The Northland's week in review: Jan. 5-10
Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6 ? The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's hockey team lost to Bemidji State 2-0 Saturday. On Friday, UMD beat them 5-3. ? The St. Scholastica men's hockey team lost to Plattsburgh (N.Y.) 3-2 in the ch...
Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6
- The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's hockey team lost to Bemidji State 2-0 Saturday. On Friday, UMD beat them 5-3.
- The St. Scholastica men's hockey team lost to Plattsburgh (N.Y.) 3-2 in the championship game of the Cardinal Classic, a tournament held in Plattsburgh.
- Close to 3,910 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, according to a Sunday Associated Press report.
This death count is six higher than the Defense Department's.
Monday, Jan. 7
- Don Ness made his first State of the City address as mayor. Some of the issues he said he would like to deal with include reforming the city's zoning code, getting rid of sewage overflows, lowering Duluth's poverty rate and solving the retiree health care crisis. New council members were also sworn in Monday.
- A total of $270 million in potential claims were made by retirees who are a part of the city's self-insured health-care fund, according to a report released.
Liability in 2005 was $280 million and projected to be $405 million by 2014, but, due to city actions, claims are now projected to be $277 million in 2014.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
- The Duluth school district released a design and construction schedule for its long-range facilities plan. For more, see Pages 3 and 4.
- Andrew Ryan Duffy, 33, was charged with numerous crimes, including forgery and theft, in St. Louis County court. He is being accused of lying about his job qualifications and his past criminal record. Duffy was hired by the county to assess the chemical dependency of criminals in northern St. Louis County.
- Sen. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Sen. John McCain took the honor for the Republicans.
- The Duluth School Board elected officers for 2008 during an organizational meeting and new board members Judy Seliga-Punyko, Gary Glass and returning board member Tim Grover were sworn in.
Wednesday, Jan. 10
- The Duluth Parks and Recreation Commission again stated it is in opposition to a proposed ordinance that would allow unleashed dogs on city trails. However, its members are open to turning an existing trail into one for unleashed dogs.
Thursday, Jan. 10
- A project started on the Aerial Lift Bridge. More than $2 million will spent, and it will be completed by 2009. Deteriorating concrete and steel are some of the items being worked on. There will also be some painting done.
- Early in the morning, three or four individuals robbed the Erbert & Gerbert's sandwich shop on West First Street. There was an employee at the store who was not injured. Police are still looking for the culprits.
- The Duluth Police Department arrested some suspects, in connection with an attempted break-in early in the morning on the 6200 block of Pizarro Street.
Police had a description of a car at the scene, and eventually saw it being driven away from the area where the crime was committed. The police followed the car. The suspects then fled on foot. Police eventually caught up with them.
Coming this weekend
- The annual Duluth Bridal Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the DECC. There will be more than 100 exhibitors. Cost is $6. For more, call 727-1177.
- Duluth Sister Cities International will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Duluth and Petrozavodsk, Russia, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Depot's Great Hall.
There will be music, tributes to people involved in the program and a celebration of the publication of "Duluth-Petrozavodsk: 20 Years as Sister Cities."
--The Duluth News Tribune contributed to these reports.