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In less than a month, four flash mobs in support of the grassroots indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection movement "Idle No More" were held in Duluth and Cloquet. Another was planned for this past week as the Budgeteer went to press. A flash mob is a large group of people who gather, ideally in an instant, to perform a unified action in a public place, often a song or dance. In this case, participants are performing a round dance. "The round dances were a family event," explains Joe Sutherland, a member of the Duluth Anishinaabeg community, who is from Canada.
Written by Teri Cadeau,i> Beverly Mulford says she always wanted to be a nurse. In January of 1944, she enrolled in the Cadet Nurse Corps training program at St. Luke's Hospital to do just that. The cadet nurse corps program was created in 1943 to solve the shortage of nurses due to many serving in WWII. The corps was created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt within the Public Health Services to provide funding for nursing schools. Women who joined in the corps pledged to serve as nurses either on the homefront or in the military after completing their training.
“For a Better Life” is a new exhibit on Swedish immigration running July 7-29 at the Nordic Center, 23 N Lake Ave., Duluth. In addition to the authentic artifacts, informational panels will explain when the Swedish people emigrated and why. See pictures of the ships they traveled on; learn where they settled in the Midwest; gain insights into their daily lives, the work they chose and the homes they built. Gifts given to Duluth by its sister city Vaxjo will also be on display. Opening reception is Friday, July 11, 7-9 p.m.
Lake Superior Day, July 20, honors the largest of the Great Lakes. (It could hold all the water in the other lakes plus three more Lake Eries.) The celebration began in the 1990s in Thunder Bay and grew to encompass all the bordering states and provinces. It also includes events in the week leading up to the 20th. Here are some local activities: July 13-20: The first Superior Scavenge Hunt in Duluth, sponsored by Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program (MLSCP).
Light. In the north country we like daylight hours when we can accomplish our tasks. We take walks, plant our gardens and enjoy outdoor activities. At night we wind down, go indoors and turn on our lights. Later we sleep. Some of us sleep in complete darkness with shades drawn and no inside lighting, while others sleep with lights flickering from without and within their homes. At Hawk's Ridge in Duluth, we see many birds that use light from the moon, stars and setting sun for navigation during their twice-yearly migrations, but light pollution can obscure the skies.
There's a sense of pride a shopper feels in supporting a locally-owned independent business. Maybe it's the fact that you know a significant amount of your money will be reinvested back into goods and services in our community. Or perhaps it's the fact that you are supporting those who provide outstanding customer service because their employees take time to get to know their customers. Or maybe it's just the fact that you are looking for something unique and our local businesses are the thread that helps make the fabric of our community. No matter what prompts you to shop local, we thank
Local philanthropist David A. Goldberg, for whom the David Goldberg Family Branch Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland which is located in the Heritage Center of the Lincoln Park neighborhood is named, was one of those honored in November by the Lake Superior Fund Raising Executives. Nationwide the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15 and the Lake Superior Fund Raising Executives held its Celebrating Community Giving Day on the same day.
For the second year, the Nordic Center and the Nortun Lodge/Sons of Norway are hosting Duluth's version of a Gingerbread City. Gingerbread houses and buildings made by Duluth residents will be on display in The Nordic Center (street level) and the Norway Hall (second floor), located at 21 N. Lake Avenue, Duluth. The Pepperkakebyen, which means "Gingerbread City" in Norwegian, opened to the public at the Nordic Center on Fri., Nov. 22. It will be open for visitors through Sat., Dec. 14. The hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and Sundays 1-4 pm.
We love our pets like family members. But as the holiday season arrives, it's important to remember that they're not tiny, furry people.
The Budgeteer urges you to make sure that your dogs and cats are safe during the cold weather. Although they are equipped with fur coats, dogs, cats and other animals can still suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze. Cold weather spells extra hardship for backyard dogs, and it can also pose challenges for wildlife. The recent snowstorms prompted an email to the Budgeteer from PETA with suggestions on how to keep animals safe this winter. As arctic air continues to move into our area, here are some tips: Keep animals indoors.