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Sacred Heart wins state award

Sacred Heart Music Center will be awarded the prestigious first place award at the annual meeting of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota next week.

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, which is a statewide organization that focuses on preservation of historic structures, will hold its annual meeting in Duluth Nov. 3-4.

It's quite an honor for Sacred Heart Music Center to be recognized for its historic restoration and creative programming, said Carolyn Sundquist, who is a member of the Duluth Preservation Alliance.

"Sacred Heart is Minnesota's oldest cathedral and is a treasure for the city of Duluth because of the building itself and its nationally significant organ," she said. "It's wonderful that the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is recognizing the wonderful restoration that has happened to date and the innovative community-centered programming that takes place there."

Sacred Heart Music Center was one of 25 nominations, she said.

More than 100 people from around the state are expected to attend the annual meeting.

"This is really a big deal," she said. "We're really trying to show off the Twin Ports, and that's why we've put together a weekend full of events for them."

The public is also invited, she said.

The meeting kicks off at the Fairlawn Mansion in Superior at noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, with a box lunch and a tour of the historic mansion, which has undergone extensive restoration in the last few years.

This will be followed by a nuts and bolts seminar on how historic preservation can aid economic development and the resurgence of communities. Called "The Buildings We're Saving," the seminar will feature a three-member panel of experts led by Royce Yeater, the new Midwest director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

An invitation-only awards dinner will be held on Saturday night.

On Sunday, from 10 a.m. to noon, Bob Berg, president of the Duluth Preservation Alliance, will lead a trolley tour of historic Duluth including a stop at the Sacred Heart Music Center. Then, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the historic bed and breakfast inns in the city will be open for tours.

Tickets for the seminar are $45. Tickets for the historic trolley and B&B tour are $20. For more information and reservations, check the Web site at or call (612) 341-8140.

Mayor names downtown task force

Mayor Gary Doty has named 12 Duluth business leaders to his new task force that will address downtown development issues. The task force members will have their first meeting as soon as a chairman is selected. The task is to look at issues facing downtown and make recommendations to the mayor.

Doty said he hopes the task force will compare Duluth's downtown with that of similar-sized cities. "We should know what challenges cities similar to ours face and how they have overcome those same challenges," he said.

Task force members announced today include, in alphabetical order: Karen Anderson, Peterson-Anderson Florists; Ed Barbo Jr., Columbia Clothing; Carrie Brown, Electric Fetus; Donna Ekberg, Lizzard's Gallery; Sandy Hoff, FI Salter/BOMA; Mark Jeronimus, Downtown Ace Hardware; Erick Kjolhaug, Explorations; Steve LaFlamme, Oneida Realty; Rob Link, A&L Development; Tim Meininger, Republic Bank; Bruce Stender, Holiday Center; Kristi Stokes, Greater Downtown Council.