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Duluth Vacation Rental Cap Increases from 60 to 70 Units

  DULUTH, Minn. — The city of Duluth will soon be allowing more vacation rental properties to pop up in neighborhoods, including short-term rental options while occupied by the homeowner. “We are trying to make sure that the kind of regulations that we have function well in the community and most specifically in our single-family residential areas where you have…

Duluth Municipal Primary Voting Underway

Two at-large city council seats, second district and fourth district seats are up for grabs.

DULUTH, Minn. — Voting for Duluth’s primary is underway. Statistically, there’s usually a low voter turnout for Duluth’s municipal primaries. With the thick fog Tuesday morning people were coming out less frequently to the polls. Precinct judges anticipate more people would show up during the lunch and dinner hours. “Unfortunately, people don’t think that primaries are as important … but…

City Leaders Hoping for Larger Voter Turnout in Municipal Primary

The municipal primary will be held Tuesday, August 10th.

DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth’s municipal primary is just a few weeks away and city leaders are pushing for a larger turnout. The city council at large, city council second district and city council fourth district seats are up for grabs come November. With early voting now open at city hall, officials say in a comparable election back in 2017, they…

Duluth City Council to Establish LGBTQ+ Commission

The ordinance was introduced by Council President Anderson and Councilors Van Nett and Forsman.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday night, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to establish a non-binary, Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit , Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual commission.  This commission was identified by grassroots LGBTQIA2S+ community members who see a long list of unmet needs in the community and nowhere in the city of Duluth to bring these issues they face. According to members…

Van Nett Nominated to be First Indigenous Woman City Council President

Van Nett will be in her final term in 2021.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council Vice President Renee Van Nett is likely to become the first Indigenous woman city council president in 2021. Van Nett will be in her final term in 2021. She says she recognizes that her upcoming seat should represent inclusion for all, and if elected she’s looking forward to helping Duluth through the rest of…

As Warming Center Opens, Concerns Arise

Homeless Persons Bill of Rights Coalition Writes Letter to City

DULUTH, Minn.-  Thursday night marked not only the beginning of extreme cold, but the opening of a new warming center in Duluth. Five people occupied warming center on the 5800 Block of Grand Avenue in West Duluth on Thursday. While the city and the Homeless Persons Bill of Rights coalition, or HPBR, both consider that a victory, HPBR wants to…

Council Members Deny Vacation Rental Extension

The vacation rental cap will remain at 60 units.

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth City Council voted again adding additional vacation rentals. At the City Council meeting Monday night, the ordinance to add more vacation rentals in the city of Duluth was turned down 5-4.  Currently, the city allows 60 vacation rental units. The ordinance would have increased the rentals to 114. Council members Anderson, Russ, Sipress, Van Nett, Westerlund voted against….

Morning Update 5-14-18

Local News and Weather Update for Monday, May 14, 2018

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A New Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Proposed

The ordinance was proposed to the Duluth City Council on Monday night.

DULUTH, Minn.- A proposed Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights aims to eliminate barriers for those without homes. Community members rallied outside asking for a Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights. Supporters say the bill protects basic things homeowners take for granted, such as going to the bathroom and having something to eat. There’s been past debates whether it should be policy…

Local Restaurants Voice Concerns on Requiring Paid Sick Leave

Officials say this is not an employee verse employer issue.

DULUTH, Minn.-The controversy is on-going for the earned sick and safe time ordinance, local restaurants are voicing concerns.  Over 20 restaurants in Duluth banned together forming the Duluth Local Restaurant Association. Stating the ordinance would put businesses in an undesirable position. Earned sick time would require businesses to give employees, at least one hour of paid time off for every 30…

Duluth Restaurants Take Stance Against ‘Earned Sick & Safe Time’

The ordinance would include two options for workers.

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 20 restaurants with the Duluth Local Restaurant Association have sent a letter to city councilors against the idea of requiring Earned Sick and Safe Time for all employees.  Councilors are expected to take up the issue at the next city council meeting March 26. The ordinance would include two options: 1. Workers would earn safe…

Paddle Park Proposal Approved

The park will have an easily accessible kayak and canoe launch.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new park dedicated to non motorized watercraft will be put in place near the bottom of Spirit Mountain on the St. Louis River it was approved by the Duluth City Council Monday night. Some community members spoke out at the city council meeting last night saying the park catering to non motorized vehicles will fill a niche…

Zoo Receives Tourism Tax Fund Grant

A Tourism Tax Fund Grant of up to $200,000 will Help Keep the Zoo's Doors Open Through the End of 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday evening the Duluth City Council voted to once again help financially keep the doors open at the Lake Superior Zoo. The City approved a Tourism Tax Fund up to $200,000 dollars to help cover operational costs at the facility through the end of 2017. The Zoo’s CEO Erik Simonson says the facility is now in a…

Morning Update 6-7-17

An update on local news and weather.

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