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Walgreens hasn't given up on having a store at Arrowhead Road and Kenwood Drive in Duluth, despite the Duluth City Council's thumbs-down vote in June. A new petition has been filed with the city seeking that undeveloped alleyways running through the property be vacated so the project can move forward.
Helen Rivers was thrilled Wednesday when she heard the good news. The senior dining program in Duluth -- whose future was uncertain after the city announced it would pull out on Jan. 1 -- will continue under the management of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency. Little will change: same eight sites, same suggested donation, similar meals and probably some of the same staff and volunteers. "That's great!" Rivers said.
Every six months or so, Wendy Wennberg gets a call about the "peace bear" statues, from someone asking what happened to them. A limited edition of 300 miniature replicas of the Green Bear statue in Lake Place Park was planned in the early 1990s by the Duluth Public Arts Commission to promote and raise money for public art.
After a month on the market, bids have been received on three of the four Park Point lots the city of Duluth wants to sell. Daniel and Amanda Thralow of Duluth have offered $762,000 for two lots on Minnesota Avenue near 45th Street on the wooded approach to Park Point Recreational Area. They plan to build a single-family home on the property.
Before the city of Duluth can build its next underground holding tank for sanitary sewer overflows, it's got some cleanup to do. The chosen site near the Lakewalk -- at 2025 Water St., across from Beacon Point condominiums -- has been found to contain lead, diesel compounds and selenium that exceed state health risk standards. Concentrations of arsenic and benzoapyrene in the soil also exceed those standards.
By one vote, residents in Duluth's Lakeside and Lester Park neighborhoods voted Tuesday to continue a 115-year-old ban on liquor sales in their neighborhoods. Official results indicate the vote was 2,858-2,857 to keep the ban in place. "I like it the way it is now," said resident Henry Sorenson, who voted against repealing the law. Cathy Podeszwa followed suit. "I think liquor attracts some bad characters," she said.
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.