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The lashing waves of Lake Superior have taken quite a toll on Duluth's Brighton Beach Road of late. In a span of less than two years, three separate storms inflicted significant damage to the roadway, and after repeated repairs, the city of Duluth now is looking at a plan to reconfigure the battered byway.
An ordinance that would designate a scenic rail line as a local landmark worthy of preserving could go to a vote by the Duluth City Council on Monday, but city administration has asked that the proposal be tabled.
A group of 60 workers exposed to dangerous levels of lead at Fraser Shipyards will receive a $7.5 million settlement.
The state of Minnesota announced Thursday that it will provide nearly $31.5 million in crucial grants and loans to purchase water treatment equipment for the city of Carlton and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. Carlton
Duluth East High School Principal Danette Seboe described the growing use of e-cigarettes on school grounds this year as nothing short of "an explosion," and she expressed hopes that concerned families will take time from their busy schedules to discuss the problem tonight. A second community meeting on the same subject also has been scheduled at Denfeld High School for Nov. 14.
A political action committee espousing a pro-business agenda arrived on the local political scene this week with the launch of an entity dubbed Duluth BizPAC. Rob Stenberg, president of the newly formed organization, noted that the city has been without a business-oriented political action committee for more than a decade now, as the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce pulled the plug on its own PAC called Duluth First in 2005.
In the wake of a tumultuous Monday night meeting of the Duluth City Council, disrupted and delayed by masked chanting protesters, some new rules could be in the works. Council President Noah Hobbs said he is working with the city attorney's office to propose some changes to the code of conduct rules enforced in council chambers. He said the prospective rules would focus on "How do we have an open and fair process that is free of intimidation ... so that everyone feels comfortable speaking."
As Duluth residents continue to debate the future of an endangered scenic railroad, the Duluth City Council took up a proposed ordinance Monday night that could designate the rail line a local "heritage preservation landmark." The Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission unanimously recommended the council bestow that status on the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, but that effort has met with resistance from what might seem like an unlikely party.
Protesters temporarily shut down the Duluth City Council Monday night, shouting: “No Line 3. No riot gear for the DPD.” About 10 minutes into their meeting, councilors recessed and waited to see if the meeting could more peacefully resume. The protest actions resulted merely in delay, as the council ultimately voted 6-2 to approve a controversial purchase of equipment for the Duluth Police Department.
Troy Otterson owns two businesses on the 300 block of Superior Street and is scrambling to keep one of them, an antique shop, from going under six months after traffic stopped flowing past his doors. In addition to an antique store, Otterson also runs a mental wellness center previously located in Duluth's Medical Arts Building. But after Superior Street was closed for reconstruction, his business dropped off precipitously.