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Monday Notebook

The City of Duluth’s priorities for the 2018 legislative session:

. Securing approval of an additional 1/2 percent local sales tax for up to 25 years with all proceeds of the special sales tax dedicated to construction and repair of local streets, sidewalks, and bridges; in preparation of this request, the question was placed before Duluth voters during the 2017 general election and passed in every single precinct with 76.5 percent of the city-wide vote; and

. State funding in the form of appropriations bonds, general fund appropriations or renewable development account funding to complete the conversion of the Duluth district heating system from steam to hot water in conjunction with the Superior Street reconstruction project; the state of Minnesota made an initial investment in this project during 2017; and

. State funding for improvements to the seawall and pedestrian plaza adjacent to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center from the Minnesota Slip to Pier B.

Note: The city intends to take the lead role in advocating for these initiatives, in collaboration with the Duluth legislative delegation, who will also serve as authors of these bills. — Source: City of Duluth

The Aerial Lift Bridge will be reopening both lanes to traffic for the Tuesday morning commute, two weeks before the original estimated completion date. The new decking is in place and the contractor is removing equipment and barricades today. The deck was last replaced about 60 years ago. The project cost about $300,000. The city anticipates repainting areas of the Aerial Lift Bridge in the near future. — City of Duluth press release

Lake Superior College has hired Bill McMahan as an unlimited full-time Aviation Maintenance Technology program instructor in the Business and Industry Division. He has worked as an adjunct instructor in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program for LSC since August 2016. — Lake Superior College press release

Essentia Health has placed “How to wash” posters in its public and staff restrooms and now is offering the complimentary guides to schools, daycares, public organizations, businesses or non-profit organizations. Read more. — Essentia Health press release

St. Louis County Public Health is seeking nominations from the public to recognize individuals or groups who have made significant effort to improve the health of residents or communities in St. Louis County. Read more. — St. Louis County press release

Bryan Flaherty, on the Black Woods Blizzard Tour snowmobile fundraiser that has raised nearly $10 million to help in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease: “Selfless individuals such as David Kolquist, the glue who has held the event together throughout the years, and celebrity participants Terry Steinbach, Kent Hrbek and Ron Gardenhire (former Twins’ field manager and current field manager of the Detroit Tigers), among others, and our many citizen participants have helped pave the way.”