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DULUTH — The Duluth Police Department plans to purchase about $83,700 worth of riot gear next year and another $41,500 in 2019. Items on the shopping list include helmets, leg/knee pads, chest protectors, elbow pads and other protective equipment. "We call them turtle suits, because they make you look like those turtle guys," quipped Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, making an apparent reference to the animated armor-clad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But there's nothing funny about the sorts of situations that would prompt police to deploy such gear.
DULUTH — Shelly Louks, a disabled senior living in Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood, learned this week that she soon may be forced out of her home, due to a neighbor's clutter. For more than a year now, Duluth building safety officials have been working with the tenant who lives in the unit above Louks in the duplex they share. Karl Wyant, the owner of that duplex, said the building's upstairs tenant has lived in her unit for about 10 years now and has been a good renter but for one fault. "The only negative thing is that she is a hoarder," Wyant said.
DULUTH, Minn.—After extensive assessment, Duluth city staff members have determined damage from Friday's storm caused enough damage to warrant an application for emergency aid from the state of Minnesota. Erik Birkeland, Duluth's property and facilities manager, was part of a team that surveyed the length of the Lake Superior shore. In addition to encountering blasted-out sections of boardwalk from the canal to Endion Station, they also found debris — including rocks, riprap, trees and trash — tossed up onto park properties by the lake's waves.
DULUTH, Minn.—The Duluth City Council has decided to push off a discussion about whether local employers ought to be required to provide workers with paid time off to deal with family illnesses or other crises. In so doing, councilors granted Mayor Emily Larson's request that the matter be tabled until after the Nov. 7 election. On the ballot that date, Duluth voters will indicate whether they support the mayor's proposal to increase the local sales tax by half a percent to fund street improvements.
DULUTH, Minn.—Shipwright John Finkle has been working with a crew of volunteers for the past 10 months to construct a wooden boat in a downtown Duluth storefront, but the vessel has occupied his imagination for a much longer time. He recalls singling out a crooked bur oak growing in the woods on a friend's property. "I saw it four years ago, and I was like — 'Dude, there's the bow of my boat,' " he said.
DULUTH — Six DFL gubernatorial hopefuls took the stage Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, in front of a sea of people wearing union-themed green T-shirts at the annual convention of the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees Council 5, hosted this year by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
DULUTH, Minn.—A recent dustup between Duluth City Council President Joel Sipress and DFL Congressional District 8 Chairman Justin Perpich illustrates deep party divisions over the prospect of copper-nickel mining in Northeastern Minnesota and has prompted a call to censure Sipress. The conflict arose from comments Perpich posted on Claire Kirch's Facebook page Saturday. Kirch, who is married to Sipress, was critical of efforts by PolyMet to meddle in local elections and encourage Duluth voters to support pro-mining candidates running for City Council.
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 — Horseback riding soon could return to Duluth's Magney-Snively Natural Area, and Jodi Johannesen said she and other Northland equestrians are "jumping out of their skins" to get back on the trails there. The park's trail system long had been a popular destination for local equestrians, but for the past few years, those paths have been closed to horses, out of concern for the damage the 1,000- to 2,000-pound animals could inflict on vulnerable areas.
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.