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DULUTH—President Donald Trump's pending visit to Duluth will pose a quandary for some Minnesota politicians, particularly Democrats who have been at odds with many of his policies. Gov. Mark Dayton, who is not running for re-election, has offered to greet Trump at the airport but it remains unclear whether the president would welcome a Democratic governor's handshake. Although Dayton has openly criticized Trump's policies on immigration, global warming and health care, Caroline Burns, the governor's press secretary, said the offer stands.
DULUTH—Duluth's floating museum, the SS William A. Irvin, will need to be moved out of its usual haunt — Minnesota Slip — to make way for cleanup work this fall, and the retired laker's displacement will result in the cancellation of its most popular offering of the year, the annual Halloween "Haunted Ship" tours. In fact, the Irvin will remain closed for the whole season, as repairs to the seawalls of Minnesota Slip drag on, said Steve Rankila, museum director for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, which manages the vessel.
DULUTH — More than 80 local retailers will wind down sales of menthol cigarettes this week, as new restrictions on flavored tobacco products in Duluth take effect Friday. Starting June 1, adults-only smoke shops will be the sole retailers allowed to sell such products, widely regarded as a gateway to nicotine addiction for young people.
DULUTH, Minn.—Plans are being laid to move the SS William A. Irvin out of Minnesota Slip for the first time in more than three decades. But the retired laker will face a tight squeeze — with just 15 total inches to spare — as it passes between the abutments of a pedestrian lift bridge that spans the slip.
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Superior's evacuation order has been lifted, but the mop-up continues on the scene of Thursday's massive fire at the Husky Energy oil refinery. The Superior Fire Department cleared the scene at 8:15 a.m. Friday, April 27, as Duluth firefighters stepped in to provide some relief, Fire Chief Steve Panger said.
Sunday night's fatal collision in Tempe, Ariz., in which a self-driven Uber car struck and killed a woman walking her bike, has focused new scrutiny on emerging automotive technologies. Meanwhile, Minnesota is trying to imagine what the transportation landscape of the future could look like and how to navigate it. Toward that end, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed a 15-member advisory council earlier this month to offer recommendations about how best to regulate the use of autonomous vehicles.
DULUTH — The Twin Ports may be called to stand in for the Twin Cities, when the U.S. Navy commissions a new 389-foot littoral combat ship — the future USS Minneapolis-St. Paul. Navy Under Secretary Jodi Greene, a Minnesota native and the ship's sponsor, recently took part in a ceremony to mark the laying of the keel at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the Marinette, Wisconsin, shipyard that's building the vessel.
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.
SILVER BAY, Minn.—Bruce Carman Jr. talked a good talk. But after more than a year of hype, the 59-year-old entrepreneur has little to show for his pledge to demonstrate that aquaponics will be "the way of the future," as he told the News Tribune in 2016.