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Several Duluth city councilors indicated Thursday night their support of a plan to offer the Lake Superior Zoo a financial lifeline. On Monday the council will take up a resolution that would provide the financially strapped zoo with an additional $200,000 in city funding to sustain its operations through the rest of this year. Without the proposed support, the zoo would be forced to close its doors. As of July 31, the zoo had only $22,273 in unrestricted operating funds left in its coffers, and that sum has dwindled to a dangerous and unsustainable low.
Without help from the city of Duluth, the Lake Superior Zoo soon could be forced to close its doors. On Monday, the Duluth City Council will consider a resolution that...
When Duluth's Tenant Landlord Connection opened for business last summer, Jackie Kemp wondered how it would be received by the very parties it sought to serve. "I personally wasn't quite sure what to expect when we started this and how willing anyone would be to participate in mediation. ... But I've been pleasantly surprised many times how both sides have been willing to do what they can to try to resolve something," said Kemp, education and counseling director for One Roof Community Housing, the nonprofit organization that runs the program.
Corey Leet has decided to trade in a rock-solid job at Medtronic, where he leads a team tasked with testing the latest in medical technology, for a new career challenge:...
The city of Duluth will receive more of a financial pruning than it had anticipated in order to clear fallen trees and limbs from the ski and snowmobile trails that run through Hartley and Lester parks. Meanwhile, winter enthusiasts who want to use some of those trails may face delays. Bigger job As crews worked to reopen the trails in the wake of the devastating windstorm that struck on July 21, workers encountered damage that far exceeded the city's estimates.
Cody Barringer, a flight instructor, and Liz Olson, a community advocate, are competing for the Minnesota House District 7B seat that two-term lawmaker Erik Simonson will vacate in hopes of landing a new post in the state Senate. Olson, who is running on the DFL ticket, said she considers her candidacy a natural extension of her work in the community.
Employees of the Verso Paper Co. in West Duluth again implored city council members Monday night to reconsider their decision last month to triple a local electric franchise fee it charges.
Incumbent District 7A Rep. Jennifer Schultz, DFL-Duluth, will face a unique Republican challenger in Dylan Raddant, as she seeks her second term representing eastern Duluth at the state legislature. Raddant is a personal care assistant who is transitioning her gender from male to female, who said she's not afraid to push some boundaries.
Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo will need to set its financial house in order by September of next year or risk losing its accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums...
With Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, choosing not to seek a third term, his District 7 seat will be up for grabs in November. The race to fill that opening will pit District 7B Rep. Erik Simonson, an assistant fire chief for the Duluth Fire Department running on the DFL ticket, against Donna Bergstrom, a retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on the GOP ticket. Bergstrom described a sense of duty as her primary motivation for entering the race. This year marks her second campaign. In 2013, she ran for the House District 7A seat.