Duluth's Mayor Ness: Cooler by the lake

  • Article by: LARRY OAKES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 4, 2012 - 3:00 PM

Duluth's youthful chief executive is bringing fresh energy and, yes, a sense of hipness to the port city.

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snap1234Jun. 2, 1211:04 PM

I like this guy.

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fishinmusicianJun. 3, 1212:35 AM

I hope and pray everyone who understands the role of the fourth branch of Government and knows the finances of the city of Duluth speaks loudly after reading this article.

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biasedhomerJun. 3, 1212:54 AM

The best thing that could ever happen to Duluth is if the Anchor Bar in Superior, WI opened a second location in Downtown Duluth. NOTHING beats a half pound "Gallybuster" cheddar cheeseburger with fried onions, pickels and natural cut fries!!!

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asmithe2Jun. 3, 12 1:01 AM

This november, the voters in Duluth and throughout northern Minnesota will have to vote on if they want a congressman who will bring this same vision for the future, or one whose glory days were in the 1970s. Don Ness has endorsed the agent of change, Jeff Anderson, for Congress, and that is a good enough endorsement for me.

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mypcaccountJun. 3, 12 2:14 AM

I think his best project was putting the sewage holding tank down on park point. Nothing like building a huge storage take in the heart of canal park to store raw sewage. yes, everytime someone from downtown flushes away a problem, it sits down in the canal to be taken away later. Hopefully the tourists can photoshop it out of their pictures.

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mn2niceJun. 3, 12 7:42 AM

As I found out a few years ago, he is also a great person to work for. He has an open door policy and will always listen before saying anything. He has tackled the challenges of revitalizing a city that has been thought to be dying, and is slowly bringing it back to life.

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ThieleJun. 3, 12 8:28 AM

mypcaccount, it captures storm run off, not sewage. It is located there for a number of reasons, and it will be landscaped and, hopefully, blend as it's next to the freeway rather than in the middle of Canal Park (Park Point is something different, by the way).

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stplooklistnJun. 3, 12 8:28 AM

Hope those hipsters buy the glut of condos. Enbridge expanded from Superior because there was so much empty retail and business space in Duluth. And when the artsy fartsy grow up they will want roads in good repair, water mains that don't break every month and schools that aren't cut to the bone because they spent $300 million on buildings and now are cutting classroom. Donny may be a nice guy, but when the only reason the libraries can stay open is with an additional tax things are peachy.

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duluthiscoolJun. 3, 1210:22 AM

A Great city. A Great Lake. A Great Environment. Jobs and Opportunity to boot? Sign me up!! Don has been great for our City. How does he do it? By collaborating with everyone. By being direct and honest. And by being nice. I like that. And it seems that the vast majority of my fellow citizens like that too!!

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esayerJun. 3, 1210:35 AM

Stplooklistn, If taxes are all you can think about when discussing the most beautiful city in Minnesota, and the most culturally vibrant, then you really must be miserable. Having lived there for a few years in grad school and reluctantly moving to MPLS to find a job, I can say DTown an Donny make Minnesota and the entire Great Lakes region a place Minnesota can be very proud of, not to mention the beauty of Lake Superior and all of the rivers and outdoor activities the area offers. If I am lucky, someday a condo in Duluth would be a dream come true for me!

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