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Duluth & St. Louis County Days heading to St. Paul

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Hundreds of people from Duluth and Saint Louis County - from leaders, to everyday citizens - are setting their sights on Saint Paul this week.

It's all part of Duluth and Saint Louis County Days at the Capitol.

It's a massive undertaking at the capitol, with volunteers from all walks of life fighting to make people's lives better here, in the Northland. 

"These are everyday folks that are down there," says Duluth Chamber of Commerce President David Ross, "making a request on behalf of their community." 

As far as priorities go, the sea wall behind the DECC, along with the Depot, are both in need of renovations. 

"[We want to] help ensure that our seawall gets repaired," says City Councilor Zack Filipovich, "so the DECC and other things do not fall into the bay." 

Another priority is approving a half percent sales tax, which Mayor Emily Larson says will help pay an additional $7 million a year for the street improvement program.     

"Our voters chose a path of dedicated funding for streets with a vote of 76.5%," says Mayor Larson. 

It's a voter-approved proposal that organizers say should be noted by lawmakers in St. Paul.

"That's a fact that we'll be sharing with those elected officials at the capitol, letting them know that we have done a referendum," says Ross, "that it did pass very strongly."

Ross says the city is also seeking funding to replace the Canal Park Steam plant system with a more efficient closed water loop system - an opportunity that hasn't presented itself in years.

"This is the first opportunity in a couple generations to take the street up and then repair what is below it," says Ross.

Officials say they're hoping to time those renovations with the planned reconstruction of Superior Street.  

Most of the volunteers for Duluth and Saint Louis County Days will be leaving Tuesday morning.

Organizers say this year's event should wrap up by Thursday.

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