The race to fill the vacant seat on the St. Louis County Board grew to three early Thursday when a Midway Township ironworker joined the fray. Keith Musolf announced his candidacy in the 5th District race with a news release, outlining his 20-year residency in the district and saying he’ll work hard to be accessible and transparent.
The race to fill the vacant 5th District seat on the St. Louis County Board expanded to include a second person with experience as Hermantown mayor. Keith MacDonald joined the race by filing his candidacy late in the business day on Tuesday. MacDonald served as Hermantown mayor from 2004-08, and joins the city’s current mayor, Wayne Boucher, in running in the special election to replace Rep. Pete Stauber on the County Board.
As a retired police officer and union steward who began his political career on the Hermantown City Council, Wayne Boucher shares a lot in common with U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber. “Pete and I are friends,” said Boucher, the Hermantown mayor and, as of Monday, the first person to confirm he’ll run for the St. Louis County Board seat made vacant by Stauber’s election to Congress in November.
The appearance of construction cranes in Duluth always draws attention. A pair of cranes operating in the Central Hillside neighborhood of Duluth are there to assist with the construction of the $18-million, 105-unit CityView Flats, which are scheduled to open Sept. 1. "We brought in a second crane to help speed up the process," said Nate Huber, vice president of MBJ Development Corp. of Minneapolis. "With all the weather and snow, it's been a little rough."
The family of a Duluth war hero will be waiting by the phone next week — anxious to learn if its three-year effort to free their late uncle's Medal of Honor has been successful. The family of Maj. Henry A. Courtney, along with the St. Louis County Historical Society, has been appealing to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge to make the medal available by loan for display locally.
The country's largest interstate passenger rail provider was in Duluth last week, exploring service possibilities for the proposed line between the Twin Ports and Twin Cities. An Amtrak official from the company's Chicago Union Station office met with the mayors of Duluth and Superior to talk about the $550-million Northern Lights Express Higher Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Project — a years-old vision that remains unfunded while at the same time having cleared significant hurdles in recent years.
St. Louis County bet six figures last week on much-needed Twin Ports housing coming to the city of Hermantown, where 230 acres across Maple Grove Road from Sam's Club is in the process of being outfitted with city services. The move was said to be a prelude to the arrival of a range of housing units to go with some commercial developments. Despite not yet having development agreements in place, a Hermantown city official testified at a public hearing last week that a wave of construction could be done by the end of 2020.
The St. Louis County Board is scheduled to approve $670,000 to fight aquatic invasive species at its upcoming meeting Tuesday. The state money will be distributed to several local groups to fund efforts to keep Eurasian water milfoil, zebra mussels, spiny water fleas, rusty crayfish and ever more destructive invaders out of Northern Minnesota waters.
By the end of an hourlong walk-through Friday, Dean Jablonsky could exhale while he stood inside the top floor of the 126-year-old Oliver G. Traphagen House, named for its architect. Sunlight poured into the room's yawning windows. "This is as high as we'll get," said Jablonsky, a Minneapolis businessman and president of Redstone Lofts — his company responsible for rebuilding the historic home into luxury lofts following a devastating 2014 fire. "Look at that view."