Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at www.DuluthDailyPhoto.com.
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When I was growing up, my father was fond of saying "You've got to make hay while the sun shines." He knew something about that; he was raised on a farm. My daughter makes meals while the sun shines. Sometimes when I get home from work, I'm greeted with roasts, potatoes and brownies she's cooked -- baked in her solar oven. Rebecca graduated from Northland College last year with a major in environmental science and received the solar oven as a graduation gift from her father.
On a Friday morning, a Cirrus plane with a photographer onboard flew over a school near Arrowhead Road. The photographer captured close to 900 students encircling the school, holding hands and chanting: "North Star is so cool/We are a bully-free school." The students at Duluth Edison Charter North Star Academy, led by Head of Schools Bonnie Jorgensen and Dean of Students Steve Linberg, spent the rest of the day learning more about strategies to stop bullying. The school's usual uniform is a red, white or blue polo shirt and khaki pants.
Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women held a fundraiser luncheon Oct. 13. The theme was "Protecting the innocent." So far this year, 219 children have stayed at the shelter with their mothers. This number doesn't include all the children who have received tutoring or participated in support groups. Police officer Robin Roeser serves as president of the board of directors of the nonprofit. "2011 has been a hard year for nonprofits.
At night, they sleep outside in Duluth's Civic Center - the square bounded by the St. Louis County Courthouse, the Duluth City Hall and the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building just off Fifth Avenue West and West First Street. Earlier in the day, they go off to rally, strategize, or prepare meals and even tea in a makeshift kitchen covered by a canopy.
Veterans Evergreen Memorial Park, across the street from Memorial Park and east of the Holiday Gas Station on Grand Avenue in West Duluth, has been spiffed up, complete with a new American flag. On Wednesday, members of neighborhood business associations took time to pay respect by watching as the Duluth Honor Guard lowered a tattered American flag and raised a new American flag. Earlier this year, neighborhood activist Karin Swor was concerned that Veterans Evergreen Memorial Park was overgrown with shrubs and that no one could see the memorial.
While in Duluth this week, U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack stopped at the UPS customer service center on Port Terminal Road to assist the company in presenting a $5,000 check to the College of St. Scholastica for the college's Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet that feeds over 4,000 people each year. This year marks the sixth year that UPS has supported the Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet. Roz Randorf, advertising director for the Budgeteer/Duluth News Tribune, is this year's senior chairwoman of the Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet. The buffet, which is organized by the College of St.
The Duluth police department and residents work well together, so well that Duluth placed first among 700 other cities vying for the MetLife Foundation's Community-Police Partnership Award. The award carries a $30,000 purse. Duluth LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) announced the award last Wednesday. The award was presented to the Duluth Police Department, Neighborhood Housing Services and West Duluth Community Development Corporation (formerly SVCNDA) for their creation of the Community Safety Initiative.
Recently the Budgeteer visited with several residents at St. Ann's to ask them what they enjoy about their senior years. Lucille Otten, 81, retired at 65. "I've had a good time ever since, just being me," she said. Otten has a special friend at St. Ann's. She says he is a "swell guy" who likes to dance and attend plays. "I enjoy my life and I praise God for my independence," she said. After her children grew up and her first husband died at a young age, Otten worked as a housekeeper at a city-owned combination of rest home and hospital in another town in Minnesota.