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Former Duluth Mayor Ben Boo presented a silver coffee set to the crew of the newly commissioned USS Duluth nearly 50 years ago. Fast forward to Friday, and Boo will...
Workers could begin clearing fallen trees and limbs from Lester Park's ski and snowmobile trails yet this week, weather permitting. The city is finalizing an agreement with A+ Landscaping, the same firm which had expected to complete the job under a previous contract. The company originally submitted a bid of $85,519 to handle trail cleanup at both Hartley Park and Lester Park in the wake of the July 21 windstorm.
The Lake Superior Zoo should be able to keep its doors open, thanks to a $200,000 stopgap subsidy approved by the Duluth City Council Monday night. By a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution providing the funds needed to sustain the zoo's operations through the end of this year. "I would urge all my fellow councilors to support this," said At Large City Councilor Noah Hobbs. "It's no secret that the zoo has not recovered from the flood of 2012."
Several Duluth city councilors indicated Thursday night their support of a plan to offer the Lake Superior Zoo a financial lifeline. On Monday the council will take up a resolution that would provide the financially strapped zoo with an additional $200,000 in city funding to sustain its operations through the rest of this year. Without the proposed support, the zoo would be forced to close its doors. As of July 31, the zoo had only $22,273 in unrestricted operating funds left in its coffers, and that sum has dwindled to a dangerous and unsustainable low.
Without help from the city of Duluth, the Lake Superior Zoo soon could be forced to close its doors. On Monday, the Duluth City Council will consider a resolution that...
When Duluth's Tenant Landlord Connection opened for business last summer, Jackie Kemp wondered how it would be received by the very parties it sought to serve. "I personally wasn't quite sure what to expect when we started this and how willing anyone would be to participate in mediation. ... But I've been pleasantly surprised many times how both sides have been willing to do what they can to try to resolve something," said Kemp, education and counseling director for One Roof Community Housing, the nonprofit organization that runs the program.
Corey Leet has decided to trade in a rock-solid job at Medtronic, where he leads a team tasked with testing the latest in medical technology, for a new career challenge: overseeing the largest menagerie in the Northland. On Thursday, Leet, 36, was tapped to serve as CEO of the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth. The zoo’s interim CEO, Julene Boe, will continue to serve in that capacity until Leet’s Jan. 2 arrival.
The city of Duluth will receive more of a financial pruning than it had anticipated in order to clear fallen trees and limbs from the ski and snowmobile trails that run through Hartley and Lester parks. Meanwhile, winter enthusiasts who want to use some of those trails may face delays. Bigger job As crews worked to reopen the trails in the wake of the devastating windstorm that struck on July 21, workers encountered damage that far exceeded the city's estimates.
Cody Barringer, a flight instructor, and Liz Olson, a community advocate, are competing for the Minnesota House District 7B seat that two-term lawmaker Erik Simonson will vacate in hopes of landing a new post in the state Senate. Olson, who is running on the DFL ticket, said she considers her candidacy a natural extension of her work in the community.
Employees of the Verso Paper Co. in West Duluth again implored city council members Monday night to reconsider their decision last month to triple a local electric franchise fee it charges.