Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at www.DuluthDailyPhoto.com.
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An eagle staff replacing one that was desecrated was dedicated last week during a ceremony at the Duluth Civic Center. The eagle staff is important in Native American culture. One had been placed at the Civic Center in November of last year, but it was vandalized. As of Friday, Oct. 12, a new staff stands in the ground near the Duluth City Hall and the St. Louis County Courthouse. "To me this ... represents the tree of life," Clyde H.
St. Paul attorney Henry Buffalo traveled the well-trod 140 miles of Interstate 35 to attend the ceremony at the Duluth Civic Center last month. The pipe he brought with him traveled 162 years. On Sept. 8, the Duluth American Indian Commission sponsored an event honoring the legacy of Chief Buffalo with a pipe smoked by the Ojibwe leader and President Millard Fillmore in 1852. Chief Buffalo, Henry Buffalo's great-great-great-grandfather, was 92 at the time he traveled to Washington, D.C., with the intentions of meeting with the president.
Recently my mother and I went on a road trip, visiting her cousins in South Dakota. If you know me, you know I always have a camera. We took a drive outside of Vermillion, S.D., where there is a big blimp or mound, in the middle of the prairie, named Spirit Mound. My mother told me that her mother had taught in a one-room schoolhouse near Spirit Mound. As we were driving, I would stop the car and take photos.
The Scottish Heritage Association Highland Dancers is open to anyone. Learn more at http://www.duluthscots.com .
I live on Skyline Parkway near 9th Avenue East. A few houses in the neighborhood have occasional late-night parties, and it's not unusual to hear chattering. That night I was trying to sleep but couldn't, wondering what people were doing outside in the heavy rain. I saw a small group of people gathered on the road and pulled on a bathrobe and flip-flops and ran out.
Steve Anderson, Gary Doty and Paul Scanlan were honored with the Grandma's Marathon Rudy Perpich Public Service Award at a Thursday morning breakfast. Those eligible for the award included current and former public employees or elected officials. When Rudy Perpich was governor of Minnesota he was a big fan of Grandma's Marathon. So says Scott Keenan, who founded Grandma's Marathon in 1977.
Do you love your dog enough to carry around a bag of his poo? Not only that, do you care enough about your fellow human to carry a bag of dog poo? It's not very fun or glamorous and it sounds gross, but more it's more gross to know that not picking up your dog's waste is akin to letting your dog go potty in everyone else's drinking water. I try to walk my basset hound Buddy twice a day and we never leave the house without a plastic bag.
University of Minnesota officials offered advice and ideas on stopping the spread of bed bugs in the Duluth area during a recent seminar. Officials said the first step in stopping bedbugs was recognizing what they look like. The officials have had calls from people who were worried they had bed bugs, only to learn that they were worried about grasshoppers. The informational seminar took place on April 3, at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's regional office on Lake Avenue South.
May Day is celebrated on May 1. Some think of it as a time to bring spring flowers to friends, or as a pagan holiday. Some dance around a maypole. In some parts of the world it's a day to celebrate workers' rights and is known as International Workers' Day. In Duluth, members of the Occupy Duluth group marked the day with free music, food and lectures on the Minnesota Power Plaza on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street, an area they have renamed "The People's Plaza." They started activities around noon. Since it was raining, some tarps were put up.