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Duluth mourns death of community leader Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell, a well-known community leader in Duluth who twice ran for mayor, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 64.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness said Tuesday night:

“Charlie was a passionate community leader – he was a rare breed of a man who dared to dream big and then rolled up his sleeves to get the job done. His list of accomplishments on behalf of Duluth is long. He made a significant impact on behalf of seniors, public schools and his beloved West Duluth. Charlie was an innovative businessman who was always looking for the next opportunity to invest in West Duluth.

The Duluth News Tribune called Bell “a tenacious advocate for West Duluth,” and said he was inducted to the Duluth Hall of Fame in 2005.

Bell ran for mayor in 2003 and in 2007, when he lost to Ness, who said of that campaign:

“At that time, we agreed that we were not running ‘against’ each other – but rather we were both running for the same position. Because of that, we were able to maintain our friendship both during and after that campaign – certainly unusual in the history of Duluth mayoral races. We were both proud of that.”

Arrangements are pending.

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