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The Northland's Week in Review: Oct. 11-16

Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12 ? A party was held celebrating Dick Palmer's 60-plus years with the Budgeteer at the City Center West Saturday. See Page 7 for more. ? University of Minnesota Duluth's football team beat Northern State 55-7 ...

Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12

  • A party was held celebrating Dick Palmer's 60-plus years with the Budgeteer at the City Center West Saturday. See Page 7 for more.
  • University of Minnesota Duluth's football team beat Northern State 55-7 Saturday during homecoming.
  • The Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 12-10 Sunday.

Monday, Oct. 13

  • The Duluth School Board announced its intentions to vote on a resolution next week that states the voter-approved operational levy funds will be dedicated to educational programs, not the Red Plan.
  • The Duluth City Council voted to take back its support of selling the "Minnehaha" stained-glass window, but they did vote to proceed with the sale of city-owned land on Park Point.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

  • A straw poll at a Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce forum indicated that the majority would support a proposal to raise the levy to $1,200 per student. To read more about the operational levy, see Page 26.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

  • Mayor Don Ness announced that about 4.2 miles of some of the worst streets in Duluth have been "capped" or preserved with new blacktop as a part of a strategy for street improvement. Two strategies have been employed. One involves "capping" streets with 1 to 2 inches of asphalt the levels the street and allows water that cause potholes to run off to prevent future potholes.

Another strategy involves the Street Preservation Program which has placed overlays on 2.7 miles of street at a cost of about $425,000.

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  • St. Louis County Sheriff's office announced they received several complaints from seniors who received a phone call from a "supposed" young relative who was in Canada.

The "relative" said they were in a motor vehicle accident and couldn't leave the country until they paid for the damages done to the other car. They asked the relative to wire them the money. One person, who believed it was their grandson, wired $4,800.
This is a scam.

  • Jonathan Phipps, 20, pleaded guilty in St. Louis County District Court for first-degree burglary and two counts of kidnapping in connection with a Congdon Park home break-in in August of 2007 where a mother and her son were tied up as Phipps and his accomplice, David Schiller searched the home.

Sentencing will be next month.
Thursday, Oct. 16

  • Husband of Republican Party Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, Todd Palin, visited Gander Mountain for a rally with Norm Coleman.

Not counting the protesters across the street, there were more than 900 people at the event.

  • Coleman, along with Al Franken and Dean Barkley participated in their third U.S. Senate debate at UMD's Romano gym.
  • Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke to 1,200 area residents at the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, saying that Americans can no longer afford to embrace a culture of debt.

-- The Duluth News Tribune contributed to this report
Coming this weekend

  • Community belly dancers will perform Middle Eastern dances at "Mystical Nights" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at UMD's Weber Music Hall. Tickets are available at the door.
  • The Twin Ports Wind Orchestra will perform a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at Pilgrim Congregational Church. Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for students. Youth, age 12 and younger, are free with an adult.
  • It's the last weekend for Boo at the Zoo. Bring kids in costumes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday for fun and trick-or-treating at the Lake Superior Zoo. See www.lszoo.org for more.
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