left Duluth on Saturday, armed with ideas. But before they left, they talked about our high level of civic involvement.
Ray Washburn, a zookeeper for 32 years, won't be re-applying for his job at Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo.
At Brighton Beach on Sunday, a buoyant Shokir Khakimov was eager to talk about his visit to Duluth to learn about the American election process. But the Tajikistani professor insisted on first maneuvering across the beach's boulders to get closer to Lake Superior's lapping waves. A harbor city like Duluth presents a much different landscape than what he's used to in Tajikistan, a mountainous, landlocked country bordering China and Afghanistan in Central Asia.
Duluth will have four fewer snowplow drivers this winter, city officials say. The question is whether the city's cutbacks will result in delays in getting streets plowed.
The city of Duluth will have four fewer snowplow drivers this winter, city officials say. The question is whether the city's cutbacks will result in delays in getting streets plowed.
Rosemary Knudsen's stretch of First Street between 34th Avenue East and 36th Avenue East is on the list for repair this fall or next year. "It's in pretty rough shape," she said. "It's been patched, patched and repatched. ... Anything is an improvement." She's hardly alone. Duluth's streets are notoriously in poor repair. Drivers are angry and Mayor Don Ness and other Duluth leaders are wracking their brains over how the cash-strapped city can fix them. Today, officials will announce their latest attempt to do so.