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Need to know the boundaries of your hunting land? Earlier this year, the St. Louis County Land Explorer map was launched. The interactive map application allows users to view and search land records data by address, parcel identification number (PIN) and other methods. Due to its popularity, this same tool is available as a free mobile app for anyone with an iOS (Apple), Android or Windows smartphone or tablet. The Mobile Land Explorer is available through the device's app store using the ArcGIS mapping application.
Local farmers Jason and Lucie Amundsen have something to cluck about. Last week Budgeteer columnist Eddy Gilmore wrote about the Amundsens' egg company in a column titled, "A locally hatched business." In it Gilmore mentioned that the Amundsens' company made it to the second round of Intuit's Small Business Big Game contest. This contest gives small businesses a chance to win a free commercial spot during the Super Bowl in 2014.
Jody Tucker discovered her passion for music at a young age. She had her first violin lesson in sixth grade. She followed her passion to Augsburg College at the age of 27, intending to be a violin performance major. However, in her first two weeks at college, she found a different outlet for her passion -- music therapy, she said. "I'd never heard of music therapy before," said Tucker during her speech at a recent Professional Women's Network luncheon.
Every try sweet potato pudding? If not, here's your chance! The Duluth East High school's Food for Thought restaurant will be preparing a dinner to accompany the theater department's performance of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." The dinner theatre will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 before the 7 p.m. performance of Drood. Because the play takes place in a theatre house in the 1890s, all the cuisine will be authentic to the time period. "I researched 18th-century food," said chef and teacher Glenn D'Amour.
Most musicals have a beginning, a middle and an end. In the beginning the characters, setting and plot are introduced. In the middle, the characters grow and develop along with the main conflict. And finally, in the end everything is resolved for better or worse for all involved. But what if the story has no set ending? Then let the audience choose it. At least that's the solution for Duluth East High School Theatre's fall production of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Rupert Holmes. The musical is based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens.
So it's that special time of year when spooky ghouls and creepy zombies are conspiring with each other to unleash their horrifying plans to create a living nightmare for all of us. Then after Congress is done with those plans and takes its recess, it's Halloween. Which means it's time for me to let loose with my own special treat of a Halloween column. Now I know what you're thinking. "But every one of his columns gives me the heebie-jeebies. Why does he need to do anything special for this hair-raising holiday?
On Tuesday, November 5, voters will consider two ballot questions on extending Duluth's levy for education. The current levy was originally approved by voters in 2003, renewed in 2008, and generates about $4.4 million in local revenue for schools. It is scheduled to expire in 2014. Funds generated through the levy will support class-size reduction, student achievement, curriculum, and other priorities identified through the Think Kids community conversation and the 4-year Continuous Improvement Plan. The first question asks if the current levy should be renewed.
The Chamber seeks to fortify Duluth as a vibrant and compelling community. We recognize that the health of our beloved community and the health of our public schools are inextricably related. With this as our realization and our motivation, the Chamber's leadership unequivocally supports both the renewal of the current education levy and the increase in local education funding by $1.8 million.
Duluth is one of Minnesota's top travel destinations. Its scenic setting at the tip of Lake Superior and a wide array of great attractions have made this vibrant city a popular getaway. Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state's tourism promotion office, works closely with destinations such as Duluth to draw travelers to our communities. These visitors spend money at local hotels, shops and restaurants, generating income for businesses and tax revenue for local governments. Some of the tourism promotion conducted by Visit Duluth is developed in partnership with Explore Minnesota.
Patrick Boyle (incumbent, and also running for county commissioner) did not provide a letter for his city council candidacy, as he is running for the county board, 2nd District. County Commissioner Steve O'Neil of the 2nd District passed away the day that Boyle filed for City Council. Boyle would have had to go through the state Supreme Court to get his name taken off the city council ballot.