Mayor Emily Larson

Local Musician, Disability Rights Advocate Writes to Duluth Council in Favor of Mask Mandate

Gaelynn Lea says she feels requiring masks indoors is a logical first step for Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- A local musician and outspoken advocate for people with disabilities is voicing her support of the City Council approving a mask-mandate in public buildings. Gaelynn Lea recently wrote to Mayor Emily Larson and also the City Council urging them to require mask-wearing in the city. She said people who don’t wear a mask in public create a serious…

Dozens Peacefully Protest Outside Duluth City Hall; Calling to Defund Police

Despite the crowd, the number of people of color present was lacking.

DULUTH, Minn.- Voices demanding change after the death of George Floyd once again filled the grounds of Duluth City Hall Saturday, but this group of dozens organized under a slightly different version of the message than the group of thousands did two weeks before. Chants of “Defund the Police!” took on a very literal meaning aiming at the city’s budget….

As Duluth Curfew Ends, Police Chief Says “We Have to Find Equality for Everyone” Going Forward

Less arrests were made during a more peaceful Sunday night, leading Mayor Larson to lift the curfew.

DULUTH, Minn.- The city-wide curfew has been lifted in Duluth since Saturday night’s protest that turned violent in Lincoln Park– and that lift, said Mayor Emily Larson, is largely because people voluntarily complied Sunday night. “Because last night went so well, because the community stepped up and provided the kinds of support many of us have needed to feel, we…

Duluth Council, Mayor’s Administration Discuss Budget Shortfall, Layoffs

City Council shared their thoughts and questions while the Mayor and her team outlined plans.

DULUTH, Minn.- Mayor Emily Larson made a rare appearance at Duluth’s virtual City Council meeting to give councilors a detailed outline, and uncertain look towards a grim future after she announced the city’s budget shortfall–which was unveiled to now be about $20.7-$38.2 million. According to city officials, due to the city’s “strong mayor system,” Larson can make any decisions she…

Duluth City Council President, Tourist Attractions Prepare for Tough Times After Budget Shortfall

So far businesses are allowed to open early May, but there's weeks of preparation involved.

DULUTH, Minn.- After Mayor Emily Larson’s announcement of the City’s tremendous 2020 budget shortfall due to COVID-19, tourist attractions navigate uncertain times through the most important dollar-making months Duluth sees all year. While Governor Walz’s stay-at-home order right now says businesses can start opening up the first week of May, owners of attractions told us they can’t just throw open…

City of Duluth Launches New MuniciPals Podcast

First episode received 100 downloads in a day.

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth is distributing information in a new way with a monthly podcast. The “MuniciPals” podcast started out as a joke according to officials, but has now turned into a new way to give people a behind the scenes look at the city, and distribute information on a wider scale. Following a peaceful guitar riff, Phil…

Duluth City Councilors, Mayor Emily Larson Officially Sworn In

Three fresh faces to the council gave their remarks.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s newly elected City Councilors, and twice-elected Mayor Emily Larson were officially sworn in at the DECC Monday. All eyes were particularly on the three fresh new faces joining the council: Derek Medved, Janet Kennedy, and Roz Randorf. After songs from the Duluth Denfeld Maroon 16 Choir, Duluth’s new councilors took the oath and were sworn in. “…I…

City of Duluth Proclaims Day in Local War Hero’s Honor

December 16th claimed David Wheat Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- U.S. Navy Commander David Wheat has done a lot in his life, and on Monday Duluth, the city he’s called home all his life, recognized all he’s done for our country. From being shot down in 1965 on his first mission to Vietnam, to spending over seven years as a prisoner of war, to retiring after 20 years…

Applications Being Taken for Development of Affordable Housing

The process is part of Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's State of the City initiatives

DULUTH, Minn.- Applications are being taken for the development of more affordable housing options in Duluth. The process is part of Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s State of the City initiatives. The city and the Duluth Economic Development Authority have identified several vacant lots throughout the city for housing development. “This is not something that comes off of a template of…

Women Hike Duluth Hikes the Lakewalk

Hiking program gains momentum and members.

DULUTH, Minn.- Tuesday’s sun and warmer temps brought many women to the lakewalk in Duluth, as part of the Women Hike Duluth program. Dozens of women lined the lakewalk, walking two miles from Beacon Pointe to Leif Erickson Park and back. Organizers said this all started when Duluth Mayor Emily Larson pushed for more park programs. Now, it’s a fun,…

Husky Energy Announces Rebuild of Superior Refinery

Continued use of controversial chemical Hydrogen Flouride facing backlash.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Nearly a year after the explosion at Husky Energy Refinery, the company announced their plans for a $400 million rebuild, expected to create 350 jobs at its peak. However, the plan to continue using the controversial chemical Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) in the Refinery’s operations, is raising some eyebrows. Investigations found the initial explosion took place in the Fluid Catalytic…

City of Duluth Kicks Off New Flag Redesign Project

City taking design submissions until April.

DULUTH, Minn.- The city of Duluth hasn’t changed it’s flag for nearly 50 years. Some people think it needs an update. On Wednesday the city organized a meeting for people to share their thoughts about how to update it. The city says they have heard many requests to change the design. So they invited the public to come share ideas. The…

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…

Independent Television Festival Finds New Home in Duluth

City Announces Festival Coming Next October

DULUTH, Minn.- Big things are in store for the city of Duluth, as it’s the new home of the Independent Television, or ITV, Festival. It started in Los Angeles then moved to Vermont – and is now on its way to make Duluth a TV star. It’s also expected to pump $1.5 million into the city’s economy. This adds to…

Walz, Flanagan Listen to Duluthians On the Road to St. Paul

Governor and Lieutenant Governor Elects Join Citizens at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- Hot off his election victory against Republican Jeff Johnson, DFL Governor Elect Tim Walz and his running mate Peggy Flanagan made a stop in Duluth for a listening session. And Duluth surprised the event organizers, who had to switch locations from City Hall to the DECC to accommodate the numbers. After visiting the Silver Bay Veterans Home and…

As Temps Drop, CHUM Proposes Warming Centers

CHUM Asks Council to Consider Proposal As Their Space Decreases

DULUTH, Minn.- As the extreme cold starts setting in, finding a warm, safe place to sleep becomes a serious, and even deadly challenge for Duluth’s homeless community. According to CHUM, more warm shelter options are needed in the city of Duluth, especially during a deep freeze. Last winter, 42 nights dropped below zero. In those conditions, it can take only…

New Loop Trail Opens on Superior Hiking Trail

New Trail Goes up Ely's Peak

DULUTH, Minn.- Hikers now have new uncharted territory to explore on the Superior Hiking Trail. Mayor Emily Larson hiked the new loop trail with a group yesterday, to install the maps for the route. Developers say, the trail allows you to see Ely’s Peak in a new way. “Hikers will be overjoyed with spectacular overlooks,” said Larry Sampson, Trail Renewal Consultant….

Duluth Declares Disaster Area

Federal Aid Being Sought for Lakewalk Damages

DULUTH, Minn.- The Saint Louis County Board has declared a “state of local disaster area” in Duluth after the October 10th storm. That declaration was made in order to help the city get needed funding for repairs along the lakewalk, along with numerous other spots along the shoreline. The total cost of damages sits at $18.4 million right now after an…

Coastal Cleanup Kicks Off

Duluth and Superior Unite to Rid Lake Superior of Trash

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Barker’s Island Mayor Jim Paine and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson kicked off what’s being called the “Twin Ports Coastal Cleanup.” It’s part of a larger, month-long effort by the Alliance for the Great Lakes to adopt beaches, and clean them up. Last year, more than 6,300 volunteers picked up more than 11,000 pounds of trash on more…

Duluth Superior Pride to Celebrate 32 Years of Northland Diversity

The 32nd Duluth Superior Pride will Begin Thursday, August 30 with the Mayor's Reception at the Duluth Depot

DULUTH, Minn. – The 32nd anniversary of the Duluth Superior Pride will take place on Labor Day Weekend; August 30 through September 2. Duluth Superior Pride was established in 1986 and continues to share entertainment, equality and diversity throughout the Northland. The event will take over the entire Duluth, Superior area including local bars, restaurants, art spaces and Bayfront Festival Park to…

Montgomery Announces Retirement

Longtime Chief Administration Officer Bids Adieu

Duluth, Minn- A big change is coming to the Mayor’s office in Duluth. After nearly ten years in his position, Chief Administration Officer Dave Montgomery is retiring. Montgomery is the longest serving Chief Administrative Officer in Duluth for 30 years. The farewell crowd at City Hall included former Mayor Don Ness, members of the Fire Department, and various other city…

What the Conclusion of the Legislative Session Means for Duluth

There were major projects ultimately included in the bonding bill but some others were left out

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Legislative Session ended late last night and Gov. Dayton is already threatening to veto some spending packages over the next couple weeks. Duluth city leaders have mixed feelings about the session. There were major projects ultimately included in the bonding bill but some others were left out. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson says she made 15…

Duluth Mayor Shares Vision At State of the City Address

Mayor Larson also discussed the workforce development Duluth has seen during her address.

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayor Emily Larson is looking toward the future and wants to let you know what’s in store for the coming year. She shared her vision in her State of the City at the NorShor Theatre. The location was a key theme in focusing on the city’s growing and thriving cultural community. The mayor also announced the launch…

Senator Amy Klobuchar visits Duluth Discussing Net Neutrality

The Senate bill needs one more vote of support to pass the bill that would put net neutrality rules back in place.

DULUTH, Minn.- Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke out in the  Northland voicing concerns on the future of net neutrality. The U.S. Senate currently has 50 of the 51 votes needed to support a bill that would potentially reverse the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.  Senator Amy Klobuchar was in Duluth this afternoon to discuss net neutrality, and how keeping neutrality…

Duluth Designated Baby Friendly City

Duluth earned the recognition on Dec. 14. from the Healthy Northland.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth has been named the fittest city and the least stressful city in the past and now one more title can be added to that list. Mayor Emily Larson was presented with an award recognizing Duluth as a baby friendly city at City Hall. Duluth was chosen because of its commitment to make breastfeeding easier and more accessible…

New City Budget Could Increase Your Property Taxes

Mayor Emily Larson's budget proposal is nearly a six percent increase from 2017's budget

DULUTH, Minn. -Along with drawing from the city’s reserve fund, the typical Duluth homeowner could see a $30 property tax increase if a city budget proposal passes. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s proposal would try to fill the budget gap partially through cutting staff from city departments and increasing your property taxes. Part of the proposal includes spending an additional $1…

Twin Ports Mayors Unite For AIDS Proclamation

Only 60 percent of people living with HIV know their status

SUPERIOR, Wis., – Dec. 1 is recognized as World AIDS Day. Twin Ports Mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine held a dual proclamation to show how they’re working together to place the spotlight on the disease in the Northland. Both mayors agree that HIV and AIDS is a big problem and it affects millions, but it also hits close to…

Northland Mayors Join Forces For Habitat For Humanity

The First Western Lake Superior Habitat For Humanity Home Was Built In July 2017

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Several mayors from the Northland prove they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty for a good cause. They came together to work on a Habitat for Humanity home, which provides affordable housing for families in need. “The mayors here in our community are people who really work well together, network together and undertand that partnering with…

Duluth Assessing Storm Damages Cost

The city of Duluth is assessing damages from Friday's storm.

DULUTH, Minn.- Friday’s storm pummeled the Lake Superior shore with massive waves, the city is busy picking up the pieces. The total dollar amount of the damages is unknown. The city is currently assessing the damages, which will be announced in the next couple of days. If the damages exceed the State threshold of $368,000 seventy five percent of the…

Grant Creates Local Affordable Housing

A ten million dollar State Housing Grant makes impact on Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn.- More affordable housing options are coming to the Northland. Friday Duluth’s Mayor Emily Larson announced ten million dollar State Housing Grant, that should have a big impact on the housing scene.  The grant will be going towards more affordable housing in the community. A 50 bedroom unit will be built at Garfield and Superior St. known as Garfield…