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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.
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 — 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 — On average, people who claim the federal earned-income tax credit see an extra $2,210 added to their refund checks. Yet about 20 percent of eligible households leave that money on the table by failing to claim a benefit to which they're entitled. "We want people to be aware of a tax credit that can really help them — an anti-poverty initiative that's very important to get money into the pockets of people who could really use it," said Matt Hunter, president of the Head of the Lakes United Way, which launched an awareness campaign Friday in Duluth.