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Duluth one of two finalists in contest for best outdoorsy town

  • Blog Post by: Pam Louwagie
  • June 9, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Duluth is one step away from winning an online voting challenge for the best outdoorsy town in the country.

The city emerged late Sunday as one of two finalists for the championship in Outside magazine's best town contest. Now it is facing Provo, Utah for the crown.

Duluth beat Asheville, NC with 68 percent of the vote in the final four round, which ended at 11 p.m. Sunday, getting 28,371 online votes compared to 13,391.

City boosters have been promoting a vigorous #VoteDuluth campaign on social media. Mayor Don Ness has been tweeting about it. Monday morning, Sen. Amy Klobuchar put out a tweet saying: "We know @cityofduluth is a great place. Make sure everyone knows! Vote Duluth in @outsidemagazine 's Best Towns 2014!"

Throughout the contest, Duluth has typically emerged as the town with the most votes of any, but it may need to rally more clicks for the finals. In the last round, Provo got 34,981 votes to beat Ithaca, NY, which got 33,342.

The championship round goes until 10:59 p.m. Sunday.

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