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Mayor Emily Larson attended a Thursday night meeting of the Duluth City Council to field questions about her proposal to increase the local sales tax by a half-percent, with the proceeds to be dedicated for street improvements. Councilors are expected to vote Monday on a resolution to authorize a November referendum question that asks local voters whether they support bumping up Duluth's sales tax in order to fix the city's deteriorating streets.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson launched a campaign Tuesday to sell her city’s residents on a plan that would boost the local sales tax by an additional half-percent in order to fix her city’s deteriorating street system. She has asked the Duluth City Council to put the proposal to a citywide referendum vote in November.
Several hours before interviewing for a job as executive director of the Great Lakes Aquarium, Joe Montisano quietly bought a ticket and discretely explored the Duluth facility incognito to get a sense of the place before anyone knew of his arrival. Montisano said he was struck by the quality and condition of its exhibits. “I go to a lot of science centers, museums, aquariums zoos and things like that, and this is one of the few I’ve ever walked through where every single thing worked,” he said.
Despite undergoing a $3 million overhaul earlier this year, Duluth’s problem-plagued Minnesota Slip pedestrian lift bridge was again out of service last weekend, due to a failure in its wiring. The structure, often referred to locally as “the blue bridge,” was disabled at about 9 a.m. Saturday and returned to service at about 10 a.m. Monday. “We think we might have bad wire,” said Duncan Schwensohn, a senior engineer for the city of Duluth.
Although efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week faltered, Joan Peterson and other demonstrators in Duluth on Saturday morning were taking nothing for granted about maintaining access to medical care. "I think it's only because people like us put so much pressure on Congress that the repeal failed," Peterson said. Ann Fryberger, another organizer of Saturday's demonstration in the 1000 block of Central Entrance, warned that the threat has far from passed. "It's not over. We still need to stay vigilant," she said.
This weekend, the annual Two Harbors Kayak Festival will celebrate its 20th year, and it's quite likely to be the last. Scott Neustel, the festival's director, said he expects the event to go out on a high note, with high temperatures and a gentle breeze in the forecast for today and Sunday. "This year, we expect a pretty good crowd because we're getting one of those good rolls of the dice, so to speak. The weather looks like it's going to be fantastic to be on the lakeshore," he said. But even with a good turnout, Neustel suspects the weekend will feel bittersweet.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials released three species of stingless wasps in Duluth's Hartley Park Thursday morning, in hopes that the tiny parasitic insect will slow the spread of an invasive menace to local ash trees — the emerald ash borer. Jonathan Osthus, a biologist and coordinator of the state's biocontrol efforts, explained that two of the wasp species introduced in Duluth attack the ash borer in its larval state, and another destroys the pest's eggs. The wasps are about the size of gnats, and they have no interest in humans, according to Osthus.
With help from a couple of federal grants, crews soon will begin installing a new high-speed fiber-optic system at a cost of more than $8 million on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will formally launch the broadband project Thursday with an 11 a.m. groundbreaking at the Sawyer Community Center. Jason Hollinday, the band's planning division director, said the reservation to date seems to have lacked sufficient population density to attract high-speed data service providers.
A Duluth city councilor is close friends with the mother of the fiance of Minneapolis shooting victim Justine Damond, and said Monday that he hosted all three for Christmas last year. Duluth City Councilor Gary Anderson said Monday that he is close personal friends with Sharon Sebring, the woman who would have become Justine Damond’s mother-in-law in a few weeks. Anderson and Sharon Sebring also teach yoga and meditation. “All of them — Justine and her fiance, Don, and Sharon (Don’s mom) — were at our house for Christmas last year,” he told the News Tribune.
New public restrooms may be a bit slower to arrive at Park Point's Lafayette Community Center due to the Duluth City Council's Monday night decision to temporarily place the project on hold. While 1st District Councilor Gary Anderson acknowledged that the proposed bathrooms at Lafayette are needed, he said: "I really think we should be thinking about all of our citizens when we do construction of new restrooms." Anderson expressed his support for installing restrooms but said a gender-neutral option should be provided to beachgoers and others who use the area.