Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.
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Central Entrance was filled with the sounds of chants, honking and cheers Saturday morning, Feb. 11, as protesters, both in support and opposition to Planned Parenthood, gathered with signs outside the Duluth location at 1001 E. Central Entrance. Planned Parenthood provides birth control and other women's health services in addition to abortion at 650 health centers, according to its website. About 15 pro-life protesters mingled with the estimated 120 Planned Parenthood supporters.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland recently held its 45th annual "Youth of the Year" event. Makayla Pearson, a 14-year-old Denfeld High School freshman, won the competition and will now get the chance to compete at the state level. "When I first heard my name, I was like really in shock and nervous but excited all at once. It was like an ambush of feelings," Pearson said.
What's the secret to a long and happy marriage? There's no one correct answer. However, couples who have been married for over 65 years might have a good idea. In honor of Valentine's Day, the Budgeteer visited Edgewood Vista, a senior independent and assisted living community in Hermantown, to speak with four couples to find out how they met and what it takes to stay together. Love, consideration, and mutual respect
My parents did the best they could. Dad mentioned he’d been crying a lot. When I asked why, he told me Rosco died in his sleep the night before. Rosco was a 13-year-old Staffordshire mix. He was one of the two dogs I wrote about a month ago. (“Dogs enforce New Year’s resolutions,” Jan. 1 Budgeteer) But I don’t really want to focus on the end of his life. Instead, let me tell you a few stories about the wonderful and ridiculous dog.
Sometimes inspiration strikes in unusual places. For HTK marketing graphic designer Annie Schweiger, inspiration struck in the form of her co-worker’s dog, a long-haired Chihuahua named Winston. “It was my co-worker Mike Scholtz’s dog. He has three dogs and Winston’s one of the dogs that he brings in almost every day. And I just really wanted to paint his dog, because he’s one of my favorites in the office. So I just did it as a fun weekend project,” Schweiger said.
Although she spent 20 years teaching drama at Proctor High School, Hermantown native Lynn Peterson is taking her dramatic skills back to her hometown this summer. Peterson is writing a play about the history of Hermantown to be staged during Summerfest activities in July.
On Jan. 31, about 100 members of the public attended a special Duluth Human Rights Commission meeting at the Hillside Community Center to discuss progress on the passing of the homeless bill of rights ordinance. The bill was proposed to the City Council three years ago. At the meeting, a beginning draft of the ordinance was presented to the HRC by City Councilor Joel Sipress.
Students involved in the fine arts at Denfeld High School will have the opportunity to show off their skills at the Denfeld Evening of Fine Arts on Feb. 2. The program will showcase students in the fine arts with music, speeches, art, culinary treats and theater. Theater director Matthew Pursi and choir director Paul Christenson teamed up with fellow teachers to create the program as a way to showcase the varied talents of Denfeld’s students.
An estimated 1,400 people marched through the skywalk downtown on Jan. 21 as part of a local solidarity march, held at the same time as the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Marchers gathered in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to walk through the skywalk to the Technology Village for a rally. Several local leaders such as school board member Rosie Loeffler-Kemp spoke at the rally.
As a part of human trafficking awareness month, local nonprofit Men As Peacemakers hosted a preview of the “Don’t Buy It Project” at Trepanier Hall on Jan. 20. The Don’t Buy It Project is a public awareness campaign focused on educating boys, men and the broader community about commercial sexual exploitation of girls and women. The goal of the project is to decrease the demand for commercial sex by providing resources to help individuals, groups and communities understand the damage caused by sexual exploitation.