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Minnesota Has Bragging Rights To This Year’s National Christmas Tree

To be able to say our Nation's Christmas tree proudly standing on the Capitol lawn during the holidays came from your home state is a big deal and if you live in Minnesota you have bragging rights for 2014!  Not only will the tree come from Minnesota but many of the ornaments hanging on the tree will come from school children and residents of Minnesota too!

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Jobs, Training Programs And Apprenticeships Available In Duluth, Valuable Information At Meeting Tomorrow

The job market in the Northland is improving drastically.  With the addition of several restaurants, expansion of medical needs facilities and the construction of several buildings, there is the need for more construction trades employees.  If you are looking for a job or wanting a change this is valuable information you need to know!

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Street Preservation Construction Starts In West Duluth Today, Expect Delays

The most important thing you should know is that businesses that are affected by the construction ARE open.  There will be signs posted saying "No Thru Traffic", but getting to a business will be allowed.  Here's the skinny:

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Get Bit By The Acting Bug: Action Movie To Be Shot On The Range Is Looking For Extras

I know from auditioning for the Google Movie that it can be stressful.  But the fun while shooting the the film is TOTALLY worth it!  Just think, you could be an extra in an action movie that's being filmed on the Iron Range.  It's entitled Sdanka's War and they are in need of "extras".  You should consider it.  Really!!!!

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Traffic Alert: Information for This Week’s Downtown Duluth Sidewalk Sales

The weather has warmed up just in time for Downtown Duluth's Annual Sidewalk Days Festival.  SHOPPING! It starts today, Wednesday, July 9, FOOD and runs through Friday, July 11, with a street dance on Saturday, July 12.  Shopping (yea! shopping!!!!), food, and live music to enjoy.  Of course, that ENTERTAINMENT means traffic will be diverted....here's the details so you're in the know.

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Scam Alert: Wisconsin Lottery Urges Caution When Giving Personal Information

Honestly, I just don't have a criminal mind, or time to come up with how to scam people.  I don't know why, but I'm always shocked to learn of the different ways people can steal your money and identity.  You seriously need to keep your guard up at all times.  I always try to share scam information when it comes across my desk so you are aware.  This time it comes from the State of Wisconsin Lottery.  Beware, no matter what State you play in!

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Why Is Cathy Kates Going Over The Edge For The Greater Downtown Council

Downtown Duluth holds such wonderful childhood memories for me.  My uncle Russell was a VP at North Shore Bank in the early 70's and I would visit him at his big desk.  From there we would walk to Oreck's, Glass Block and I absolutely loved going to Woolworth's.  That was an era before there was an Interstate 35, so traveling to downtown Duluth was just as fun as shopping.

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Own A Piece of Duluth History For All To Enjoy

The City of Duluth was just voted #1 in the Country for best Town in America to live in.  It's possible for you to OWN a piece of Northland history for residents and visitors to enjoy.  It's a conversation piece while enhancing the look of the Enger Tower property.  It's a guarantee that many people will enjoy using it.   Read on, I'll tell you how you can purchase a historic park bench.

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Traffic Advisory: Live Fire Training Exercises May Affect Your Travel

Our public services are in continual training mode to keep up to date on the latest knowledge to keep us safe.  Many times you'll see them training in the community because it provides them with real life training situations.  One such training will be starting today and continue through the end of the month.  It will affect travel near the Miller Hill Mall.

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Winning Bacon Palooza In Duluth Catapults Farley’s Family Restaurant to World Food Championship Competition In Vegas

Farley's Family Restaurant has proven to be a favorite of the Northland by taking top honors in our Pizza and Wing Showdown held May 8 at UMD's Kirby Ballroom.  They took  #1 in the Pizza Division two years in a row and 2nd place in the Wing Division.  We were excited to taste what delectable dish they were going to come up with for Bacon Palooza and they did it again, taking home the trophy voted the BEST by bacon connoisseurs who attended.  That honor has them vying for a place at the World Food Championships in Vegas.

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Duluth Public Library Provides FREE Adult Computer Classes, Sign Up Now Space Is Limited

Let's face it, unless you grew up with the technology needed to use a computer, it can be very intimidating.  Personally, I have enough knowledge to function with social media and get my job done, but I KNOW there is a plethora of valuable info to learn.  If you're in the same boat, here's the opportunity to get in on FREE classes with the Duluth Public Library.

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DTA’s Port Town Trolley Is Up And Running For The Summer In Downtown Duluth

It's a sure sign of summer when you see/hear three things in Canal Park.  The 4-person canopy bicycles chugging along the lakewalk, the clippity clop of the horse drawn carriages and the Duluth Transit Authority's Port Town Trolley back in service.  The nostalgic look of the trolley just adds to our city's enchantment!  

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