October 2010 Archives

Story Ideas: Amy Berg

by AMY BERG

1. A topic that would be interesting would be the issue of the mini-truck regulations. It was in the Duluth News Tribune the next day. Councilman Dan Hartman said that this would be the most exciting thing on the agenda for that meeting, so I would contact him.


Story Ideas: Tom Benson

by TOM BENSON

Tom Benson

One potential story idea that I got from the City Council meeting was the controversy surrounding the Fond Du Luth casino's revenue paid to the City of Duluth. A source to start that investigation would be the attorney for the City of Duluth, Gunnar Johnson.

Story Ideas: Emily Schnacky

by EMILY SCHNACKY

Resolution authorizing a contract with Morton International Inc., Morton salt
division, for the purchase and delivery of road salt for the 2010‐2011 season
(October‐April) at a total amount of $772,808.85 by Councilor Gauthier, Public
Works and Utilities. This was removed. Concerned citizen Saunders spoke about
the environment and how salt run off is harming the environment and trout in
streams in particular. Looking into this more and how salt does harm the
environment would make an interesting story especially to the city of Duluth
because of the large amount of salt that is used every winter. Looking into possible
alternatives and substitutes to salt would make an interesting story idea. Even
though the council did pass this unanimously they showed signs of concern.
Possible sources to contact would be Morton International Inc., citizen Saunders, an
environmental research facility, and former records to show how much salt has
been used in previous years would be essential to this story.

by EMILY SCHNACKY

Attending the Duluth City Council Meeting Monday evening gave me much
insight into government and the city of Duluth as a whole. When we first arrived we
met with Counselor Hartman, UMD history alumni, former Student Association
member, and program director for Veterans' Memorial Hall. He told us about his job
and explained how he is a "Counselor At Large" which means he represents the
entire city of Duluth. He explained some of the projects and issues in Duluth that are
in the works, such as parking meter cameras, bike routes, water mains, and the 300‐
foot rule.

Story Ideas: Haley Knopik

by HALEY KNOPIK

1). The first story idea I am proposing would be the ordinance relating to the planting, maintaining and removal of vegetation on public & private property as addressed by President Anderson. I feel that this would be a good topic to discuss because a lot of the citizens in Duluth (that I have seen & met), are fairly concerned with the environment. The entire city is trying to "go green" and reduce their carbon footprint, and to make citizens knowledgeable about infected trees or plants in their yards could help maintain a healthy neighborhood. Potential sources I would contact would be the DNR, local environment or "tree hugger" clubs, and passionate gardeners and lawn keepers.

City Council members earn respect

by HALEY KNOPIK

Prior to attending the city council meeting on Monday I didn't have any expectations other than to be "bored," while at the meeting. Once I arrived at City Hall, and sat in the board room where we were introduced to Dan Hartman, a council member for City Council, and he laid out what was going to happen at the meetings, I felt more comfortable. I knew what to expect and what to hope to listen for, and possible subjects that could affect me as a resident of Duluth and a student at the University of MN, Duluth.

Story Ideas: Julie Krienke

by JULIE KRIENKE

I think an interesting story would be how the use of road salt is affecting the local lakes and rivers, as well as the storm sewers in the area. Linda Sellner, a past Duluth City Council member and concerned citizen, spoke at the meeting Monday night about the use of road salt and how the city is using it in extremely large portions. Sellner is concerned about how the extensive use of salt is costing the city large sums of money and is also negatively affecting the environment. Discussed at the council meeting was how the city can distribute salt and monitor the maintenance done on local roads.


Dedicated reporters serve the community

by JULIE KRIENKE

After listening to city councilor Dan Hartman and attending the budget hearing and city council meeting Monday night, I realized that it takes a great deal of dedication to the community and city when working as a reporter. To be a reporter, one must serve their community by attending council meetings and reporting what happens at them in order to inform the general public. Thus, journalists need to know how city council meetings work and understand the typical procedure conducted at these meetings. I was able to learn about the Duluth City Council and how the local government works this past Monday night, and I also learned about how to cover individual issues that are discussed at these meetings within a newspaper article.

Story Ideas: Madiha Mirza

by MADIHA MIRZA

The Duluth City Council meeting on Monday evening discussed six ordinances. The following two ordinances are possible story ideas:

1. BY COUNCILOR STAUBER (PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT)
10-052-O - AN ORDINANCE DESIGNATING THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS THE JOHN J. ASTOR PARK A/K/A HISTORICAL PARK AS A LOCAL HERITAGE PRESERVATION LANDMARK

by MADIHA MIRZA

My JOUR 2001: Report & Writing I class decided to attend the Duluth City Council meeting on Monday, October 25. It was a unique experience for me because I had never attended a City Council meeting before.

Story Ideas: Anne Kunkel

by ANNE KUNKEL

I think that a story about Dan Hendrickson suing the city would make a good story, if even a human interest story. Maybe I could dig in a little bit and see what lead to him not getting the help he thought was necessary from the city. I would interview Dan Hendrickson, the man who signed the contract stating that the city would cover Hendrickson's costs, and President Anderson from City Council to see if he had heard of this problem and how he wants to resolve it. I feel that this would be an important story for the public, and especially for those who have maybe had the same problems. Maybe it would give them an idea on how to fix it or voice their concerns.

by ANNE KUNKEL

I learned a lot during the city council meeting last Monday, and actually found it to be interesting. Honestly, I was worried it would be really boring, but surprisingly it wasn't. I did space out a little in the budget meeting, but mainly because I had no idea what was being said. Parts of it were interesting to listen to during the Public Works and Utilities Budget, especially since I now pay for my own utilities. I got a little sneak peek into what I was paying for and if my bills will go up next year or not. However other than that I was completely lost.

The actual city council meeting was the most interesting to me. I liked listening to the proposals for the city. I've never really paid attention to the progress going into the city, it seems like I, like many others, see only the problems and wonder if they will ever be fixed. I learned in the meeting that a lot of these problems I see around the city are in the workings to be fixed, and that's always a positive thing to hear.

During the meeting, I also heard a lot of issues I had no idea were issues for the city. For example: the salting of the roads affecting the trout in the rivers. I thought Linda Sellner had a good point, and it was good to hear city council members agreeing with her. It made me realize that people in the city actually do have a voice, and will be listened to by others. I've actually been thinking now that I can bring up an issue I have to the city council and see if anything can be done. I understand that it may not solve my problem, but you never know. The city council is much more open and willing to help than I originally thought it was.

Story Ideas: Stephanie Johnson

by STEPHANIE JOHNSON

The over use of salt on the road would be a good topic. Another one would be the maintaining and removal of plants on public and private property. The sources would be the City Council and possibly residents that take the issue into consideration and how they feel about it. Another source would be the people who actually remove or maintain the plants and trees on private and public property.

Short council meeting seemed long

by STEPHANIE JOHNSON

The City Council meeting was somewhat interesting to attend. I liked the building and location of where it was held at.


Story Ideas: Jillian Sorcan

by JILLIAN SORCAN

I feel that if Stanley Hendrickson actually took the City to court and had an ongoing case against Duluth for reimbursement for his sewer line, it could turn into a story that would interest Duluth citizens, because something much like Hendrickson's situation could happen to them. I'd want to contact both Stanley Hendrickson and the Duluth City Council for information regarding the story, because then I'd be able to hear what happened from both sides.

by JILLIAN SORCAN

I learned quite a bit from attending Duluth's City Council meeting this Monday, and I appreciate the fact that our class got more of a "behind the scenes" experience. In high school, I had to attend a City Council meeting in Eveleth for my government class, but we just got thrown in the City Hall with a notebook and had to attempt to figure things out on our own, which most of us did unsuccessfully. On Monday, however, I thought it was really neat that Dan Hartman was willing to meet with us beforehand and give us insight on what's going on in Duluth these days and what was going to be discussed during the meeting. What I liked most about Dan was that he wasn't that much older than any of us, so he knew what it was like to be a college student in Duluth, and also that he talked about things on a level that we could understand, since most of us had very little prior knowledge about City Council meetings before the one we attended on Monday.

Story Ideas: Luke Wieneke

by LUKE WIENEKE

1. Morton Road Salt ordering: The amount of salt bought and its effect on the environment when it goes into the storm drain system. Contacts are Councilor Gauthier and Linda Sellner, an environmentalist.

by LUKE WIENEKE

The whole experience with the city council was a great once for me, as I learned quite a bit about the council itself, how a budget hearing works, and what kinds of topics and procedures they use for a meeting.

Story Ideas: Annelyse Harrison

by ANNELYSE HARRISON

Failure of Mini-truck ordinance
Possible Sources:
• Council President Jeff Anderson - his view on the Mini-truck.
• Councilor Dan Hartman - his view on the Mini-truck.
• Local mechanics - how does the Mini-truck differ from road-regulated vehicles?
• Mini-truck owners - their thoughts on the failure of the ordinance.

Council works together to find solutions

by ANNELYSE HARRISON

Attending the Duluth City Council meeting on Monday helped me to realize how important local government is. So many people are hard on government, but the meeting helped me to see that they are there to better our community. I enjoyed watching as the councilors worked together to find a solution that would please the majority of citizens.

Story Ideas: Olivia King

by OLIVIA KING

• City Sued for Allegedly not Reimbursing Local Man
o Stanley Hendrickson told the Duluth City Council that they had been "served" last night and had 20 days to act after he complained about the city of Duluth not reimbursing him after they installed a new water main on his property. "I've honored my part, now they must honor theirs," Hendrickson said.
o Who: Stanley Hendrickson
o What: Suing the city of Duluth
o When: October 25th
o Where: Duluth City Council Meeting
o Why: They didn't live up to their contract
o Would contact Stanley Hendrickson, attorney for Duluth, Duluth mayor

by OLIVIA KING

When our class got to talk to Dan Hartman, a very young Duluth City Council member, I realized that no matter how young you may be you can still have a great impact on the world around you.
Dan talked about how when he was a college student, he was never really interested in politics because he believed that it was not in his power to change anything. After whining and complaining about things that he thought should be done, his friend finally convinced him to join the UMD Student Council.

Story Ideas: Tony Schmitt

by TONY SCHMITT

My first story idea would to be to write a full story on the road salt resolution. This story has local appeal because of the environmental impact and because winter is write around the corner. Potential sources for the story would be Linda Selner who spoke about the problems the road salt is causing, Dave Montgomery because he discussed some about what is being done in an attempt to reduce the salt and I would also talk with those involved with salting the road and get opinions from local inhabitants.

by TONY SCHMITT

Monday night's city council meeting opened my eyes to the process of policy making for the city of Duluth. I had never been involved in my hometowns local government so this experience was quite the eye opener.


Story Ideas: Jarred Peterson

by JARRED PETERSON

1. To Find out about the dispute between the city of Duluth and the Fond du Lac tribe about their agreement of having a casino downtown and the tride refusing to pay anymore.

Contact: Council President Jeff Anderson
Number: (218) 730-5351 Email: jeffanderson@duluthmn.gov

by JARRED PETERSON

The Duluth city council meeting was an experience for an inspiring journalist. Taking the time to meet and speak with Dan Hartman was informative and it gave us a lead on what is covered in the meetings. When speaking to Mr. Hartman, I had the pleasure of learning a little about him and his decision to be a city councilor. I also learned he was a graduate from the UMD and loves Twin ports area. He graduated from the university with a degree in History and his day job is with the downtown Depot. The last thing he touched on about himself was his time in the Student Association at the university and it lead his passion for making a difference in the community, whether it was at school or in the city.


Story Ideas: Amy Berg

by AMY BERG

1. A topic that would be interesting would be the issue of the mini-truck regulations. It was in the Duluth News Tribune the next day. Councilman Dan Hartman said that this would be the most exciting thing on the agenda for that meeting, so I would contact him.

by AMY BERG

I found the city council meeting to actually be interesting. It did get long though when they started debating about the wording for the tree removal ordinance. To me, it did not seem that important and they should have just moved on. So I learned that the very minor details do matter and the city council members are the ones who decide it. As a citizen, it is hard to remember that a lot of the things we are allowed to do are decided by the city council members.

Story Ideas: Klaus Snyder

by KLAUS SNYDER

1.) The tree inspectors and their going on to people's properties without permission. I would like to interview the man in charge of the proposal, Councilor Anderson, and some random people. I would find out how they would feel about the possibility of people being able to enter their property for an inspection without permission.

by KLAUS SNYDER

The city council meeting was far more interesting that I had expected. This isn't saying too much, as I expected it was going to be so boring I might fall asleep. The budget meeting actually started off interestingly enough, with information about the increase in steam heat, which will affect me personally. The long discussion with the public works people was less interesting, though when Councilor Anderson started questioning them about certain things they didn't bring up it got to be borderline dramatic. However, overall it wasn't anything special.

Story Ideas: Kaylie Reynolds

by KAYLIE REYNOLDS

I think that the mini truck story would have been an interesting idea. I would contact the man that had the mini truck that was trying to legalize it. I would also contact city officials to get their opinion on the issue.

City Council meeting similar to jury

by KAYLIE REYNOLDS

I learned many interesting things in attending the city council meeting. I was surprised that several news crews showed up to tape it. All of the council members had their own name tag and were allowed to speak when President Anderson gave them permission. He would tell the council member it was their turn and then at the end would thank them. The meeting reminded me somewhat of a jury because they all were able to vote on the issues and they would sometimes argue their opinions back and forth with one another.

Story Ideas: Princess Kisob

by PRINCESS KISOB

Idea 1: If I were to write a story from one of the topic brought up in the city council meeting my first choice would be ordinance 546. This ordinance was appealed by Linda Sellner. Linda Sellner is a Duluth residence and from my understanding a scientist of some sort. She spoke to the council about their excessive use of road salt in the winter and how it is affecting our aquatic life [in Lake Superior] as well as costing tax payers money to fix sewers that are damaged yearly by road salt.

Story Ideas: Nick Miller

by NICK MILLER

1) Story about the effects of road salt on the local enviroment
Sources: council members, local researchers.
2) Story about the city being sued over a contract with a private citizen.
Sources: The citizen that is suing, city lawyers, council members.

by NICK MILLER

When I reflect upon our visit with the city council, what stands out most to me is our meeting with Dan Hartman. It's good to know that the man behind the desk is just a regular person who is clearing trying to improve the community for everyone.

Story Ideas: Ann Schmitz

by ANN SCHMITZ

Making a collective section of council for all utilities intrigued me so I think a great story would be to interview a few members from the Public Utilities commission. Specifically interviewing the members on the water deficit and how Duluth is going to fix this problem with the storm water fund. Being an area that cares about the beautiful great lake and environment it only makes sense that it would be a hot topic.

No perfect candidate, solution to problems

by ANN SCHMITZ

Dan Hartman made a point during the preliminary meeting that impacted me, He said no matter what you decide it will upset somebody. I thought this related to our everyday life decision we make. Usually both parties can't win. This helped me understand that there is no perfect candidate that will feel exactly how I do on every issue. I believe that there are topics that seem insignificant compared to funding higher education or other hot issues these days. Dan taught us the solution to this problem and it is called consent agenda where if everyone agrees they don't waste any time debating the issue, which is not only used in state council but also in Congress. Delegating a separate group called the Public Utilities Commission for all the major utility issues in Duluth was a great idea because now we have council that specializes in this area.

Story Ideas: Lizzy Blackmon

by LIZZY BLACKMON

-I would continue to investigate 546 involving salting the streets. The newspaper reader could probably think of better things than killing grass and rusting cars to do with $772,808.05. Going 'green seems to be fashionable as of late so I would write an article listing possibilities, eco effects, and of course comparing cost to what the proposed budget. Potential contacts would be the woman who spoke to the council and her colleges who are working on her research study, MN sea grant because they monitor waterways and polluting water seems to be a big issue. To get the other side I might contact someone from public works and utilities to see why they choose salt year after year and the salt manufacturer so they could defend their product.

by LIZZY BLACKMON

Though I have been to a city council meeting before I learned more about it because of the citizens' involvement. Stan Hendrickson was very passionate about the issue he brought before the council. He felt he wasn't being heard and continued to go over his time limit even after he was asked to wrap it up twice. I researched Mr. Hendrickson a little and was not surprised to find other issues he's addressed in different forums.


Story Ideas: Holly Nelson

by HOLLY NELSON

Story Ideas:
1) Salt Conflict
a. How much do other cities spend on salt in the winter compared to Duluth? (cities that receive a comparable amount of snow)
i. Interviewees
1. Linda Sellner
2. Morton Salt Inc.
3. Duluth Road Maintenance crew
4. Other city road maintenance crew/salt distributors
2) Mini-Truck Conflict

by HOLLY NELSON

After attending a Duluth City Council meeting, I can officially say that I am happy there are people willing and eager to do these types of public service jobs and deal with unhappy constituents because I don't think I would have the patience to do it.


Story Ideas: Tom Benson

by TOM BENSON

One potential story idea that I got from the City Council meeting was the controversy surrounding the Fond Du Luth casino's revenue paid to the City of Duluth. A source to start that investigation would be the attorney for the City of Duluth, Gunnar Johnson.

Story Ideas: Reegan Lloyd

by REEGAN LLOYD

Stanley Henrickson's law suit against the city of Duluth, would make a great front page story. Obviously, Mr. Henrickson would be an excellent source, and I would possibly talk with a council member to get their opinion on the matter.

Learned a lot about City of Duluth

by REEGAN LLOYD

After attending both the budget and city council meeting, as well as listening to Councilman Hartman on Monday night, I was surprised at how little I knew about what was happening in the city I live in.

Story Ideas: Danielle Arcand

by DANIELLE ARCAND

One possible story idea is an article about the road salt discussion. This would be of interest to the citizens of duluth because it has immediate and long-distance effects in their town and life. Potential sources would be the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Linda Selner, and environmental study professors and the local universities.

by DANIELLE ARCAND

The Duluth City Council meeting was an interesting learning experience for me. I learned that city council members were not opposed to voicing or showing their opinions. At the beginning of the meeting, when citizens are allowed time to voice any concerns, Stan Henderkson spoke. He was very opinionated and clearly a bit angry about his issue. Some of the council members seemed humored a bit, and would look to one another and whisper a opinion.

Before the City Council meeting even began, there was a Budget Session. During that time, the budget for the city of Duluth for 2011 was discussed. The main demonstration that took place during the session, which was led by Todd Fedora, was the 2011 Public Works and Facilities Presentation.

By JILLIAN SORCAN

DULUTH, Minn. - Election day is approaching and college students on Duluth campuses may not be certain whom they will cast their gubernatorial vote for yet, but they're certain that higher education is important to them.

By OLIVIA KING

While getting their caffeine fix at Caribou Coffee in downtown Duluth, many residents had strong opinions on who to vote for, and on issues such as funding for schools, gay rights, and how they relate to the upcoming gubernatorial election.

By AMY BERG

DULUTH, Minn. - The majority of people interviewed at the SuperOne grocery store at The Plaza on Oct. 8 did not know who was running for governor.

Undecided students plan to vote

By ANN SCHMITZ

DULUTH, Minn. - Many students on University of Minnesota Duluth's campus are undecided about who they will vote for but the majority say they will vote in the upcoming governors election for a candidate that will help a great number of residents.

By HALEY KNOPIK

DULUTH, Minn. -- When Starbucks customers arrived at the coffee shop on Central Entrance in Duluth Thursday morning, either had plenty to say about the election and some wanted nothing to do with the survey.


By STEPHANIE JOHNSON

DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota residents will be voting for a new governor on Nov. 2 with the main candidates as Tom Emmer, Mark Dayton, and Tom Horner with a big issue involving the economy. The voting taking place will make an important decision on the state and what will happen in the near future.

Budget issues a major factor in election

By LUKE WIENEKE

DULUTH, Minn. - With a month before this year's governor's election, budget issues were the biggest concern for residents at Highland Village Apartments.

fore they voted on Nov. 2.

By KAYLIE REYNOLDS

Several citizens of Duluth, Minn. shared their opinions on Sept. 28, 2010, at the Caribou Coffee Shop on Canal Park, regarding issues dealing with health care, economy, taxes, and education in the upcoming governor's election.


By LIZZY BLACKMON

DULUTH, Minn.-- Minnesota residents at Mount Royal coffee shop and parking lot are likely to vote for Democrat Mark Dayton in the upcoming Governor race, similar to recent statewide poll.


By ANNE KUNKEL

DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth citizens have set views when it comes to who they are going to vote for and for some it doesn't matter who the candidate is, it's the party they are going to stand behind. The 2010 Minnesota governor election is no exception.

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By REEGAN LLOYD

As the governor election races near, many UMD student athletes, as of October 7, 2010 appear to be closing their school books, and turning their heads towards the gubernatorial election.


Education top issues in governor's race

By EMILY SCHNACKY

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth residents who were enjoying the weather at Canal Park Thursday are registered to vote for the upcoming 2010 Minnesota governor's race and feel strongly about many issues, in particular those regarding education.

By TONY SCHMITT

DULUTH, Minn.- As the candidates of Minnesota's governor's race prepare for the election this November it seems the students of the University of Minnesota Duluth aren't very involved.


By JULIE KRIENKE

DULUTH, Minn.- As the election for Minnesota governor quickly approaches this November, students at the University of Minnesota plan to vote due to concerns about higher education and job opportunities.

By TOM BENSON

DULUTH, Minn. - It was a bright, cold day to talk politics. But among Duluth residents, there's not too much to say.

By DANIELLE ARCAND

DULUTH, Minn. - When educators at Duluth Central High School were interviewed on Friday, Oct. 8 it was clear that their profession held a large favor in their opinions about education in the upcoming Minnesota governor election.

By JARRED PETERSON

While several Duluth residents interviewed last week at Miller Hill Mall are undecided who they will vote for in November's election for Minnesota's governor, they still have issues they feel that could sway their vote

by NICHOLAS MILLER

DULUTH - With the upcoming governors race in Minnesota, local shops and hang outs such as Electric Fetus in downtown Duluth have become filled politically charged locals eager to share their opinions.

Gubernatorial candidates miss target?

by HOLLY NELSON

With the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial election less than a month away, important middle class, middle-aged voters display little understanding or interest in the upcoming gubernatorial election and request simpler forms of important candidate information.

Education key issue for voters in Wal-Mart

by ANNELYSE HARRISON

DULUTH, Minn. - While shopping in Wal-Mart last week, Duluth residents expressed that education ranks highest among important issues being addressed in the upcoming Minnesota governor election.

by MADIHA MIRZA

DULUTH, Minn. - Former Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton holds a significant lead over the Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer in the Minnesota gubernatorial election, a recent study conducted among Duluth residents in Mount Royal Fine Foods has found.

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