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Viking Electric Supply plans to move to a new two-story Duluth facility in January that's 54 percent larger than its current operation. The new 39,616-foot building is to be constructed at 15 S. 38th Ave. W., just off West Superior Street.
Lake Superior College seeks to lure student housing to an 8-acre site on the south side of its campus. On Monday, the Duluth City Council will consider a resolution of intent to sell or convey the property to the Duluth Economic Development Authority. The authority, in turn, will seek a developer interested in constructing student housing on the site. "The good news is we're seeing increased enrollment, and a lot of that's coming from outside of the area," said Daniel Fanning, the college's director of institutional advancement.
Anitra Saddler spent much of her Minneapolis childhood in and out of homelessness. The idea of one day owning a house seemed out of reach. But with help from Community Action Duluth, Saddler, a black social worker, purchased a home in Superior in November 2015. "It not only changed my outlook but it changed my family's outlook on everything — that nothing is too out there, that we deserve to be members of society as well," she said. Unfortunately, Saddler's story of becoming a homeowner remains the exception rather than the norm in the Northland.
The Duluth City Council selected three finalists from a field of 20 candidates Thursday night to serve out the remainder of At Large Councilor Elissa Hansen's term. Janet Kennedy, Jeff Anderson and Arik Forsman will advance to a second round of interviews on Monday evening, when the council is expected to pick Hansen's replacement.
With four blocks of Superior Street torn up, now might not seem like the most opportune time for Duluth's annual Sidewalk Days Festival. But Kristi Stokes, president of Duluth's Greater Downtown Council said there was never a thought of canceling the decades-old event due to construction.
It will no longer be against Duluth city code to panhandle or sleep in a parked vehicle. By an 8-0 vote, with 5th District Councilor Jay Fosle absent, the Duluth City Council lifted the two bans Monday night. Sleeping on wheels
Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards remembers a day when grimy gear was considered "a badge of honor" for firefighters. "But we didn't know that we were generally causing harm to ourselves by exposing ourselves to the same fire over and over," he said, noting that dirty gear has been shown to increase the risk of firefighters contracting cancer.
Developers who accept business subsidies from the Duluth Economic Development Authority soon may need to comply with a new requirement. An ordinance headed to the Duluth City Council for a vote on Monday would require developers who receive financial aid from the authority to sign project labor agreements, often called PLAs for short. Such agreements are self-described as intended "to establish a framework for labor-management cooperation and stability."
Though it never materialized, the threat of inclement weather prompted the city of Duluth to postpone its Independence Day celebration Wednesday, meaning Fourth Fest became Fifth Fest this year. Bayfront Festival Park Director Jeff Stark said they made the call a shade before 10 a.m. based on the evening forecast and concerns about public safety involving travel and "the possibility of multiple thousands of people needing to shelter in place if there were thunderstorms with lightning later tonight, which is what it looked like."
Duluth may soon scrub a ban on panhandling from its city code. The Duluth City Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposed ordinance that would repeal local restrictions on begging. While the local begging ban remains on the books, it has fallen into disuse.