Mayor Emily Larson

Day 1 of Virtual Homegrown was quiet, with just a bit of wistful chatter about where fans would have been in a normal year. The festival normally kicks off with a mayoral proclamation; this year, a mayoral tweet would have to do.

Maija Jenson

This week, Duluth mayor Emily Larson, the Duluth City Council, and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Administration Board (CSB) 

By some accounts, people fear public speaking more than death.

So while Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is glad folks who are comfortable getting up in front of a crowd at a City Council meeting are speaking up about their concerns, she wanted to continue another option.

In addition to connecting with different people in different neighborhoods, her "City Hall in the City" listening sessions are giving folks a chance to share concerns in a way that makes them more comfortable.

KUMD's Adam Reinhardt reports.