Eh? for Aug. 18, 2010Our higher ed is higher quality; Second chance for amateur landscapers; Y gets big donation in honor of workout buff
Our higher ed is higher quality
Four-year colleges in the Twin Ports again received high marks in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of Midwestern regional universities.
The College of St. Scholastica ranked highest among Twin Ports schools, coming in at 24th out of 107 Midwestern institutions. The University of Minnesota Duluth placed 34th.
“As always, we appreciate the recognition of St. Scholastica’s quality faculty and programs,” Dr. Larry Goodwin, president of St. Scholastica, said in a news release.
St. Scholastica was the fifth-highest ranked college in Minnesota on the regional list, with only Hamline University (ninth), College of St. Catherine and Bethel University (tied at 17th) and Augsburg College (22nd) rated higher. UMD was sixth.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior was ranked 84th on the regional list and 13th in Wisconsin.
Second chance for amateur landscapers
Spring is a rotten time for landscaping projects.
You don’t know what the weather is going to do. You don’t really remember what the yard even looks like when it’s green. And you’d rather be out playing than working in the dirt anyway.
So late summer is your second chance.
And if you’re into landscaping with native plants, Hartley Nature Center has the deal for you Sunday with their second annual “Habitat Here” festival and native plant sale.
It’s a free, open-house-style event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers say you’ll learn about native plants and the role they play in stemming the tide of habitat loss. Two local sellers of native plants, Boreal Natives and Leaning Pine, will be on hand with information and plants for sale.
Y gets big donation in honor of workout buff
Duluth YMCA staff members say fitness buff John Archambault remembered them in a couple of different ways before he died last summer.
For one, as his health failed and he could no longer come in for his daily workout, he called to make sure they didn’t give away his locker.
Second, he made sure the Y got a nice donation from his estate when he passed on.
On Tuesday, the YMCA accepted a check for $20,000 in honor of Archambault, who died June 12, 2009, at age 87. Family members said the Duluth Y was “his second home” and attributed his excellent health throughout his life to the time he spent at the Y.
According to YMCA staffers, Archambault was a member for almost 40 years and would come in daily to run on the indoor track and catch up with friends in the locker room. Later he switched to walking the track, and then as his health declined he learned to use the wellness center equipment. Finally, when his health kept him from coming in, he would call to make sure they kept his membership active and to make sure his kit locker was still in place, staff member Claudia Grenier said.
Archambault’s donation will bring the Y closer to raising the remaining $807,000 of its $4 million facility renovation goal.