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Duluth beats Minneapolis in ‘best outdoors town’ vote

DULUTH - Duluth bested Minneapolis on Tuesday in an all-Minnesota battle in the latest round of voting in Outside magazine's annual "Best Towns" contest.

DULUTH - Duluth bested Minneapolis on Tuesday in an all-Minnesota battle in the latest round of voting in Outside magazine’s annual “Best Towns” contest.

Voters were clear on which city was the one with better outdoors options. Duluth toppled Minneapolis by about 20,000 votes as online polls closed late Tuesday.

Duluth advanced to face Asheville, N.C., in the next round. As of midmorning Wednesday, Duluth held a large early lead in Round 5; voting closes at 10:59 p.m. Sunday.

If Duluth advances to the final round, there will be a seven-day voting period ending June 15.

In its matchup against Minneapolis, Duluth owned more votes (60,000) than any of the seven other cities remaining in the contest, more than 10,000 votes ahead of second-place Provo, Utah.

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The VoteDuluth campaign, a volunteer effort to see the city voted the “Best Place to Live” by Outside magazine, helped spur the upset over Minneapolis.

“This is exciting for the city of Duluth,” said Dan Hartman, VoteDuluth volunteer. “It’s our chance to tell the world what we already know: We’re the best outdoor city in the country. It’s why we live here.”

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