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A year later, Duluth’s compensatory education changes seen as positive

By Adelle Whitefoot About a year ago, the Duluth School Board made changes to compensatory education funding. Now every school has some money to improve itself. Each school generates a certain amount of compensatory education funds based on its population of students taking part in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. State statute requires […]

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Tom Rukavina is remembered for his accomplishments and big personality

By Adelle Whitefoot Smart, witty, energetic — larger than life. These were just a few words used to describe Tom Rukavina and the life he devoted to helping others. Rukavina, 68, died Jan. 7 as a result of a yearlong battle with leukemia. Rukavina died at University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he was being treated to […]

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Two injured after vehicle goes off I-35 bridge

By Adelle Whitefoot Two people were injured after their vehicle went off an elevated section of Interstate 35 early Saturday morning in Duluth. The driver of the Ford Ranger, Laura Erhardt, of Superior, lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadway which vaulted over the concrete barrier landing on its roof in the Duluth […]

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Report: Frontier failed to provide adequate, reliable phone and internet service to Minnesota customers

By Adelle Whitefoot The Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an investigative report on Frontier Communications Friday with the Minnesota Public Utilities Committee. MDC’s report says it found Frontier has failed to provide adequate, reliable phone and internet service to its Minnesota customers. The report recommends Frontier be required to refund or credit customers for service […]

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Iron Range man’s remains will return home 77 years after he perished at Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. Virginia resident Dante Sylvester Tini was 19 years old and serving as a radioman on the USS Oklahoma when torpedoes ripped through the hull of the ship. It wasn’t until Dec. 20, 1941 that Tini’s mother and father received a telegram saying he was missing in […]

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Police seek person of interest in fatal Duluth shooting

By Adelle Whitefoot One man is dead and police are looking for a suspect after an early morning shooting Saturday in downtown Duluth. Duluth police responded to the 100 block of West First Street at 12:55 a.m. to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found a man with a gunshot wound. The 31-year-old […]

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Duluth School Board approves questions for November ballot

By Adelle Whitefoot The Duluth School Board unanimously approved three referendum questions to ask voters on the November ballot during a meeting Tuesday night. The first question voters will see from the district in November will ask for a 10-year renewal of its current operating levy, which is about $371 per student. This would not […]

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Lake Superior Railroad Museum to lose steam engine

By Adelle Whitefoot The Soo Line locomotive 2719 has been in Duluth for more than a decade, making weekend treks up to Two Harbors and back on the North Shore Scenic Railroad from 2006 to 2013. But, before it was in Duluth, the steam engine was owned by the city of Eau Claire, Wis., which […]

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Fate of Duluth school levy left in voters’ hands

By Adelle Whitefoot A resolution that would have protected the district in the event of a rejected November referendum failed Thursday after a 3-3 split vote by the Duluth School Board. If the resolution was approved a portion of the money the district receives for each student as part of voter-approved operating levy funds would […]

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Survey shows support for school levy renewal, increase

By Adelle Whitefoot The Duluth school district is in a good position to not only renew its current operating levy but also to ask for an increase, according to a phone survey. The district contracted out to Minneapolis-based Morris Leatherman Company to conduct a phone survey regarding a possible referendum on the November ballot. The […]

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