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Plans for a 72-unit apartment building proposed to be built behind the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant off Central Entrance were placed on temporary hold earlier this week by the inaction of the Duluth City Council. Developer Ryan Bowman expected the council to sign off Monday night on a $250,000 tax abatement package for the project — dubbed phase II of the neighboring 90-unit Miller Hill Manor — but councilors instead chose to table the development agreement.
On the steps of the Duluth City Hall building Tuesday afternoon, City Councilors Noah Hobbs and Elissa Hansen proposed that Duluth roughly double its training budget for local police officers and firefighters. Hobbs said the city currently spends just $125,000 annually on training for public safety officials and noted that represents less than 0.4 percent of the total funding the departments collectively receive — about $35 million per year. He and Hansen recommended the city earmark an additional $100,000 to $150,000 for training next year.
After lengthy public testimony followed by prolonged discussion, the Duluth City Council voted 8-1 Monday night to appoint a task force to recommend how the city can go about providing paid safe and sick time to local workers. "I don't think anyone should have to choose between going to work sick and getting a paycheck," said Council President Zack Filipovich.
Daniel Mundt is seeking a court injunction to stop tree-thinning efforts at Duluth's Hartley Park. Last week, Mundt appeared before Judge Eric Hylden to request a temporary restraining order against the city. That request was denied. But on July 25, Mundt will be back in court to argue that the city should be ordered to cease cutting trees in the park. "What they're doing up there is an atrocity," Mundt said, suggesting that logging equipment being used at Hartley is tearing up the ground and destroying vernal ponds that provide a critical link in the food chain.
On Monday, the Duluth City Council is expected to vote on a resolution that would establish a task force to study the need for workers to have access to earned sick and safe time. But Councilors Joel Sipress and Em Westerlund contend it doesn't go far enough and have proposed the council state in the resolution that it "supports earned sick and safe time for all employees who work in Duluth."
A town hall meeting to address public safety in Duluth will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Ave. W.
One of Duluth's most prominent businessmen and community boosters, Robert "Bob" Mars Jr., died Sunday in his home, surrounded by family members. The 90-year-old Mars reported to work at 9:30...
Edison Charter Schools' efforts to open its first high school in Duluth will remain on hold because of wetland concerns, at least for now. On Tuesday night, the Duluth Planning Commission voted 4-1 to reject an appeal that sought to overturn a May 18 decision by the city's land use supervisor to deny Edison's request for approval of a wetland replacement plan. Its proposal to build a school on the southern edge of the Snowflake Nordic Ski Center off Rice Lake Road would result in the loss of more than 2 acres of wetland in the headwaters of Chester Creek.
Several trails will remain closed for the next few weeks as Josh Hull and his crew work to thin areas of forest at Duluth's Hartley Park. "In essence, what we're...
This week, members of the Duluth City Council spoke out against intolerance as they offered their condolences to the city of Orlando, Fla., in the wake of the June 12...