Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at www.DuluthDailyPhoto.com.
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Duluth Area Chamber Ambassador luncheons are known for a meal and spiel. The Ambassadors get together monthly at the Holiday Inn & Suites, but on Feb. 18 the group was in for a surprise. As Christal McIntyre, owner of Tetrah Wellness, spoke about her whole-body business, her employees massaged the backs and necks of some of the ambassadors. McIntyre talked about her business, formerly named the Christal Center. "Good massage is detoxifying," McIntryre told the Ambassadors.
A flyer for Glen Campbell's movie "I'll Be Me" rested on the kitchen counter on Char and Tim Davern's kitchen on last week's snowy Friday morning. Char placed the morning mail on the counter beside the program of her Lester River Condominium after helping Tim board the van to adult day care. Char and Tim met at a party in southern Minnesota in 1972. In 1973 they married. "He spoiled me rotten. He was so loving and appreciated what I did as a housewife," Char said of her husband. Tim is a 1964 graduate of Duluth East High School. Char is 1966 graduate of Huntley High School.
When the snow cracks beneath my feet and my car door has the certain thud, I wonder how flowers and vegetables will ever grow again. Gardening is an act of faith. The Duluth Community Garden Program is having a fundraiser. (See page B1.) When they first contacted us, Budgeteer reporter Teri Cadeau and I thought maybe it was too early to be writing about gardens.
Renee Zurn, the president of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church's Rosary Society, gave a tour to a group of 30 on Sunday afternoon. Zurn is researching the history of the church. The church was started by a group of Polish immigrants in 1883. The building in use today was constructed in 1906. Many of the stained glass windows and paintings on the ceiling were donated by Polish-American families.
Hundreds gathered for the grand opening of Steve O'Neil Apartments Feb. 3. Just as many people stood on the other side of the ribbon, spilling out onto the street. They shouted out a countdown, "Ten, nine, eight ..." as they recorded the moment with cellphones and cameras. The new building a welcomes families and children to the 44-unit, $12.8 million permanent supportive housing community and emergency family shelter. UnitedHealth Group was the largest investor in the project, providing $10.5 million. The apartment holds the name of the longtime St.
Middle school students at St. James Catholic School assembled care packages of treats, toiletries and Beanie Babies for a local National Guard troop now serving in Afghanistan. On Jan. 30, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in teachers Michelle Londibacher's and Sean Weiland's classes worked to fill boxes to be sent via Priority Mail through the U.S. Postal Service. Many students signed handmade cards. Sixth-grader Victoria Johnson glued a likeness of the Statue of Liberty onto a piece of orange construction paper.
Superheroes abounded at Clyde Iron Works on Sunday afternoon to help a boy named Dexter fight cancer. Children and adults ran around in bright capes of orange, green, purple, red and pink, played carnival games and posed for photos with the superheroes. Children jumped in a bouncy house and adults relaxed in chair massages. The sound of Blue Water Big Band filled the air. All the fun was to help young Dexter Ojeda. The event coincided with his eighth birthday.
J.T. Woodworth, 3, and his mother Trudy Hunt watch the construction of the new transit center from the skywalk over I-35. Hunt said her family travels to Duluth every two...
On Sunday evening the walls of of a small church in Spirit Valley reverberated with the high energy of gospel music, as a diverse group of Duluthians gathered for an ecumenical Christian worship service to honor and remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The church, Christ Temple Victory Center on 59th Avenue West, is the home church of 2004 Marshall High School graduate Christopher Little. Little preached the sermon. During this ecumenical service a powerhouse of pastors from local churches sat in the first two pews.
The Duluth League of Women Voters (LWV) held a legislative roundtable at the Willard Munger Inn on Jan. 4. Jane Gilley, a co-treasurer of the league, facilitated the event. Between...