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Superior Mayor Jim Paine has little positive to say about "big box" stores these days, especially as his city braces to do legal battle with the corporate ownership of the local Walmart Supercenter over the local tax burden the national retail giant rightfully should bear. A suit now wending its way through the Wisconsin court system claims the Tower Avenue store, currently assessed at more than $13.1 million, really is worth no more than $9 million. The suit calls for the value to be lowered by at least 31 percent.
DULUTH - The city of Duluth has been wrestling with what to do about continued financial losses associated with the operation of the Lester Park and Enger Park golf courses, which were projected to lose more than $100,000 combined this year. That would be added to the $2.2 million in previously accumulated debt. A citizens’ advisory committee is wrapping up a year of study, looking into the future of Duluth’s public golf courses, and the group is expected to share its findings with the Duluth City Council on Monday, Dec. 17.
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.