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The Northland's week in review: April 14-19

Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8 ? The UMD Bulldog's women's softball team split a two game series against Nebraska-Omaha in North Central Conference action. The Bulldogs won the first game 5-2 and lost the second 7-3. Monday, April 9 ? The Dul...

Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8

  • The UMD Bulldog's women's softball team split a two game series against Nebraska-Omaha in North Central Conference action. The Bulldogs won the first game 5-2 and lost the second 7-3.

Monday, April 9

  • The Duluth City Council voted 5-1 to give $100,000 to the Great Lakes Aquarium. The only councilor to vote against it was Greg Gilbert, citing that he needed more financial information from the aquarium board, according to a Duluth News Tribune article. He wanted to make sure the money was going to the right place.
  • A study released by the city of Duluth may slow down the Lakewalk extension plan. Building a 10-foot-wide walk under the original plan could cost Duluth as much as $2.1 million, according to a Duluth News Tribune article. The walk was set to be built on land that the city acquired between new residential developments and Lake Superior.

Tuesday, April 10

  • St. Louis County presented three 911 Life Saver Awards. Suzanne Hill, a 911 dispatcher, persuaded a suicidal man to put his gun down and surrender to police officers outside of his home.

John Asuma, of Cherry, followed a smoke trail to field that was burning. When at the scene Asuma found a girl who said her grandfather was in the fire. Asuma found the man and brought him to safety.
The Ely Fire Department, after a plan crash, did a ground search where they found the pilot of the plane. It took the firefighters more than an hour to carry the 350-pound man out of the woods, according to a Duluth News Tribune article.

Wednesday, April 11

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  • Tony Cuneo -- joined by his wife, friends, and fellow business and community leaders -- announced his candidacy for Duluth City Council on the steps of City Hall. Find out more about Cuneo at www.tonycuneo.com.
  • A second teenager, who admitted that he took part in the robbery of a 77-year-old man near the DECC, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated robbery. Judge Mark Munger placed Calvin Conrad White, 16, on five years of probation and sentenced him to 120 days at Thistledew Camp, a juvenile center.

Thursday, April 12

  • Duluth City Councilor Greg Gilbert announced that he will enter the mayoral race. Gilbert lost his bid for mayor in 1999.
  • The Duluth Economic Development Authority would own a debt-free Northwest Maintenance Facility under terms of a tentative settlement announced by the Minnesota Department of Finance.

The settlement would satisfy $21.4 million in City of Duluth and DEDA bond obligations, interest and balloon payments through 2014, and hand over a debt-free facility to DEDA to attract a new tenant.
The terms of the tentative settlement call for the state of Minnesota to return Northwest's collateral. In exchange the State of Minnesota would receive an unsecured claim against Northwest from its recent bankruptcy. The State would then sell this claim and use the proceeds to redeem obligations on bonds and other claims of partners in the project. Duluth's obligations would be among those redeemed. Other partners include St. Louis County and ALLETE Corporation.

The settlement would still have to be ratified by the Duluth City Council, DEDA, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Coming this weekend

  • The 41st Annual Arrowhead Home & Builders Show will be at the DECC on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..
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