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Norr appointed to Port Authority Board of Commissioners

December 1, 2022

Nancy Aronson Norr
Nancy Aronson Norr

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth City Council recently appointed Nancy Aronson Norr to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Board of Commissioners. Norr succeeds Commissioner Ray Klosowski, who concluded an 18-year stint on the Port Authority Board of Commissioners in October. Norr’s appointment is a six-year term set to expire Oct. 31, 2028.

Norr recently completed a 31-year career at Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, as director of regional development. A Duluth resident since 1985, she has served on numerous local, regional and state boards, including a tenure as chair of the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) and a co-founding role with the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX). In 2021, the Minnesota Humanities Center appointed Norr to its board and she also founded Norr Community Solutions.

Born in Wisconsin, Norr holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a student of public history, an avid tennis player and enjoys spending time outdoors in all four seasons.

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is an independent public agency created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1955 to foster regional maritime and economic development and advocate for port interests. The Port Authority is governed by a seven-member board of commissioners – two appointed by the governor of Minnesota, two by the St. Louis County board and three by the Duluth City Council.


Approximately 800 vessels and 35 million short tons of cargo move through the Port of Duluth-Superior each year, making it the Great Lakes’ largest tonnage port and one of the nation’s top 20. The Port supports nearly 8,000 jobs and contributes $1.4 billion in business revenue to the regional economy. Learn more at