John Ramos


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Thu. Oct. 19th, 2017

Zoo issues

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The city council responded to the zoo’s breach of trust by approving another bailout.

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017

A visit to the animal shelter

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"We get a lot fewer [animals turned in] than we used to, because of Facebook." --Duluth Animal Control Officer Carrie Lane

Wed. Jul. 5th, 2017

Master plan update update

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Six months past Ecosign’s deadline, Spirit Mountain is still waiting for the report

Thu. Jun. 22nd, 2017

Hartley Park timber sale?

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Most people are probably unaware that 40 acres of Hartley Park is not owned by the city

Thu. May. 25th, 2017

How to steal a cat in Duluth

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Daryl spent some time noting my failures and missteps before repeating the same message: We couldn’t have Polly back. No matter what.

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017

Parking changes

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Requiring paved backyard parking could have a  huge impact citywide

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

The Berwick debacle

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

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Church business

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Wed. Jul. 6th, 2016

Decades of digging

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Clayton Jackson McGhie researcher continues to find new clues

Thu. Jun. 9th, 2016

The half-price library

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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

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

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

NorShor promises

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

Thu. Feb. 18th, 2016

The water of Duluth

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

Thu. Jan. 28th, 2016

Paying the piper

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