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We are writing regarding the article "Sankta Lucia brings light to darkness" published in the December 1 issue of the Duluth Budgeteer News. Sankta Lucia, "St. Lucy" in English, was not "an ancient mythical figure" as apparently stated on the government of Sweden's website. St. Lucy was a real person. A young woman, she died a martyr for the Christian faith in 304 A.D. in Syracuse, Sicily, during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian. The Catholic Church observes the feast day of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, on December 13 every year.
Thank you for the very, very fine article on hospice care in the November 17 Budgeteer. I have personally observed this care as my father was one such patient as he died of cancer, wow, now 14 years ago. I am sure many of the citizenry are/were not aware of this service, so thank you for telling the Northland about this wonderful service. William Marko Duluth
The second half of November brought us the transitions that we look for at this time. With the advancing cold temperatures, ponds, swamps and lakes froze (in that order). Many rivers are shrouded with much ice and the ground has taken the frost as well. The freeze-up is typical of late November, and though there were several freeze-thaw times, we ended the month with a lasting ice cover. This was followed by some snowfall at Thanksgiving time. I was glad to see the snow wait until after we had ice cover and frozen ground.
The folks at Norton Park United Methodist Church are holding their 49th Wassail Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 8. "Wassail is a special hot drink," Kathy Moland told the Budgeteer. "'Waes hael' means 'to be healthy.'" Moland is one of the organizers of the church's event. "It's a fun gathering to bring in the Advent season," she said. The event will start at 6 p.m. with drinking wassail. A program starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Glensheen mansion is getting into the holiday spirit by offering a new self-guided tour. The tour is based on the story of houseguest Dorothy Crawford, a young woman who stayed at the mansion for a month in the winter of 1912. "Here's a special opportunity for families to be enveloped in the Christmas spirit with a beautiful and historic Duluth twist," said Glensheen's interim director Dan Hartman. This self-guided experience will feature period-costumed staff stationed around the home as guests freely explore the holiday décor.
Looking for a way to spread holiday cheer? There is still time to participate in Home Instead's "Be a Santa to a Senior" holiday program. The program started in mid-November and will continue to collect gifts for seniors throughout the Northland through Dec. 18. "It's not income-based," said Jill Corbin, spokesperson for Home Instead.
A special group of liberal arts majors at UMD is trying to use the power of business to solve cultural problems as well as turn a profit. From increasing the interest in newspapers among young people to finding a new use for instant camera prints to saving Duluth's historic Temple Opera Block building, the students will present their solutions for these social challenges as part of their final projects on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Zeitgeist Theater. "In this intro class, students learn about the creative cultural economy.
Cat videos. Thanks to social media, they're everywhere on the Internet. And now they're moving from your computer screen to the big screen. The Zinema 2 movie theater and the Duluth Art Institute are hosting the Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Film Festival on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. with the addition of some local feline videos. The film festival is a travelling show created by the Walker Art Center. The festival was started in 2012 and premiered during the Minnesota State Fair.
Hockey pucks won't be the only things careening about at the Friday, Dec. 13, University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey game against Western Michigan University. Northwestern Mutual is sponsoring a "teddy bear toss" as a fundraiser for Arc Northland. Teddy bears will be tossed onto the ice between the 2nd and 3rd periods of the game. The bears will be donated to United Way of Carlton County and LSS Crisis Nursery. Teddy bears can be purchased at the game for $10 apiece or in advance at the Arc Northland office, 424 W.
Maybe you have it. Many people do. It's something you really couldn't help, not with the environment you find yourself in. What I'm referring to is a condition known as Nature Deficit Disorder. No, it's not an actual disorder, but it is a problem that is becoming more common.