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Quote Me, Howie: Roger Reinert, Emily Larson on the Vision Northland project

"I've had an opportunity to take a sneak peak and am blown away. This facility will set the standard in our region for decades to come." -- Roger Reinert

Essentia Health

Duluth mayoral candidates Roger Reinert and Emily Larson on Essentia Health's new $900 million Vision Northland hospital and clinic space in Downtown Duluth, which is scheduled to open July 30:


Said Reinert: "This state of the art hospital is an incredible addition to our medical industry, as well as our downtown community. It's on budget, and on time. In addition to providing an amazing facility for Essentia's healthcare workers, it has also provided jobs to our regional construction trades for over two years.

I've had an opportunity to take a sneak peak and am blown away. This facility will set the standard in our region for decades to come. I'm excited for the Vision Northland Open House on Friday, July 21st, and encourage all those interested to attend and take a tour. It's not everyday we see a $900,000,000 investment in Duluth."


Said Larson: "This is a health care investment in our city and region which we deserve: state of the art, beautiful, patient centered and right in our downtown. As a Mayor, it doesn't get much better than this. Having led this legislative effort as the City, it was of paramount importance that the values of our community be prioritized alongside those of the hospital. Thank you to Essentia Health for signing the Project Labor Agreement, meeting Community Benefits Agreement goals and choosing District Energy. While required by my administration to access public funding, inclusive of the $100 million in state bonds, Essentia Health embraced these values and policy applications and stayed the course to see it all through.

It took an enormous village to get to this point. Thank you to Essentia Health, the Benedictine sisters, the State of Minnesota, our Duluth Legislative Delegation, St. Louis County and our outstanding, dedicated City of Duluth staff who met weekly, and often daily, for years with the hospital team, legislators and others to keep all elements of the project moving forward.

This is a community win - I'm proud of, and for, our entire community."

FinnFest returns to Duluth

The happiest country in the world will be showcased in Duluth as FinnFest returns for its annual five-day festival on July 26-30, 2023 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). Family-friendly FinnFest is North America’s premier event featuring the fabulous Nordic life and ingredients of happiness from music and movies to sauna and shopping. Participants of FinnFest also enjoy workshops, seminars, tours and a Finnish marketplace Tori.

Expert speakers include Finland’s Ambassador to the United States, Mikko Hautala, who will participate in a keynote event on Finland and NATO, on Friday afternoon.

DECC to host Cider vs Seltzer event

By Lucie Amundsen

After the popularity of Cider North in January, the DECC is following up with a new DECC Presents offering: Cider vs Seltzer.

The event promises sampling of ciders and seltzers from around the region and beyond on Harbor Drive, across from the William A. Irvin floating museum, and in Pioneer Hall.  Guests will relax with the beautiful harbor views while listening to live music or get a little competitive with yard games (weather permitting- games will be moved indoors if needed).

Attendees can expect:

  • Live music
  • Branded Sampling Glass
  • Lawn games, including Giant Pong.
  • Festive foods available for purchase, like build-your-own Charcuterie boards (with take-home branded boards)
  • Merch!

Cider vs. Seltzer will be from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 5. Those who purchase VIP tickets will be allowed access to the event an hour early at 1:00 pm. Cideries & makers of seltzers include:

  • Blake’s Hard Cider Co.
  • Blacklist Brewing Co.
  • Canal Park Brewing Company
  • Carbliss
  • Duluth Cider
  • Easton Cider
  • Fulton Brewing Taproom
  • Humble Forager Brewery
  • Invictus Brewing Co.
  • Minneapolis Cider Company
  • Mousse Sparkling Wine Co.
  • Number 12 Cider
  • Plant Botanical
  • PRESS Premium Alcohol Seltzer
  • Restoration Cider Co.
  • Stilly Spirits
  • Thor’s Hard Cider
  • Vikre Distillery
  • Wild State Cider
  • White Claw
  • Woodlore Cider
  • Yellow belly – Sapsucker Farms


$45 GA, $65 VIP, $10 DD

GET TICKETS or at the William A Irvin Seasonal Box Office. A VIP ticket includes early admission to the event.  


Guests who purchase a ticket to the event will receive a Cider vs. Seltzer sampling glass, as well as unlimited samples of cider and seltzer from local, regional, and national brands. There will be food available for purchase. This will be an indoor/outdoor hybrid event, with multiple aspects taking place outdoors with unbeatable views of the Harbor, as well as the William A. Irvin in the background. Guests can relax while listening to live music or get a little competitive with yard games by the harbor (weather permitting- games will be moved indoors if needed).

The popular Build-Your-Own charcuterie board make & take activity will return from the Cider North event for a separate, additional cost. Choose from an array of meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, crackers, and more to create your own board. After finishing your board, either enjoy your beautiful snack with your cider or package it up to take home.

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