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Many Rivers Montessori has made a third offer on the Duluth school district's former Nettleton Elementary School, now competing with another interested party. Many Rivers' new offer is $500,000, a 35 percent increase from its previous offers of $370,000, made in August and November. The offer was increased, said head of school Mark Niedermier, to demonstrate Many Rivers' seriousness about the property. It was made after school officials learned the Duluth School Board recently met in closed session about the property presumably to discuss another offer.
The call came at 2:38 a.m. Kiarra Dixon's wait on a heart transplant list was over, and her family had a four-hour window to get from Duluth to Rochester's Mayo Clinic. But Dixon, a seventh-grader at Lincoln Park Middle School, refused to go. "I freaked out. I went from being a 12-year-old to a 3-year-old in about five seconds," Dixon said, about the late September call. "I was scared. I wasn't ready for it."
Marcia Hales' famous Christmas light display will live again, at least for one more year. Hales told the News Tribune in December that this season would be her last for the tradition that has lasted 19 years, citing health issues and the cost of the production as reasons for discontinuing the display. But Hales said Sunday, the day after Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed Jan. 7 "Marcia Hales Day" in Duluth, that she had changed her mind.
David Kirby will lead the Duluth School Board this year following his selection as chairman Tuesday night. The board held its annual organizational meeting, during which new members are sworn in and new officers are chosen for the coming year. Chosen as vice-chairwoman Tuesday was Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, with Annie Harala voted in as clerk and Nora Sandstad as treasurer. There was no election for new members last fall.
Long before Duluth’s craft beer explosion there was a handful of production breweries between Duluth and the Iron Range. Fitger Brewing Co., People’s Brewing Co., Duluth Brewing and Malting, Iron Range Brewing Co. and the Virginia Brewery were among them, capitalizing on the “great water” provided by Lake Superior, said Karen Sunderman, producer of the PlayList at WDSE/WRPT. Through a documentary, Sunderman is exploring the region’s early beer-making history as a way to show how it connects to today’s area brewers.
A three-year contract and pay increase for Duluth school district superintendent Bill Gronseth was approved by the School Board Tuesday night, but not without efforts by some board members to shorten the term and withhold the raise. The board approved terms in a 4-3 vote that allow for a 2 percent increase the first year and 1 percent each of the following, putting his base pay at $174,800 in his third year. He is currently paid $168,000 and has not received an increase since he took on the role in 2012.
When it was built in 1972, the Proctor Arena’s indoor ice made it one of the premier rinks in the region. But a pole barn made to last 30 years...
Minnesota has the most disproportionate rate in the country of Native American children in foster care, and St. Louis County's rate is among the worst in the state. The University of Minnesota Duluth's social work department has been tackling that issue for some time, and was just awarded one of three federal grants to further its work.
The Duluth school district's reserves have increased, but still fall well below a minimum amount required by a longstanding School Board policy.
In 2013, Stephan Witherspoon got together with then-Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay to create an event meant to help build community among police officers and area residents. Their meeting eventually led to the popular "cops, kids and cars" day, during which kids get to hang out with officers and explore their squad cars. It's become a regular occurrence, and that's the kind of thing Witherspoon wants Duluth to see more of, an effort he will make a priority as the incoming president of the Duluth chapter of the NAACP.