Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.
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The best way to learn is by doing. At least, that's the methodology behind last week's construction trade showcase for high school students. Area high school students received hands-on opportunities to experience work performed in different building and construction trade careers at the Construct Tomorrow event at the DECC on March 7 and 8. Students troweled cement, simulated welding and spray painting, laid bricks and walked across steel beams in the various stations staffed by representatives of 14 local union apprenticeship programs.
In 2016, 21 people in Minnesota died due to domestic violence. "That is 21 too many," said Kristi Beaver, community education and development coordinator for Safe Haven Resource Center at a rally held on March 8 in honor of those killed. The domestic violence day of action rally was held on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday. About 40 people gathered to honor the victims lost in 2016 and call for action to be taken. The rally was one of more than 80 planned across the state on March 8.
What do you get when you mix 7,500 gummy bears with 700 pieces of licorice, five scientists and 100 college students? Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) day at Lowell elementary school last Tuesday. Students from the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) developed and lead STEM activities and exhibits for the K-5th grade Lowell students.
Mayor Emily Larson visited the K.E.Y. Zone afterschool program at Homecroft Elementary School on Wednesday March 1 to speak with members of the Girl’s Club about women in leadership.
Last week Denfeld High School's auditorium was taken over by lions and witches and munchkins — oh my! — as the students in Laura MacArthur's prepared for their Prairie Fire Theatre production of "The Wizard of Oz." Fifty-three energetic students auditioned for the first Prairie Fire production at Laura MacArthur. The students go through a weeklong production schedule. They are cast on Monday, have to memorize their lines by Wednesday and perform the show on Friday.
Not sure how to prepare for the Northland Career Fair on April 12? Frustrated by your job search but unable to make it to the Workforce Center during its usual 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. hours? A new Thursday evening program, coming to the Duluth Public Library in March, might be just the thing. The Minnesota Workforce Center Duluth, Duluth Public Library, Duluth Adult Education and Duluth Workforce Development teamed up to provide training on computers, writing resumes and job fair preparation with their new "Jump Start your Job Search" program.
After more than five years of restoration, a 110-year-old steam locomotive will traverse the tracks between Duluth and Two Harbors this summer with the North Shore Scenic Railroad. "It's exciting to have steam back and to have a local engine," said NSSR shop mechanic Bob Purcell. "We've put in a lot of time and work into this thing."
Erika Bjerketvedt-Field has always loved to sing. She's a member of the Arrowhead Chorale and grew up making music with her family. Now she hopes to expand her music-making family with the new "Our Family Sings" choir project with the Nordic Center. Our Family Sings is a new intergenerational chorus which focuses on teaching music skills and introducing Nordic music to community members ages 5 to 95 as they participate in creating a new high quality chorus. Bjerketvedt-Field is one of three area arts who directs the group.
Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living resident Penny Bodell, originally of Hermantown, wasn't expecting to get a Valentine's Day card last Tuesday. "No I didn't expect one. Maybe in the mail from one of my sons a few days later, but they're all grown up and busy with their own things," Bodell said. So she was overjoyed when eighth grader Madeline Walczynski brought her a handmade valentine and a pink balloon. "Oh my gosh, is that ever cute," Bodell said.
A lot of thought and a lot of time goes into the design of a new Duluth fire truck. "It's built for here. There are a lot of things on this rig that are specific to the area," said fire engine operator Carmine Langlois, who worked with a small team of firefighters to design two new trucks for the city. "It was about two years from the start of the design to today. Generally it's about a year, but these ones took a little more time to design, plan and get the money for."