State briefs: Northern Minnesota town of Cormorant elects dog as mayor

  • Updated: August 16, 2014 - 7:02 PM

Cormorant

Town elects dog mayor

One northern Minnesota town has gone to the dogs.

Voters chose a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees to be the new mayor of Cormorant in a landslide election this week. Duke the Dog was sworn into office at Saturday’s Cormorant Daze Festival.

The office is a symbolic one in a town with just over a dozen (human) residents. Duke will have few mayoral responsibilities, although the job does come with a year’s supply of free pet food.

Duke may be the youngest mayor elected in Minnesota since 3-year-old Bobby Tufts was elected mayor of Dorset two years ago. Mayor Tufts lost his bid for a third term earlier this month, losing to a 16-year-old.

Jennifer Brooks @stribrooks

Duluth

Employees back at rebuilt Wendy’s restaurant

A new Wendy’s restaurant replacing one destroyed by fire in January is open and 24 of its core employees are back.

Restaurant owner Bob Sullivan made news when he committed to continue paying workers while rebuilding. That took longer than expected, as the new store is one of the hamburger chain’s new designs, with a fireplace, television and Wi-Fi.

Sullivan said he continued to pay all of the workers for the first 150 days after the fire, the first 60 days covered by insurance. After that, about 60 percent of the workers got paid, including all of the managers and a lot of the full-time people, he said. Complications in building the newly designed Miller Hill restaurant delayed reopening and he wasn’t able to pay some employees, mostly part-timers.

“We had a great staff and we wanted to do our very best to keep them,” Sullivan said. “They’ve got real lives and real families … they have their own bills to pay.”

Pam Louwagie @pamlouwagie

St. Cloud

City ups fee for rentals

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