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Duluth greeted its first oceangoing vessel of the season Sunday, as the Dutch-flagged Albanyborg passed beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge at 7:41 p.m. In a ceremony Monday afternoon to mark the event, local dignitaries gathered on the ship's bridge, where they presented its captain, Igor Bunenkov, with gifts.
As she stood before an F-16 Falcon jet in Duluth Friday morning, Brig. Gen. Sandra Best, chief of staff for the Minnesota Air National Guard, announced that beginning next week...
Just nine months after a federal judge lifted a consent decree, which had ordered the city of Duluth to stem the flow of untreated wastewater into Lake Superior or face stiff financial consequences, Mayor Emily Larson delivered some unwelcome news. Despite the investment of more than $160 million in infrastructure to prevent future sewage overflows, a two-day rain in mid-March proved too much for the city's sanitary sewer system to handle. "This is not the kind of news we like to share, but it happened. And residents need to hear that from us," Larson said.
On the Thursday before every meeting of the Duluth City Council, its members gather to shape the agenda and ask questions about specific items that will be coming to a vote come Monday. These advance gatherings, before the formal meetings where the council takes action, are called agenda sessions — and one councilor has been conspicuously absent from all six that have been held so far this year.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson unveiled plans Wednesday to invest $500,000 to improve the city's energy efficiency. If those plans are approved by the Duluth City Council, the money will be used to convert more city lighting to LED and tackle a variety of projects with an anticipated payback period of five years or less, said Erik Birkeland, Duluth's property and facilities manager. He referred to the upgrades as "low-hanging fruit."
Thomas Stolee, a 19-year-old Duluth Denfeld grad now enrolled as a freshman at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus, was definitely in the right place at the right time this past Easter Sunday. On a routine run Sunday afternoon, he encountered a young woman who appeared poised to jump from a bridge into the Mississippi River below. A concerned Stolee cut his run short when he saw her standing at the railing of the bridge — a former railroad trestle which now accommodates a recreational path.
After a decade of homelessness, a Duluth woman now has a roof overhead, albeit a small one. This past week, she became the initial tenant of a home that represents...
After numerous delays, a development agreement for the NorShor Theatre restoration project appears to be close at hand. At a recent meeting, 4th District Duluth City Councilor Howie Hanson said...
A 12-acre parcel of prime waterfront land in Duluth could be up for grabs. On Friday, the Duluth Economic Development Authority issued a request for proposals for a piece of land west of the new Pier B Resort development, sandwiched between it and property belonging to Compass Minerals. The site's appraised value is $2.1 million.
Although Duluth City Councilors have not yet signed off on final plans for all the projects involved, they will be asked to approve multiple grant applications for parks and trails Monday. They could authorize the following grant requests for funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: • $250,000 for a 3.3-km Nordic ski center trail at the base of Spirit Mountain • $100,000 to implement portions of the Quarry Park Mini-Master Plan, involving a proposed new city park in West Duluth with seasonal ice-climbing features