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Minnesota car dealerships are stuck right in the middle.

On the one hand, they're in favor of the new emissions standards being proposed by the MPCA's Clean Cars Minnesota rule.


Hundreds of LGBTQIA2S+ youth took issue with the Minnesota State Legislature last week, flooding their email inboxes with demands for accountability regarding House File 1657.

It's the first legislation in the nation to threaten criminal consequences for transgender students using bathrooms or taking part in school activities.



Every pledge will be automatically entered into our weekly Friday drawings to win a two-night consecutive stay in the Edwin H Hewitt Room at the AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast Inn in Duluth, voted #1 Bed and Breakfast in the United States twice on Trip Advisor, or a two-night lodging in Lakeside Room at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino in Grand Portage.

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To have seen the young couple and their dog posing on the beach and at the Rose Garden in Duluth last weekend, you might have thought they were getting engagement photos taken. 

Which is ironic, because Tria and Phil Isaacson eloped to Duluth last fall.  The Brainerd couple chose  to spend the money they would have spent on their wedding to provide treatment for their four year old dog, Lilah.

Lilah got cancer.  Then in went into remission.

Now it's back.

But the non-profit Live Like Roo Foundation understands what they're going through. One of the ways they support people and their companion animals at this time is through an arm of the foundation that helps folks make a bucket list for their beloved four-legged ... and start checking things off it.

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K-9 officer Luna, the 3-year-old Dutch shepherd killed last week responding to a domestic violence call, was honored by a procession last Saturday, one that began at the emergency veterinary clinic where she died after being shot by the suspect, and ending at the pet cremation services building in Scanlon.

K-9 officer Luna's death sums up the dichotomy: she was sent after the suspect because she was not a human (and presumably to save human lives) and yet she was mourned and celebrated much as a human officer would be for bravery and sacrifice.

Pez Davila is a Black man who works with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) kids here in Duluth.

So he knows first hand what kinds of messages these kids hear - and he still does, himself. "'You can't do this,'" he says. "It sticks in people's heads."

He knows there are Black entrepreneurs in the northland, but until a throw-away little idea took on a life of its own, he had no idea how many.

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This week, the Duluth City Council unanimously approved adding a third deputy police chief tasked with, among other things, a focus on police accountability.

But Jamey Sharp, the founder of what he calls the "grassroots data group" LEANDuluth, says whether it's 50 new deputy chiefs or one new chief, it doesn't matter if they're not willing to look outside the police department itself for answers.

Forever Home 2/11

Feb 11, 2021


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