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Duluth city officials are still working to determine exactly what it will cost to clean up debris from the July 21 storm. But on Thursday night, the game plan came into sharper focus. Originally, the city had looked to hire a contractor to help remove curbside debris from private property in Duluth's hardest-hit neighborhoods. But ultimately, the city decided to take on the job itself, said Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration.
During a campaign stop at Duluth's Vikre Distillery Monday afternoon, Lt. Gov Tina Smith vigorously stumped for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and slammed Donald Trump, her Republican rival. "I've spent the day traveling and talking to Minnesota businesses and Minnesota manufacturers to shine the light on how important manufacturing and how important small businesses are to Minnesota's economy," she said.
On Friday, Duluth will mark the 50th anniversary of an event that many people say changed the trajectory of the city forever and gave rise to its future as a tourist destination. Lorne Greene, Buddy Hackett and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra led the bill on Aug. 5, 1966, as the citizenry of Duluth celebrated the opening of the Duluth Arena-Auditorium, a facility that evolved into what we now know as the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Dignitaries at the event included Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Gov. Karl Rolvaag and Congressman John Blatnik.
No sooner had members of the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps wrapped up their work restoring a Civil War monument at the Duluth Civic Center than they were back on...
Out of sight, out of mind. That's how many of us may feel after fallen trees and branches have been hauled away from our homes. But what will become of all that tree debris culled by last week's destructive storm? Pakou Ly, a spokeswoman for the city of Duluth, said most of it will be chipped and hauled, ton by ton, to Minnesota Power's Hibbard Renewable Energy Center, where it will be used to generate steam for the neighboring Verso paper and recycling mills, as well as renewable energy for local electric customers.
A fire destroyed a house and garage in Aurora Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after noon, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the East Range Police Department and several area fire departments...
The path is now clear for the Duluth Economic Development Authority to acquire two badly neglected properties, a former downtown bar and apartment building that had been a notorious source...
The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday morning declaring a local state of emergency — a move that could provide access to state and possibly federal disaster relief aid. The declaration could position the county to recoup costs associated with damage it sustained from violent July storms — one on the 5th and another on the 21st. Those events resulted in flash flooding, electrical outages, lightning strikes and significant damage, with straight-line winds gusting up to 100 mph.
No one's sure exactly what it will cost yet, but crews from the city of Duluth and a Hastings, Minn.-based contractor began hauling away storm-damaged trees from Lakeside and Woodland curbsides Monday morning. Mayor Emily Larson said: "We want this debris collected and removed as fast as possible. We do not want this to take weeks and weeks. We don't want downed trees and debris to become a fire hazard. So for us, it was kind of a combination of public safety and just being a good steward to our community."
Plans for a 72-unit apartment building proposed to be built behind the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant off Central Entrance were placed on temporary hold earlier this week by the inaction of the Duluth City Council. Developer Ryan Bowman expected the council to sign off Monday night on a $250,000 tax abatement package for the project — dubbed phase II of the neighboring 90-unit Miller Hill Manor — but councilors instead chose to table the development agreement.