Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at www.DuluthDailyPhoto.com.
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Recently my husband and I adopted a dog. My husband wanted to name the dog Daisy. I wanted to name her after a famous female journalist: Nellie Bly, Ida B. Wells, Barbara Walters or Margaret Bourke-White. Not everyone knows these heroines of American journalism, but when people ask the name of my dog, I want to educate them on the history of women in journalism.
More than 160 people gathered for a benefit dinner to raise money and awareness for human trafficking victims on February 20. The event focused on sex trafficking in Duluth, though the cuisine included recipes from halfway around the world. Shunu Shrestha, a native of Nepal and also the Duluth Trafficking Task Force coordinator, planned and prepared the meal. Shrestha wore a traditional sari as she introduced the menu: jeera rice, vegetable korma and mango sorbet.
Retired Hermantown teacher and speech coach Diane Bean starts most mornings with a cup of coffee. Below her apartment, in the Pines Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, is Congdon Park with Tischer Creek rolling on its way to Lake Superior. Her special coffee-drinking place is near a bay window where she can watch the sunrise over the lake. On the wall behind her is a painting by her son, Scott Bean. "Oh Scott," she reportedly said upon first seeing the painting. "You've painted my special meditation spot!"
In frigid weather, people gathered outside the Washington Center to march down Lake Avenue and Superior Streets to a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Once at the DECC, the crowd was treated to drumming, singing and dancing interspersed with a somber message that the fight to overcome racism is still needed. Local people were recognized and honored for their work.
A community worship service was held on the Sunday evening before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday at St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Marchelle Hallman, a former St. Mark pastor now living in north Minneapolis, delivered the sermon to a full house. "We must stand together," she told those in the pews. The audience was a mix of both white and black. "We have to acknowledge the wrongs done to people of African descent: all those years of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation."
The way you clean your house could be making you sick.
Well into winter, outdoor roses continue to bloom on 10th Avenue East. They are located under heating vents from Northland Medical Center. Roses blooming in the holiday season bring to mind the hymn "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," a Christmas carol sung by both Protestant and Catholics. The origins of the hymn may be traced back to a 16th Century German monastery. American musicologist Theodore Baker translated it to English in 1894.
More than 150 people gathered in the basement of First Lutheran Church for fellowship, cookies and a "climate hike" on Sunday, Nov. 29. "Today's climate hike coincides with organized marches for climate justice across the country that are happening and also around the world," said Rev. David Carlson, pastor of Gloria Dei, another Lutheran church a few blocks away. Carlson quoted Rabbi Abraham Heschel, who wrote, "I felt like my feet were praying" after participating in marches with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Korey Northrup and Nicolette Slagle of Honor the Earth , a Native American environmental advocacy group hold up an invoice of what they say are the true cost of a...
A day prior to the U.N. Conference on Climate Change conference scheduled to take place in Paris, a group of about 200 gathered a First Lutheran Church to participate in...