Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at www.DuluthDailyPhoto.com.
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American flags decorate U.S. Highway 2 — the main drag in Proctor. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)
If you like to eat, you should care about the bees. The League of Women Voters held its Minnesota state convention in Duluth on June 12-14. Hundred of members from all over the state gathered to set the League's agenda for next year. And I learned about the birds and the bees. Well, the bees anyway. Duluth League members hosted dinners various restaurants around town. I helped welcome LWV visitors by eating supper with a group at the Zeitgeist Cafe.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) held the Minnesota state convention in Duluth June 12-14. Seen here are Chelesa Helmer, LWV Duluth secretary; Elisabeth MacNamara, national LWV president; Zandy Zwiebel, outgoing Duluth president; and Judy Duffy, delegate from White Bear Lake. Mary Streufert,will serve as the LWV Duluth president for 2015-2016.
Under a Wednesday morning gray sky which teased of rain, Duluth park maintenance employee Robert Dunsmore supervised a group of volunteers at Bayfront Park as they dug in the dirt to fill large containers with flowers. The flowers will be located throughout downtown and Canal Park. The Greater Downtown Council coordinated the event. About 60 people ranging from preschoolers to grandparents showed up to help. Jenny Ahern usually is indoors teaching math to Harbor City International School students.
Outside the main entrance to the Duluth Area Family YMCA Felicia Vega, 5, and Veronica Vega, 8, jumped up and down with glee as their mother, Lisa Vega, explained that they would be taking part in Mermaids and Pirate Day on Saturday afternoon. Once inside the Y pool area, the sounds of mermaid tails slapping the water and children shouting with glee echoed in the air at the YMCA pool. A skull and crossbones flag hung in the backdrop as lifeguards Sonja Buraglio, 18, Ebonee Townsend 22, and Austin Bongers, 20, prepared for an afternoon of kids intermingling with mermaids and pirates. 'I ho
Duluthian Cheryl Reitan is working to get her screenplay about the civil rights movement in Mississippi, "Thunder of Freedom," produced in Hollywood. Last week a "reader's theater" production of the screenplay was performed at Teatro Zuccone on Tuesday and Thursday and met with favorable reviews. Reader's theater is done without memorization, sets or costumes, allowing the audience to use their imaginations to bring the text to life.
Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre has seen changes in the Arctic that he attributes to global warming. Dupre was the guest speaker at the Duluth League of Women Voters (LWV) annual meeting last week. About 100 people attended the dinner. Though Dupre lives in Grand Marais, he has a Duluth connection through his mother, local resident Kate Cartier. She was at the LWV meeting and ran the slide projector as Dupre spoke. Dupre showed photos of his expeditions as he spoke about the changes he has seen.
It's been 25 years since Duluth Police Sergeant Gary Wilson was gunned down while responding to an armed assault call on April 9, 1990. Later that spring and every year since, law enforcement officers from the area have gathered to honor and remember Wilson and other officers who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. On Thursday, May 14, a special prayer breakfast was held to honor officers who gave their lives in the line of Duluth. The breakfast was hosted by the St. Louis County Law Enforcement Chaplain's Association at Holiday Inn in cooperation with the St.
In his column this week Bill Gronseth, Duluth's superintendent of schools, says that "'Goodnight Moon' time" is important. "Goodnight Moon" time is when adults interact with their children, especially in reading, but it can be any time devoted to interacting with a child. Gronseth was one of about 400 who attended last week's Duluth-Superior Community Foundation's annual celebration, which featured noted Harvard educator Robert D. Putman. I also attended the event and was troubled by Putnam's findings. He said that the "'Goodnight Moon' time" gap was widening between rich and poor kids.