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The Duluth City Council voted to re-examine plans to downsize the Lake Superior Zoo Tuesday night, but it chose not to consider designating the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad a "heritage preservation landmark," instead returning that proposed ordinance to city administration, as requested. Zoo redo? City councilors decided to refer plans for the Lake Superior Zoo back to the Parks and Recreation Commission, where they could be revamped.
In an effort to bolster the ranks of his understaffed department, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken will ask city councilors to authorize the creation of a new position Tuesday night. Tusken calls the proposed new post a "lateral police officer" and explained that it would enable him to hire an experienced law enforcement officer from another agency and transfer them into the local police force with expedited training.
The lashing waves of Lake Superior have taken quite a toll on Duluth's Brighton Beach Road of late. In a span of less than two years, three separate storms inflicted significant damage to the roadway, and after repeated repairs, the city of Duluth now is looking at a plan to reconfigure the battered byway.
An ordinance that would designate a scenic rail line as a local landmark worthy of preserving could go to a vote by the Duluth City Council on Monday, but city administration has asked that the proposal be tabled.
A group of 60 workers exposed to dangerous levels of lead at Fraser Shipyards will receive a $7.5 million settlement.
The state of Minnesota announced Thursday that it will provide nearly $31.5 million in crucial grants and loans to purchase water treatment equipment for the city of Carlton and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. Carlton
Duluth East High School Principal Danette Seboe described the growing use of e-cigarettes on school grounds this year as nothing short of "an explosion," and she expressed hopes that concerned families will take time from their busy schedules to discuss the problem tonight. A second community meeting on the same subject also has been scheduled at Denfeld High School for Nov. 14.
A political action committee espousing a pro-business agenda arrived on the local political scene this week with the launch of an entity dubbed Duluth BizPAC. Rob Stenberg, president of the newly formed organization, noted that the city has been without a business-oriented political action committee for more than a decade now, as the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce pulled the plug on its own PAC called Duluth First in 2005.
In the wake of a tumultuous Monday night meeting of the Duluth City Council, disrupted and delayed by masked chanting protesters, some new rules could be in the works. Council President Noah Hobbs said he is working with the city attorney's office to propose some changes to the code of conduct rules enforced in council chambers. He said the prospective rules would focus on "How do we have an open and fair process that is free of intimidation ... so that everyone feels comfortable speaking."
As Duluth residents continue to debate the future of an endangered scenic railroad, the Duluth City Council took up a proposed ordinance Monday night that could designate the rail line a local "heritage preservation landmark." The Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission unanimously recommended the council bestow that status on the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, but that effort has met with resistance from what might seem like an unlikely party.