Mayor Emily Larson Ready For State Of City Address

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Mayor Emily Larson was going over final touches Sunday for her second State of the City Address since taking office in 2016.

On Monday, the 30-minute speech won’t be held at the DECC like previous years.

The stage will be set up in the auditorium of the Lincoln Park Middle School.

Mayor Larson said the decision to move the to the school was deliberate and will be explained at the address Monday, which is free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, Larson says she’ll be looking back at accomplishments of 2016 at the address, but will heavily focus on the year ahead with three areas of focus that’s yet to be made public.

“These are three priorities, spelling them out, being very specific, talking about partners, by which we’ll achieve success in those areas, and then pushing go so we are ready to get going,” Larson told FOX 21 in an interview taped Friday.

Larson finished her final draft and did a run-through on Friday.

She says she starts preparing with a big white board of ideas and then narrows them down to create a narrative through writing.

“The writing is actually some of my favorite part. It’s very time consuming but it’s actually some of my favorite part because that’s where it all takes shape and comes together,” Larson explained.

The State of the City Address is Monday, March 20, at Lincoln Park Middle School.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  The program gets underway at 6 p.m.  Mayor Larson will begin her speech at 6:15 p.m.

The DTA will provide free round-trip shuttles with pick-ups starting at 5:15 p.m. at the Harrison Communi0y Center on West Third Street.