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With the growing popularity of websites that allow visitors to book private residences for vacation stays online, many area homeowners have been getting into the tourism business, and now the city of Duluth is looking to step up its regulation of the quickly growing cottage industry. "Cities all over the country are addressing this issue right now, with the rise of direct-to-consumer websites like VRBO and AirBnB," said Duluth's 2nd District City Councilor Joel Sipress.
Two new dedicated police posts were unanimously approved by the Duluth City Council Tuesday: one to patrol the local transit system and another to crack down on intoxicated driving. Both positions will be funded from outside the police department. DWI enforcement Tuesday's council action authorizes the city to accept a $201,500 grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The grant will enable Duluth to purchase and equip another police vehicle and also hire a new officer specifically to pursue cases that involve intoxicated driving.
One day prior to the date of an annual summit seeking to put an end to homelessness in the Northland, the Duluth City Council fulfilled one of local housing advocates' top desires. By a unanimous vote, the council approved $40,000 in funding for a new housing access center Tuesday night. The center will help connect landlords and tenants with one another, provide educational resources and work to resolve conflicts when they arise, with the aim of avoiding court-ordered evictions. Duluth operated a housing access center until 2009, when federal support for the facility dried up, forcing it t
The competition has begun. Duluth is one of three finalists in a national online competition for a $100,000 mountain bike trail grant, courtesy of Bell Helmets. Duluth, representing our nation's central region, will vie against West Coast finalist Mariposa, Calif., and East Coast finalist Knoxville, Tenn. The Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores — called COGGS for short — propose to use the grant funds to help build out the Spirit Mountain Bike Park, and Duluth Mayor Don Ness has pledged $50,000 in additional city funding if the group wins the Bell grant. In the semifinal round, Du
As Rosemary Stratioti rode down a rain-slick Grand Avenue in this year’s Memorial Day parade, it marked her 55th consecutive run as organizer of the West Duluth event. But at...
A 66-year-old man from Chetek, Wis., was injured Saturday afternoon in a rollover accident in the 7400 block of Crane Lake Road. John Rush was driving his Ford pickup and...
The Duluth City Council will decide Tuesday whether to restore a resource for tenants and landlords that has been missing from the local scene for nearly six years. The city...
Jay Fosle will seek a third term representing Duluth's 5th District on the City Council. A fiscal conservative, Fosle said he relishes his reputation as a "council watchdog." "I'm not there to give away the candy store, that's for sure. I'm sure over eight years of public service on the council that people from the 5th District understand what I stand for.
As the latest Minnesota legislative session nears a close, Daniel Fanning, Duluth's communications and policy director, reflected on its twists and turns. "Despite some noise and some drama, overall the city of Duluth fared pretty well this legislative session," he said. Fanning was perhaps most pleased about what didn't happen this session, as the Minnesota House proposed to cut the local government aid Duluth receives from the state by $20 million. "We were able to avoid what would have been some devastating cuts in LGA (local government aid) for Duluth and other cities of the first class
Just a few ticks before the midnight deadline to adjourn Monday, the Minnesota Legislature fulfilled Duluth's $4 million request for funding that could accommodate the expansion of Cirrus Aircraft and the creation of at least another 150 local jobs. Earlier, the House had moved to appropriate only half of the sum, with the Senate supporting the full request.