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Duluth, Minnesota - Summer (DST) ZIP codes CDT (UTC-5) 55801, 55802, 55803, 55804, 55805, 55806, 55807, 55808, 55810, 55811, 55812 218 27-17000[1] 0661145[2] www.duluthmn.gov

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Duluth is a port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of St. Louis County. It was originally inhabited by people of the Chippewa tribe, who originally named it "Keegewaquampe", which roughly is transSeal lated to "people among the great hill". The Nickname(s): The Emerald City on the Hill fourth largest city in Minnesota, Duluth had a Motto: Love that Blue Lake total population of 86,918 in the 2000 census and 84,397 according to July 1st, 2007 census estimates.[3] The Duluth MSA had a population of 275,486 in 2000. At the westernmost point on the north shore of Lake Superior, Duluth is linked to the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles (3,700 km) away via the Great Lakes and Erie Canal/New York State Barge Canal or Saint Lawrence Seaway passages and is the Atlantic Ocean’s westernmost deep-water port.[4] Duluth forms a metropolitan area with Superior, Wisconsin. Called the Twin Ports, Location in St. Louis County, Minnesota these two cities share the Duluth-Superior Coordinates: 46°47′12.98″N 92°5′53.5″W / Harbor and together are one of the most im46.7869389°N 92.098194°W / 46.7869389; -92.098194 portant ports on the Great Lakes, shipping United States Country coal, iron ore (taconite), and grain. As a tourMinnesota State ist destination for the Midwest, Duluth feaSt. Louis County tures America’s only all-freshwater aquari1875 Incorporated um, the Great Lakes Aquarium, the Aerial Lift Government Bridge which spans the short canal into DuDon Ness (DFL) - Mayor luth’s harbor, "Park Point", the world’s Area longest freshwater sandbar, spanning 6 87.3 sq mi (226.2 km2) - City miles, and is a launching point for the North 68 sq mi (176.10 km2) - Land Shore.[5] 2) 22.11% 19.3 sq mi (50.01 km - Water The city is named for Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, the first known European ex702 ft (214 m) Elevation plorer of the area.
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86,918 1,278.2/sq mi (493.6/km2) 275,486 Duluthian CST (UTC-6)

History
Pre-founding
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Minnesota Point from the hill above Duluth in 1875 Native American tribes had occupied the Duluth area for thousands of years. The original inhabitants are believed to have been members of Paleo-Indian cultures, followed by the "Old Copper" people, who hunted with spear points and knives and fished with metal hooks. Around two thousand years ago, the Woodlands people, known for their burial mounds and pottery, occupied the area. They also cultivated wild rice, a crop that continues to be harvested today by Ojibwa tribes in the region and is often seen being sold in the area, especially in Wisconsin. Duluth’s name in the Ojibwe is Onigamiinsing ("at the little portage") due to the small and easy portage across Minnesota Point between Lake Superior and western Superior Bay forming Duluth’s harbor. According to Ojibwa Oral history, Spirit Island located near the Spirit Valley neighborhood was the "Sixth Stopping Place" where the northern and southern branches of the Ojibwa Nation came together and then proceeded to their "Seventh Stopping Place" near the present city of La Pointe, Wisconsin. In 1659, Pierre Esprit Radisson and Médard Chouart des Groseilliers went searching for furs in the Lake Superior region, and visited the area that became today’s Duluth. Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, the city’s namesake, arrived in 1679 to settle rivalries between two Indian nations, the Dakota and the Ojibwa, and to advance fur trading missions in the area. His work allowed for this to occur, with the Ojibwa becoming middlemen between the French and the Dakota. As a result, the area prospered, and as early as 1692, the Hudson’s Bay Company set up a small post at Fond du Lac.

Ruins of old Fond du Lac trading post, as they appeared in 1907 It was not until 1792 that the next trading post, on the Wisconsin side of the St. Louis River, was opened by Jean Baptiste Cadotte of the North West Company. A fire destroyed the post in 1800, but a German émigré, John Jacob Astor, constructed a post on the river’s Minnesota side. The store initially floundered as a result of the Indians’ insistence in trading with established English and French partners. However, Astor managed to convince the United States Congress to ban foreigners from trading in American territory. His American Fur Company was re-formed in 1816-17. Hard times hit the post once again by 1839 due to fashionable Europeans choosing silk hats over those made from beaver pelts. Two Treaties of Fond du Lac were signed in the present neighborhood of Fond du Lac in 1826 and 1847. As part of the Treaty of Washington (1854) with the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa, the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation was established upstream from Duluth near Cloquet, Minnesota, and the Ojibwa population was relocated there.

Permanent settlement
Interest in the area was piqued in the 1850s as rumors of copper mining began to circulate. A government land survey in 1852, followed by a treaty with local tribes in 1854, secured wilderness for gold-seeking explorers, sparked a "land rush," and led to the development of iron ore mining in the area. Around the same time, newly-constructed channels and locks in the East permitted large ships to access the area. A road connecting Duluth to the Twin Cities was also constructed. Eleven small towns on both sides of the St. Louis River were formed, establishing Duluth’s roots as a city.

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Duluth and area, from Enger Tower. Chester Terrace By 1857, copper resources became scarce, and the area’s economic focus shifted to timber harvesting. A nation-wide financial crisis led to nearly three quarters of the city’s early pioneers leaving. In the late 1860s, financier Jay Cooke (after whom the Jay Cooke State Park is named), convinced the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad to create an extension from St. Paul to Duluth. The railroad opened areas due north and west of Lake Superior to iron ore mining. Duluth’s population on New Year’s Day, 1869 consisted of fourteen families; by the Fourth of July, 3,500 people were present to celebrate. City and Chicago in gross tonnage handled, elevating it to the leading port in the United States. Meanwhile, there were ten newspapers, six banks, and an eleven-story skyscraper, the Torrey Building, already present in the town. In 1907, U.S. Steel announced that a $5 – $6 million plant would be constructed in the area. Although steel production only began eight years later, predictions held that Duluth’s population would rise to 200,000 to 300,000. With the Duluth Works steel plant came Morgan Park, a once-independent company town that now stands as a city neighborhood. The city experienced a large immigrant influx during the early twentieth century, and Duluth became home to one of the largest Finnish communities in the world outside of Finland. For decades, a Finnish-language daily newspaper, taking the namesake of the old Grand Duchy of Finland’s pro-independence leftist paper, Päivälehti, was published in the city. The Finnish IWW community published a widely read labor newspaper Industrialisti. From 1907 to 1941 the Finnish Socialist Federation, and then the IWW operated Work People’s College, an educational institution that taught classes from a working class, socialist perspective. Duluth was also settled by immigrants from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Ireland, England, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, Romania, and Russia. Arguably the most tragic event in Duluth history occurred on June 15, 1920, when three African American circus workers were attacked and lynched by a mob after rumors had circulated that six African Americans had raped a teenage girl. The Duluth lynchings took place on 1st Street and 2nd Avenue East, where today three 7-foot-tall bronze

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The J.B. Ford storing and the J.A.W. Iglehart offloading cement. By the end of the nineteenth century, Duluth was a thriving city. Duluth was home to more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world, and had become a favorite summer playground for the rich and the famous of the day. Magnificent manor homes and Victorian mansions welcomed family and friends to lavish social events. At the turn of the century, the city’s port passed New York

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statues of the men who were killed have been erected as a Memorial. For the first half of the twentieth century the city was an industrial port boom town, with multiple grain elevators, a cement plant, a nail mill, wire mills, and the Duluth Works plant. In 1916, during World War I, a shipyard was constructed on the St. Louis River, and a new neighborhood was formed around the operation, today known as Riverside. Similar industrial expansions took place during the Second World War, utilizing Duluth’s large harbor and the area’s vast resources for the war effort. The Population of Duluth (proper) continued to grow after the war and peaked at 107,884 in 1960. File:DSCN4866 duluth coffeeshope.jpg Coffee shop and skywalk in downtown Duluth By the late 1970s, foreign competition began to have a detrimental impact on the U.S. Steel Industry. This eventually led to the closure of the U.S. Steel Duluth Works plant in 1981, causing a significant blow to the city’s economy. Duluth is often cited as "where the Rust Belt began." Other industrial activity followed suit with more closures, including shipbuilding, heavy machinery, and the Duluth Air Force base. By the end of the decade unemployment rates surged to 15 percent. The economic downturn was particularly hard on Duluth’s West Side, where the Eastern and Southern European immigrant workers had traditionally lived for decades. With the decline of the city’s industrial core, the local economic focus shifted to tourism. The downtown area has been renovated with new red brick streets,skywalks, and new retail shops. Old warehouses along the waterfront were converted into cafés, shops, restaurants, and hotels, fashioning the new Canal Park as a trendy tourism-oriented district. The city’s population, which had been experiencing a steady decline since the 1970s, has now stabilized to around 85,000. At the beginning of the twenty first century, Duluth has become regional epicenter for banking, retail shopping, and medical care for northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, northwestern Michigan. It is estimated that more than 8,000 jobs in Duluth are directly related to the two hospitals. Arts and entertainment offerings as well as year-round recreation, and the natural environment have contributed to expansion of the tourist

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industry in Duluth. Some 3.5 million visitors each year contribute more than $400 million to the local economy.

The Untold Delights of Duluth
Early doubts about the potential of the Duluth area were voiced in the speech The Untold Delights of Duluth, made by former U.S. Representative J. Proctor Knott of Kentucky on January 27, 1871 in the U.S. House; the speech against the St. Croix and Superior Land Grant lampooned Western boosterism, portraying Duluth as an Eden in fantastically florid terms.[6] The speech has been reprinted in collections of folklore and humorous speeches and is regarded as something of a classic. The nearby city of Proctor, Minnesota is named for Congressman Knott. Duluth, Minnesota’s unofficial sister city, Duluth, Georgia, was named by Evan P. Howell in humorous reference to Representative Knott’s speech. Originally called Howell’s Crossroads in honor of his grandfather Evan Howell, the town had in 1871 just finished getting a railroad to the town, and the ’Delights of Duluth’ speech was still popular. Proctor Knott is sometimes credited with characterizing Duluth as the "zenith city of the unsalted seas," but the honor for that coinage belongs to journalist Thomas Preston Foster, speaking at a Fourth of July picnic in 1868.[7]

Geography

Minnesota Point or Park Point According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 87.3 square miles (226.2 km²). It is Minnesota’s second largest city in terms of land area, surpassed only by Hibbing. Of its 87.3 square miles, 68.0 square miles (176.1 km²) or 77.89% is

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land and 19.3 square miles (50.0 km²) or 22.11% is water. Duluth’s canal connects Lake Superior to the Duluth-Superior harbor and the St. Louis River. The Aerial Lift Bridge connects Canal Park with Minnesota Point ("Park Point").

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commercial mall and big-box retailer shopping strip "over the hill", the Miller Trunk corridor. Re-construction of U.S. Highway 53 is scheduled within the next five years to alleviate congestion in the Miller Hill area of Duluth.

Climate

Steep 1st Avenue East viewed from the Lakewalk in Canal Park Duluth’s geography is dominated by a rather steep hill which represents a transition from the elevation of Lake Superior’s beach to that of the inland. It has been called ’the San Francisco of the Mid-West’, referencing the California city’s similar position on a hill, leading down to a busy harbor. This similarity was most evident before World War II, when Duluth had a network of street cars and an ’Incline,’ which climbed its steep hill. The change in elevation is most evident when comparing Duluth’s two airports. The Sky Harbor airport’s weather station, situated on the Park Point sandbar, jutting into Lake Superior, (at 6 miles (9.65 km)) has an elevation of 607 feet (185 m),[8] while Duluth International Airport atop the hill is at 1,427 feet (435 m).[8] As the city has grown, the population has tended to hug the Lake Superior shoreline, hence Duluth is primarily a southwest-northeast city. A considerable amount of development on the hill’s upslope gives Duluth a reputation for steep streets. Some neighborhoods, such as Piedmont Heights and Bayview Heights, are atop the hill, at times giving scenic views of the city. The Goat Hill neighborhood overlooking the ’can of worms’ freeway interchange around 18th Avenue West is an example of this; another is the skyline neighborhood above downtown from 5th to 10th Avenues West. Perhaps the most rapidly developing part of the city is a Shoreline in April The city’s climate is known for long, cold winters and cool summers. The nickname "The Air-Conditioned City" is given to Duluth due to the cooling effect that Lake Superior has on it during the summer months. During the winter months, temperatures often remain below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 °C) for periods of weeks. A normal winter brings consistent snow cover from December through March. Winter storms that pass south or east of Duluth can often set up easterly or northeasterly flow. Upslope lake-effect snow events can bring a foot (30 cm) or more of snow to the city while areas 50 miles (80 km) inland receive considerably less.

Lakewalk carriage ride in May

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Summers are cool and comfortable, with daytime temperatures averaging in the 70s°F (20–30 °C) due to the cooling easterly winds of the lake (as opposed to occasional temperatures over 90 °F (32 °C) inland, although temperatures may remain below 50 °F (10 °C) during afternoons as late in the year as June along the Lake Superior shore, even when the inland temperature is in the 70s °F (mid-20s °C). The phrase "cooler by the lake" can be heard often in weather forecasts during the summer, especially on days when an easterly wind is expected. Due to the specific heat of the huge lake, seasons are substantially delayed, with November often much warmer than April. Great local variations are also common, due to the rapid change in elevation between the hill and shore-side. Oftentimes, this manifests itself as snow at the Miller Hill Mall and pouring rain in Canal Park at the same time. 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000

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3,483 33,115 52,969 78,466 98,917 101,453 101,065 104,511 107,312 100,578 92,811 85,493 86,918 11.2% 850.8% 60.0% 48.1% 26.1% 2.6% −0.4% 3.4% 2.7% −6.3% −7.7% −7.9% 1.7%

Demographics

Herb Bergson, former Mayor of Duluth, walking to an anti-poverty rally in November 2005 Historical populations Census Pop. %± 80 — 1860 3,131 3,813.8% 1870

−2.9% Est. 2007 84,397 Duluth and its environs are experiencing moderate population growth.[10] As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 86,918 people, 35,500 households, and 19,915 families residing in the city.[3] The population density was 1,278.1 inhabitants per square mile (493.5/km²). There were 36,994 housing units at an average density of 544.0/sq mi (210/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.65% White, 1.63% Black or African American, 2.44% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.5% were of German, 16.0% Polish, 14.5% Norwegian, 10.9% Swedish, 7.2% Italian, 7.1% Irish, 6.9% Finnish, 6.9% Serbian, and 6.8% Croatian ancestry according to Census 2000. There were 35,500 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.9% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90. In the city the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 16.2% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

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The median income for a household in the city was $33,766, and the median income for a family was $46,394. Males had a median income of $35,182 versus $24,965 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,969. About 8.6% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

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Government
See also: List of mayors of Duluth, Minnesota

Historic Central High School St. Louis County Courthouse The current mayor of Duluth is Don Ness. Duluth is located in Minnesota’s 8th congressional district, represented by Jim Oberstar, a moderate DFLer, scoring 87% progressive on a range of issues.[11] In 2004, Duluth was center to a legal battle between the City Council, local residents, and the ACLU. The debate and eventual lawsuit revolved around a marble fixture inscribed with the Ten Commandments which resided on the lawn of City Hall. The city eventually agreed to remove the fixture, and it now resides on private property near the Comfort Suites Hotel on Canal Park Drive. The city was featured in the New York Times article "The Next Retirement Time Bomb",[12] because Duluth recently conducted a financial study of the health care benefits it has promised its retired city workers. It turned out that its future health care obligations would bankrupt the city government. Duluth is held in the article to be considered representative of many local governments that have not kept tabs on its future healthcare obligations promised to retired workers. Duluth’s own newspaper, the News Tribune, portrays prior mayor John Fedo, who was acquitted in a 1988 corruption trial while mayor, in an unflattering respect with regard to responsibility in this. Decades of local politicians have a hand in the matter, including former mayor Gary Doty, as unions are powerful in the area and winning their favor is a major factor in being elected. During the 2000 presidential election, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader received over 7.0% of votes from Duluth residents, one of the highest in the country for a city with a population of at least 85,000.

Economy
Duluth is the regional hub not only for its own immediate area, but also for a large area encompassing northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It remains a major transportation center for the transshipment of coal, taconite, agricultural products, steel, limestone, and cement. In recent years it has seen strong growth in the transshipment of wind turbine components coming and going from manufacturers in both Europe and North Dakota, and in oversized industrial machinery manufactured all around the world

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The John Blatnik Bridge looking towards Superior, Wisconsin. from Everett, Washington to St.Ignace in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Just south of the city is Thompson Hill, from where most of the city can be seen from I-35, including the Aerial Lift Bridge and the waterfront. There are two freeway connections from Duluth to Superior. U.S. Highway 2 provides a connection into Superior via the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge, and the other connection is I-535 concurrent with U.S. 53 over the John Blatnik Bridge.

The Str. American Victory (then, the Middletown) on Lake Superior and destined for the tar sands oil extraction projects in northern Alberta. The city is a popular center for tourism. Duluth is a convenient base for trips to the scenic North Shore via Highway 61, or to fishing and wilderness expeditions in Minnesota’s far north, including the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Tourists also may drive on the North Shore Scenic Drive to visit Gooseberry Falls State Park, Isle Royale National Park via ferry or visit Grand Portage National Monument in Grand Portage, Minnesota. Thunder Bay, Ontario can be reached by following the highway into Canada along Lake Superior.

The John Blatnik Bridge looking across the harbor towards Duluth at night. There are many state highways that serve the area as well. Highway 23 runs diagonally across Minnesota, indirectly connecting Duluth to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Highway 33 provides a bypass of Duluth connecting I-35 to U.S. 53. Highway 61 provides access to Thunder Bay, Ontario via the breathtaking North Shore of Lake Superior. Highway 194 provides a spur route into the city of Duluth known as "Central Entrance" and Mesaba Avenue. Wisc. Hwy. 13 reaches along Lake Superior’s South Shore. Finally, Wisc. Hwy. 35 runs along Wisconsin’s western border for 412 miles (663 km) to its southern terminus at the Wisconsin - Illinois border (three miles north of East Dubuque). Highway 61 and parts of Highways 2 and 53 are a section of the Lake Superior Circle Tour.

Transportation
The Duluth area marks the northern endpoint of Interstate 35, which stretches south to Laredo, Texas. U.S. Highways that serve the area are Highway 53, which stretches from La Crosse, Wisconsin to International Falls, Minnesota and Highway 2 which stretches

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Duluth International Airport serves the city and surrounding region. Nearby municipal airports are Duluth Sky Harbor, on Minnesota Point, and the Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport in Superior. Both the Bong Airport and Bong Bridge are named for famed WWII pilot, and highest-scoring American air ace Major Richard Ira "Dick" Bong, a native of nearby Poplar, WI (died 1945). Duluth is a major shipping port for taconite. The former Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway, now Canadian National Railway operates taconite-hauling trains in the area. Duluth port facilities also handle substantial amounts of grain, limestone, dry bulk cement powder, rock salt, bentonite clay, wind turbine components, and a wide variety of oversized industrial machinery which require especially high and wide road and rail clearances to reach their destinations in the interior of North America. Duluth is also served by the BNSF Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Union Pacific Railroad. The local bus system is run by the Duluth Transit Authority, which services not only the Duluth area, but Superior, WI, as well. The DTA runs a system of buses manufactured by Gillig, including new hybrids. Duluth is also serviced by Greyhound Lines, with daily service to the Twin Cities, as well as Wisconsin, Michigan, the Iron Range, and Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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group agreed to pay Granite Broadcasting Group, which already runs the local NBC television affiliate KBJR, to take over the operations for KDLH. The majority of the news staff of KDLH was dismissed. Local newspapers include the BusinessNorth monthly, the Duluth News Tribune, the Duluth Budgeteer News, and the free The Reader Weekly, Transistor, and The Zenith. Locally based nationally distributed magazines include Cabin Life, Lake Superior Magazine and New Moon Magazine.

Education
Colleges and universities include the University of Minnesota Duluth, The College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College, Duluth Business University and Cosmetology Careers Unlimited. The University of Wisconsin - Superior and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College are in nearby Superior, Wisconsin. Most public schools are administered by Duluth Public Schools. There are several independent public charter schools in the Duluth area not administered by District 709 with open enrollment.

Arts

Utilities
Duluth gets electric power from Duluthbased Minnesota Power, a subsidiary of ALLETE Corporation. Minnesota Power produces energy at generation facilities located throughout northern Minnesota, as well as at a generation plant in North Dakota. The latter supplies electricity into the MP system by the Square Butte HVDC line, which ends near the town. Minnesota Power primarily uses western coal to generate electricity, but also has a number of small hydro-electric facilities, the largest of which is the Thomson Hydroelectric Dam just south of Duluth.

Duluth’s Graffiti Graveyard Local attractions include a variety of arts opportunities. Museums include the Duluth Art Institute at the Duluth Depot, the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and smaller local art galleries scattered around the city. See the List of Museums in Duluth. The city is the birthplace of Bob Dylan. Duluth is also home to a

Media
On March 8, 2005, the sale of Duluth’s CBS television affiliate was announced to Malara Broadcast Group of Sarasota, Florida. The

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professional ballet company, the Minnesota Ballet. Duluth shares a symphony orchestra with Superior, Wisconsin, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra[1]. In summer there are often free concerts held in Chester Park where local musicians play for crowds, and the Bayfront Blues Festival is held in early August. Beginning in 2004, Duluth has celebrated Gay Pride with a parade on Labor Day weekend. The city celebrates the Homegrown Music Festival the first week in May each year. Started in 1998, the festival features over 130 local musical acts performing across the city. Another "music festival" is the "Junior Achievement High School ROCKS - Battle of the Bands," which showcases middle school and high school bands from central Minnesota to the Canadian border and northern Wisconsin. This event takes place at the DECC mid-April. There also exists under a section of I-35 a stretch of graffiti known as the Graffiti Graveyard. It is known throughout Duluth and many residents remember visiting the Graffiti Graveyard during their teenage years.[13]

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Lester River. Lester Park Trail is one of the city’s popular hiking and picnic areas.[14] the North Shore Inline Marathon, held in September, drawing racers from all over the world. The Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is Duluth’s annual sled dog race organized in February and named after John Beargrease, the son of the Anishinaabe Chief Makwabimidem and one of the first mail carriers between Two Harbors, Minnesota and Grand Marais, Minnesota. He and his brothers carried mail by sled dog, boat, and horse for almost twenty years between the two towns, where there was no road. Competitors can choose between two distances; the longer 400-mile (644 km) course takes a round trip from Duluth to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and the 150-mile (241 km) course departs from Duluth and ends in Tofte, Minnesota. The marathon was first held in 1980 and is acknowledged as a training ground for the larger and more elite Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The city is home to the Duluth Curling Cluband the Duluth Yacht Club.

Religion
• • • • • • • • • • • • Heritage Baptist Church Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth Islamic Community of Twin Ports, Duluth Temple Israel - Union for Reform Judaism Duluth Bible Church First Lutheran Church Rock Hill Community Church Lakeview Covenant Church St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Pilgrim Congregational Church (UCC) Lakeside Baptist Church (General) Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth

Parks and recreation
Since 1977, Duluth has played host to Grandma’s Marathon (named after its original sponsor, Grandma’s Restaurant), drawing runners from all over the world. Held annually in June, the course of the marathon starts just outside Two Harbors, Minnesota, runs down Old Highway 61, the former route for U.S. Highway 61, along the North Shore of Lake Superior and finishes in one of Duluth’s tourism neighborhoods, Canal Park (Duluth). The same route is also taken during

Sites of interest
The noted Glensheen Historic Estate, built by wealthy businessman Chester Adgate Congdon, can be found on the shore of Lake Superior and is open to tours year-round. The Aerial Lift Bridge, spanning the short canal into Duluth’s harbor, is a vertical lift bridge. It was originally built as an exceedingly rare aerial transfer bridge. Historic Central High School towers over the harbor and features an 1890s classroom museum. The wreck of the Thomas Wilson, a classic early 20th century whaleback ore boat, lies underwater less

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Duluth in the NFL Year Kelleys 1923 1924 1925 Eskimos 1926 1927 6 1 5 8 3 0 8th 11th 4 5 0 3 1 3 0 0 0 7th 4th 16th W L T Finish

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than a mile outside the Duluth Harbor, the result of a collision. The USCGC Sundew (WLB-404) a former USCG Seagoing Buoy Tender is a museum ship along the Duluth waterfront, as is the 610’ long William A Irvin

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and several other teams in later years, before the Northern League folded in 1971. The Dukes produced notable players such as Denny McClain, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Gates Brown, Ray Oyler, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley, John Hiller, and Willie Horton, all who were members of the 1968 world champion Detroit Tigers. Duluth is also home to Horton’s Gym, the home gym of professional boxers Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters and Andy Kolle, as well as a number of other professional prizefighters. Glensheen HisThe Thomas Aerial Lift Bridge toric Estate

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Amateur sports
The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog hockey games are a major event in town during the cold Duluth winter. Games used to be televised locally, and thousands watch the games in person at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Several Bulldogs have gone on to success in the National Hockey League, including hockey great Brett Hull. In addition, the UMD Women’s ice hockey team has won three consecutive NCAA National Championships (2001-2003), and won again in 2008. The 2003 Women’s Frozen Four was played at the DECC, where the Bulldogs defeated Harvard on a dramatic double-overtime goal by Nora Tallus in front of a sellout home crowd. The Duluth Huskies are a college summer wood bat league baseball team which is based in Duluth and plays in the Northwoods League. The team plays its home games at Wade Stadium. They are made up from some of the top college baseball players in the country, playing 34 home games each summer between June and August. The Duluth-Superior Shoremen are a semi-pro football team based in Duluth’s Public Schools Stadium. They play for the

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Professional sports history
Duluth once fielded a National Football League team called the Kelleys (officially the Kelley Duluths after the Kelley-Duluth Hardware Store) from 1923-1925 and the Eskimos (officially Ernie Nevers’ Eskimos after the early NFL great, their star player) from 1926-1927. The Eskimos were then sold and became the Orange Tornadoes (Orange, New Jersey). This bit of history became the basis for the 2008 George Clooney/Renee Zellweger movie, "Leatherheads." The Duluth-Superior Dukes of the Northern League Independent Professional Baseball played in West Duluth’s Wade Stadium from the League’s inception in 1993 until 2002 when the team moved to Kansas City and became the Kansas City T-Bones. The Dukes were Northern League Champions in 1997. The Northern League, based out of the midwest, was also in operation off and on from 1902 to 1971, with the longest stint from 1932-1971. The Dukes were a farm team for the Detroit Tigers from 1960-1964,

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Mid-American Football League, and placed second in that league’s championship game in 2005. The Duluth Xpress is an amateur baseball team that plays its games at the Ordean Middle School baseball field. The team is made up of current college baseball players, ex-college baseball players, and ex-professional baseball players. The Xpress compete in the Arrowhead league which is a class B league of Minnesota town team baseball.

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Francesca due to a raging blizzard. The longer Francesca is trapped in the house the more she discovers the disturbing secrets about her mother-in-law and the family. Co-starring Richard Thomas (actor) and Sian Barbara Allen.

Set in Duluth
The short lived 1996 sitcom, The Louie (Anderson) Show[15] was set in Duluth. Louie Anderson played psychotherapist, Louie Lundgren[16]. The opening title sequence featured downtown Duluth buildings. The 1983 Gore Vidal novel, Duluth was set in a stylized version of Duluth. The 2008 American Sports Comedy Film, Leatherheads starring and directed by George Clooney was set in Duluth. Although the film was set in Duluth it was filmed in North and South Carolina. The film featured a fictionalized team called the Duluth Bulldogs.

Films, television shows, and recordings in Duluth
• The Crash Test Dummies recorded Songs of the Unforgiven (2004) during a live performance at the unique venue of the Sacred Heart Church, in Duluth. • TV Series: Power, Privilege & Justice, Mystery in the Mansion (2005) - Filmed at Glensheen Mansion and aired on truTV. • TV Series: Mystery Diagnosis (2005) aired on the Discovery Channel. • Battleground Minnesota - Release Date: September 1, 2005 - A documentary movie about the 2004 presidential elections in Minnesota. • Sydämeni laulu - Release Date: July 2, 1948 - Finnish Documentary movie. • Minnesota: Land of Plenty - Release Date: January 31, 1942 - Documentary Movie. • Iron Will - Release date: January, 14 1994 - Movie filmed in Duluth. This Walt Disney Pictures family and adventure film was directed by Charles Haid. It is based on the true story of Albert Campbell, who won a 522-mile dog-sled race race from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1917. The Movie stars Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, George Gerdes, Brian Cox, Penelope Windust, and August Schellenberg. • You’ll Like My Mother - Release date: October 13, 1972 - Feature film shot on location in and around Duluth, principally at Glensheen Historic Estate. Released by Universal Studios, this thriller stars Patty Duke as a very pregnant Francesca Kinsolving who travels thousands of miles to meet the mother of her dead soldier husband for the first time. The coldhearted and distant mother-in-law, played by Rosemary Murphy, is forced to take in

Notable residents
• Bob Dylan, Grammy and Academy Award winning folk singer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1988). • Maria Bamford, comedian and actor. • Carol Bly, author. • Bill Berry, R.E.M.drummer • Roger Grimsby, journalist, television news anchor, and actor. • Lenny Lane, professional wrestler, most notably for World Championship Wrestling. • Bill Irwin, professional wrestler, best known for his stint in the WWF as "The Goon". • Dorothy Arnold (Olson), American actress and the first wife of baseball player Joe DiMaggio. • David Oreck, entrepreneur and businessman. • Don LaFontaine, voice-over artist famous for recording film trailers, television advertisements, network promotions, and video game trailers. • Lorenzo Music, voice actor, though born in Brooklyn, New York was raised and educated in Duluth attending Central High School and University of Minnesota Duluth. • Jake Potocnik, Original inventor of the Ped Egg. • Charlie Parr, blues musician.

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• Rick Rickert, basketball player for the New Zealand Breakers. • Phil Solem, musician. • Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker founding members of the alternative rock group Low.

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[6] Knott, J. Proctor; (McCullogh,, David G. ed) (June, 1971). "The Untold Delights of Duluth". American Heritage Magazine 22 (4). http://www.americanheritage.com/ articles/magazine/ah/1971/4/ 1971_4_76.shtml. [7] Macdonald, Dora Mary (1999). "This is Duluth". 281. http://books.google.com/ Duluth has four sister cities, as designated by books?id=ADOlAAAACAAJ&dq=This+is+duluth&sou Sister Cities International:[17] ISBN 1889924032, p. 65. [8] ^ "Duluth, Minnesota". The Weather • Petrozavodsk, Russia Underground, Inc. (wunderground.com). • Växjö, Sweden http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/ • Ōhara, now Isumi, Japan Duluth/KDYT.html. Retrieved on • Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 2007-08-18. [9] "Historical weather for Duluth, Minnesota USA". http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/ • Darling’s Observatory weather.php3?s=054727&refer=. • Duluth Model Retrieved on August 11 2007. • List of people from Duluth, Minnesota [10] Hibbs, James (December 2001). • Neighborhoods of Duluth, Minnesota "Unprecedented Population Growth Revealed by Census" (PDF). Minnesota Planning, State Demographic Center. 4, 9. http://www.state.mn.us/ebranch/capm/ [1] ^ "American FactFinder". United States census/publications/ Census Bureau. Unpecedented%20Pop%20Growth%20Reveal%20by% http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on Superior%20%22metropolitan%20statistical%20area 2008-01-31. Retrieved on 2007-08-18. [2] "US Board on Geographic Names". [11] Grossman, Joshua. "ProgressivePunch United States Geological Survey. Leading with the Left". All Issues. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. ProgressivePunch. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. http://www.progressivepunch.org/ [3] ^ "American FactFinder Population members.jsp?member=MN8. Retrieved Estimates: Duluth city, St. Louis County". on 2006-11-02. U.S. Census Bureau. 2006-07-01. [12] Freudenheim, Milt and Mary Williams http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ Walsh (2005-12-11). "The Next GCTTable?_bm=y&Retirement Time Bomb". The New York geo_id=04000US27&-_box_head_nbr=GCTTimes (The New York Times Company). T1&http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/ ds_name=PEP_2006_EST&-_lang=en&business/yourmoney/11retire.html. format=ST-9&-_sse=on. Retrieved on Retrieved on 2007-08-18. 2009-02-27. [13] Graffiti Graveyard [4] "Port of Duluth-Superior Propeller’s Club [14] "Lester Park Trail". City of Duluth Parks annual Maritime Day celebration". and Recreation Department. Duluth Seaway Port Authority. http://www.ci.duluth.mn.us/city/ 1999-05-19. http://www.duluthport.com/ parksandrecreation/Secondarypages/ 99pr/maritimeday99.html. Retrieved on lesterparktrail.htm. Retrieved on 2007-10-18. 2007-08-18. [5] Larry Copeland (2003-07-10). "Little [15] [IMDB|http://www.imdb.com/title/ Chattanooga prepares to take on Atlanta tt0115251/plotsummary] in Fish War". USA TODAY. [16] [Episode Guide and http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/ Cast|http://epguides.com/LouieShow/] 2003-07-10-city-tourism-usat_x.htm. [17] "Online Directory: Minnesota, USA". Retrieved on 2007-10-18. Sister Cities International.

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See also

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http://www.sister-cities.org/icrc/ directory/usa/MN. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.

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External links
Duluth (Minnesota) travel guide Wikitravel • City of Duluth - Official Website • Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce website • Duluth Public Library website • Vintage Pictures of Duluth from

References
• Frederick, Chuck (1994). Duluth: The City and the People. American & World Geographic Publishing. ISBN 1560370688. • Macdonald, Dora Mary (1950). This is Duluth. Central High School Printing Department. Reprinted by Paradigm Press (1999). ISBN 1889924032 • "Duluth Lynchings Online Resource". Minnesota Historical Society. 2003. http://collections.mnhs.org/ duluthlynchings/. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.

• Duluth, Minnesota is at coordinates 46°47′13″N 92°05′54″W / 46.786938°N 92.098195°W / 46.786938; -92.098195 (Duluth, Minnesota)Coordinates: 46°47′13″N 92°05′54″W / 46.786938°N 92.098195°W / 46.786938; -92.098195 (Duluth, Minnesota)

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