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Mark Munger to run for House in 3B

Former District Court Judge and Proctor City Attorney Mark Munger will announce his candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 3Blater this week.   Munger, a Democrat, is a life-long resident of NE Minnesota. He is an honors graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School, UMD, and the William Mitchell College of Law; a…

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Duluth Surpasses Number of Opioid-Related Fatal Overdoses this Year Compared to 2022

As of Nov. 7, 2023, the Duluth Police Department has responded to 37 opioid-related fatal overdoses, surpassing the total amount of fatal opioid-related overdoses that occurred in 2022 (35). This number represents an 11-year-high, or a 3,600% increase in opioid-related fatal overdoses (2013 to current), and an 11-year-high, or an 873.81% increase in opioid-related overdoses…

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150 years ago speech helped create Proctor

Proctor missed another important historic date. It was 150 years ago on January 27, 1871 James Proctor Knott delivered a satirical speech in the House known as Duluth! or The Untold Delights of Duluth. The speech ridiculed a bill subsidizing westward expansions of railroads. The speech is sometimes reprinted in collections of humorous speeches or…

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Fighting for our newspapers

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar —   On May 7th of last year, the Hastings Star Gazette printed its last issue. The paper’s first issue as The Hastings Independent was published in 1857, a year before Minnesota gained statehood. Generations relied on papers like this for local news—they told you who was born and who died, whose daughter just…

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