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A Duluth condominium complex on Lake Superior won't be affected by its developers' bankruptcy filing, the head of its management company said Wednesday. Beacon Pointe Hospitality of Sauk Centre, Minn., which developed the Beacon Pointe complex at 21st Avenue East, filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 23 in U.S.
Carissa Auers and Jack Holmes both work at St. Croix Casino in Danbury, Wis. On Saturday, they hit the jackpot. Mason Michael Holmes was born at 3:20 a.m. Saturday at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center, the first baby born in Duluth in 2011. Mason, the first child for both parents, was 21½ inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces. "I felt every one of those 9 pounds," said Auers, 26, as she held the baby in her hospital bed Saturday afternoon. Her parents and Holmes were nearby. New Year's babies perhaps run in Auers' family.
Bentleyville goes into hibernation today until it awakens for the 2011 holiday season. But the big light show at Bayfront Festival Park had a last bash on New Year's Day. Undaunted by subzero wind chills, families came to enjoy ice skating, marshmallow roasting, cookies, fireworks and, one more time, the Bentleyville lights. We asked a few of the people who came early for skating to tell us their thoughts about the holiday season. Are you sorry the holidays are over? Heather Johnson, 35, of Duluth: Yes. I just love them.
The manager of the Hermantown Walmart said he's confident bus service will continue to the store during and after its expansion. The manager of the Duluth Transit Authority isn't quite so sure. "If we were to come to a point where we did not feel that we could provide a safe drop-off and pickup area, I think the board would make that decision" to discontinue service to Walmart, said Dennis Jensen, DTA general manager. That would affect a lot of people: Buses take about 1,200 people to and from Walmart per month, said Phil Torgerson, the DTA's operations manager. But it hasn't reached that
For more than five years, the request has been the same: Bring me the ruby slippers. Now, another $50,000 has been added to the reward for information leading to the return of the slippers that were worn by Judy Garland in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" and slipped away from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids on Aug. 28, 2005. A museum benefactor offered the $50,000 on Christmas Eve, said John Kelsch, the museum's executive director.
Dick Stewart looked down over the Amsoil Arena and pronounced it good. At 90, Stewart is known to some as Duluth's Mr. Hockey. As the longtime owner of Stewart's Wheel Goods, he supplied generations of Duluth hockey players with sticks and sharpened their skates. He goes back to the era when hockey was played at the old Curling Club, which was a block away from his store. As he waited for Thursday's inaugural game to begin, Stewart was waving a pennant.
Talk about getting close to the action. With 6:25 left in the first period of the first game at Amsoil Arena, the University of Minnesota Duluth's Mike Connolly went for a check on the University of North Dakota's Corban Knight and missed. Connolly slammed into the plexiglass above the boards in Section 105. The glass shattered, and Connolly nearly took out the Duluth News Tribune's editorial board. Connolly landed between News Tribune Publisher Ken Browall and his son Ben.
More than a month since the devastating fire, some of the former Kozy Apartments residents still don't have a place to call home. Kira Kallberg, social services director for the Salvation Army in Duluth, said 57 people were displaced by the Kozy fire, and 47 of them applied for help through the charity. Of them, 33 had found permanent housing and 11 had temporary housing as of Wednesday. Two of the latter will have permanent housing as of Jan. 20.
Dan Russell long ago developed a reputation for straying from worn paths. Five years into Russell's tenure as director of the Duluth Convention and Visitors Bureau, in 1985, the News Tribune had noticed. "Strutting around like the Music Man sans straw hat and cane, Russell ... promotes the city like a top-40 FM station, with zany events, wacky stunts and screwy challenges," wrote Larry Oakes, then a News Tribune reporter, in an April 14, 1985, profile of Russell. It was Russell who brought a Concorde jet to Duluth. It was Russell who made Al Franken the Duluth Answer Man.
Dan Russell is strolling through Amsoil Arena as if he hasn't a care in the world. Dozens of workers are scattered throughout the arena's 219,000 square feet. Russell seems to know each one by name, joking with one, complimenting another on work well done. Along the way, he suggests -- but never commands -- a couple of tweaks: The script across the bottom of the giant scoreboard could be bigger; the "TH" on "HOME OF THE UMD BULLDOGS" could be lighter. It was Dec.