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Duluth City Council, boards and commissions return to virtual meetings Thursday

The council, boards and commissions will resume virtual meetings due to the substantial risk in COVID-19 transmission rates.

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Duluth City Hall. File / News Tribune

Starting Thursday, the city of Duluth will revert to virtual meetings for City Council, boards and commissions, according to a news release.

City Attorney Rebecca St. George and Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman sent a determination to the city clerk's office Monday due to the substantial risk in COVID-19 transmission rates within St. Louis County.

"In accordance with Minnesota Open Meeting Laws, the City is providing a three-day notice that beginning on August 12, all City of Duluth City Council, and board and commission meetings will be held virtually.” St. George said in an email to staff.

"Out of concern for the substantial risk status of community transmission in St. Louis County, I want to keep City Council meetings virtual through the end of August,” City Council President Renee Van Nett said. “I just want to make sure people understand that we are watching county health data and will go back in person when it is safe to do so.”

Residents will be able to monitor meetings and comment by visiting duluthmn.gov/livemeeting .

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The city of Duluth decided to change to in-person meetings beginning Aug. 1. Several meetings since Aug. 2 were held in person.

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