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If an ice storm comes, crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are ready, says department spokesman John Bray in Duluth. Crews already have applied a de-icing solution to bridges, ramps, overpasses and other elevated structures that tend to freeze up first, he said.
Votes are being tallied. But so far, reconstructing two stretches of Duluth's Skyline Parkway -- in Chester Park and from Mesaba to Piedmont avenues -- are in the lead. That's how things were shaping up Thursday night after a vote was taken at a community meeting that sought resident input on a list of potential improvement projects for the city's premier scenic byway. Two of the five projects will be chosen as earmarks for Federal Highway Administration money that the city will seek. About 50 people attended the meeting at the First United Methodist Church hosted by the city of Duluth and
So what part of Skyline Parkway would you like to see fixed up? Parts of the scenic parkway in Duluth -- which spans 25 miles from Seven Bridges Road in Lester Park to Becks Road in Gary -- have deteriorated into rough roadbeds, crumbling retaining walls, bridges in need of repair and scenic overlooks in bad shape and obstructed by overgrown trees. The city of Duluth wants to change that. For starters, it's going after Federal Highway Administration money to reconstruct two sections of the parkway. A wish list of sections to reconstruct has been narrowed to five.
It's a city landmark. It's on the National Register of Historic Places. It's part of Duluth's Civic Center, a complex of government buildings that's a standout example of the national "City Beautiful" architectural movement of a century ago. But St. Louis County officials, saying the old St. Louis County Jail is too costly to save, want to tear it down. Before the county can demolish the building, constructed in 1923, it must get the blessing of the city's Historic Preservation Commission. That won't be easy. The county applied for a city demolition permit last month.
The official opening to-dayof the state-of-the-art Boys and Girls Club at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center is expected to usher in a new era of helping low-income youth in Duluth. "We mostly serve a one-mile radius of our sites," said Todd Johnson, execu-tive director of Northland Boys and Girls Clubs.
The official opening Thursday of the state-of-the-art Boys & Girls Club at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center is expected to usher in a new era of helping low-income youth in Duluth. "We mostly serve a one-mile radius of our sites," said Todd Johnson, executive director of Northland Boys & Girls Clubs.
When David Bergson saw a ticket on his truck, just a few hours after parking it in front of his Duluth home recently, he had no idea what it was for. The truck wasn't parked on the wrong side of street. It wasn't blocking traffic. And his license tabs were up to date. The ticket--which cost $21--was for parking too close to a driveway. "I absolutely couldn't believe it," said Bergson, the son of former Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson. "I've never heard of that law.
They can be found in abandoned buildings, parking ramps and building entryways. They sleep in their cars and camp under the freeway. They warm up in 24-hour stores or the city's skywalk system. "They're looking for any doorway they can sleep in," said Deb Holman, a street outreach worker in Duluth. "In summer, they may pitch a tent in the woods." They're the unsheltered homeless. And today in St. Louis County, a team of advocates and volunteers is setting out to find them.
The Duluth City Council Monday approved the transfer of management of the city zoo to the Lake Superior Zoological Society. The vote had been delayed more than a month while councilors reviewed and requested additional information. "I'm relieved. Relieved that the decision has been made," said Sam Maida, the society's executive director. "Now we can start moving forward. ... We're going to give it our all." The starting date for the new arrangement, which was to begin Jan.
The Duluth City Council is expected to approve a measure tonight that gives up city ownership of Bayview Forest Park near Proctor. But unlike the controversial selling of virgin Park Point land last year, this land transfer hasn't generated any protest. That's because little will change if the 80 acres of forested land is given up so that it can become part of the Proctor School District's school forest program at Bay View Elementary School. The trees will remain standing, the area preserved. The public can still use the park's informal trails for hiking, bird watching and four-wheelers.