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The Northland's week in review: Aug. 25-31

Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26 ? Duluth native Karin Goucher, who now lives in Portland, Ore., finished third in the 10,000 meter run at the World Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan. ? UMD's volleyball team defeated Northern Mic...

Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26

  • Duluth native Karin Goucher, who now lives in Portland, Ore., finished third in the 10,000 meter run at the World Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Japan.
  • UMD's volleyball team defeated Northern Michigan in three matches Saturday. Later on that day, the Bulldogs lost to Truman State in five games.
  • It was announced that the Navy Operational Support Center in Duluth will close Sept. 9. The base has been open since 1898.

Monday, Aug. 27

  • The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy filed suit against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This group wants the MPCA to take action against viral hemorrhagic septicemia, a deadly fish disease.

The MCEA wants the MPCA to be ordered to enforce the federal Clean Water Act and restrict VHS, along with other pollution spread by ships.

  • The Duluth City Council voted 7-1 in favor of giving Duluth promoter Ryan Kern the permission to apply for a permit to have a race on Garfield Avenue in October. This event would be part of a large car show.

The City Council also voted 6-2 in favor of requiring a "project labor agreement" on all projects over $150,000. This agreement requires contractors to hire some local workers and pay them Duluth-area prevailing wages and benefits.
Tuesday, Aug. 28

  • David Ernest Schaer, 36, of Bay Port, Minn. robbed the Western Bank at 201 N. Central Ave. and tried to get away in a taxi. The cab, with the man still in it, were stopped on Interstate 35 near Esko. He confessed to the crime Wednesday.
  • Joe Kelly and Nancy Gruver, the founders of the nonprofit Dads and Daughters, were sued by actress Geena Davis. She accused Kelly and Gruver of stealing her concept for a program called See Jane, a program intended to encourage fathers to spend more time with their daughters.
  • The Duluth Transit Authority announced it will add new routes to areas near UMD, hoping to get more riders. Uniprise, on Rice Lake Road, will also get a commuter service.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

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  • Duluth will receive a $750,000 grant from the Federal Government, which will allow them to replace their current city-wide warning system. Most of this new technology would be geared towards the port, along with docks and bridges along the St. Louis River and Park Point.
  • The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center announced that they will have relaxed fire restrictions in central and northern Minnesota. There is still, however, an outdoor fire ban in St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties.

Thursday, Aug. 30

  • Two men with handguns broke into a house on 3400 block of East First Street. Once in the house, the men bound a mother and her son and searched the home.

The women and son eventually broke free and called the police.

  • It was announced that the Duluth School District failed to make "adequate yearly progress" toward standards measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment II test. This means they failed the No Child Left Behind standards.

Coming this weekend

  • The Duluth-Superior GLBTA Pride Festival will be held in Bayfront Festival Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The parade will begin at 12 p.m. at the corner of Hammond and Broadway in Superior. For more, visit www.dspride.com.
  • Hip Hop Back to School will be held at Bayfront Festival Park at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. The event will feature acts such as Vanilla Ice and Afroman. Tickets start at $31. For more, visit www.bayfrontfestivalpark.com.

--The Duluth News Tribune contributed to these reports.

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