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The price tag to repair the Lakewalk has increased, thanks to Mother Nature's fury earlier this month. The damage to Duluth's shoreline caused by the April 14-15 storm is expected to cost at least $600,000 to repair — on top of the millions of dollars in damage still left to be repaired from a storm last October. "What's fun about living in Duluth is that we have this beautiful lake here. What can be challenging is that she can be very fierce when the weather stirs up," Mayor Emily Larson said during a press conference on Monday.
Taking advantage of a blue sky and panoramic view of the St. Louis River in the distance, a couple leaned against the wall at a West Skyline Parkway overlook to take a few selfies. Hidden from sight on the other side of the wall, a half dozen people filled garbage bags. "Tourist season's almost here and Skyline is where the tourists want to be. This is a good place to start," Duluth resident Amy Vagts said. "Duluth, I tend to think of as a cleaner city than most. ... People have a lot more pride in Duluth and how gorgeous it is and we need to keep it that way."
Two Duluth robotics teams are headed to the world championship tournament. The Marshall School Topperbots and East High School Daredevils are leaving on Tuesday for the FIRST Championship, which begins Wednesday in Detroit. The season began in January with a six-week period to build the robot before competing in March. "It feels really good. Just knowing that we made it to worlds and we have a chance is good, but we're not focused on winning. We're just going to go there and have some fun and play the game," said Sarah Todd, a senior on East's robotics team.
Five University of Minnesota Duluth students will leave for Malaysia on Monday to test their financial analysis skills on the world stage. The Financial Markets Program team from UMD won a spot to compete in the global finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge after advancing through the challenge's Upper Midwest competition in Minneapolis in February and the Americas Regional competition in Boston in March. UMD's team is the first from the Upper Midwest to reach the global finals.
Early childhood education programs are growing in northeastern Minnesota, but there's still work to do to overcome the challenges families face in accessing the programs, educators say. More than 250 educators from around the Northland gathered in Duluth on Thursday for the Northland Foundation's 2018 Early Childhood Summit, which included policy updates from Bobbie Burnham, director of early learning at the Minnesota Department of Education, and Kelly Monson, executive director of the Minnesota Children's Cabinet in the Governor's Office.
Duluth's weekend storm was a record-breaker. High winds on Saturday caused large waves to crash into the shore. Then the snow joined the wind on Sunday, creating blizzard conditions and impassable roads in the Northland. When all was said and done, Duluth's official two-day snowfall total was 13.4 inches — 12.7 inches of which fell on Sunday.
CHISHOLM — Veteran Films executive director Steven Reed paused at the end of the underground tunnel. As the eerie notes of the horror film's soundtrack played, Reed explained how the characters will run back and forth in the short tunnel several times during filming — but it'll look like they're running down a 300-foot tunnel to a cave on the movie screen.
Two lakes along Minnesota's border with Canada will have new water-level guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades.
Voters in the Grand Rapids school district on Tuesday narrowly approved funding for two new elementary schools. The question on whether to construct two new elementary schools and renovate Cohasset Elementary School at a cost of $68.9 million passed by 62 votes, with 3,249 “yes” votes to 3,187 “no” votes, according to the district. “I am proud of our district’s commitment to high-quality education and look forward to this exciting new chapter for our elementary students and early childhood families,” Superintendent Joni Olson wrote on the district’s Facebook page.
Northland business leaders spent an hour on Tuesday morning picking Neel Kashkari's brain. Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank since 2016, spoke at the Regional Economic Indicators Forum at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Tuesday as part of a two-day visit to the Twin Ports. A question-and-answer session following the speech covered a variety of business concerns that included stagnant population growth and immigration policy.