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This week, reporter Teri Cadeau writes about time management tips that Amber Madoll shared at the December Professional Women's Network meeting. Madoll said, "The important thing is to pick one system and stick to it. Make time management a habit." I was at Madoll's presentation and as I was listening I thought, "Yes, she is so right." I learned about time management the hard way. Years ago I had a direct-care job with the chronically mentally ill. I never worked an eight-hour day at one location.
Most companies are not talking to their employees about their work, according to Jim Laumeyer, a human resources consultant who spoke during the Chamber Ambassador’s December luncheon meeting. “Every employee...
The smell of southern cooking and the sound of popular Christmas songs filled the air in the cafeteria at Lincoln Park Middle School Dec. 29. About 70 people gathered to celebrate Kwanzaa, a holiday celebrated by the African community throughout the world Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Elementary children skipped around and chattered. Teenagers visited with each other. The young people waited for the adults to set up the sound system and make other preparations.
The Twin Ports Hmong community celebrated its new year Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Lakeview Social Hall at First United Methodist Church. The event included traditional Hmong dress, food and music. Many of the more than 100 people in attendance wore traditional holiday costumes. The bright colors-on-black costumes feature vests and cummerbunds adorned with rows of dangling coins.
Methodist churches have a history of planting new churches. In 1889, two brothers who were members of Duluth's downtown First Episcopal Methodist Church took the a step to plant a Methodist church in the then-new neighborhood of Lester Park. The brothers, Arthur E. and Henry N. Brown, purchased lots at 54th Avenue East and Superior Street and began building their homes. At the same time, they saw a need for a church in the neighborhood.
Duluthians from League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women got together on Nov. 22 for a joint "hot topic" meeting. The subject was the Women's Economic Security Act (WESA), which passed the Minnesota Legislature in May and became law in August.
111914.N.DNT.InsureJennyStGeorge..jpg Surrounded by an assortment of "navigators," Dexter Ojeda, 7, leans against his mother, Jenny St. George, while she tells her story of obtaining health insurance for her children. A presentation on MNsure's open enrollment was held on Tuesday at the Duluth Public Library's main branch. Karen Walter, left, of Community Action Duluth, helped St. George find her way or "navigate" the Minnesota health care insurance system. Fifteen agencies employ "navigators" to provide free assistance with health care insurance enrollment.
CHUM held its fall assembly on Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church. About 150 people attended. Executive Director Lee Stuart updated this gathering of 150 delegates on the status of the Steve O'Neil Apartments and informed them of the statistics on the use of their programs. Volunteers were honored and a new church joined the the fold. CHUM has a mission of providing basic necessities, such as food and shelter to help people stabilize their lives. It is made up of 40 faith-based congregations.
Knowledge and libations flowed at the Duluth Public Library last Saturday evening. A silent auction item — a basket containing a book about Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, paired with a six-pack of Angry Orchard beer — let attendees of "Learning and Libations at the Library" know this wasn't any ordinary fundraiser. The basket was one of numerous cleverly paired book-and-drink duos at the event. "Libation" is defined as an intoxicating beverage or the act of pouring or drinking as part as a religious or ceremonial ritual.
More than 140 attendees of the American Association of University Women Duluth Branch were entertained by local artists at the AAUW scholarship fundraiser on Nov. 6 at the Northland Country Club. "Created Here" was the theme of the fundraiser. The goal of the event was to raise $4,000 for higher education scholarships for women. Three theater artists also shared their stories. Pat Castellano, Cathy Podesza and Jean Sramek spoke about their journey into theater as Twin Port residents. Birding expert Laura Erickson, a radio host and author, shared her personal story.