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On the Thursday before every meeting of the Duluth City Council, its members gather to shape the agenda and ask questions about specific items that will be coming to a vote come Monday. These advance gatherings, before the formal meetings where the council takes action, are called agenda sessions — and one councilor has been conspicuously absent from all six that have been held so far this year.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson unveiled plans Wednesday to invest $500,000 to improve the city's energy efficiency. If those plans are approved by the Duluth City Council, the money will be used to convert more city lighting to LED and tackle a variety of projects with an anticipated payback period of five years or less, said Erik Birkeland, Duluth's property and facilities manager. He referred to the upgrades as "low-hanging fruit."
Thomas Stolee, a 19-year-old Duluth Denfeld grad now enrolled as a freshman at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus, was definitely in the right place at the right time this past Easter Sunday. On a routine run Sunday afternoon, he encountered a young woman who appeared poised to jump from a bridge into the Mississippi River below. A concerned Stolee cut his run short when he saw her standing at the railing of the bridge — a former railroad trestle which now accommodates a recreational path.
After a decade of homelessness, a Duluth woman now has a roof overhead, albeit a small one. This past week, she became the initial tenant of a home that represents...
After numerous delays, a development agreement for the NorShor Theatre restoration project appears to be close at hand. At a recent meeting, 4th District Duluth City Councilor Howie Hanson said...
A 12-acre parcel of prime waterfront land in Duluth could be up for grabs. On Friday, the Duluth Economic Development Authority issued a request for proposals for a piece of land west of the new Pier B Resort development, sandwiched between it and property belonging to Compass Minerals. The site's appraised value is $2.1 million.
Although Duluth City Councilors have not yet signed off on final plans for all the projects involved, they will be asked to approve multiple grant applications for parks and trails Monday. They could authorize the following grant requests for funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: • $250,000 for a 3.3-km Nordic ski center trail at the base of Spirit Mountain • $100,000 to implement portions of the Quarry Park Mini-Master Plan, involving a proposed new city park in West Duluth with seasonal ice-climbing features
Hundreds of Northland residents will make their annual pilgrimage to Minnesota's capitol this week to build support for projects in Duluth and other parts of St. Louis County. This will be the 19th consecutive year for Duluth & St. Louis County at the Capitol, and the event is still going strong with 465 people plus 54 vendors registered for the reception tonight and a capacity crowd of 264 people signed up for a legislative breakfast on Thursday morning.
Students, staff and employers all made the case for a new $40.8 million Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus during a round-table discussion led by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Tuesday morning. Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed $27.2 million in state bonding support for the project as part of a $1.4 billion bill that faces an uncertain future in the state legislature.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson announced Tuesday that she aims to double the number of miles of street the city improves this year. "Last year, I made a commitment to the residents of Duluth that I would prioritize streets and infrastructure, and today, just about 11 weeks into my term, I'm really proud to make good on that commitment," Larson said at a news conference she called in the city's toolhouse.