City of Duluth

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Every year, Duluth-Superior Harbor maintenance has to dredge the harbor to clear navigational channels.

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The journey of  a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Likewise the journey of a thousand steps to sustainability and quality-of-life goals for Minnesota cities and towns has been curated down to a mere 175. 

GreenStep Cities is a free, voluntary program that helps cities work at their own pace to make and achieve sustainability goals.  You can see how Duluth is doing here.

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Duluth's Climate Mobilization Campaign launches with a pull-no-punches ask: they want the city leaders to declare a climate emergency.

Earlier this month, the Duluth Police Department hosted two public listening sessions in collaboration with an outside organizational assessment company. 

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The Imagine Canal Park project wrapped up last month and now it's time to crunch the data and evaluate what worked and what didn't.

Folks haven't heard the last of it, though: there are plans to go ahead with Cold Front February again this year and once the artists get done with them, you may be paying more attention to those utility boxes than you ever thought you might.

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The folks who work at NRRI are like the ultimate post-Thanksgiving chefs.

They're always looking for innovative ways to use leftovers.

Take potholes, for instance.  If you want a patch to last, why not make it of iron?  Or the next best thing - taconite tailings.

Stacie Renne, Janelle Miller

This weekend is the Duluth Superior Pride Festival, four days of celebrating the rich LGBT community in the Northland.  Thursday is the Duluth Mayor's reception at The Depot and Friday evening Zeitgeist hosts the DS Pride Exhibition with a reception at 7 p.m.

The Pride Exhibit includes work from 11 local artists and will be on display through September.  We spoke with local artists Janelle Turner Miller and Stacie Renee of Warrior Printress, an independent printing company in Duluth.

Nicky Sunsdahl

After the city of Duluth expressed interest in a new city flag, Nicky Sunsdahl offered his design: The Tilt Town Flag.  

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Surprisingly, the opponents of earned sick and safe time  are not the ones you might expect.

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Duluth's Lakewalk is twenty years old, so the city  was planning to proceed with a "mini-master plan" in November of 2017 to look at an upgrade.

Of course, by the time November rolled around, the Lakewalk had been devastated by 15-foot waves and, in some spots, four feet of shoreline had been washed away.

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High winds toppled acres of trees in July of 2016.  High winds, high waves and snow in October 2017.  More snow and dangerous waves on Lake Superior last month.

The occurrence - and recurrence - of severe storms is a topic of conversation these days, especially among the folks tasked with putting the damaged Lakewalk back together.  In fact, repairs from last fall's damage weren't even complete when the April 15 storm wrecked parts of it all over again.

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