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DULUTH, MN — Lawmakers seek state money for skywalk access to NorShor Theatre

Duluth MN Orpheum NorShor070

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Lawmakers Seek State Money For skywalk Access to NorShor Theatre
By Peter Passi | Published by Duluth News Tribune
March 1, 2013

Local legislators have introduced a bill seeking nearly $5 million to provide skywalk access to the NorShor Theatre in Duluth’s Old Downtown, even though plans for the skywalk remain sketchy in light of the city’s ongoing legal disputes with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Reps. Erik Simonson, Tom Huntley and Mary Murphy introduced House File No.

Duluth MN Orpheum NorShor071

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794, which would set aside $4.95 million to improve public access to the historic theater by way of installing skywalks and probably a public elevator. But Huntley acknowledged the bill is unlikely to succeed on its own.

“It would not work as a stand-alone,” he said.

“It will need to be included as part of a much bigger state bonding bill.”
(Read the whole article here.)


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The Orpheum at Second Ave. East and Superior Street was the host to vaudeville shows and movies throughout the early decades of the 1990s. It was remodeled and renamed the Norshor Theater in 1941.

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