John Ramos


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Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

The Berwick debacle

John Ramos

To listen to the neighbors, you’d have thought a crack house was moving in.

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Church business

John Ramos

“If a church is doing something and the assessor doesn’t know about it, then it’s likely there’s something there that should be taxed that isn’t.” - St. Louis County Assessor Dave Sipila

Thu. Jan. 5th, 2017

Spirit Mountain news

John Ramos

This year’s Snocross drama featured a drunk woman who refused to leave a bathroom stall, heaping abuse on all who approached.

Tue. Nov. 22nd, 2016

The story of Ironbound Studios

John Ramos

All in all, the city of Chisholm doesn’t seem to be in a bad position with regard to Ironbound Studios.

Wed. Oct. 5th, 2016

Taxes, fees and swearing

John Ramos

In total, the city’s levy could rise by as much as 17.65 percent—a massive increase, but one mostly offset by the disappearance of fees.

Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Sports tourism

John Ramos

Though the sports commission would be an arm of Visit Duluth, it would have its own branding, web site, and staff.

Wed. Aug. 24th, 2016

Open meeting problems

John Ramos

Almost every public meeting I attend violates some aspect of the open meeting and data practices statutes.

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

Emerald ash borer management plan

John Ramos

If ash trees disappear en masse from higher-elevation areas, flooding lower down the hill will likely become more severe.

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2016

A stroll through Hartley Park

John Ramos

Trees are hung up in trees hung up in trees. Volunteers won’t be able to clean up this mess.

Wed. Jul. 20th, 2016

Park notes

John Ramos

It’s increasingly difficult to make sense of the city’s proliferating trail system.

Wed. Jul. 6th, 2016

Decades of digging

John Ramos

Clayton Jackson McGhie researcher continues to find new clues

Thu. Jun. 9th, 2016

The half-price library

John Ramos

The consultants, rather than planning a dream, worked within a budget. The results were very different.

Thu. May. 5th, 2016


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The bigger the project, the more severely its boosters are afflicted with SATGIBS.

Thu. Apr. 21st, 2016

Odds and ends

John Ramos

The captioned world is a strange parallel universe that follows its own rules of existence. 

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

NorShor promises

John Ramos

All of the public financing for the NorShor is in place. So what’s the holdup?

Thu. Feb. 18th, 2016

The water of Duluth

John Ramos

The city's largest water main is more than 120 years old.

Thu. Jan. 28th, 2016

Paying the piper

John Ramos

Some of the best-quality pipe in the city is 100 years old; pipe from the Fifties and Sixties is the poorest.

Wed. Dec. 30th, 2015

Oh, Superior...

John Ramos

In and of itself, Hagen’s statement was hardly remarkable. Much worse has been written and said about President Obama, just as much worse was written and said about President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton

Thu. Dec. 17th, 2015

Multi-complex sports facility

John Ramos

The building trades have an influence on City Hall; their support or non-support of candidates can make a difference during elections. Mayors and city councilors are always eager to stay in their good graces.

Thu. Oct. 22nd, 2015

Spirit Mountain Water Line

John Ramos

All of the improvements, of course, add new infrastructure to the ski hill, which must be maintained. This is worrisome. Spirit Mountain, in recent years, has struggled to maintain the infrastructure it already has, and has become increasingly relian

Wed. Sep. 23rd, 2015

Can tourism taxes fix the library?

John Ramos

If you want to see indignant bigwigs swarming into City Hall, just suggest doing something with the tourism tax that hasn’t received their approval.

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

The Name Game

John Ramos

I was a little puzzled by the mention of a special committee that named things. As far as I could remember, when the city named things after people, it had always been done by a vote of the city council. But apparently there was more to it than that.

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2015

Spirit Mountain: An Important Person’s viewpoint

John Ramos

Spirit Mountain certainly has friends in high places. Two weeks ago, when the ski hill asked the city to give them another $300,000 so they could make payroll, former lieutenant governor Yvonne Prettner Solon sent a long letter to the Duluth

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

Grab bag

John Ramos

A naysayer’s guide to the Citizen Survey

Wed. Jun. 24th, 2015

City administration denies water is wet, sky blue

John Ramos

Considering that Spirit Mountain only has thirty days’ of cash in the bank, the idea of piling yet more maintenance responsibilities onto the ski hill might seem a little foolish. But nobody seems to think so.

Thu. Jun. 11th, 2015

To sell a project: the City Hall emails

John Ramos

“We should reach out to John Ramos and offer to sit down with him (without giving him any details, of course) just so he’s not tempted to write some piece blasting the city’s lack of transparency.”  Director of Communications Daniel Fanning

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015


John Ramos

Most people do not like to admit they are NIMBYs.  One speaker said, “We’re not here because we don’t want something in our backyard. We’re not here because we’re against progress. We’re here because we care!”

Thu. May. 21st, 2015

The library of the future

John Ramos

One of the complaints that we hear about the Duluth Public Library lately is that its space is unsuited for modern library needs.