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Northland briefs: Sex offender settles in downtown Duluth

Sex offender settles in downtown Duluth A Level 3 predatory offender is now living in the 100 block of North First Avenue West in downtown Duluth, police announced Tuesday. Dustin Kenneth Nelson, 27, was released from prison after being convicted...

Dustin Kenneth Nelson
Dustin Kenneth Nelson

Sex offender settles in downtown Duluth

A Level 3 predatory offender is now living in the 100 block of North First Avenue West in downtown Duluth, police announced Tuesday.

Dustin Kenneth Nelson, 27, was released from prison after being convicted of engaging in sexual contact with an adult female against her will. He was not known by his victim.

Level 3 predatory offenders are considered the most likely to offend again because the offender did not respond to or undergo treatment programs while in prison.

UMD names new liberal arts dean

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The University of Minnesota Duluth has named a new dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Susan Naramore Maher is currently the Peter Kiewit Distinguished Professor of English and chairwoman of the English department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She begins at UMD on July 15.

Maher replaces Linda Krug, who resigned last year after being dean for 11 years. Olaf Kuhlke is serving as interim dean.

Maher's degrees are in English. She earned her B.A. from the University of Albany, her M.A. from the University of South Carolina-Columbia and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves on several boards, including the Willa Cather Memorial and Educational Foundation, Western Literature Association and Nebraska Center for the Book.

Duluth's trails open for season

The city of Duluth Parks and Recreation Division has opened the city's hiking and biking trails for public use. The trails were closed during the spring breakup.

In addition to city trails for hiking and for walking leashed dogs, there are some marked biking trails in Hartley Park. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on trails at any time.

The city asks trail users to obey the following trail-use etiquette:

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  • Stay on trails.
  • Keep dogs on their leashes at all times.
  • Pick up and carry out litter.
  • Do not use wet trails.
  • Avoid wet and muddy areas on trails. Workshop on North Shore rivers

    The Minnesota Environmental Partnership will host a "North Shore River Rendezvous" on April 24 in Beaver Bay to explain how Minnesota rivers are targeted for cleanup and how residents can get involved.

    The six-hour workshop is designed for North Shore residents, community leaders and local government staff to explain the Total Maximum Daily Load process that is triggered when lakes, rivers or streams are listed as impaired and in need of cleanup. The process allows input from local residents and community groups.

    Of the North Shore's 24 major rivers, 11 are already on the state's list of impaired waters for high levels of suspended particles of sediment from shore, called turbidity. The impaired rivers are Lester, Amity, French, Sucker, Talmadge, Knife, Skunk, Beaver, Poplar, Brule and Flute Reed.

    The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at the Beaver Bay Town Hall. Participants should register in advance. The workshop is free; lunches are available for $10. To register, participants should contact Andrew Slade, the program's North Shore project director, at (218) 727-4873 or aslade@cpinternet.com .

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