DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - With just a few days left in office, Duluth Mayor Don Ness says he has largely addressed most of the issues he wanted to in his nearly decade-long stint as lead executive for Minnesota's port city.

Ness didn't seek a third term as mayor in November, and he'll leave office Jan. 4. The transition has been more than a year in the making, and he says the long process has allowed him to finish up projects that are important to him.

The mayor says his accomplishments include stopping the flow of untreated sewage into Lake Superior and funding mounting retiree health care costs.

Ness has also championed the outdoors in Duluth, and has overseen major business investments and growth in the aviation sector.