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People in need of a lift in Duluth may soon have a new option. Duluth City Councilor Noah Hobbs has been working on an ordinance that could open the Duluth market to ride services such as Uber and Lyft. As for the arrival of those services in Duluth, Hobbs believes that's a question of 'when,' not 'if.' " Yet he hopes the ordinance he is drafting will tilt the balance toward an earlier start.
Plans are now being laid for a $3 million overhaul of Duluth's pedestrian bridge in Canal Park, but the structure has been plagued with operational problems since the day it opened in 1991. Dan Russell, executive director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, recalled the bridge dedication, saying that it worked for four days and then broke. He was also there for a rededication ceremony three weeks later, but said the blue bridge has remained notoriously unreliable, despite numerous attempts to make it work properly.
The Ordean Foundation has tapped former Duluth Mayor Don Ness to serve as its next executive director. Ness will step into his new role beginning Jan. 26.
Duluth East High School science teacher Tim Velner was in a crosswalk on 40th Avenue East striding to work at 6:11 a..m. on Nov. 15, when a pickup truck turned left out of the school parking lot and struck him. "I felt like a tennis ball. The truck hit me, and I bounced. I flew about 12 to 15 feet, and then the truck stopped before me. Thank goodness," he said, recalling the incident, which was captured on video. He was badly bruised and shaken after the accident, but he sustained no other serious injury.
Research now underway in Carlton County is revealing some of the unforeseen impacts that a spreading emerald ash borer infestation could have on Northland waterways. The non-native pest has already arrived in Duluth, with the insects first detected on Park Point in October of 2015. Native ash trees have no natural defense against the borers, which burrow beneath the bark, girdling and ultimately killing the trees. The stakes are especially high in Minnesota, which is home to more than 1 billion ash trees, many of them growing in sensitive environmental areas.
Members of the Duluth City Council recently have received some sharply worded emails in response to their passage last week of a resolution supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's efforts to protect tribal lands and block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River. A team of executives from Enbridge Energy wrote to express their disappointment Thursday "on behalf of our 600 Enbridge colleagues who live and work in the Twin Ports."
A funding request for support of the Avalon Educational Institute garnered the most public testimony at Monday night's meeting of the Duluth City Council, touching off a lively discussion. Avalon sought funding through the Community Development Block Grant program for the first time this year, and while a citizens' committee initially sought to provide the organization with $35,000 in support, concerns about the school's financial controls caused city administration to recommend withholding that aid.
The city of Duluth now estimates it will cost about $3 million to rehabilitate and repair its notoriously unreliable pedestrian lift bridge. A funding source for the project was approved by the Duluth City Council earlier this week, but one member — 5th District Councilor Jay Fosle — objected, raising questions about whether it was appropriate to use tourism tax collections to fix a bridge. "The council has been told for years that you cannot use tourism tax for infrastructure projects," he said.
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The last two fires that Duluth Fire Marshall Marnie Grondahl investigated have both involved homes with no working smoke detectors, and she said that's a surprisingly common finding. To improve safety, the American Red Cross has teamed with the Duluth Fire Department to distribute and install 576 free smoke alarms in the city. And Tony Guerra, a disaster program manager for the American Red Cross, said he hopes to partner with more fire departments across the Northland to do the same in other cities.