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Sunday night's fatal collision in Tempe, Ariz., in which a self-driven Uber car struck and killed a woman walking her bike, has focused new scrutiny on emerging automotive technologies. Meanwhile, Minnesota is trying to imagine what the transportation landscape of the future could look like and how to navigate it. Toward that end, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed a 15-member advisory council earlier this month to offer recommendations about how best to regulate the use of autonomous vehicles.
DULUTH — The Twin Ports may be called to stand in for the Twin Cities, when the U.S. Navy commissions a new 389-foot littoral combat ship — the future USS Minneapolis-St. Paul. Navy Under Secretary Jodi Greene, a Minnesota native and the ship's sponsor, recently took part in a ceremony to mark the laying of the keel at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, the Marinette, Wisconsin, shipyard that's building the vessel.
DULUTH — The Duluth City Council on Monday, Feb. 12, will decide whether to place new restrictions on where menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products can be sold. An ordinance proposed by At Large councilors Barb Russ and Zack Filipovich would confine the sale of flavor-infused tobacco products in Duluth to adults-only smoke shops that derive 90 percent or more of their revenues from tobacco and tobacco-related items.
DULUTH, Minn.—The Duluth City Council will be asked this Monday to take a step that could keep the city's papermaking industry alive and protect 240 full-time jobs. Councilors will take up a resolution that would authorize city staff to seek a $1 million forgivable loan from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help the Verso Duluth Paper Mill upgrade its plant.
DULUTH, Minn.—Duluth soon could take aim at sales of flavored tobacco products to young people. On Jan. 22, city councilors Barb Russ and Zack Filipovich plan to introduce an ordinance that proposes to restrict sales of menthol cigarettes and other flavor-infused tobacco products to adult-only smoke shops. "We're trying to keep another generation of people from starting to smoke cigarettes," Russ said.
SILVER BAY, Minn.—Bruce Carman Jr. talked a good talk. But after more than a year of hype, the 59-year-old entrepreneur has little to show for his pledge to demonstrate that aquaponics will be "the way of the future," as he told the News Tribune in 2016.
DULUTH — The Duluth Police Department plans to purchase about $83,700 worth of riot gear next year and another $41,500 in 2019. Items on the shopping list include helmets, leg/knee pads, chest protectors, elbow pads and other protective equipment. "We call them turtle suits, because they make you look like those turtle guys," quipped Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, making an apparent reference to the animated armor-clad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But there's nothing funny about the sorts of situations that would prompt police to deploy such gear.
DULUTH — Shelly Louks, a disabled senior living in Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood, learned this week that she soon may be forced out of her home, due to a neighbor's clutter. For more than a year now, Duluth building safety officials have been working with the tenant who lives in the unit above Louks in the duplex they share. Karl Wyant, the owner of that duplex, said the building's upstairs tenant has lived in her unit for about 10 years now and has been a good renter but for one fault. "The only negative thing is that she is a hoarder," Wyant said.
DULUTH, Minn.—After extensive assessment, Duluth city staff members have determined damage from Friday's storm caused enough damage to warrant an application for emergency aid from the state of Minnesota. Erik Birkeland, Duluth's property and facilities manager, was part of a team that surveyed the length of the Lake Superior shore. In addition to encountering blasted-out sections of boardwalk from the canal to Endion Station, they also found debris — including rocks, riprap, trees and trash — tossed up onto park properties by the lake's waves.
DULUTH, Minn.—Shipwright John Finkle has been working with a crew of volunteers for the past 10 months to construct a wooden boat in a downtown Duluth storefront, but the vessel has occupied his imagination for a much longer time. He recalls singling out a crooked bur oak growing in the woods on a friend's property. "I saw it four years ago, and I was like — 'Dude, there's the bow of my boat,' " he said.