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DULUTH - The city of Duluth has been wrestling with what to do about continued financial losses associated with the operation of the Lester Park and Enger Park golf courses, which were projected to lose more than $100,000 combined this year. That would be added to the $2.2 million in previously accumulated debt. A citizens’ advisory committee is wrapping up a year of study, looking into the future of Duluth’s public golf courses, and the group is expected to share its findings with the Duluth City Council on Monday, Dec. 17.
DULUTH—Protesters temporarily shut down the Duluth City Council Monday night, Oct. 22, shouting: "No Line 3. No riot gear for the DPD." About 10 minutes into their meeting, councilors recessed and waited to see if the meeting could more peacefully resume. The protest actions resulted merely in delay, as the council ultimately voted 6-2 to approve a controversial purchase of equipment for the Duluth Police Department.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A much-anticipated upgrade to the Soo Locks between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes appears well on the way to becoming reality. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the U.S. Senate passed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The bill, which will now go to President Donald Trump for his signature, would provide $922 million in funding for upgrades at the Soo, including a new lock to back up the Poe.
GILBERT, Minn. — Reports of erratic bird activity prompted the Gilbert Police Department to issue a news release Tuesday, Oct. 2. Police Chief Ty Techar wrote that the department in this Iron Range town had received calls about "birds that appear to be under the influence, flying into windows, cars and acting confused." He said probably a half-dozen people contacted his department Monday, Oct. 1, with concerns about apparently disoriented birds flying into buildings and cars.
DULUTH — If a municipal plow pushes snow onto the freshly shoveled sidewalk of your Duluth home, it's the city's responsibility clear it away. At least that's what current city code says. However, an ordinance heading to the Duluth City Council for consideration Oct. 8 could kill that provision, which Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration, described as simply unmanageable.
VIRGINIA, Minn.—After less than two hours of deliberation Thursday, Sept. 13, a jury in State District Court in Virginia found Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski guilty on all counts, including one charge of manslaughter/child endangerment, another of manslaughter/child neglect plus theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.
DULUTH—You could say that Bob Ryan knows how to stretch a dollar. Ryan, the CEO of Odyssey Resorts and Development Inc., recently contributed $50,000 to One Roof Community Housing, and that private investment helped the organization obtain another $720,000 from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. Those funds will be used to address a very real need for more affordable housing, both in Duluth and up the shore, where Odyssey operates Breezy Pointe, Larsmont Cottages, Grand Superior Lodge, Caribou Highlands Lodge and East Bay Suites.
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.
ELY, Minn. — Seven years ago today, a lightning strike about 13 miles east of Ely touched off the Pagami Creek Fire, a blaze that would burn for weeks, leaving 145 square miles of forest charred and denuded. It remains the largest fire northern Minnesota has seen in 80-plus years.
DULUTH—Efforts to preserve the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad received a boost this week, when the Duluth Planning Commission voted 8-0 in support of designating the line a local historic resource. The future of the volunteer-run scenic railway has been thrown into question by a pending cleanup of the former U.S. Steel mill site in Gary-New Duluth. The Superfund project likely will necessitate the removal of tracks from the area, and it remains unclear whether sufficient funding will be provided to restore rail service to the area.