In November, Renee Van Nett was the first female Native American elected to the Duluth City Council .

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“I didn’t even think about that part until somebody said it publicly in that language and I thought, ‘Oh really?’ “ said Van Nett. “It’s an honor and I totally dig it, but I’m focused on getting things done.”


We catch up with her to see how she is preparing to take her seat on the council representing Duluth’s 4th District. Van Nett shares her top priorities and how her Native American culture will help her to understand the people of her district, which includes Duluth Heights, Piedmont Heights, Lincoln Park and part of West Duluth.

What we are into this week: “The Bullpen Diaries,” by Dirk Hayhurst, the Netflix series “Shot in the Dark,” American journalist and writer Joan Didion, “Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year” by local author Linda LeGarde Grover.

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