Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.
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November marks a shift in cancer awareness colors, from pink to purple in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate of any major cancer, at only 8 percent. This disease is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
Many Duluth Public School classrooms and student organizations took a bite out of local hunger in the third annual "Feeding Local Kids" drive throughout October. The effort, backed by the Duluth Federation of Teachers and Duluth Public Schools, is spearheaded by Anne Krafthefer, fifth-grade teacher at Lester Park Elementary School.
The Hermantown High School Drama Club has spent the past two and a half months preparing for their first show in the brand new auditorium. "The first time I came in here, I cried," said senior Ana Mattson. "I couldn't believe how beautiful it was and that we get to use this brand new space. It's amazing." "It actually feels like a real show now," said junior Andy Hooper. "In the other space, it didn't feel like a real theater."
Although Halloween was nearly a week before, children dressed as witches and wizards. Harry Potter has seen resurgence in popularity this year, due to the release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" as well as the upcoming film, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." To celebrate, the Duluth Public Library held a Harry Potter Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 5. "We've always wanted to do this. All of us love Harry Potter and all of the staff was excited to help," said Heidi Harrison, library technician in youth services.
University of Minnesota professor Elizabeth Bartlett was concerned that the history of feminist organizations in the Twin Ports was going to be forgotten. "What started to happen here in the 1970s and '80s was unique. And we felt like it needed to be recorded for posterity, as well as for future generations of activists. And that it not be lost," Bartlett said.
Six local artists and art supporters recently received awards from the Duluth Depot Foundation. On Oct. 26, the foundation hosted its annual Circle of Friends Arts and Culture celebration. The recipients were Adam Sippola, Jim Perlman, Doug Stevens, Anne Dugan, Ronald Kari and Helena Jackson.
Pirates, fairies, lost boys and sword fights can all be found in Duluth Marshall School's fall production of "Peter Pan." This production was selected by director David Johnson because it combines students from Marshall's upper and middle schools. "It is an opportunity to cast a wide range of ages. I was looking for a show that would allow us to combine our middle school and upper school students into a single production to provide an opportunity for these students to collaborate," Johnson said.
Honor, respect and camaraderie. It's those values that motivate veterans John Werner and Larry Kubiak to continue to serve in the Duluth Honor Guard. "There's a camaraderieship between all of us. We're comfortable around each other. You easily associate with fellow veterans. They might not have necessarily been in your unit, but the camaraderie is still there," Werner said. Kubiak and Werner didn't serve in the same unit or even the same branch. The Budgeteer reached out to the veterans to share their stories on honor of Veteran's day. Larry Kubiak
Princesses, Star Wars characters, witches and scientists trick-or-treated through the residence halls of the University of Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday, Oct. 25 for the 21st annual Haunted Halls event. Over 2,000 children and parents were expected to venture along the five open dormitories this year. The event was free and open to the public. In addition to trick or treating, UMD students provided food, craft and carnival stations inspired by this year's "Zootopia" theme.
The public was invited to learn how books were produced in Shakespeare's day and to give it a try for themselves at a free event on Oct. 21 at The College of St. Scholastica. William Hodapp, English professor, and Todd White, reference/digital resources librarian, presented "Making Shakespeare's Books: A Printing Workshop," in honor of the exhibition of Shakespeare's First Folio at the University of Minnesota Duluth's Tweed Museum of Art.