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About 50 people gathered at the Lake Superior Maritime Museum last week to attend a "Blessing of the Port" service that was conducted by the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers. The importance of Lake Superior and the Port of Duluth-Superior to the regional and national economy was stressed, as well as how the port connects Duluth-Superior to the rest of the world. Doug Paulson, a campus minister and a board member of The Seafarers Center, played the acoustic guitar.
This Saturday evening the lights on Duluth's iconic Aerial Lift Bridge will switch off in honor of Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a movement which started in Australia as a symbol for people to take a stand against climate change. More than 50 million people across 35 countries are participating. Last year, landmarks such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the CN Tower in Toronto, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Rome's Coliseum, all stood in darkness for one hour in a show of support for global sustainability. "We've done this now for several years," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness.
The University of Minnesota Duluth doesn't want an invisible moat around the campus and the neighborhoods surrounding it, Chancellor Lendley "Lynn" Black told a gathering of about 30 people, most of them residents of the nearby neighborhoods, at the Grant Recreation Center in East Hillside on Tuesday evening. "To be the best university we can be, we need strong neighborhoods around us," the newly inaugurated chancellor said. The meeting was sponsored by Campus Neighbors, a group started to promote healthy relationships between the area's permanent residents and students living in the neighbo
On a recent media tour, CHUM development director Mary Schmitz said she was surprised to find bare shelves in the back room -- something she says she's never seen before. "I was really taken aback," said Schmitz, who has worked for the nonprofit for three years. "Every time I've been back there those shelves have been packed." While CHUM accepts donations to fill those shelves any time of the year, people who make a donation this month will get a match for their cash.
Duluth isn't known for its farming, but it doesn't take a lot of land to get something growing. "You can grow a lot of food on 20 acres," says Jamie Harvie, co-chairman of the Duluth Community Farm and executive director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future. Harvie, who shares Community Farm duties with Randy Hanson, is putting out a call for applicants for the Community Farm Program's 20-acre farm on the corner of Jean Duluth and Riley Roads.