Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at www.DuluthDailyPhoto.com.
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George Goldfarb, executive vice president and COO of Maurices, and David Jaffe, president and CEO of its parent corporation, the Ascena Retail Group, Inc., spoke to about 60 Greater Downtown Council members during a breakfast at Maurices' corporate headquarters in Duluth on Tuesday. Their message: The company is doing well. Ascena saw profits of $236 million or 11 percent of sales for the first nine months of its fiscal year, Jaffe said. Goldfarb said in the next year, Maurices intends to add 40 stores in the United States and Canada -- and 20 more employees in Duluth.
Some people dream of traveling when they retire. Sisters Betsy Comstock and Carolyn Pesheck, East High School graduates who long ago moved to different states, have done just that. But they're traveling for a cause, not just for sight-seeing. Last week, their journey brought them back to Duluth and the First United Methodist Church in which they grew up. "We were looking for a project we would both be interested in. We actually believed that God called us to study hunger," said Comstock, 63, who settled in Massachusetts, worked for IBM and holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology.
Though she never was a Girl Scout herself, Karen Salmela was honored at the organization's leadership luncheon May 13 at the Great Lakes Ballroom at the Holiday Center. "Many of you don't know what Girl Scouts means to me," said Salmela, who has been active as an adult Girl Scouts board member. As a young wife and mother, Salemela said she had trouble finding a job with her teaching degree. "Girl Scouts were there when I was a young adult and struggling." she said. Salmela eventually went back to school, completing a degree in accounting and earning an MBA.
Two black Jewish men were having a conversation at Temple Israel last week before an audience of mostly white people. At least, that's what they appeared to be. "Your identity is as much defined by other people as it is by how you view yourself," said Duluth's Robin Washington, who spoke with Temple University professor Lewis Gordon on Sunday evening on "The Joys of Jews of Color." Washington, a Temple Israel congregant who is editor of the Duluth News Tribune, talked about the first time he lived in the Northland, as the editor of the Lake County Chronicle in Two Harbors.
Motorcyclists and their bikes were blessed on Sunday, May 22, at the Duluth Tabernacle Church. About a dozen motorcycles were parked immediately outside the doors of the Tabernacle Church, which is by the Point of Rocks along Superior Street. Some speculated that attendance was down from last year because it was a foggy, rainy day. Bill Polling, a member of the Seed of Abraham Motorcycle Club said he has been a member of the Duluth Tabernacle Church since 1975, but that he was a recent prospect for the Seed of Abraham Motorcycle Club. He said the blessing of the bikes was "...a cool thing.
You may not have known it, but the United States has a law mandating that ships traveling from one U.S. port to another U.S. port must be built, owned and operated by U.S.
Though she never was a Girl Scout herself, Karen Salmela was honored at the organization's leadership luncheon May 13 at the Great Lakes Ballroom at the Holiday Center. "Many of you don't know what Girl Scouts means to me," said Salmela, who has been active as a Girl Scouts board member. As a young wife and mother, Salemela said, she had trouble finding a job with her teaching degree. "Girl Scouts were there when I was a young adult and struggling," she said. Salmela eventually went back to school, completing a degree in accounting and earning an MBA.
Duluth Budgeteer editor Eric Ament walks his talk. Ament, who said he tries to eat only food that is locally grown, was using horsepower - actual horsepower -- to plow a field on Monday afternoon where that food will be grown. Why pull a plow with horses instead of a tractor? "We don't harvest oil here," said Ament, a co-organizer of the Respect Your Mother Earth Festival each spring at Leif Ericson Park.
Duluthians interested in urban farming might have the theory down pat. Last week, they got the chance to meet the rock star of those doing it. "If you remember anything about this talk, remember, it's all about the soil," Milwaukee's Will Allen, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2010, told the crowd of more than 300 that filled UMD's Kirby Center ballroom on April 22. The recipient of a MacArthur genius grant for his urban farm in Milwaukee, Allen spoke in Duluth as part of UMD's "New Food Regionalism" lecture series. A big part of his talk was compost, whi
There are innumerable ways to stay healthy -- and plentiful advice in the Northland on ways to do so. A breast cancer survivor has started a nonprofit that helps others pay medical bills to fight the illness. And the city of Duluth and St. Louis County have teamed up with a local chiropractor to hold a Community Wellness Day on Saturday (see stories on Pages A2 and B4). Not to be outdone, a group of third- and fourth-graders got an early start on the road to wellness at the Lake Superior Medical Society Alliance's "Adventures in Growing Healthy" event last week.