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DULUTH—President Donald Trump's June 20 visit to Duluth may have snarled traffic, but it also gave many downtown businesses an economic boost, as recently released tourism tax receipts confirm. Gerry Goldfarb, general manager of Duluth's Holiday Inn & Suites, said he saw increased hotel room bookings and restaurant sales days before the president's arrival as the commander in chief's advance security detail prepared for the visit.
DULUTH, Minn.—The Duluth City Council will be asked this Monday to take a step that could keep the city's papermaking industry alive and protect 240 full-time jobs. Councilors will take up a resolution that would authorize city staff to seek a $1 million forgivable loan from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help the Verso Duluth Paper Mill upgrade its plant.
DULUTH, Minn.—Duluth soon could take aim at sales of flavored tobacco products to young people. On Jan. 22, city councilors Barb Russ and Zack Filipovich plan to introduce an ordinance that proposes to restrict sales of menthol cigarettes and other flavor-infused tobacco products to adult-only smoke shops. "We're trying to keep another generation of people from starting to smoke cigarettes," Russ said.
DULUTH — Overeager mountain bikers can cause a heap of damage when they hit a wet and muddy trail, but soon riders may have a responsible rainy-day option in Duluth On Monday, Aug. 13, the Duluth City Council will decide whether to fund the first phase of what could eventually be a 7-mile mountain bike loop fortified with compacted limestone to prevent erosion. As Duluth becomes more of a mountain biking destination, the need for such a trail has become clearer, said Project Coordinator Jim Shoberg.
DULUTH — A 2-year-old dispute that arose from a case of mistaken identity appears to finally be moving toward a resolution. A proposed settlement agreement could end an ordeal that began May 8, 2015, when Ronald Gary Gustafson of Grand Rapids was arrested and spent five days in custody before authorities realized they had the wrong guy.
DULUTH — Monday, June 19, marks the fifth anniversary of the 2012 flood that dumped 7.5 to 10 inches of rain on top of the Northland's already-sodden landscape — enough to force waterways out of their banks and cause widespread damage. The recovery efforts continue even now, as crews work to stabilize local creeks, rebuild washed-out portions of Minnesota Highway 210 and gird the Thomson dam facility in anticipation of future floods. Better shape?
After nearly a year of work, the renovation of downtown Duluth's NorShor Theatre is about 60 percent complete, and the project remains on track to be finished by December.
DULUTH, Minn.—LaDonna Brave Bull Allard founded Sacred Stone, the first resistance camp formed to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. But this weekend she came to Duluth to participate in an intertribal summit, focused on holding pipeline companies to higher account in their dealings with Native Americans throughout North America.
DULUTH — About 70 representatives of Native American tribes in Canada, the Great Lakes region and North Dakota plan to gather in Duluth this weekend to compare notes and strategize in their ongoing battle against oil pipelines both old and new. "Many of them have old lines that are 50 years old, and people are deeply concerned about the impact of those lines on their water," said Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth. "There is a sense of unity among the Anishinaabe and the Ho Chunk in Wisconsin," she said.
DULUTH, Minn. — The city of Duluth now estimates it will cost about $3 million to rehabilitate and repair its notoriously unreliable pedestrian lift bridge. A funding source for the project was approved by the Duluth City Council last week, but one member — 5th District Councilor Jay Fosle — objected, raising questions about whether it was appropriate to use tourism tax collections to fix a bridge. "The council has been told for years that you cannot use tourism tax for infrastructure projects," he said.