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Duluth City Council votes to honor leader in domestic violence prevention

The Duluth City Council unanimously voted in support of a resolution Monday to name a training and community room in the new Public Safety Building in honor of Ellen Pence, a pioneer in the prevention of domestic violence.

The Duluth City Council unanimously voted in support of a resolution Monday to name a training and community room in the new Public Safety Building in honor of Ellen Pence, a pioneer in the prevention of domestic violence.

The new law enforcement center will house the headquarters of both the Duluth Police Department and the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Councilor Sharla Gardner, who introduced the resolution Monday, said St. Louis County Commissioner Peg Sweeney planned to carry a matching resolution forward with the County Board.

Pence, 63, died of breast cancer on Jan. 6. She founded the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in the early 1980s, and the initiative became a model for the rest of the nation and world.

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