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After just over two years in business, Lincoln Park's OMC Smokehouse is preparing to expand. Louis Hanson, a managing partner at OMC — short for "oink, moo, cluck" — said he plans to punch a hole in the east wall of the restaurant, between a portrait of a pig and cow. OMC purchased the building next door, 1907 W. Superior St., for $425,000 in December. The building's previous owner, Keith Bender, approached Tom Hanson, Louis' father, with an offer to sell.
Ashley Grimm sent out a release Monday indicating her intention to run for the 5th District Duluth City Council seat now held by Jay Fosle. She is expected to announce her candidacy at 11 a.m. Tuesday during an appearance at Duluth City Center West, 5830 Grand Ave. Grimm manages children’s and youth programs at the Damiano Center and has served on the Duluth Human Rights commission since 2012. She grew up in Barnum but now is a Denfeld resident.
Even as Duluth mulls over selling the Lester Park Golf Course, the city is looking to boost its land ownership inside the boundaries of the adjacent municipal park of the same name. Currently, much of the park does not belong to the city. Many of Lester Park's trails actually run through about 450 acres of tax-forfeited property belonging to St. Louis County.
In the days since the March 6 fire that destroyed the only firehall on Madeline Island, the La Pointe Fire Department has scrambled to re-equip itself, making use of a temporary ice road that links the town to Bayfield. But the road soon could be forced to close, said Nate Nelson, the La Pointe Fire Department's ice rescue operator. "Today, it's still open. But the rain definitely isn't helping the situation," he said Thursday afternoon. Nelson said it's difficult to predict how long the ice road will remain viable, "because once it starts to go, it goes quick."
Members of the Duluth Parks and Recreation Commission indicated Wednesday that they have no inclination to shy away from what's bound to be a controversial issue — whether the city should consider the possibility of selling and/or downsizing the Lester Park Golf Course. Acknowledging that the decision would be a heavy burden, Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration, said he didn't wish to place the task on commissioners' shoulders without consulting them first.
After more than a year of deliberation, a citizen advisory committee has come to agree on a difficult point for local golfers to acknowledge: Duluth may have too much in the way of public golf offerings. The nine-member committee presented its findings to the Duluth City Council Monday night, working to put a trying situation in context. Tough times Duluth boasts two municipal golf courses at Lester and Enger Park, each offering guests up to 27 holes of play.
The long-awaited findings of a citizens' advisory committee will be presented to the Duluth City Council at 6 p.m. Monday, and the report could have big repercussions for the future of Duluth's two public golf courses. The findings will inform the council's discussion about what to do with the city golf courses, which continue to operate in the red. Last year, the Lester Park and Enger Park golf courses enjoyed one of their more financially successful seasons in recent years, yet together they lost more than $76,000, adding to an accrued debt that now tops $2.4 million
Martha's Daughter, an acclaimed eatery in downtown Duluth, won't be serving alcohol any longer, at least for a while. The Duluth Alcohol, Gambling and Tobacco Commission voted Wednesday night to suspend the restaurant's liquor license for missed payments. Nyanyika Banda, owner of Martha's Daughter and a former food columnist for the Duluth News Tribune, did not attend the commission meeting. But she did notify customers via a Facebook post that she planned to take a brief hiatus from her business, describing it as "a spring break for a couple weeks."
Gov. Tim Walz's plan to wean Minnesota's power industry off fossil fuels by 2050 has generated surprisingly little pushback from representatives of Allete Inc., Minnesota Power's parent company. "He has given us a long runway, until 2050," said Pat Mullen, Allete's senior vice president of external affairs. Mullen noted that Minnesota already generates about 30 percent of its energy from renewable resources — wind, hydro, solar and biomass — and it expects to push that threshold to 45 percent by 2025
The city of Duluth soon may have a new ally in the battle to slash its greenhouse gas emissions. The Duluth City Council will consider an ordinance on March 11 that would lead to the formation of an energy plan commission tasked with keeping the city on track to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide it generates by 80 percent by 2050.