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A group of 60 workers exposed to dangerous levels of lead at Fraser Shipyards will receive a $7.5 million settlement.
DULUTH — If a municipal plow pushes snow onto the freshly shoveled sidewalk of your Duluth home, it's the city's responsibility clear it away. At least that's what current city code says. However, an ordinance heading to the Duluth City Council for consideration Oct. 8 could kill that provision, which Jim Filby Williams, Duluth's director of public administration, described as simply unmanageable.
DULUTH — President Donald Trump's recent visit to Duluth will cost the city and county around $90,000, including about $46,000 in overtime pay, local leaders say. In all, Duluth directly incurred $65,971 in staffing costs related to the president's June 20 appearance at Amsoil Arena, and Wayne Parson, the city's chief financial officer, said the city will need to absorb those expenses.
DULUTH—Duluth's floating museum, the SS William A. Irvin, will need to be moved out of its usual haunt — Minnesota Slip — to make way for cleanup work this fall, and the retired laker's displacement will result in the cancellation of its most popular offering of the year, the annual Halloween "Haunted Ship" tours. In fact, the Irvin will remain closed for the whole season, as repairs to the seawalls of Minnesota Slip drag on, said Steve Rankila, museum director for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, which manages the vessel.
DULUTH — More than 80 local retailers will wind down sales of menthol cigarettes this week, as new restrictions on flavored tobacco products in Duluth take effect Friday. Starting June 1, adults-only smoke shops will be the sole retailers allowed to sell such products, widely regarded as a gateway to nicotine addiction for young people.
DULUTH, Minn.—Plans are being laid to move the SS William A. Irvin out of Minnesota Slip for the first time in more than three decades. But the retired laker will face a tight squeeze — with just 15 total inches to spare — as it passes between the abutments of a pedestrian lift bridge that spans the slip.
DULUTH — The Twin Ports may be called to stand in for the Twin Cities, when the U.S. Navy commissions a new 389-foot littoral combat ship — the future USS Minneapolis-St. Paul. Navy Under Secretary Jodi Greene, a Minnesota native and the ship's sponsor, recently took part in a ceremony to mark the laying of the keel at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the Marinette, Wisconsin, shipyard that's building the vessel.
DULUTH — The Duluth City Council on Monday, Feb. 12, will decide whether to place new restrictions on where menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products can be sold. An ordinance proposed by At Large councilors Barb Russ and Zack Filipovich would confine the sale of flavor-infused tobacco products in Duluth to adults-only smoke shops that derive 90 percent or more of their revenues from tobacco and tobacco-related items.
DULUTH, Minn.—The Duluth City Council will be asked this Monday to take a step that could keep the city's papermaking industry alive and protect 240 full-time jobs. Councilors will take up a resolution that would authorize city staff to seek a $1 million forgivable loan from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help the Verso Duluth Paper Mill upgrade its plant.
DULUTH, Minn.—A recent dustup between Duluth City Council President Joel Sipress and DFL Congressional District 8 Chairman Justin Perpich illustrates deep party divisions over the prospect of copper-nickel mining in Northeastern Minnesota and has prompted a call to censure Sipress. The conflict arose from comments Perpich posted on Claire Kirch's Facebook page Saturday. Kirch, who is married to Sipress, was critical of efforts by PolyMet to meddle in local elections and encourage Duluth voters to support pro-mining candidates running for City Council.