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Air Force Col. Sandra Best will make history today when she is promoted to brigadier general, becoming the first female officer to hold such a high rank in the Minnesota...
After about a decade of sitting vacant, the former Gardner Hotel in downtown Duluth is about to be reborn as a condominium development. Zenith City Revival LLC, headed by the...
The Duluth City Council waded through an animal-laden agenda Monday night, adopting an ordinance that would allow residents to keep hoofed pets and discussing emerging plans for the Lake Superior Zoo. Hoofed pets By a 7-2 margin, councilors passed an ordinance that would permit city residents to keep up to three hoofed animals — such as miniature goats, pigs, horses or sheep — as pets. Up until now, the keeping of such animals on property zoned for residential use has been forbidden.
Three months after shelving an ordinance that would have opened the door for residents of Duluth to keep up to three small hoofed animals — such miniature goats, pigs, horses or sheep — as pets, the Duluth City Council has trotted it out again. At a Thursday night agenda session, councilors discussed a revised proposal, which could come to a vote Monday. If passed, the ordinance would allow homeowners to obtain a license for hoofed animals that weigh no more than 50 pounds at maturity.
Longtime Duluth writer, editor and publisher Larry Fortner died of cancer early Wednesday in hospice care at St. Luke's hospital with his wife, Jerilyn, at his bedside. The 73-year-old strung...
It has been nearly four months since emerald ash borers were discovered on Park Point, and residents gathered Tuesday evening at Duluth City Hall to discuss the city's emerging plan for how to combat the destructive beetle and save at least some local ash trees from near-certain death. The arrival of the invasive insect in the Twin Ports was first documented in 2013, when emerald ash borers turned up in Superior. Duluth has been on high alert ever since, watching for the seemingly inevitable spread of the beetle, and in October four trees on Park Point were found to be infested.
As more information about widespread lead poisoning from drinking water in the city of Flint, Mich., continues to seep out, people across the nation have asked themselves the same question: Could it happen here? The News Tribune put that question to Duluth officials, who said the city's water is — by-and-large — extremely safe, thanks in large part to the high quality of Lake Superior water. They also said there is around-the-clock monitoring at a level that seems to have been lacking in Flint.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson has hired a consultant to help navigate her first few months in office. She announced that Erik Peterson has joined her "transition team" in a release issued last Friday. When asked Wednesday to describe that team's composition, Larson laughed and noted that actually: "Erik is my transition team." Larson said she will rely on Peterson for help in her move "from campaigning to governing."
Plans to construct a townhome development on the site of the former Morgan Park school property continued to take firmer shape Tuesday, when the Duluth Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve a final plat for the project, subject to the fulfillment of a few conditions. Working in partnership with Augusta Housing Management Co. of Eau Claire, Wis., developer Aaron Schweiger proposes to build 10 12-plex townhomes on the 6.4-acre site.
Duluth Planning Commission members offered feedback Tuesday night on proposed new rules to regulate residents who rent out their homes to visitors. In light of the growing popularity of websites such as Airbnb and VRBO (short for Vacation Rental By Owner), the Duluth City Council called a timeout last summer. The city placed a moratorium on the issuance of vacation rental licenses, effectively making it illegal for any more Duluth homeowners to enter the hospitality business until new rules could be devised to better govern the scene.