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One day Alicia Williamson was chatting with a women's hockey coach who always shared quotes from famous athletes with her team before games and practices. This coach soon realized, however, that all of the quotes she was sharing were from men. "She was teaching them about men but she was coaching girls and she realized that, ultimately, that does have an affect on them," Williamson said.
Last week I was on a flight from Duluth to Minneapolis. This is my favorite leg of any trip because my fellow passengers are always friendly and chatty despite being crammed in like sardines. I always do some of my best reading on airplanes because my phone is not distracting me, so I was engrossed in my new copy of "The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo" when I was tapped on the shoulder.
For decades the St. Louis County Law Library in downtown Duluth has been a resource for people representing themselves in court. However, navigating the dense books and legalese can be frustrating for anyone with no legal background. That is why two years ago the Law Library board collaborated with Legal Aid of Northeastern Minnesota to staff someone at the library to assist people with legal problems. Called the Self Help Program, it draws in hundreds of people every week.
In an effort to get local kids interested in science and technology, members of the Duluth East Daredevils robotics team volunteered their time to host a LEGO robotics camp.The camp was held Aug. 15-18 at the Heritage Sports Center Boys & Girls Club and attracted a dozen kids who were able to build and program their own robots. "It was really easy for us to decide to do this camp," said Timothy Velner, Duluth East Robotics advisor. "Other camps that we do raise money for the team, but this camp is our gift to the community."
Life House, an organization that provides resources to local homeless and street youth, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, Life House has been hosting numerous events throughout the year to raise money and awareness for their organization. One of these events is a six-part lecture series aimed at dismantling myths about homelessness. "We try to build some compassion in our community for what we think are its most vulnerable members," said Maude Dornfeld, executive director of Life House.
For the past nine summers, young actors and actresses ages 13-18 have come together for one month to participate in the Duluth Playhouse Teen Summer Intensive. Here students learn all...
From shipwrecks and pirates to gunfights and murders, there is quite a bit of Duluth's history that goes unspoken. The Duluth Experience tour company aims to expose the taboo portions of local history with the new Dark History walking tours. These tours, running from the Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace through Canal Park and downtown, shine light on the less savory parts of Duluth's past. "We like to talk a lot about our successes as a city, but there have been a lot of tragedies along the way that are just as important," said David Grandmaison, CEO of the Duluth Experience.
After a natural disaster occurs, but before large organizations are able to provide support to devastated areas, volunteer relief groups such as Team Rubicon often step in to provide damage control. Team Rubicon is comprised of military veteran volunteers who have provided relief to over 180 disasters worldwide. They spent July 30 through Aug. 2 assisting Duluthians stricken by the storm.
On July 11, the Mount Royal branch of the Duluth Public Library opened its doors after a renovation that began on May 2. Among other things, this remodel included the addition of a program room to offer more educational opportunities to library patrons. "We were able to do this through a lot of gift and grant money," said Kristy Nerhaugen, Duluth Public Library youth services coordinator. "We love expanding and being able to offer more services."
Many children spend their summers in front of video games and television screens. But for the past five weeks children in the Hillside Youth Theatre Program have been spending their summer on a production that promotes face-to-face interaction and real-world skills. The play, called "Escape from Puzzle Island," will be showing at Lincoln Park Middle School on July 28 and 29.