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Duluth mayor, state senator rappel for downtown

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Duluth Mayor Don Ness and state Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, cautiously stepped down the face of the nine-story Sellwood Building on Wednesday to promote the Greater Downtown Council’s Sidewalk Days Festival.

The two politicians were the first of a number of dignitaries and media who rappelled down the building, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Both Ness and Reinert said they were nervous as they first stepped over the edge, but then grew more comfortable as they got a feel for the equipment on the way down, the News Tribune reported.

WDIO morning anchor Brittany Falkers also gave it a shot:

As the three-day festival kicked off Wednesday, FOX 21 reported that business owners are feeling optimistic about the downtown economic climate.

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