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Wild rice dinner held before Enbridge Line 3 proposed pipeline hearings take place

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Honor the Earth says Enbridge's proposed Line 3 pipeline is a disaster waiting to happen.

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UPDATE: Six senior citizens rescued after lightning strikes assisted living center Video included

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The fire was confined mostly to the attic area of the home. 

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Duluth goes teal for ovarian cancer Video included

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Starting Friday the lift bridge and Enger tower will turn teal to kick off Light Duluth Teal weekend. It's all to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.  

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UPDATE: Suspect in custody, held on charges unrelated to Vista Fleet being set adrift Video included

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According to police, the suspect has been identified as a 47-year-old Excelsior, Minnesota man. 

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New trampoline park opens its doors in West Duluth Video included

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Planet 3 Extreme Air Park gives people of all ages the chance to get active and jump.

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Storms leave parts of Northland without power

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Storms moving through the Northland caused outages in the Twin Ports and southern parts of the Iron Range. 

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Chili Cook-Off packs the DECC, raises awareness for United Way Video included

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The Northland's taste buds were on fire Thursday night at the 26th annual United Way Chili Cook-off. Dozens of organizations competed, cooking and serving pounds of chili all to raise awareness. 

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UPDATE: Vista Fleet set free from dock overnight, police investigating Video included

The Coast Guard separating the Vista Queen from the path of the John D. Leitch just after the larger boat passed under the Aerial Bridge. Credit: Bob Knighton The Coast Guard separating the Vista Queen from the path of the John D. Leitch just after the larger boat passed under the Aerial Bridge. Credit: Bob Knighton
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A spokesperson says in order to set the Vista adrift, it isn't as easy as just untying ropes. 

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Minnesota summit aims to boost black infants' survival rate

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State health officials say babies born to black women in Minnesota are more than twice as likely to die during infancy as babies born to white women.

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Duluth police investigating shots fired incident

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Officers said they located four shell casings in a backyard, however they didn't find a weapon. 

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Red flag warning issued for Park Point beaches

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The warning is in effect for all Park Point beaches, effective immediately, until 10 a.m. on Friday. 

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Duluth Airport to receive $1M for safety improvements

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According to Klobuchar's office, the $1,084,668 grant will allow the airport to install perimeter fencing, rehabilitate the runway, and remove obstructions. 

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Volunteers plant thousands of trees along Western Waterfront Trail Video included

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National Bank of Commerce volunteers are helping protect our region's watersheds and getting their hands dirty in the process.

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Mayor Larson continues "State of the Streets" public meeting series Video included

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Duluth Mayor, Emily Larson met with the public Wednesday to talk about her proposal for funding road repairs. Her plan for a half percent transportation sales tax is separate from her budget proposal, which would dedicate $1 million from the general fund to street improvements.   

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Law enforcement cracking down on drivers running red lights Video included

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St. Louis County Public Works recently completed the installation of blue lights on the traffic signal posts of 14 intersections in Duluth and Hermantown.

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Lt. Gov. hosts roundtable in Duluth about opioid crisis Video included

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Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was in Duluth today discussing the impact of opioids in the region. In a round table discussion, Smith met with the mayor, representatives from the county, the Duluth Police, and health professionals to learn the impact of local approaches to the crisis. 

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Woman shares scam experience at AARP and BBB event Video included

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It's stories like hers AARP and the Better Business Bureau are hoping to prevent through their Scam Jam events.

Monday's was the sixth Scam Jam AARP has organized with the BBB of North Dakota and Minnesota in the past two years but the first in the Twin Ports.

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Six months in, Intermodal Container Terminal bolstering Northland economy Video included

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Duluth's status as a global competitor in the shipping industry is on the rise. 

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Mother Nature puts on light show in Superior during early morning storm Video included

Storms rolled through the Northland early Wednesday morning, and one woman caught the beautiful light show on camera. 

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Free open skating sessions now open

The first open skate session will be held on September 20th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Traffic advisories issued for parts of Duluth

On Thursday, the Raleigh Edison School will hold their annual Bully Free Block Party, and on Saturday, A Breath of Hope will host a 5K Walk/Run in the Brighton Beach area. 

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Duluth School Board Joins "Lethal Lure" Campaign Video included

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The Duluth School Board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at lowering the businesses allowed to sell flavored tobacco products during Tuesday's school board meeting.

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Study ranked Duluth as the least-stressed city in the U.S.

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According to a new study, Duluth has been ranked the top spot for the least-stressed city in America. 

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Duluth Public Utilities Commission approves rate hike on monthly water bill Video included

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Residents will see a 4.7 percent annual increase for the next six years.

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Duluth 5th graders enjoy 34th annual forest field day Video included

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Fifth graders from across Duluth got the chance to check out the forests in their own backyards Tuesday. It's all a part of the annual 5th Grade Forestry Field Day, where students explore one of Duluth's city parks. 

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Free Narcan services expanding to Iron Range Video included

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St. Louis County leads the state in overdose deaths per capita but with a $675,000 State Targeted Response grant, a coalition of Saint Louis County groups is fighting that statistic. 

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Construction will close Haines Rd. near airport for two weeks

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Starting Thursday, Haines Road will be closed between Arrowhead Road and Highway 53.

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Get Outdoors: Soudan Mine Tour Video included

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While many are going to be outdoors, chasing the changing leaves as we head into fall... Meteorologist Adam Lorch is actually heading underground. He's going for a deeper look into the history of the Soudan Mine, in this weeks Get Outdoors.

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Overcoming opioid addiction in the Northland Video included

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September is recovery month. A time to raise awareness and understanding for those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Duluth resident Tyler Conley knows the challenges of addiction all too well.

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Renewed legislation push to build new lock at Soo Locks Complex Video included

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There's a renewed push to create another entryway to Lake Superior. New Legislation, the Soo Locks Modernization Act proposed by U.S Congressman Rick Nolan would help provide money for a new navigation lock at the Soo Lock Complex. 

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Sex offender to be released from being behind bars

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Douglas County authorities are notifying the public about the release of a sex offender. 

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Early childhood workforce dwindling, experts gathered at UMD to find solutions Video included

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Early childhood education between birth and age eight is a vital time for brain development, but finding the people to do that job is slim to none.

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Former Lake Superior Zoo director Bob Wahlsten dead at age 97

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Wahlsten began working at the zoo in 1950 and took over as director in 1965.  He retired in 1984.

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UPDATE: One arrested following Enbridge protest, site cleared Video included

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Roughly ten people participated in the protest, which was aimed to halt construction of the pipeline.

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Touchstone Awards given to three Northland non-profits

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Every year, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation recognizes the programs and projects at the top of the tier through the Touchstone Awards. 

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Minnesota reaching deadline to get insurance rate approval

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota is running out of time to receive approval from the federal government for its plan to lower health insurance premiums next year. 

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Volunteers needed to set up Bentleyville for upcoming season

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Starting this weekend, according to the Mayor of Bentleyville, Nathan Bentley, volunteers are needed every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am - 4 pm, and Wednesdays from 5 pm - 8 pm.

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The 5k Color Run splashed into town Video included

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One thousand people took a quick dip into some color Sunday.

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Soil at Clayton Jackson McGhie memorial moves to national lynching memorial Video included

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The Equal Justice Initiative of Montgomery plans to create a Memorial to Peace and Justice, which will remember the thousands of lives lost to racial lynchings in the U.S. As part of this memorial, the Initiative is collecting soil from lynching sites to be displayed in a museum. 

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Man dies in bulldozer rollover Video included

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A 79-year-old man died Saturday after getting trapped underneath a bulldozer, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. 

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Local bookstore hosts grand opening book fair Video included

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Zenith opened up in July but Saturday was all about books. 

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Northshore Inline Marathon rolls into Duluth, despite poor weather Video included

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It doesn't draw quite the crowd that Grandma's Marathon does, but for the 22nd straight year, the Northshore Inline Marathon skated into town. 

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79-year-old woman found dead in submerged car in Duluth Video included

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A 79-year-old woman was found dead inside a submerged car in a lake in Duluth.

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Local festival aims to promote gender balance in the arts Video included

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Female musicians are taking the stage at this weekend's FEmnFEST.

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High winds ground balloons at annual festival, other activities continue as scheduled Video included

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Although balloons never took off, people were invited to climb inside the basket and help the pilot light the flame.

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Man reported missing arrested by Duluth police on warrant

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A man reported missing this week was taken into custody by Duluth police Friday on a warrant from Pope County, Minn. 

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UPDATE: One in custody following stabbing in Duluth

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According to police, officers were sent to the intersection of Lake Avenue and Fourth Street just before 9 p.m. Monday.

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Woman charged for allegedly stabbing another woman in Duluth

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Third degree assault charges have been filed following a stabbing this week in Duluth's Central Hillside.

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Cloquet man pleads guilty to stalking joggers and indecently exposing himself

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A 21-year-old Cloquet man has pleaded guilty to stalking and indecent exposure charges.

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Police: Superior High School teacher arrested for allegedly striking student

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A Superior High School teacher is facing charges for allegedly striking a student, according to police.

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DECC activities kick off inline skating marathon weekend

This year's expo features a combination of new and returning vendors, including Bent Paddle beer tasting, and a Harbor City Roller Dames roller derby.

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Heavy rain causes flooding, road closures in St. Louis County

With more rain in the forecast, officials say the roads will remain closed through the weekend. 

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Police looking for suspect involved in alleged sexual assault of juvenile

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On September ninth, police say they received a report of a sexual assault in the Woodland neighborhood involving a juvenile male.

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Archery deer seasons open Saturday

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Both Minnesota and Wisconsin's archery deer hunting seasons open on Saturday, September 16th.

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Dead crow in Douglas County tests positive for West Nile Virus

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The Douglas County Health Department says it's the first bird to test positive in the county since surveillance for the virus began in May.

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Volunteers help plant wild rice seeds along St. Louis River Video included

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The idea is to continue the restoration efforts of Wild Rice in the river. 

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Fundraiser for UMD veterans, active duty military Video included

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A special night Thursday raising money for veterans. 

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Duluth fire chief responds to proposed budget cuts Video included

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Facing a more than $380,000 cut in the mayor's proposed budget, Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards said his department is working to make cuts without cutting service.

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UPDATE: Five protesters arrested at Enbridge pipeline office Video included

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UPDATE: According to Douglas County Sheriff, Thomas Dalbec, five people were arrested after parking their vehicles in front of two gates blocking employees from coming in and out of the lot at Enbridge Line 3's construction office in Superior. 

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Lake Superior College sees highest enrollment numbers in 5 years

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Lake Superior College is reporting the highest total enrollment in more than five years.

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Pike Lake Elementary School closed Friday

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 ISD 704 officials say the school will be closed due to a water system issue. 

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Olive Garden unlimited pasta pass is back

Olive Garden's $100 never-ending pasta pass will return Thursday, with a new bonus. Guests who claim one of 22,000 pasta passes, will enjoy eight weeks of access to unlimited pasta. 

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Future of Duluth's mounted patrol uncertain as potential budget cuts are considered Video included

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According to department spokespeople, the mounted patrol is just one of a wide variety of things they're looking at when considering potential cuts.

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Special Olympics athletes get brighter, whiter smile thanks to mobile dentist clinic Video included

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Athletes with the Special Olympics were treated to a brighter, whiter smile in Duluth.

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Head of the Lakes United Way asking Northlanders "what do you fight for?" Video included

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As part of their annual giving campaign, this year the Head of the Lakes United Way is asking "what do you fight for?"

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Duluth for Clean Water responds to "dark money" claims, files campaign report

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A Minnesota non-profit pushing for safe and healthy water in the Duluth area has now filed the required paperwork, showing its financial contributions to the campaigns of City Council candidates.

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Epicurean Headquarters relocates to Superior

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Spokespeople say the company quickly outgrew their space in West Duluth.

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U.S. News: UW-Superior third best public school in the nation

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 Post secondary schools were scored on several metrics, including graduation and retention rates. 

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Minnesota Power crews continuing to help those without power in Miami

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Officials say crews are working 16 hour days in Miami in temperatures around 95 degrees, with high humidity. 

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Fourth Street construction project to be pushed into 2018

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All work between Sixth and 23rd Avenues East is still expected to be completed this fall. 

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Target is hiring 100K for holiday season

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The company announced on its "A Bullseye View" blog that it will hire approximately 100,000 new team members across all of its U.S. stores. 

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"Imagine Canal Park" seeking input on ways to improve area Video included

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Duluth leaders are asking people to imagine Canal Park with all its potential as a local, statewide, and regional destination.

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Sipress apologizes for foul language, stands by support of Duluth For Clean Water Video included

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"I used language in that I shouldn't have used and I regret that and I apologize for using inappropriate language," Sipress said. "But I don't apologize for standing up for the good name of hard working community volunteers who are just trying to make Duluth a better place."

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Duluth primary election results

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Preliminary results from Tuesday's primary election in Duluth are in. 

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History Channel's American Pickers coming to the Northland

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It is quite the catch to have the American Pickers from the History Channel in your neck of the woods, and that is exactly what is happening this year in the Northland.

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DTA, MnDOT announce installation of pedestrian warning signs Video included

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MnDOT says the warning light systems were installed at five locations in order to help reduce the collisions between vehicles and pedestrians.   

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Get Outdoors: Sporting Clays Video included

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Whether you're a bird hunter or a sport shooter, you know that getting out to the range is important in order to hone your skills. In this weeks Get Outdoors, Meteorologist Adam Lorch shows us how he prepares for grouse hunting season by turning clays into dust.

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Large police presence in downtown Duluth Video included

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There are few details yet as to what prompted a large police presence in downtown Duluth Monday night.

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Ten candidates are vying for Duluth City Council seats in Tuesday's primary Video included

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On the ballot: Zack Filipovich, Janet Kennedy, Barb Russ, Brandon Sorvik, Jan Swanson, Rich Updegrove, Rich Williams, Tom Furman, Howie Hanson and Renee Van Nett.

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Duluthians to vote on school board members in Tuesday's primary Video included

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On the Ballot: Josh Gorham, Dana Krivogorsky, Loren Martell, Sally Trnka and Harry Welty.

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Minnesota Commerce Department recommends against Line 3 plan

The Minnesota Department of Commerce says Enbridge Energy has failed to establish the need for its proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

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District Two candidate reacts to City Council President Sipress' comments

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 In a statement released Monday morning, District Two candidate Ryan Sistad says he was "deeply troubled by the divisive dialogue that transpired over the weekend."

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A 14-year-old girl dies after falling off cliff at Palisade Head Video included

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According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, they received multiple 911 calls from Palisade Head, north of Silver Bay along Lake Superior. 

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Drag racers compete on the streets of Duluth Video included

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Drag racing returned to Garfield Avenue over the weekend for two days of excitement and adrenaline. 

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St. Luke's employees donate hair for women battling cancer Video included

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Program participants are encouraged to donate 8 inches of hair or $8. 

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Duluth City Council President Reacts to Censure Petition Video included

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A petition to censure Duluth City Council President, Joel Sipress was created after an exchange via Facebook Messenger turned aggressive. 

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The Twin Ports Area Walk to End Alzheimer's reaches 80% of their donation goal

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The Twin Ports Area Walk to End Alzheimer's was held today at the DECC. 

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Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center celebrates anniversary with value banners

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The Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports center is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. 

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Lake Superior Zoo receives four-year accreditation Video included

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Full extension of the accreditation also is important to the zoo’s long-term capital plan, which calls for $15 million in improvements to the zoo in coming years, starting with a $4 million Bear Country exhibit that will feature brown bears as well as educational programming about conservation and environmental stewardship.

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Native Duluthian survives Mexico earthquake

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Ellie Nielsen currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico with her fiance and his family.

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