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Duluth (pop. 239,971), city in northeastern Minnesota at the western end of Lake Superior. It is Minnesota's third largest city and one of the largest U.S. ports, serving as a western terminal of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Duluth ships out iron ore and grain and imports coal, except when icebound in winter. It also produces iron, steel, machinery, and canned meat and serves as a vacation center. Its educational institutions include a branch of the University of Minnesota and the Benedictine College of St. Scholastica. The city was named for the French trader, Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Duluth, who visited the area in 1679. The American Fur Company opened a trading post in the vicinity in 1817. Settlement developed in the 1850s.

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