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DULUTH -- University of Minnesota Duluth administrators on Wednesday announced a plan to cut the school’s operations and management budget by $5.2 million next year, intended to erase its recurring deficit, reduce job cuts and save academic programs. The cuts include 24.7 full-time equivalent positions and will directly affect 29 faculty and staff, as well as 13 graduate teaching assistants. As a part of the plan, UMD’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Fine Arts will merge on July 1. No programs will be eliminated, though three of them will change:
DULUTH -- A two-day winter storm brought nearly 2 feet of snow to parts of the Northland before moving out Sunday afternoon, wreaking havoc on local roadways as plow crews struggled to keep up. Travel conditions remained difficult to impossible Sunday evening, and the city of Duluth placed a no-travel advisory in effect until further notice. According to the city and the National Weather Service, Duluth officially received 21.7 inches of snow as of noon Sunday, which ranks as the ninth-highest two-day storm total in Duluth history.
DULUTH — The Duluth man who threatened to commit a mass shooting while working inside Duluth East High School in April has been sentenced to five years of probation. Travis John Anthony Warner Busch, 36, pleaded guilty in July to one count of making threats of violence and one count of being in possession of a machine gun conversion kit. Both counts are felonies.
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is sounding an alarm after learning that a company that makes self-administered sexual-assault examination kits is marketing those kits to colleges and universities. The OHE reports that a number of Minnesota campuses have been approached by the New York-based makers of the MeToo Kit, which promises a way for victims and survivors to collect DNA evidence on their own after an assault.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson, a civic figure in the community for more than 50 years, died unexpectedly Friday morning, Sept. 20. The 77-year-old mayor had not been sick, and his death was a surprise, City Administrator Ken Anderson said. "I saw him as recently as 7:30 last night," he said. "He was coming back to the office when I was leaving. A state representative needed some information from him, so he came back to the office about 7:30 p.m. And that was the last I saw him."
DULUTH — The University of Minnesota Duluth has adopted a formal statement to recognize its location on traditional and ancestral American Indian land. UMD is the first University of Minnesota campus to adopt the land acknowledgment, though individual departments and schools on other campuses have similar statements. The acknowledgment was crafted in cooperation with UMD’s Department of American Indian Studies, Campus Climate Leadership Team, Campus Climate Change Team and participants from the school’s 2019 Summit on Equity, Race and Ethnicity.
MINNEAPOLIS — Joan Gabel sees the University of Minnesota system as a unified force in higher education. Each of the system’s five main campuses has its specialties and strengths, but they all work together toward the same goal. Gabel, 51, is two and a half months into her new job as the University of Minnesota system’s president, succeeding Eric Kaler, who had held the post since 2011. An official inauguration is planned for 9 a.m. Friday, which will be streamed online .
DULUTH — After years in storage, Duluth’s Viking-inspired ship will make a public appearance in Canal Park next week at the Festival of Sail — commonly known as the tall ships festival. The 42-foot Leif Erikson will be on display Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 11-14, in a parking lot along the Minnesota Slip, said Neill Atkins, co-chairman of the Leif Erikson Viking Ship restoration project. Since 2013, the vessel has been protected inside a warehouse as volunteers search for a permanent display solution. The ship will be moved to Canal Park on Friday, Atkins said.
DULUTH — In a letter read to parishioners on Sunday, Aug. 4, the Diocese of Duluth disclosed new allegations of sexual abuse against a priest in the diocese. In the letter dated July 30, Bishop Paul Sirba said the diocese had been notified of a sexual abuse accusation against the Rev. David Tushar. Tushar, 70, is priest at St. Francis Catholic Church in Carlton, Minn., and Sts. Joseph and Mary Catholic Church in Sawyer, Minn. The allegations stem from Tushar’s time as a Holy Cross Father and Catholic school teacher in Niles, Ill., from 1978-79.
GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. -- An Alexandria, Va., man is safe after he became stranded in the middle of Lake Superior while trying to ride a Jet Ski from Grand Portage to Isle Royale. After several hours of coordination, the 42-year-old man was rescued by the Canadian lake freighter Michipicoten, bound for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The man became lost with “only a fume of gas left” after hitting a bank of fog on the lake during the evening of July 7, according to call data provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.