Duluth police can’t withhold body camera video, state says

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By Tom Olson, Duluth News Tribune

“DULUTH, Minn. — The state of Minnesota will not impose temporary restrictions on public access to police body camera videos as requested by city of Duluth officials last week.

The city filed an application with the state seeking to have several categories of videos classified as private — including those recorded in private homes or during the course of investigations involving juveniles or sexual assault.”

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Robotics skills will carry into future

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By John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune

“As they competed in robotics at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Hermantown students were keeping an eye on a hockey game in St. Paul.  “We have one kid in our pit who has an app on his phone so we can listen to the game,” said Tyler Christianson, 15, a freshman.

He was talking along with a couple of his teammates on Hermantown’s novice FIRST Robotics team, called the Talons, about an hour before their classmates would take the ice to compete for the Class A state hockey championship.”

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Duluth healthcare software firm Sansio is acquired

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By Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune

“The company that pioneered defibrillator technology has acquired Sansio, a Duluth-based leading provider of software services for emergency medical services.

Physio-Control Inc. — a world leader in emergency medical equipment for lifesaving teams — purchased Sansio in a deal that closed Wednesday.

The financial terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed. Sansio’s employees were told of the sale Friday afternoon.”

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Cirrus puts $1 million into new robotic equipment

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By Peter Passi, Duluth News Tribune

Cirrus Aircraft announced Monday that it has invested about $1 million in a new piece of robotic equipment at its Duluth production facility that will be used to help produce its new personal jet, the Vision SF50.

The investment in Duluth comes on the heels of a comparable capital expenditure in Grand Forks, N.D., where the company installed an autoclave earlier this month to produce carbon fiber components for the jet.

“We build cool airplanes, and we build them in a modern way, on the cutting edge,” said Todd Simmons, Cirrus’ executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer support.”

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Duluth’s 280 ft. AT&T tower coming down

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By Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune

“The AT&T tower that has stood prominently over downtown Duluth for 25 years is coming down.Its dismantling is well under way. Section by section, workers have been removing the aluminum siding of the skyscraper-like tower, exposing more and more of the steel skeleton.

“Our satellite dishes were inside,” explained AT&T spokesman Alex Carey, whose territory includes Minnesota. “They’re stripping the siding and removing the satellite dishes.”

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Duluth’s 50 Below dealt new blow

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By Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune

“Two weeks before Duluth-based 50 Below filed for bankruptcy in August, it signed an agreement with a Maryland-based company [SecureNet] to process its credit and debit card transactions.

Now the company wants out. And 50 Below and its court-appointed trustee are suing the company to stop them. 50 Below, one of Duluth’s largest technology employers, is still operating as Chapter 11 proceedings move through U.S. Bankruptcy Court.”

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Involta data center opens in Duluth

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By Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune

“Twelve-inch-thick concrete walls. Fifty-one security cameras. Multiple backup generators and cooling systems to keep operations going, no matter what.

They’re some of the disaster-proof features of the new first-class Involta data center on Technology Drive in Duluth, which has its grand opening celebration at 3 p.m. today.”

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Even without Google Fiber, Duluth IT industry advances

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By Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune

“It was like getting all gussied up for the big prom, and then not being asked to dance.

Duluth mobilized, held pep rallies, spent a good chunk of dough, pleaded and cajoled to woo Google. It sent volunteers door-to-door to get commitments for Google’s ultrafast Internet and made a move to persuade the search giant to pick Duluth for its first citywide launch of its high-speed fiber network.”

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Growing data storage firm eyes Duluth for expansion

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By Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune

Involta, an Iowa-based data storage company ranked 40th on the 2010 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies, is eyeing Duluth’s
Technology Park for expansion.

Local economic development experts say it would be a plum for Duluth, making the city more attractive to businesses. “What data centers do is create an incredibly valuable infrastructure that draws other businesses that need data centers,” said Rob West, CEO of Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, which worked with Involta. “And it also positions us as a player.”

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The Plot Thickens with Lake County Broadband Initiative

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Fresh off the heels of Lake County’s  $65m ARRA FTTP “palate cleansing” funding freefall and subsequent management restructure, comes this latest twist reported by  StimulatingBroadband.com:

Mediacom Asks USDA Inspector General for Federal Probe of Lake County, MN Broadband Award


“Cable operator Mediacom has filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  asking for a federal probe of the $66.5 million broadband stimulus grant/loan package awarded to Lake County, Minnesota. This, the first publicly disclosed filing about the broadband stimulus program issued to Agriculture’s Inspector General, comes as the new Republican leadership of Congress is pushing federal IGs to more rigorously examine stimulus program irregularities.”

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Interestingly, this type of activity may be a harbinger of things to come…

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