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She's the mother of five, a former beauty queen and former high school basketball star. She's pro-union, anti-abortion, a committed Christian who supports teaching creationism in school. She's Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- and she's John McCain's pick for his Republican presidential running mate. At 44, Palin describes herself as "just your average hockey mom" who joined the PTA, was elected city councilor, mayor, then governor.
Gina Holinday's kids weren't the only ones painting, doing mosaics and crafts at Sunday's "Art in Me" Art in the Park event at Chester Park on Sunday. Their mother was also busy at it. "I did everything," a pleased Holinday said. That was what organizers were hoping for -- parents and children creating art together.
Book "More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw" by Chris Magwood, Peter Mack and Tina Therrien (New Society Publishers; 2005) Periodical The Last Straw, an international quarterly journal of straw bale and natural building Web sites n www.strawbale.com which offers much information, including how-to videos n www.limeworks.com provides information on environmentally friendly plasters that are compatible with straw. Classes North House Folk School in Grand Marais offers classes on straw-bale building.
BY CANDACE RENALLS NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER HOVLAND -- A half-mile down a dirt driveway through woods, a stack of straw bales signals one's arrival at Chris and Cameron Norman's new home. Approach the house, and the scattering of straw on the ground thickens. Leftover construction material. Because Chris Norman likes a challenge as well as building green, he has spent much of his spare time during the past 1½ years building a two-story straw bale house on the couple's 40 wooded acres in Hovland, about 20 miles northeast of Grand Marais.
BY CANDACE RENALLS NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER While the idea of building with straw bales is not new, the eco-friendly approach to building has been gaining interest in the past 15 years. In the low-tech method, bales of straw are typically stacked on a concrete foundation, staggered like bricks, to serve as insulation for walls. Sometimes they serve as load-bearing walls. Bales are bound together with steel pins.
As the news spread that the city of Duluth would stop giving money to the senior lunch program, seniors were upset, believing it meant the end of the program. "We never got a chance to give them any input," said an angry Rose Marie Novotny, 71, a regular diner at Portman Community Center. "I really resent that. People are really mad." But despite city layoffs and talk of closing community and recreation centers, program administrators say the senior dining program will continue after the city pulls out Dec. 31.
A federal lawsuit filed by a former Cook County High School student claiming his constitutional rights were violated when he wrote an essay about killing a teacher has been struck down again. On Friday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lawsuit's dismissal last year by a federal judge. The three-judge panel found that David Riehm's essay was a "true threat" and not protected by the First Amendment as Riehm and his mother, Colleen Riehm of Grand Portage, had claimed.
The city administration's plan to sell wooded parcels near Park Point Recreation Area for residential development got a lot harder Tuesday evening. By a 5-2 vote, the Duluth Planning Commission voted down a change to the city's 2-year-old comprehensive plan that would have allowed such a move. The comprehensive plan says the land -- long considered part of Park Point Recreation Area -- must be used for recreation.
Allowing chickens in the city of Duluth moves closer to reality today when the City Council gets its first reading of a revamped city ordinance that sets down ground rules. "You can't just get a couple of chickens and throw them in the backyard or garage," said Councilor Sharla Gardner, one of the ordinance's sponsors. Under the ordinance, people in single family homes can have up to five chickens, while people in apartments or duplexes can't have them at all.
When Park Pointer David Johnson told Duluth Mayor Don Ness last week that he opposed the planned sale of wooded Park Point land for development, Ness challenged him to come up with a compelling reason not to. After thinking about it, Johnson did. His idea -- which is gaining interest among local officials -- is to instead turn the wooded parcel, along with the Park Point Recreation Area and the forested end of Minnesota Point, into a state park.