Starting in the 1967 Dick Palmer, then associate publisher of the Budgeteer with his father, Herb, as publisher, wrote the highly popular "Action Editor" column. "It was an ombudsman-type thing and I solved lots of problems, hundreds of problems, for people who were getting pushed around, weren't getting the right answers to questions," Dick Palmer, who now lives in Superior, told the Budgeteer in an interview last week.
Supporters of earned sick and safe time (ESST) rallied in Central Hillside on Monday, April 10.
"I guess that is the question asked by many men. What do you do when the squatches come for you?" This philosophical quandary is the heart of a new movie to be filmed in Duluth and Brimson, one with the equally weighty title, "Sasquatch I: It Begins: The Curse of the Were-Squatch." Filmmaker Ryan McGivern, a 1995 Duluth Central High School graduate, is the creative force behind the production, which he expects to start in May. Also that month his Duluth Film Company will unveil its more serious feature-length drama, "Vigor."
"I'm just gonna call it 'the weird step,'" said dance instructor Bob Pillsbury. "I don't want to put too much emphasis on it because that'll take the fun out of it." The scene was Monday night in the gym of Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, and Pillsbury was teaching an Irish dance to the Duluth International Folk Dancers.
The Polymet mine debate again has raised the frequent question: Which is more important, jobs or the environment? A forum took place in a crowded theater at Teatro Zuccone on Saturday, March 4 to change the question: Why can't we have jobs and a clean environment? The panel featured Minnesota Sen. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth), Virginia City Councilor
This past weekend offered numerous events that showed the level of social and political concern in the Twin Ports. Here's a sampling.
As part of the Twin Ports tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace United Church of Christ hosted an evening of music and poetry Jan. 14. "Rhythm and Hues" created a narrative about the ongoing struggle to build a just society. The evening started with a community meal, then moved into a musical program divided into three parts: "We're a Long Way From Done," "We Need Faith, and We Have It" and "The Dream is Alive, Keep Working."
The halls of Washington Community Center were filled with the enticing smell of fry bread on Jan. 6 as volunteers served up indian tacos at $5 each. The event, held the first Friday of each month, is a fundraiser for the Native American activist group Idle No More Northwoods Wolf Alliance. The sales previously took place in a small building on East Second Street near Miller Dwan, but last October moved to the Washington Center. The monthly sales are announced on facebook.com/idlenomoreduluthmnredux.
Approximately 100 people gathered at Duluth City Hall Christmas Eve in an annual ceremony to remember homeless people who have died in the past year. "Today we remember 41 children of God, 14 of whom were homeless at the time of their deaths, and the rest were formerly so, but thanks to many of you here, they did not die on the street," said Lee Stuart, executive director of CHUM, a nonprofit that aids the homeless.
People experiencing homelessness and their supporters rallied at City Hall on Dec. 5. They called upon City Council to establish a Homeless Person's Bill of Rights, to which the council had committed with a resolution in January, 2014. But after three years an ordinance has not yet been passed. "This is a place where we value everyone. It doesn't matter who you are, what you do for a living or economic circumstance, we are all part of a valued community," said Councilman Joel Sipress at the rally.