Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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The Duluth school district is looking to ask voters for not only a levy renewal in November, but two increases. The first question voters will see from the district in November will ask for a 10-year renewal of its current operating levy, which is about $371 per student. If passed this would not raise taxes. Question two will ask voters for an additional $575 per student for 10 years. If approved, it would net about $5 million per year as well as raise taxes. On a home valued at $150,000, it would cost taxpayers about $8.64 more per month.
The Family Freedom Center began moving into its new home Saturday in the Lincoln Park Craft District. Family Freedom Center started about three years ago as an initiative to bring the black community together to focus on needs, cultural heritage and richness and to be a resource to families in the area, said executive director Xavier Bell. "We are an organization designed to be community-driven," he said. "So, we work with community to identify what priorities the community has and implement process as a result."
The Soo Line locomotive 2719 has been in Duluth for more than a decade, making weekend treks up to Two Harbors and back on the North Shore Scenic Railroad from 2006 to 2013. But, before it was in Duluth, the steam engine was owned by the city of Eau Claire, Wis., which now wants it back.
Moving the William A. Irvin from its current location at Minnesota Slip to Fraser Shipyards and back is going to cost the city of Duluth $250,000 more than expected. The Duluth City Council will consider a resolution Monday that would reappropriate $250,000 of 2018 tourism tax funds, originally assigned to finance the rehabilitation of the Minnesota Slip Bridge, and use it to move the retired freighter. The pedestrian bridge that spans the slip will be pinned in an upright position to provide room for the Irvin to squeeze through the abutments with only 15 total inches to spare.
Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards and Deputy Chief Shawn Krizaj were formally censured Wednesday after a resolution was passed unanimously at the the International Association of Fire Fighters convention. The censure stems from the city of Duluth filing a unit clarification petition with the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services seeking to exclude three assistant fire chiefs from the bargaining unit represented by Duluth Firefighters Local 101 because the city believes they are "supervisory employees" under the Minnesota Public Employee Labor Relations Act.
Morgan Park residents celebrated their first National Night Out event Tuesday with music, food, bounce houses and local law enforcement. Children raced in a bounce house obstacle course while music from Maintenance Free floated out through the windows of the Good Fellowship Community Center, just across the street from where the former Morgan Park Middle School used to stand. Debbie Isabell-Nelson, neighborhood coordinator, said every year in August the neighborhood holds a community event, but this year, for the first time, they decided it have it on National Night Out.
A battle over who is in charge of Chippewa Capital Partners, the parent company of Mesabi Metallics, will continue in court after Nubai Global Investment Limited filed a lawsuit against Tom Clarke Tuesday.
The day started a little damp at All Pints North on Saturday afternoon, but the short rainshower didn't dampen anybody's spirit as they sampled a veritable cornucopia of beers from all over the state. This was the seventh year for the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild summer festival. There were over 130 brewers with over 400 styles of beer to try. "It's just an amazing beer festival celebrating all things made craft beer wise in the state of Minnesota," said MCBG president Laura Mullen, who is also a co-founder of Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
It was all smiles, hugs and kisses as members of the 148th Fighter Wing returned home Friday afternoon. The members who returned Friday were gone for nearly four months and for Melissa Vanderburg, of Superior, it was draining to have her husband Master Sgt. Trever Vanderburg gone that long. This was his fourth deployment since the two married and the second for their 4-year-old daughter Temperance.
A resolution that would have protected the district in the event of a rejected November referendum failed Thursday after a 3-3 split vote by the Duluth School Board. If the resolution was approved a portion of the money the district receives for each student as part of voter-approved operating levy funds would have been shifted to board-approved, lessening the potential loss if voters reject a request to maintain the current operating levy amount.