Iron mining and production, shipping and heavy manufacturing, helped define Duluth's economic prowess for decades as the "Zenith City" helped generate wealth in northeast Minnesota. With reductions in employment in those fields over the last 40 years, the city had to, and is still, figuring out how to return the area to vibrance. Duluthians say you have to get past the cold to understand the soul of the community. But weather aside, the hilly landscape, four seasons, and natural resources are helping make the city a tourist destination. The city lost less than 1 percent of its population over the last decade, according to 2010 Census figures. But talk to area residents and city officials, more progress has to be made to get the city on Lake Superior's shoreline to grow.
DULUTH, Minn. | While people may continue to fall in love with its pretty shoreline, Mayor Don Ness believes jobs are going to keep Duluth afl…
DULUTH, Minn. | If you can't run from the cold, then at least make it an economic opportunity.
DULUTH, Minn. | Minerals and metallurgical engineer Don Fosnacht said having an "ungodly vast" array of natural resources is a good situation.
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