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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.
Sometimes the very things you need to land a job are hard to come by without a job, such as work experience, a vehicle or even a driver’s license. The...
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.
Duluth's two municipal golf courses continued to lose money last year, but Billy Casper Golf, which oversees the operations, laid out a plan Monday that it says could return them break-even status in the coming season. But the upshot would be a shortened period for play at the Lester Park Golf Course. All told, Duluth's Enger and Lester Park golf courses finished the 2016 season $176,195 in the hole, not counting depreciation.
It looks like Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's proposed 2017 budget plans will prevail. At Large City Councilor Noah Hobbs originally offered to amend that budget by providing an additional $110,000 in crisis-management training funds for Duluth's police officers and firefighters. He proposed that money for the effort could be obtained by not reducing the city's streetlight fee in 2017. That per-household monthly $3.50 fee was to be reduced 25 cents in 2017 under the city administration's plan.
By a unanimous vote Monday night, the Duluth City Council passed a resolution voicing support for demonstrators who have been working to block the construction of a petroleum pipeline under...
The Duluth City Council will decide Monday night whether to take a stand in support of demonstrators protesting against a pipeline project on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North...
Mayor Emily Larson's administration presented a proposal to the Duluth City Council Thursday night that seeks to plug several nagging holes in the city's budget by redirecting funds that had previously been earmarked for other purposes in 2017. Three primary factors have contributed to an anticipated shortfall next year, said David Montgomery, Duluth's chief administrative officer, who pointed to the following developments: • The city's decision to cap the maximum electric franchise fee that will be charged to the Verso paper mill next year
A ruling by an administrative law judge could clear the way for Proctor to push ahead with plans to annex another 92 acres of Midway Township abutting the city's southern border. But attorneys representing the township and the city of Duluth have filed an appeal in an effort to overturn the decision in the latest chapter of a long-running dispute. The tiff dates back to 2012, when Proctor annexed 67 acres of Midway Township in anticipation of a big-box retail development that still hasn't panned out. Midway Township objected to the annexation but was unable to block it.