Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.
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Students at East High School are updating a Shakespearean classic comedy by setting it in the more recent past. The spring production of "The Taming of the Shrew," guest-directed by John Pokrzywinski, takes place in the early 1970s in order to add balance to the power struggle between the sexes.
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank raised $57,715 at the 24th Annual Empty Bowl event at the Depot on April 11. The total raised since Empty Bowl's beginning in 1994 has now climbed to $1,046,562 and will put the total number of meals provided by Second Harvest from Empty Bowl proceeds to over 3.1 million.
Students in the Northland are preparing to travel down to the Minnesota High School League state tournament on April 21-22 at Apple Valley High School. Denfeld, East, Marshall and Hermantown high schools all have representatives preparing to speak their pieces.
The Blue Room at the Mount Royal Duluth Public Library branch was filled with families snuggled into forts Wednesday evening for Family Fort Night. Families were encouraged to build forts from sheets, chairs, plastic table cloths, blankets and clothes pins. After building a fort, children picked out books to read with their parents by flashlight.
"You don't take your organs to heaven because heaven knows we need them here," said Gloria Mattakat in her address to the crowd just outside the Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center. It was a celebration of gratitude and hope to recognize community members such as Mattakat whose lives have been touched by organ donation.
Do you have your first pair of childhood glasses? Or perhaps the first few pairs your own children wore stuffed in a drawer somewhere? If so, one St. Scholastica junior has a use for them. Logan Towne, a premed student at the College of St. Scholastica, recently formed the nonprofit Mission 4 Sight to collect donations of children's glasses after he returned from a mission trip to Mexico with Rotary International and the Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity.
According to the National Stuttering Association (NSA), approximately one percent of the world's population stutters. That means over 3 million American adults stutter. These statistics pushed University of Minnesota Duluth instructor and speech pathologist Kay Wallis to form a local chapter of the NSA and a stuttering support group when she moved here seven years ago. "We knew that statistically speaking, people who stutter live here and could benefit from a group. I wanted to have solidarity and support for people who stutter in the area," Wallis said.
What do you call a regular coffee with a shot of espresso? Depending on whom you ask, this common drink can be called a "red eye," a "shot in the dark" or a "depth charge." To the average coffee drinker, those three terms are interchangeable, but as one Duluth coffee shop recently found out, the last term, "depth charge" is a federally registered trademark.
Members of the Hermantown High School drama department have been preparing for the spring production of Louis Sachar's "Holes." "It's been a lot of fun to take this popular book and movie and prepare it for the stage," said director Ken Ahlberg. "There are some differences, but it's really unique because the same author who wrote the book and screenplay wrote the script."
“Come on, Mom. We’ve talked about doing this derby for three years now,” I said. “All right. Let’s puzzle,” Mom said. It was decided. My mother and I entered the 1-2 person division of the fourth annual Duluth Puzzle Derby on March 4.