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The Northland's week in review (Jan. 1-8, 2010)

Friday through Sunday, Jan. 1-3

• Ebony Annaliese Lundquist, the first baby of the year (in Duluth) was born at 10:55 a.m. Friday after a 12-hour labor at St. Mary's Birth Center. Her parents are Gloria and Josh Lundquist of Superior.

• Cloquet native Jamie Langenbrunner, captain of the New Jersey Devils hockey team, was named to the Olympic team for U.S. men's hockey. The 2010 games in February will be his second Olympics; he went to Nagano, Japan, in 1998.

• Terry Collins, the Duluth Huskies' 2009 field manager, is now the New York Mets' minor league field coordinator.

• The combination of the Vikings beating the New York Giants 44-7 Sunday and the Cowboys shutting out the Eagles means the Vikings have the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. The Vikings will face either Green Bay, Dallas or Arizona at noon Jan. 17 at the Metrodome. (Fox will air the game.)

• Superior's Central Assembly of God rang in 2010 with a marathon Bible-reading session; they read the entire Bible in 72 hours.

• The University of Vermont's men's hockey team trumped the Bulldogs 5-2 to capture the Catamount Cup championship trophy Sunday.

Monday, Jan. 4

• Mayor Don Ness gave the annual State of the City address, revealing that a group of local investors headed by Alex Giuliani and Sandy Hoff have closed on the LaFarge Plant near Bayfront, "providing tremendous opportunity to create new private commercial development on site." If the land is rezoned, retail/hospitality development is proposed.

• Fox 21 fired its news director, Julie Moravchik.

• Minnesota Power finalized the purchase of a 465-mile transmission line connecting Center, N.D., with its Arrowhead substation in Hermantown, signaling a new era of renewable energy transport and development for the company. Purchase of the direct current (DC)

transmission line from the Square Butte Electric Cooperative will expand Minnesota Power's long-range plan to bring more renewable energy into its system. The company plans to develop several hundred megawatts of new wind generation in North Dakota and deliver wind-fueled electricity to customers via the DC line.

• The world's tallest building, the 168-story Burj Dubai opened. The Dubai skyscraper was designed by architects based out of Chicago.

• St. Louis County Attorney Melanie Ford was nominated for an award by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for her efforts to reduce the disproportionate number of youths of color held in detention and to provide positive alternatives to detention, as part of a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

• A lost bulldog named Ham was discovered whimpering on the front steps of a home on Jean Duluth Road after surviving more than 11 days outside in bitter cold. Ham suffered patches of frostbite and was reunited with his owners, Kevin and Meegan Holubar, 30 pounds lighter. The couple and their dog were visiting Duluth from the Twin Cities when Ham got loose in the snowstorm Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, Jan. 5

• The Duluth School Board held its annual organization meeting, swearing in new board members and electing its 2010 officers: Tim Grover, chairperson; Mary Cameron, vice chairperson; Judy Seliga Punyko, treasurer; and Ann Wasson, clerk. Partisan politics quickly took over -- only instead of parties, the politics reflected each board member's position on the school district's current long-range facilities plan -- with nearly every vote being decided by a 4:3 split. The four new officers are all returning board members who support the LRFP, aka the Red Plan.

• The Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) West Duluth food shelf reopened Tuesday, after being closed last week due to roof damage. The food shelf is open every week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave.

• Steve Raukar of Hibbing was elected chairman of the St. Louis County Board.

• The much-vaunted Nexus One, a smartphone created by Google engineers, was released. Some speculate it will be an "iPhone killer."

Wednesday, Jan. 6

• Dentist Timothy Langguth was sentenced in Carlton County Court for hitting a state trooper's car while driving drunk.

• It was announced that Mexico Lindo would move into the former Baja Billy's location in the Fitger's complex. The original Lindo in Cloquet will remain open.

• Three men were shot and killed in a south Minneapolis market. The incident was caught on tape; police are still searching for suspects.

Thursday, Jan. 7

• The Heritage Center was on display on FSN North with two televised games.

• Members of United Steelworkers Local 9460 made a strike more likely Thursday when they voted to reject an offer from SMDC Health System. The union represents about 1,400 workers at SMDC, which had proposed freezing wages for Local 9460 and outsourcing 21 transcription jobs.

In turning down the contract offer, workers also authorized union leadership to take additional action, including giving SMDC 10 days notice of a strike.

• Superior defense lawyer Richard Gondik was charged again with felony physical abuse for an incident in April with his 14-year-old son. Charges were dropped in December because Gondik had not been properly served with the complaints.

Friday, Jan. 8

• Duluth News Tribune Executive Editor Rob Karwath was laid off Friday and his position eliminated. News director Robin Washington, former Opinion Page editor, was named editor.

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Coming soon

• The 22nd annual Duluth Bridal Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the DECC. Cost is $6.

• Marcia Hales' walk-through light display on Park Point (3739 Minnesota Ave.) is open to visitors every evening through Saturday, Jan. 9.

• The annual Bruce Bennett Memorial Over-40 Bonspiel starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Duluth Curling Club, in Pioneer Hall at the DECC. Spectators welcome. Play goes on all weekend, with semi-finals at 10 a.m. and finals at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.