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At the end of September, volunteers had put in more than 25,000 hours at Animal Allies Humane Society this year -- the equivalent of an additional 17 full-time employees. When I look back on what Animal Allies Humane Society has accomplished -- particularly achieving and maintaining zero euthanasia for all healthy animals in the adoption program -- I know that its mission could never have been accomplished without our community of volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of any nonprofit organization.
We're proud to continue many of the traditions in downtown Duluth that have helped our community usher in the holiday season, plus we are adding a few new twists that will bring additional excitement and energy to our central business district. Thanks to the recent launch of a holiday retail pop-up program, we'll have more than six new retail businesses filling vacant storefronts in a manner of weeks. The Greater Downtown Council teamed up with property owners to activate a few vacant storefronts by offering 2- to 3 months of free rent.
Duluth, you've been good to me. And for that, I thank you. I've recently begun a new chapter in my life with a move to a Minneapolis suburb and left the comfort and familiarity of my hometown behind. I've started a new job and begun to look for new freelance writing gigs across the metro. But I couldn't have done it all without the love and support of those in Duluth and the city itself. Growing up in Duluth I couldn't wait to get out. I wanted to see new places and new things. I went to college a few hours away and found myself missing Duluth more than I ever thought I would.
One of the signs of a gracious candidate is a "Thank you for voting" sign following the campaign. That salutation is particularly classy when it comes from a candidate who didn't win; how many of us have the humility to give thanks when things don't go our way? However you voted, just the act of casting a ballot also deserves thanks, from all of us in the community. Maybe it was 20 minutes out of your day, but it helps define at least a few years of our collective future. And if it doesn't go well, we'll have a chance to correct it next time. Or better, get active now.
"Even the darkness moves with the passage of birds. On soft spring midnights, the air is alive with the flight notes of unseen birds filtering down through the moonlight like the voices of stars." Scott Weidensaul, Living on the Wind Ah! Migration .... What a wonderful time to watch birds! Duluth is on a major migration corridor, with the north shore of Lake Superior funneling birds right through town, much to the delight of the many bird watchers who flock to Hawk Ridge and Park Point from all over. But with migration comes an unfortunate consequence.
You probably awoke today not knowing you live in the city "of the lute," a stringed instrument of medieval origins. "Duluth" means "of the lute" in French. This city's name speaks of an instrument which shined during the Dark Ages, and later faded into obscurity. Duluth is named after Frenchman explorer Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut. His title is translated "Sir of the Lute," perhaps indicating his musical ability. Fittingly, this city has two modern day "Sirs of the Lute" -- knights on a quest to restore this instrument to its former glory.
Hungry for sustainability? Then the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association's fundraiser "Farmers Take the Stove" might fill your appetite. The event includes a dinner grown, cooked, and served by farmers and LS-SFA members, live bluegrass music by the Riverside Bog Stompers, and a "sustainable silent auction." The dinner and auction will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. East in Duluth.
Early November is an ideal time to see the woods of AutWin, the interlude between the time when the leaves have fallen from the trees and before the forest floor is covered with snow. It is a blend of Autumn and Winter -- AutWin. These weeks are a marvelous time to see sights during our woods walks that may go undetected at other times.
All veterans and active-duty military members are invited to join the Veterans Day march on Monday, Nov. 11, at 10:20 a.m. The march will begin at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street, and continue to the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. There, a city-wide Veterans Day celebration will take place at 11:00 a.m., which will include veterans, sixth-graders from ISD 709, and anyone who would care to join. The march and the celebration are organized by the city of Duluth with the support of the Northland Veterans Services Committee. The Depot will open at 8:00 a.m.
Jessica Mullen is an 18-year-old mother who recently shared her life story at the YWCA's Women of Distinction luncheon on Oct. 23. "I was born into the foster care system. I was in it up until I was three years old," said Mullen. Mullen was living steadily with her mother until she was 14 years old -- and pregnant. "My mom put me back into foster care when she found out I was pregnant," said Mullen. She was in and out of the system and moved from foster home to foster home over the next two years. Her daughter Lilyana was placed into the foster system as well.