Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.
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One in four people in the United States has a criminal record. A community presentation sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Center held at Denfeld High School on Sept. 30, "We Are All Criminals," looked at the 75 percent of people with criminal histories but no record. People who have had the luxury to forget their worst mistakes.
Students, faculty and staff at The College of St. Scholastica spent a day giving back as part of the College's annual Community Day event on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Classes were canceled as St. Scholastica students, faculty and staff set aside time for community service projects with local nonprofits and other agencies. Projects included reading with students in an afterschool program, cleaning a sailing pier to prepare it for winter and volunteering with an after school program.
Shakespeare fever is spreading through the city. Earlier this week, the Duluth Art Institute Galleries, fourth floor of the Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan St., opened an new exhibit to celebrate the arrival of Shakespeare's First Folio at the Tweed. More than 40 local artists submitted work to "My Mind's Eye: Portraits Inspired by Shakespeare's First Folio."
After nearly two years of anticipation, Shakespeare's First Folio opened at the Tweed Museum at the University of Minnesota Duluth this week. "We've been planning this for a long time and it's finally here," said Krista Sue-Lo Twu, head of the English department and organizer of the exhibition. The rare book was placed in the middle of a room, under a temperature and humidity-controlled 1/4-inch-thick case. Its pages are opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of the most quoted lines in the world: "To be or not to be" from Hamlet.
Essentia Health Duluth honored community members who have overcome disabilities and inspired others and recognized a staff member for serving as a role model in the area of rehab. The 18th annual Journey Awards were presented in the Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Services lobby.
Students at two major Duluth colleges can now travel a little safer between campuses. On Sept. 22, the Campus Connector Trail officially opened. The trail stretches between the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica. This path is part of phase one of the trail that runs parallel to College Street. It was completed between Kenwood Avenue and Junction Avenue prior to the start of the academic school year.
Do you know how your food is grown? That's the question which prompted a field trip for approximately 200 seventh graders from Lincoln Park Middle School. Peter Mostrom took his life science classes up to the University of Minnesota Duluth Sustainable Agriculture Farm on Riley Road to learn about local food and the components of farming.
Neighborhood Youth Services (NYS) hosted an open house this week to allow community members the chance to see the new changes in programming and in the building, the Washington Center at 310 N. First Ave. W. NYS is a community program started in 1992 by Woodland Hills, a juvenile justice and mental health service in Duluth. The biggest change for the after-school academic and social program is the addition of professional counseling through an onsite clinical therapist.
Last Saturday the hands busy at work at the Jerry Alander Training Center were a little bit smaller than usual. The center was filled with young children who were getting their first taste of woodworking. The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters opened up the doors of its carpenter training center in Hermantown to children and their parents for the first "Kids Build" weekend workshop.
Mayor Emily Larson announced that a kids voting program is making a comeback this election season after a six-year absence. In a press conference last Tuesday, Larson unveiled a partnership between several local organizations and schools which will allow youth in grades K-12 to vote in a special election on election day. "Many people, including myself, remember, before I was voting age, going to vote with my parents," Larson said. "I've heard over and over again about how kids are excited to vote and excited about the election."