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The city attorney's offices, located on the fourth floor of Duluth's City Hall building, are slated to be remodeled and expanded this summer. On Monday night, the Duluth City Council passed a resolution by an 8-1 vote authorizing the project and awarding the job to Four Star Construction. The Superior-based firm was one of four outfits that bid for the work, and it reportedly submitted the least expensive complete bid, coming in with a cost of $164,211.
A vision for an upgraded and more compact Lake Superior Zoo moved closer to reality Monday night, when the Duluth City Council voted in unanimous support of a concept plan. The project has an initial estimated total price tag of $15.8 million, but Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration expects that figure to come into sharper focus as more detailed plans are developed. He has offered assurances that interested members of the public still will have an opportunity to weigh in on those emerging plans for the zoo and surrounding Fairmount Park this spring.
As emerald ash borers munch their way ever further into the Northland, one fact seems certain: We're going to lose a lot of trees. But that doesn't necessarily mean they should be laid to waste, says Brian Brashaw, who has helped assemble a handbook for how to put compromised trees to productive use. Brashaw put together the guide as an employee of the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth, though he now works as program manager for the Forest Products Marketing Unit of the U.S. Forest Service.
What a difference a year has made for the odds of preserving the former St. Peter's Church in Duluth. On Monday night, the Duluth City Council will be asked to pass an ordinance designating the stone structure at 818 W. Third St. a historic landmark. Just 14 months earlier, city councilors took up a similar ordinance only to unanimously vote it down. But because of an ownership change, an opposite verdict is likely in the works this time around.
Nonprofit leaders from throughout the Twin Ports huddled at Teatro Zuccone on Wednesday morning to learn about an ambitious effort to narrow a yawning opportunity gap among area children. “What...
The Duluth Economic Development Authority soon may acquire a burnt-out apartment building at the corner of First Street and Second Avenue East that once was home to the Kozy Bar. By a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that opens the door for the authority to purchase the tax-forfeited property known as Pastoret Terrace.
New plans for a more compact Lake Superior Zoo have yet to be approved, much less funded, but they're already beginning to reshape the Duluth attraction's animal collection. On Monday, zoo officials announced that Max, a 16-year-old cougar that had been on exhibit in Duluth since 2011, was moved earlier that day to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, where he is expected to live out the rest of his life.
Residents of Duluth soon could be tapped to pay a little more for water service. On March 15, Duluth's Public Utilities Commission is expected to take up a proposal to increase the variable water rate customers are charged by 6 percent. For a typical four-person family using 6 CCF (600 cubic feet of water) per month, the proposed increase would result in its monthly water bill climbing from $26.13 to $27.33. That's an extra $1.20 per month or $14.40 per year. No change in the city's sewer rate is proposed.
Duluth voters showed up in force to caucus Tuesday night, with both the Republican and Democratic parties reporting record turnouts. In all, 1,068 people in state House Districts 7A and 7B — encompassing most of the city — cast votes for Republican candidates, and a whopping 5,435 Duluth residents weighed in for their favorite presidential hopeful on the Democratic side. "I would say that throughout the whole state we broke records," said Gary Bergquist, District 7B Republican chairman.
After lengthy discussion Tuesday afternoon, the St. Louis County Board unanimously agreed to move forward with a resolution that could open the way for the city of Duluth to explore redevelopment options for a fire-damaged downtown apartment building.