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Path of the eclipse: When and where to get the best view

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.

Path of the eclipse: When and where to get the best view

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On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.

Duluth celebrates Arbor Month

Louise Levy, of Levy Tree Service, offers branches to Danika Mattison at the Arbor Month. Levy spoke on “why we need trees and more of them and how to care for the trees you love.” . (Photo by Richard Thomas)1 / 4
The Lorax, as played by Jon Green, made an appearance. Aisha Whiteman is on the left. (Photo by Richard Thomas)2 / 4
East High School students performed a skit about trees. From left, Flannery White, Amy Pitoscia, Pearl Elliott and Agatha Pokrzywinski. (Photo by Richard Thomas)3 / 4
Steve Dalager leads the audience on a singalong on the subject of tree. (Photo by Richard Thomas)4 / 4
Duluth's Arbor Month celebration took place May 20 at the Duluth Public Library downtown. The event was a joint effort by Duluth Parks and Recreation, League of Women Voters Duluth ...

Brian’s sort-of farewell column

So this week marks my last column for the Budgeteer. Yes, these will be the very last words of mine to appear in this particular newspaper. Well, not these words. ...
Brian Matuszak

Brian Matuszak is the founder of Rubber Chicken Theater and invites you to follow him and his theater company on Twitter at, like them on Facebook at Rubber Chicken Theater and visit their website at


The unusual song in the darkness

Whip-poor-will as seen in the woods. Note the brown feathers, small bill and big eyes. (Photo by Michael Drummond)
The evening is clear and calm. Temperatures are mild and no mosquitoes accompany me as I walk to the lake. I’m walking at about a half-hour before sunset and in ...
Larry Weber

Retired teacher Larry Weber is the author of several books, including “Butterflies of the North Woods,” “Spiders of the North Woods,” “Webwood” and “In a Patch of Goldenrods.” Contact him c/o


Raising wild birds isn’t easy

A great horn owl nestling brought into Wildwoods. (Photo: Wildwoods)1 / 3
Blue jay nestlings. (Photo: Wildwoods)2 / 3
There are not aliens, but pigeon nestlings. (Photo: Wildwoods)3 / 3
At the time of writing, Wildwoods has admitted only five nestling birds this season. We know from experience that many, many more are on their way.

Budgets reflect priorities

As I write this article it is in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session, and it is shaping up to look like the legislature will not complete their ...
Erik Simonson

Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, represents District 7 in the Minnesota Senate. He may be contacted at (651) 296-4188.


Imagining more housing in Duluth

The lack of housing options within our beloved community is causing local employers difficulty in attracting and retaining workers. Concurrently, this limited supply of housing is driving up the average ...
David Ross

David Ross is the president and CEO of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact him at 740-3751.


Another electric rate hike?

If you are a Minnesota Power customer, your electric bill could go up greatly in less than a year. How much? For most people, the increase in their bills could ...

Recruiting officers in the 21st century

The Duluth Police class of new recruits, 2017. (Photo: Duluth Police Department)
Across our nation, recruiting quality candidates for law enforcement is getting more difficult. Law enforcement is a noble profession, offering diverse work experiences and a good living wage and benefits. ...
Mike Tusken

Contact Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken at 730-5020.



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