MINNESOTA SLIP

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…

William A. Irvin Arrives, Slowly Pulls into Minnesota Slip

610-foot laker pulls in with only 7 inches of room on each side.

DULUTH, Minn.- After much anticipation and setback, the William A. Irvin–Duluth’s historic museum ship–headed back home to Canal Park Wednesday night. This after it underwent repairs while the seawalls in the Minnesota Slip were also getting worked on. The “Queen of the Lakes” left Fraser Shipyards around 5:30. Just like last year the move was dicey with only seven inches…

Seawall Rehabilitation Nears Completion

Work should be done before Grandma's Marathon.

DULUTH, Minn.- The seawall rehabilitation project in Canal Park is in the home stretch and should be complete before Grandma’s Marathon. The project has been done in phases and starting this Monday, the last phase will begin. Crews will be putting in a storm water outfall, curbs, concrete patios, sidewalks, turf, and a bike path. The Minnesota slip bridge will…

Charter Docks Installed at Newly Constructed Minnesota Slip

Spring is in the air as ten docks were put in the new look Minnesota slip

DULUTH, Minn.- The signs of summer are starting to pop up in Duluth. Today, charter docks were installed in the newly constructed Minnesota Slip. This comes after a cramped season last summer for the charters during the slip’s reconstruction project that pushed the William A. Irvin out from the slips seawall. It’s been a wild scene in the Minnesota slip…

Irvin May Not Return To Slip Until August; Ship’s Maintenance Work In Question

DULUTH, Minn.- The William A. Irvin may not get its paint job and rehab work after all. According to DECC’s Executive Director Chelly Townsend, the bids for the Irvin’s maintenance work at Fraser Shipyards are coming in higher than expected. Townsend said they can’t pay much more than $500,000 worth of grant money available from the Minnesota Historical Society. The…

St. Louis River Alliance to Celebrate Progress on Estuary Project

The Open House is Happening Thursday, January 31 at Pier B Resort in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Louis River Alliance along with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota DNR, Wisconsin DNR and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa invite the community to a celebration of progress made to clean up the St. Louis River Estuary. The event is happening Thursday, January 31 at Pier B Resort in Duluth. Guests…

Irvin Leaves, Leaving Empty Space In Duluth

Crowds Gather To Say Goodbye to Symbol of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- A longstanding staple of Duluth is leaving home for the first time in 30 years. The William A. Irvin is getting some cleaning and some work done at Fraser Shipyards in Superior. Crews began moving the ship at about 10:30 Friday night. This came after an hour and a half delay from the time they projected, due to…

MPCA Awaits Its Turn To Clean Up Minnesota Slip

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Slip seawall reconstruction project continues. We spoke with officials at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency who say the project is a long time coming, practically for over 20 years. Removal of the contaminated sediment in the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park by the MPCA will begin October first through November. Before this process begins the new seawall needs to…

Irvin, Haunted Ship Canceled For Season Because Of Slip/Seawall Work

Delayed Seawall Reconstruction, MPCA Slip Work To Blame

DULUTH, Minn. – The William A. Irvin’s summer tours and even the popular Haunted Ship are called off for 2018. That complicated and delayed seawall reconstruction work is ultimately to blame. And docking behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) to possibly open is no longer an option. Duluth city councilor Zack Filipovich tells FOX 21 the season closure of the William A. Irvin is disappointing, but he says the seawall reconstruction in the Minnesota Slip needs…

William A. Irvin Closed for the Year

There is no Completion Date set for the Cleanup Project

DULUTH, Minn. – The William A. Irvin will be closed for the remainder of the year according to city officials. Repairs to the seawall are still underway, but the Minnesota Slip cleanup will not begin until this fall. For cleanup to happen the Irvin will need to be moved out of the slip which comes with a cost. The city…

Vista Queen Arrives In Duluth Port For 2018 Season

Vista Owner Says City Will Be Building Temporary Docking For Safe Harbor During Seawall Construction

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a sigh of relief and excitement for the Vista Fleet’s 2018 tourism season with the arrival of the Vista Queen boat in the port of Duluth. Boat tours begin on Wednesday and the bigger Vista Star will arrive on Thursday. Owner Justin Steinbach said after he did a story last week with FOX 21’s Dan Hanger about…

Charter Season Feeling Cramps With Seawall Reconstruction Delay

William A. Irvin Is 10 Feet Closer To Docks During Seawall Work

DULUTH, Minn. – 12-hour work days, six days a week: That’s the new pace underway for the $6 million seawall reconstruction project in Duluth’s Minnesota Slip that the city says is scheduled to be completed by mid-June, with new bike lanes and sidewalks wrapping up in August. The delayed seawall project has the William A. Irvin pushed out about 10…

Halted Duluth Seawall Project OK’d After Historic Preservation Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s multi-million dollar seawall reconstruction project has been given the green light to start work up again after questions were raised about the historical significance of the Minnesota Slip, according to the mayor’s office late Wednesday. This means the State Historical Preservation Office has completed its work and has concluded the seawall reconstruction will not cause adverse…