There's a new face at Chester Creek Dental, but he's not so new to the doctors there. Danny Bellamy, son of dentists Kathy and Bill Bellamy, joined the practice two months ago, fresh out of dentistry school at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. "I'm very excited about seeing and meeting the public that come into the office," said Danny.
On the Fourth of July, 350 people stood in the Paulson's driveway on Island Lake while they awaited the words, "On your mark, get set, GO." The seventh annual Breezy Point 5K race took place in early July this summer. The money raised from this year's race was presented to Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge on Aug.
I woke up with a knot in my stomach and a bad taste in my mouth that not even a bowl of Frosted Flakes or a cold glass of water could fix. Eating and drinking were not permitted because lucky me ... my wisdom teeth were about to be yanked out by a nice maniac they like to call the "oral surgeon." My beautiful mother, bless her heart, was the one responsible for me for the day and we arrived at the office, on time for once, I might add. I don't even know if we were even a half-step into the doorway when she spotted someone she knew to chat with.
On July 31, passengers and students of all ages boarded the Blue Heron research vessel docked outside the aquarium for an afternoon of learning and observing. The free program, "Science on Deck," is open to all ready to dive into a career in science or to simply see what research scientists on the Great Lakes are up to. Among these passengers was Duluthian Emily Gaarder. She had family in from St. Cloud and decided to bring them along for the afternoon. Her niece, Anna Miller, and her nephew, Ian Miller, were especially interested. "I thought I'd bring them to check it out," said Gaarder.
Duluth native Katina Petsoulis, 24, has been baking since she was a little girl. Earlier this summer when the opportunity arose, she decided to take a leap and open her very own bakehouse with the help of her 22-year-old little brother, Pauly. "I come from a Greek family, so baking has always been a big part of my life," Katina said. "It has been a good outlet for my artistic side." Katina graduated from Hermantown High School in 2009.
On Friday, Aug. 7, as a part of Spirit Valley Days, the second annual Pet Parade presented by From Top Knots to Tails and Duluth Business University, will celebrate all local animals. Although the most popular pets at many pet parades are dogs, all animals are encouraged and welcome to join the fun. Last year's Pet Parade had around 20 participants including dogs, a hedgehog and even a fish that ended up taking first prize. "Last year went really well and I'm hoping that this year the number of entrants will double," said Erica John, organizer of the event.
For 17-year-old Cris Larson, the summer in Duluth is just beginning. He's just completed six weeks of nonstop work at Skogfjorden (which translates to "forest fjord"), the Norwegian camp part of the Concordia Language Villages just outside Bemidji. Although he goes by Cris in Duluth, at Skogfjorden his name is Haakon. Haakon means "son or descendant." It's also been the name of seven kings of Norway. Skogfjorden isn't just a typical summer camp.
On a hot humid Tuesday in late July, residents at the Woodland Garden Apartments were busy showcasing paintings that they've been working on the past few years. A formal gallery opening was set up in the common room on the second floor as residents showed their art to staff and friends. Starting up within the past year, Bill Archibald has been teaching several of the residents watercolor techniques and skills.
Judy Rogers is known as the "cookie lady" because it seems not a day goes by that she doesn't have a fresh batch of cookies to generously surprise someone with. "I make cookies everyday and I bring them to almost everything I go to," she said. Rogers is a retired nurse but now works alongside her husband, Earl, at Duluth Travel Agency, which they run out of their home. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of several. The tradition started when Rogers worked as a labor and delivery room nurse at St. Luke's Hospital.
After 22 years as executive director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Duluth, Rick Ball retired in June. His job included the duty of overseeing all HRA programs with the goal of providing safe, decent and affordable housing for all Duluth residents. However, the work he did proved to be much more than that. His career started with an undergraduate degree in sociology and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. From there he began working for the Wisconsin Mental Health Association.