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After receiving a torrent of emails in opposition to proposed cuts to the city's police and fire departments, a couple of Duluth city councilors put forward a plan Thursday night that could at least partially restore funding. Public safety
A well-heeled developer based in Walnut Creek, Calif., has quietly acquired and assembled a chunk of property in downtown Duluth that has long been eyed by many as an area ripe for redevelopment.
A recent dustup between Duluth City Council President Joel Sipress and DFL Congressional District 8 Chairman Justin Perpich illustrates deep party divisions over the prospect of copper-nickel mining in Northeastern Minnesota and has prompted a call to censure Sipress.
All three incumbents up for re-election in the Duluth City Council primary Tuesday night will advance to the general election in November. There, At Large Councilors Zack Filipovich and Barb Russ, with 3,859 and 2,797 votes respectively, will be joined by challengers Janet Kennedy (2,462 votes) and Rich Updegrove (2,456 votes).
Today, local voters will narrow the field of candidates vying for seats on Duluth’s city council and school board. The polls for this primary election will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and those voters who turn out probably will exert greater influence than their sheer numbers might suggest. That’s because turnout for such a local primary is expected to be rather light, with no mayoral, state legislative, gubernatorial or congressional races on the line.
The Duluth City Council unanimously signed off Monday night on a plan to ask the state of Minnesota for about $1.66 million to extend Waseca Industrial Road to connect with Grand Avenue.
The city of Duluth is proposing to make a big investment in a road that could pave the way for more industrial growth in its Irving neighborhood. Tonight, the Duluth City Council is expected to authorize staff to pursue a $1.66 million state grant, with the understanding that if those funds are awarded, the city will need to muster a local match of more than $444,000 for a total anticipated project cost of about $2.1 million.
A 76-year-old man was killed Sunday afternoon in a ATV accident in Finland. The Lake County Sheriff's Office received an emergency call from the Trestle Inn in Finland, reporting the accident at 2:47 p.m. Rescue squads from Finland and Silver Bay responded and received assistance on the scene from the Finland Fire Department, the Lake County Ambulance Service and Lifelink, but the injured man did not survive. His name had not been released Sunday evening, pending notification of family members.
On Tuesday the field of city council candidates running to represent Duluth's 4th District will be narrowed from three to two through a primary election. Incumbent 4th District Councilor Howie Hanson, a 62-year-old online publisher and Lincoln Park resident, faces two challengers, both from Duluth Heights: Tom Furman, a 49-year-old stay-at-home father, and Renee Van Nett, a 47-year-old employment navigator for Community Action Duluth. The top two vote-getters Tuesday advance to the general election on Nov. 7.
In all, seven candidates are running for two At Large seats on the Duluth City Council, and Tuesday's primary election will nearly cut that field in half, with just four people advancing to the Nov. 7 general election. Incumbents Barb Russ, a 68-year-old attorney residing in Congdon Park, and Zack Filipovich, a 27-year-old accountant from Central Hillside, are running for re-election, but they face a crowded field of challengers, including: • Janet Kennedy, a 54-year-old physical therapist and parish nurse from West Duluth