Duluth Mayor celebrates birthday, says it's good to be 40

By KBJR News 1

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth is over 150 years old, and as of Thursday, the city's Mayor can say he's been proud to call it home for 40 of those years.

Mayor Don Ness has held the office since 2007, and on Thursday he took some time to invite those he's known and worked with to be a part of celebrating his over-the-hill achievement.

Mayor Ness took the time to thank everyone from former Central High School coaches, to current city councilors, and his mom, for helping shape him into the man, husband, and father he is today.

But for many Northlanders, the big question is whether Mayor Ness is setting his sights on the office, or any other, in 2015.

That, he says, is a decision he'll make with his wife, Laura, and their children at the end of 2014.

"I love this job, I love serving this community. But there's also a toll that it takes, and it's a very public position," admitted Mayor Ness, "so, we're going to weigh all the benefits. But the message today is that until you make the decision not to run, then you have to prepare as if you are."

Birthday cards, and campaign donations, were accepted during Thursday's celebration at the Holiday Center.

Mayor Ness's wife, Laura, was even honored with a gluten free cupcake.