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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.
DULUTH -- Just nine months after a federal judge lifted a consent decree, which had ordered the city of Duluth to stem the flow of untreated wastewater into Lake Superior...
DULUTH - A pair of lakers spent much of the day Wednesday grinding their way out of the Twin Ports after they were beset by ice just outside the harbor. The Lee A. Tregurtha was the first one waylaid by ice. The laker, a member of the Interlake Steamship Co. fleet, passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:18 a.m.
DULUTH - Hobart Finn's dream of turning an 85-foot tugboat into Duluth's first floating bed and breakfast may finally be sunk for good. On Monday afternoon, the 91-year-old Essayons began to take on water. Finn was out of town, but David Nelson, his business partner in a trucking firm, Julie's Big Trucks, received word the boat appeared to be sitting unusually low in the water. When he arrived on the scene, he found water rising inside the vessel's hull. Nelson quickly rounded up a few pumps and rushed to the tugboat's aid along with Brian Rinker, a friend and occasional employee of Finn.