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When an ordinance that required Duluth residents to mow their lawns was vetoed by then-Mayor Herb Bersgson in 2007, the ordinance's sponsor said he might bring it back someday. Councilor Garry Krause did just that today. Resurrecting the fallen ordinance and tweaking it a bit, he re-introduced it to fellow councilors for consideration.
Bidding for an Arctic Adventure trip auctioned by the Miller-Dwan Foundation got fierce Monday as the bidding deadline approached. "We had a bidding war between 4 and 4:30 p.m., said Laura Nefs, a foundation spokeswoman. When the winning bidder -- for the trip to Churchill Wild, an eco-adventure camp on Hudson Bay -- took his gloves off around 4 p.m.
The proposed Walgreens project for Duluth's Kenwood neighborhood may be dead. Duluth City Councilors on Tuesday night 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 the city has not vacated for developer Commonweal Develop-ment, 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 me
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.