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In an emotional and celebrative service, family, friends, veterans and admirers remembered the life of Tuskegee Airman Joe Gomer on Saturday, Nov. 16. Gomer, who died on Oct.
Last Sunday I was a bit surprised to see a bushy-looking man walking through my mom's yard in the Lester Park neighborhood. When he noticed me and began to approach me, I braced myself, figuring he was about to ask for spare change or maybe a sandwich. He looked like what we used to call a hobo, although I think maybe they prefer the term "traveler" today; the ones that are left do, anyway.
Anything that is not the gray color of tree trunks or the brown shade of the leaves of the forest floor is sure to show up in the woods at this time. Anyone walking here during these AutWin days is going to notice the greens that are mixed with the drab landscape of late November. It is under these conditions that we see how many conifers grow here with the deciduous trees. Three kinds of pines, two spruces, cedars and balsam are common in the Northland.
If you are a music/worship leader in the Northland, you might want to take note of this event which includes workshops on ways to incorporate congregations into your services. First Lutheran Church will host two organ-related events called "January Jubilee" on Jan. 24 and 25 in association with the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The events begin Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., at First Lutheran Church in Duluth, with a public performance of the Charlie Chaplin silent film "The Circus," accompanied by Dr.
Small Business Saturday is on Saturday, Nov. 30, the day after Black Friday. It is a day dedicated to promote holiday shopping in local small businesses. The promotion was started in 2010 by American Express to encourage community members to "shop small" in order to boost local economies. Some small businesses are offering special incentives for customers who shop at their stores on Saturday. These incentives can range from a cup of coffee or cider and cookies to discounts on merchandise to free gift-wrapping.
The annual Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). A turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be provided free of charge. Musical entertainment and a children's craft corner will be part of the day's events at the DECC. Santa will also be visiting and free photos will be provided. Thanksgiving buffet meals will also be served in Cloquet, Carlton and Two Harbors. Homebound persons in Duluth who would like to request a home delivery meal may call 218-723-6484.
For the past 24 years, Chef Jack Teske has worked to ensure that everyone in the Northland has someplace to go for a Thanksgiving meal. "That's my goal, to reach out to more people who may not have a place to go, or might have food issues, or whatever, to come and join our family," says Teske, "because that's what community is. That's what we stand for." Teske is the food director for the annual Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet.
So Halloween is over, which means that Target, Walmart, Sam's Club, and Shopko are now shoving Christmas down our metaphorical chimneys. They're not the only ones, of course, but the actual number of retailers trying to stomp out Thanksgiving is too large to recount in one sitting; I'd need to set aside a week just to type all those names. And while it's true I do have my Sunday afternoons free again due to the disappearance of professional football in the state of Minnesota, I would rather use that time to empty the dustbin of my mind with this week's column and honor The Day of the Turkey
Twenty-one years ago I became a police officer and it is a decision I have never regretted. Becoming a police officer at age 20 made me grow up fast and realize the impact a police officer can have on families and a community. I will never forget a call to a home where a 17-year-old son was out of control. When I arrived the son was in his room and his parents had flushed faces and the dad was visibly shaking.
My love for Duluth is enhanced by my increasing awareness of our community's remarkable, colorful history. Understanding our shared history enables us to better understand the shared challenges we currently face in Duluth. With this as a motivation, I read as many books as I can find pertaining to Duluth's history. This inspires me to make routine pilgrimages to the Duluth Public Library. It is time to confess: I am a library nerd. My most recent visit to the library was particularly productive.