Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at www.DuluthDailyPhoto.com.
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I work very hard. My parents worked hard. Everything I have is because we all worked for it, right? I was raised to believe that. And I do believe it. But about six years ago I saw a video that opened my eyes to the possibility there may be other ingredients to success. It was after worship services at First United Methodist Church one Sunday. A bunch of us -- all white, educated, and, I daresay, comfortable -- watched a video. In it, people of all races stood in a line in the middle of a room.
A vigil in memory of the Tucson shooting victims was held in the late afternoon on Sunday, Jan. 8, in Duluth. It was the one-year anniversary of the tragedy where 18 people were injured and 6 died from gunshot wounds during Arizona Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords' "Congress on your corner" event at a Tucson shopping center. Organizers estimate that 70 to 75 people showed up for the vigil at the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street.
Four young adults who had been in foster care talked to a small audience Monday night about their experiences in foster care in an effort to answer questions any potential foster care parents may have. The event took place in an intimate setting at a private foster care agency and included a Mexican meal. Donna Ennis, regional director of North Homes, moderated the event, which took place in a conference room at their offices in the Medical Arts Building.
Naomi Yaeger Budgeteer Editor Fifth-graders at Stowe Elementary School on the western edge of Duluth learned colonial history this week by re-enacting colonial times in the gymnasium. Social Studies teacher Bob Berg said the students had spent about one month researching colonial times in the America. The 60 students were dressed in clothing of the period - girls in skirts and bonnets, and boys in knickers. Those who played judges wore white wigs. A hand-drawn sign on the gym door welcomed visitors, mostly parents and grandparents, to the village of Bergsville.
A course on getting and staying out of debt will be offered to members of the 148th Fighter Wing and their families this January. It meets one weekend (Friday and Saturday) a month through mid-April. "We've found that one of the No. 1 issues with military personnel is financial issues," said Jennifer Kuhlman, Airman and Family Readiness program manager at the 148th Fighter Wing. "We want to make them ready and prepared.
Next to Easter, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the most joyous occasions in my life. My childhood memories of Christmas are a treasure. Everyone was on his or her best behavior.
Naomi Yaeger Budgeteer News Since 1997, the only way many people would know that a big light-colored brick building in Lincoln Park on West Third Street was a church was by reading the sign. It was a nondescript building to the casual passerby. There was no bell tower, steeple or cross. "The only indication we had that we were a Catholic or Christian church was the sign out there. Other than that, we could be anything," said Terry Figel, pastor of the parish.
Around the turn of the century, Duluth was home to more millionaires per capita than any other American city. Many people used that wealth to build stately, beautiful homes. A Duluth News Tribune article dated Dec. 2, 1906, noted that new homes between 21st Avenue East and 26th Avenue East and bounded by East First Street and East Fifth Street were being built at a cost of up to $20,000.
The DECC's Harborside Ballroom was filled with community leaders from all walks of life as the YWCA of Duluth honored Joycelyn Dorscher, Pam Kramer and Gwen Updegraff at the eighth annual Women of Distinction luncheon and awards ceremony on Nov. 2. As the event started, local musician Sara Thomsen played her guitar.
Twenty-five years ago on Oct. 17, 1986, I attended my father's funeral. People often said of him, "There's never a dull moment when you are with Earl," and having interesting parents helped shaped my life. When I heard that the king and queen of Norway planned to visit Duluth on Oct. 17 and that I would be among journalists covering it, I thought of the significance of the date to me. Oct. 17 is embedded in my mind. For a while, I subconsciously dated checks and documents Oct. 17, 1986. Once, when bank teller asked me why, I responded, "Oh, I didn't realize I had done that!