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The Spirit Mountain Recreation Area will be able to meet its payroll in coming weeks, thanks to an additional infusion of financial support approved by the Duluth City Council Monday night. By a 7-1 vote, with 1st District Councilor Jennifer Julsrud dissenting, the body authorized the distribution of $300,000 in tourism taxes to the struggling ski hill. Stronger than anticipated tourism tax collections in Duluth were running $375,000 above expectations through June of this year. The aid comes on top of a $1.2 million line of credit that the city already had extended to keep Spirit Mountain
By a unanimous vote, the Duluth City Council voted down a proposed townhouse development Monday night. The seven-unit, 22-bedroom townhome project at Mississippi Avenue and Lyons Street in Duluth's Kenwood neighborhood met with intense reaction, drawing about 35 speakers, mostly voicing opposition to the townhouses. Joe Martin, who has called the neighborhood home for about 30 years, said he's not against seeing more rental property go up. "We've always had rentals in our neighborhood," he said. "The main reason we're against this is because of the density.
Residents of Duluth’s Kenwood neighborhood are expected to pack council chambers Monday when the Duluth City Council meets to discuss a special-use permit for a controversial townhouse development. The Duluth...
After burning through the $1.2 million line of credit Spirit Mountain Recreation Area already received from the city of Duluth, representatives of the operation will ask the Duluth City Council for another $300,000 in aid on Monday. The council was forewarned of the ask at a Thursday evening agenda session. Spirit Mountain Executive Director Brandy Ream broke the news with a personal disclaimer. "To sum it up, this is the last thing I want to be doing is standing here in front of you all, having to ask for additional funding," she said. But Ream explained that Spirit Mountain has not been
Members of the Duluth City Council will consider a proposed amendment to the city charter on Monday that could open the door for the first increase in their pay since 1999. If passed, the measure would empower Duluth's City Charter Commission to periodically review city councilor pay and recommend any adjustments it deems appropriate. Those recommendations would then go to the City Council, which could adopt them as long as at least two-thirds of councilors voted in support. At present, councilor pay can be increased incrementally only through repeated amendments to the city charter.
Thursday will be Chris Eng's last day on the job as director of both the Duluth Economic Development Authority and the city's business development department, He will leave his post in Duluth to take a new position in Minneapolis as vice president of Northland Securities Inc., the largest underwriter of municipal bonds in Minnesota. Eng referred to his stint in Duluth as "an amazing three years" and said he has enjoyed being part of Mayor Don Ness' team during a period of significant growth. David Montgomery, Duluth's chief administrative officer, has been tapped to lead DEDA and the city's
Duluth's residents soon may be asked to weigh in on the future of alcohol sales in what are now the city's only "dry" neighborhoods — Lakeside and Lester Park. About one decade ago, denizens of Lakeside and Lester Park voted down a proposal to liberalize local liquor laws, rejecting the change by the narrowest of margins — one vote to be exact. But 1st District Duluth City Councilor Jennifer Julsrud said Monday that she'd like to put the question to voters anew come November. "I think we should take it to another vote and see where people are at," she said during a phone intervi
There were relatively few surprises to be found in the results of an annual survey of residents the city of Duluth released Monday. In the eighth and final year of his administration, Mayor Don Ness remains wildly popular, with a public approval rating of 89 percent, according to the results of a National Citizen Survey. But respondents gave the city quite poor marks for street repair, with just 9 percent of residents rating the condition of local streets as "excellent" or "good." "The streets remain the most problematic area in city services, and that is reflected in these numbers," Ness s
Developer Aaron Schweiger now owns the former Morgan Park school property, which has sat abandoned since 2012. He closed on the property Wednesday afternoon, paying the Duluth Public School District $100,000 for the 12-acre parcel. With the help of financial partner Augusta Housing Management Co., based in Eau Claire, Wis., Schweiger hopes to construct 11 buildings on the site, each containing 12 apartment units. All told, he expects the project will cost $20.7 million to complete.
Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, made no bones about the fact that he was tackling a sensitive topic when he called local school leaders together Tuesday morning to discuss the potential...