"My name's Carol, I own my home in West Duluth, I pay my taxes and I do vote." Thus Carol (last name withheld) began her address to a slate of political candidates at the Local Solutions to Poverty forum Oct. 6. Instead of the usual format of candidates speaking about their positions, the event featured people who have experienced poverty to tell their stories and present questions. "I worked from when I was 14 years old until I was forced into retirement in the year 2000 because of disability," Carol continued.
Now that Duluth has won the Outdoor Magazine Best Town contest, it's set its sight on another competition: a $5 million prize to reduce energy consumption. The city is one of 52 communities that has advanced to quarterfinals for the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The goal is to create the most innovative and effective means of reducing electricity and gas usage in ways that can be replicated by other communities. A public meeting to get local residents involved will take place 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E.
Dan Bishop got into vintage snowmobiles 15 years ago when he was driving down West Tischer Road and saw one in a yard, a 1970 Polaris TX Playmate. "I drove one as a kid," he said. So he stopped to talk to the owner, who showed him another sled, same model, buried in the tall grass and being salvaged for parts. Bishop recognized the stickers on the hood. "It WAS the one I had as a kid." It took Bishop three years to talk the owner into selling him the salvage sled, but eventually he bought and restored it. Vintage sleds are pretty much all he rides.
"We don't have enough enough restaurants like this in town," said Rachael Hagen, co-proprietor of Toasty's, a restaurant that opened last week at the corner of East 9th Street and 11th Avenue. While Duluth has no shortage of restaurants, not many specialize in one form of cuisine: grilled cheese sandwiches. Toasty's uses all-natural, local organic ingredients. The cheese capital of the nation, Wisconsin, is just over the border, so the main component comes from regional dairy producers.
Ever see that “Twilight Zone” episode where a guy comes to work, encounters a film crew in his office and discovers his life is a movie?
So it's a hot day, Lake Superior's not too cold and you want to go for a swim. Is your favorite beach safe? It's a sad fact of modern life that many swimming spots are contaminated with e.coli bacteria, which comes from fecal contamination, aka poop. As of the Budgeteer's Aug. 28 deadline, there are "water contact not recommended" advisories for the shorelines at Leif Erikson Park and 16th Avenue East. "This year has actually had less water contact advisories so far than 2011, 2012 and 2013," said Cindy Hakala, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) program manager, Duluth office.
Randy Charnley first found out about Duluth’s “temperature inversion” when he rode his motorcycle up East 11th Ave. “Around 10th or 11th Street, suddenly I can’t see a thing,” he...
The Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision sparked protests.
“Seventy-five to 100 percent” of the mature trees on East 4th Street, along a nearly two-mile stretch between 6th Avenue East and Wallace Avenue, are due to be cut down...
A nearly two-mile section of East 4th Street, from 6th Avenue East to Wallace Avenue, is scheduled for reconstruction in 2016-17. There are four proposed street design options, which include...