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The good news is that $60,000 worth of Minnesota Ballet costumes haven't been damaged as much as expected. The bad news is that the ballet remains out of a practice...
The Duluth school district playground mulch replacement project is underway, with the School Board set to vote on a design firm next week. The board will be asked to approve $18,500 in spending for a firm that will research design and construction options for the 10 playgrounds — eight elementary schools and both middle schools — that need mulch replacement.
Yusuf Ali is only 15, but he can tick off several times he feels he's been racially profiled by law enforcement. One incident involved being pulled over by police for a minor reason but ended with an officer's knee in his back, forcing him hard into the cement, he said, and only because he raised his voice. The black teen from Rochester, Minn., moved with his family to an upscale neighborhood in that city, and soon after, he said, police started stopping him as he walked near his home following complaints from neighbors.
Eleven hammocks draped in mosquito netting are arranged around a large basswood in a quiet Duluth forest. One day in July each held a small child wrapped cocoon-like, clutching “stuffies”...
Jim Northrup was a "tough man" who taught his eldest sons to survive in the elements by living in a tepee on the Fond du Lac Reservation for several years, when money and jobs were scarce. But it was more than physical survival, said his son, Matthew, on Tuesday, the day after his father died from cancer-related complications. He taught them how to be strong in a world that didn't treat everyone the same, he said, using humor — and education — as tools.
Lillian Goldfine's respect for teachers prompted her a decade ago to create an annual award that honored their work. Goldfine — who was known for her generosity and compassion — died Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was 87. "Lillian Goldfine cared deeply about education and recognized just how important great teachers are to the success of our students," said Duluth school district Superintendent Bill Gronseth. "Lillian also knew that the efforts of teachers often go unrecognized and wanted to shine a light on their good works."
A new grant given to the College of St. Scholastica will allow it to offer scholarships to more than 30 students aiming to teach science or math in a high-needs area. The National Science Foundation awarded the college $1.2 million to increase the number of new math and science teachers committed to teaching in rural and urban high-need Minnesota communities around Duluth, St. Cloud and St. Paul. It is a five-year project. The idea is to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, and help fill a teacher shortage in those areas.
The Duluth School Board Tuesday night voted to refinance a chunk of long-range facilities plan debt, reducing taxpayer burden by $6.8 million over the next 11 years. The board was acting on advice from financial advisers who said earlier in the month that the market was right to refinance one particular bond, which helped pay for the $315 million plan. A favorable sale of debt Tuesday morning means savings of $624,000 a year through 2028, when the bond will be paid in full.
More than 20 people worked to rescue Bayfield County sheriff's deputy David Dawson Monday night, as he clung to a tree after his vehicle was swept away in a swollen...
Seventy-seven official reports of bullying in the Duluth school district were made this past school year — just one fewer than the previous year, when a new state-mandated bullying policy was put in place.