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Proctor school district residents will be asked Tuesday to approve $12 million in athletics upgrades via a bond referendum. The bulk of that would go toward a new hockey arena, with $1.3 million slated for artificial turf at Egerdahl Field and another $250,000 split among Canosia, Midway, Solway and Grand Lake townships for field upgrades.
Duluth East senior Meghan Zwak finished her conversation with teacher Kristin Warmanen on Wednesday, giving her a quick, spontaneous hug before she left for her next class. The moment was indicative of the kind of space Warmanen has created in her windowless room at East, cast in warm, cozy lighting, with a Smartboard that shares the message: "We get you. We got you." It's where the student mental wellness advocacy and support club Boundless meets three times a week.
Plans to use the Duluth school district's former Rockridge Elementary to house the Woodland Hills Academy are moving forward. The School Board's approval is necessary, but district business services manager Doug Hasler said the prospect was a serious one, with a fall 2017 target.
University of Minnesota Duluth students affected by President Donald Trump's actions on immigration last week have been advised to stay put. Ten students from Iran, Syria and Somalia are studying at UMD using student visas, or are U.S. citizens with green cards. Leaving the country now would mean at least those with student visas can't return.
Samantha Jackson balanced her 9-month-old baby, Elias, carefully on her lap inside 6th Judicial District Judge Sally Tarnowski's courtroom one January day. Gathered around four heavy tables pushed together in the middle of the room, Jackson and Elias — there for a hearing — were joined by Tarnowski, attorneys and social workers. There was good news to be finalized: Jackson was regaining full custody of her two children, and her child protection case was being closed.
A Minneapolis-based developer aiming for its second Duluth project plans to buy the former Nettleton Elementary School property. Contingent on a feasibility study, United Properties hopes to create senior housing with the intention to work with the existing building and invest at least $10 million. "We like the area and we think there is a need for multi-family housing there," said Rick McKelvey, vice president of development for United Properties.
Lincoln Park Middle School was on display Monday for one of the education world's most influential people.
A new Duluth Catholic high school could open as early as September. Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba on Friday announced his approval of a plan to unify all Duluth Area Catholic Schools under one governing body and school with multiple campuses. The plan means the closing of the preK-5 St. Michael's Lakeside School and the addition of a high school within the St. John's school building in the Woodland neighborhood. It will be the first time a Catholic high school has operated in Duluth in more than 45 years.
After more than 90 minutes of discussion and a litany of amendments, the Duluth School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to replace rubber playground mulch with wood chips, but put off a decision on the timeline for installation. Board members were split on doing all of the district's playgrounds at once or stretching out the project in the interest of saving money. The engineered wood fiber is expected to cost $630,000, and paying for it will require dipping into the general fund at the expense of other programs.
The 94-year-old St. Michael's Lakeside School is slated to close under a plan that would unify Duluth Catholic school operations and open a new high school.