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Ness lands job at Lake Superior College

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Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness has a new job as executive director of Workforce Training and Community Development at Lake Superior College.

“I love that this program helps people in our community make a better life for themselves,” Ness is quoted in The Wave, the college’s online newsmag. “When we invest in a person’s skills, we give them hope and a path to a better life. By investing in each person’s potential, we can help address critical community problems like poverty and equity. I can’t wait to take on this challenge.”

Essentia Institute of Rural Health will host a community discussion about research occurring at Essentia from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Clyde Iron Works in West Duluth.

The historic Aerial Lift Bridge will begin its summer lift schedule Friday, meaning that the bridge will lift on the hour and half hour from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day until the Tuesday after Labor Day. The Aerial Lift Bridge will lift upon request for government water vessels, emergency requests and for vessels larger than 300 gross tons.

The WITC automotive maintenance technician program received re-accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

The St. Louis County Board today unanimously approved an ordinance allowing the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on all county roads outside of city limits. The new ordinance goes into effect immediately, making it legal for ATVs to operate on the right shoulder or extreme right-hand side of county roads, provided the driver follows all state statutes for speed and safety.

Today’s vote follows a successful pilot program last fall, and extensive public input from citizens county-wide, ATV users, representatives of cities and townships within the county, law enforcement, surrounding counties that have enacted ATV ordinances, and anyone else who wanted to voice an opinion, including those opposed to an ordinance.

“This has been a very inclusive process with an eye toward safety and connectivity,” said County Board Chair Steve Raukar.

“The ultimate goal is to have a trail system, but right now we don’t have a complete trail system,” said Commissioner Tom Rukavina, who first brought the ordinance forward at the request of ATV Clubs. “Nobody wants to ride on roads, but this allows them to connect from trail to trail, or just to drive down the road to help a neighbor. So this is a good ordinance.”

St. Louis County has numerous ATV trails, but many of them do not yet connect. This has meant ATV operators had to load up their vehicles on trailers to transfer from one trail to the next, even for just a short distance down the road.

“This is positive, another avenue for recreation in our region,” said Commissioner Chris Dahlberg.

Supporters of the ordinance praised the effort as encouraging responsible ATV use by all ages, expanding recreation opportunities for families, and making it possible for senior citizens and others with limited mobility to enjoy time outdoors. – Submitted by Dana Kazel, St. Louis County

Laura Marquardt, 46, a 22-year veteran of the Duluth Police Department, has been promoted to Deputy Police Chief.

The St. Louis County Veterans Service Office will host town hall meetings for veterans today from 9 a.m. to noon at Hibbing Memorial Building and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Duluth American Legion, located at 5814 Grand Avenue.

Duluth East will play host to Grand Rapids in a high school baseball doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. today at Ordean Field. In other local games, all starting at 4:30 p.m., Duluth Denfeld faces Proctor at beautiful Wade Stadium, Cloquet travels to Esko and Superior plays host to Hermantown. Duluth Marshall also hosts Ashland at 6 p.m.

The Greater Downtown Council is conducting an online survey to gauge the public’s impression of Downtown Duluth. Click here to take the survey.

No. 6 seed Duluth East (10-10) will face third-seeded Blaine (12-7) in a Section 7AAAA high school softball quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Blaine.

Deke Grussendorf Volunteer of the Year nominations are due June 30. Applications forms can be found at HermantownChamber.com.

Duluth International Airport will hold an active shooter drill Wednesday morning. This is only a test.

The Northland Foundation has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation to support social enterprise efforts within the seven-county Arrowhead Region.

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center 50th Anniversary Celebration on Aug. 6 features an open house, all-employee reunion and concert with the Beach Boys and Temptations. Speaking of the DECC, upcoming events include the 2016 NPC Iron Viking of the North Bodybuilding Championships on June 4 and Jerry Seinfeld on July 22.

Recent improvements at Cloquet’s historic Pinehurst Park include a refurbished a softball field, new tennis courts and upgrades to an outdoor pool, and added parking and impressive new green space areas.

Duluth’s 4th Street between 2nd Ave West and 3rd Ave West is closed today, through May 30, to install a new utility line installation for the new Center for American Indian Resources building at 211 West 2nd Street.

The Orr Center Homesteading & Lifestyle Expo will be held Aug. 20 in Orr.

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