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A massive holiday lighting display will return to Bayfront Festival Park this winter, assuming the Duluth City Council signs off on a proposed agreement Monday night. As part of that agreement, the city would pick up the electrical bill for the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Hank Martinsen, Duluth's property services supervisor, estimates the attraction consumed about $12,000 worth of electricity last year — about 25 percent less power than it required several years ago, before it made the shift to LED lighting.
A ruling handed down last week by the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding fees charged by the city of St. Paul could have implications for Duluth as well Duluth doesn't rely as heavily on citywide fees to pay for its street work as St. Paul does, but its own practices could be called into question by the court decision.
For several years running, Northeastern Minnesota boasted stronger employment prospects than the nation as a whole. But since a mining downturn began last year, the region has failed to beat...
At Knowlton Creek, which flows through the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is overseeing one of the most ambitious single stream restoration projects in state history. "We're restoring about 6,500 feet (about 1.2 miles) of coldwater stream habitat," said John Lindgren, a senior fisheries specialist and St. Louis River area of concern coordinator for the DNR.
At a press conference on West Superior Street Wednesday morning, Duluth unveiled a new loan program designed to encourage investment and job creation in the Lincoln Park and West Duluth business districts. Heather Rand, director of business and workforce development for the city of Duluth, said the pilot program, called Advance West, will provide funding to help aspiring entrepreneurs purchase and improve commercial properties in Duluth's 55806 and 55807 ZIP codes, "where some of our greatest blight, with respect to commercial properties, currently exists."
Would-be developer Aaron Schweiger had hoped to begin constructing the first of 10 12-plex townhomes planned for the site of the former Morgan Park Middle School this year, but he now expects to postpone the work until next year at the earliest. The holdup? The construction bids he has received for the development all exceed his budget.
The Duluth City Council approved funding to cover cleanup costs Monday, as residents work to recover from the brutal July 21 storm that caused widespread tree damage and left much of the city without electricity Councilors unanimously voted to authorize city staff to sign an $85,519 contract with A-Plus Landscaping LLC to clear fallen trees and branches from recreational trails, including those in Hartley Park. They also approved a $71,676 contract with Sylvester Custom Grinding to process storm debris into a biofuel that can be used to produce electricity.
A divided Duluth City Council voted Monday night to approve a development agreement that includes a $250,000 tax abatement subsidy for a proposed 72-unit apartment building just north of Miller Trunk Highway and west of Joshua Street. Councilors earlier tabled action on the project over concerns that it did not include a project labor agreement.
While worldwide sales of general aviation aircraft have softened in 2016, Cirrus Aircraft is off to its strongest start since eight years ago, when the U.S. economy teetered into a...
Just as loggers were wrapping up efforts to thin about 45 acres of forest in Duluth's Hartley Park, a powerful storm swept in to lend an unwelcome and indiscriminate hand with tree removal. That July 21 storm snapped and uprooted hundreds more trees throughout the park, forcing the park's closure due to public safety concerns. The storm left Hartley in disarray and also touched off debate over whether the logging activity had made the park more vulnerable to the widespread wind damage it sustained. Impact of the cut