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When the new streetlights were turned on at BlueStone Commons near the University of Minnesota Duluth last fall, many were jarred by the glaring brightness. The streetlights that dot the BlueStone grounds and the college's new pedestrian-bicycle entrance across Woodland Avenue are aesthetically pleasing, vintage-inspired globe street lamps. But unshielded, they cast a harsh light out around it, including into the nighttime sky. "In our modern age, we should be more conscientious of light pollution," said Eric Norland of Duluth, who objected to the intense lights.
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To say that Greg McKibbon of Cloquet enjoys Las Vegas is an understatement. He's been there on vacation about 30 times in the past 30 years. "We like the excitement, the lights," said McKibbon, who travels with his girlfriend. "We go to a lot of shows.
When Involta, a fast-growing technology company based in Iowa, chose to expand to Duluth a few years ago, it was hailed as a big win for the city. Duluth had competed aggressively with other cities for one of Involta's cutting-edge data storage centers. The $11.5 million center -- the first critical data storage center in the Northland -- was built in 2012 on 14 acres at Arrowhead and Rice Lake roads in Duluth.
The "good old days" took center stage for a time during a Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, featuring U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan. During what was billed as a "Capitol Conversation," Nolan, D-Crosby, recalled attending the University of Minnesota in the 1960s when tuition was an affordable $100 a quarter and books cost "25 bucks." "This country has been so good to my generation," Nolan told about 200 people gathered in the Radisson Hotel's Great Room.
The "good old days" took center stage for a time during a Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon today, featuring U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan. During what was billed as a "Capitol Conversation," Nolan, D-Crosby, recalled attending the University of Minnesota in the 1960s when tuition was an affordable $100 a quarter and books cost "25 bucks." "This country has been so good to my generation," Nolan told about 200 people gathered in the Radisson Great Room.
Demolition of the former Woodland Middle School began Monday with crews stripping the brick facade from the structure's southeast corner and starting to remove parts of the building. Total removal of the sprawling 1950s-era school at 201 E. Clover St., just off Woodland Avenue in Duluth, is expected to take until the end of March because materials are being recycled as the building is razed. "It's a 30-to-45-day process," developer Mark Lambert said. "The actual demolition will be done fairly quickly, but then there's the recycling.
Two down, two to go. As finishing work on the Hansen Center, a new mini-mall just west of Duluth's Miller Hill Mall, nears completion, its four retailers have started to open. The Vitamin Shoppe was first to open on Dec. 28, followed by Verizon last Thursday. Sleep Number will open Feb. 7.
At American Indian Community Housing Organization in downtown Duluth, the staff takes on issues facing the people it serves. Among them is helping its residents at Gimaajii -- the former YWCA building -- find jobs and increase their income. But many lack confidence, skills and work experience. Some are uncomfortable around people they don't know and need to improve their communication skills. So staffer Barry Skye had an idea.
Jodi Takhar and her daughter, Ria, had wanted to open a coffee shop for some time. It's something they could do together. But finding the location really came first. "That's when the ball started rolling," Takhar said. The 2,000-square-foot storefront in Duluth's Kenwood Shopping Center had been vacant since Game Planet moved out more than three years ago. But, located near the University of Minnesota and the College of St. Scholastica, it was ideal for a coffee shop. "The location is busy, and it's by the schools," Takhar said of the strip mall at Arrowhead Road and Kenwood Avenue.