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One of Duluth's key Chamber of Commerce officials said he is moving to North Dakota for a new challenge. Andy Peterson, 51, will leave his post as public policy director at the end of the October to take over as president and CEO of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce in Bismarck. A Duluth native, Peterson was hired by the Duluth area chamber in February 2000 after two years working for the Family Resource Center in West Duluth. Peterson said he had been looking for a new opportunity for a couple of years but wanted to wait for the right fit.
The little house seems out of place on the 500 block of East Second Street amid towering hospital buildings, constant traffic and the sound of jackhammers on pavement. It might look right at home next to a babbling brook or a Northland lake. The 8-by-10-by-12-foot playhouse, designed in the style of a Norwegian cottage, is the centerpiece of this year's ARTcetera, the annual dinner-auction-fundraiser put on by the Miller-Dwan Foundation. Proceeds from this year's event will go toward building something much bigger than a playhouse.
Martin Lee has an MBA from Baylor University and is a registered nurse. His current job: repairing medical equipment, power wheelchairs and power scooters. It's scheduled to end Oct. 1. Mark Koehler graduated in May from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor's degree in communication. He's earning $9 per hour as a telemarketer for a local firm, supplementing that work by selling advertising for a direct-mail company on a commission basis.
People who are underemployed or jobless can help themselves by acquiring new skills, said Jon Obrecht, owner of Express Employment and a member of the Duluth Workforce Council. A college degree won't necessarily be enough. For example, having a four-year liberal-arts degree might not be as significant for an employer who wants an administrative assistant as having training and experience in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, Obrecht said. Lisa Heyesen, another Workforce Council member who is the business development director for the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, said making yo
The city of Duluth's ban on synthetic marijuana may go up in smoke. The owner of the Duluth store "The Last Place on Earth" says he's ready with alternative products when a city ban on K2 and similar products takes effect on Sept. 30. But Jim Carlson said he hopes to get city's ordinance blocked in court before that happens. The Duluth City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on Aug.
"Peaceful" might not seem to be a word that goes with "parenting," but Rick Gertsema says parenting can be both peaceful and practical, and he wrote a book to show how. Gertsema, a psychologist at SMDC Health System's Hermantown Clinic, will be the featured speaker on Thursday at the Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E.
OK, Dylan fans, here's a pop quiz: Your job is to name the Bob Dylan song depicted on a manhole cover -- yes, we said manhole cover -- designed by Duluth artist Laurel Sanders. The artwork shows a candle, and a pair of sandal-clad feet. Oh, and the song includes the word "manhole." Got it? The answer, my friends, is not blowin' in the wind, it's at the end of this story. Suffice to say for now that it was one of two Dylan-themed manhole covers produced in an iron pour on Saturday in the lower parking lot of Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E.
Muslims, neighbors and guests were gathering at Duluth's mosque Friday evening to celebrate Eid al-Fitr -- the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Some Muslim communities decided to scale back Eid activities because of the day's proximity this year to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Md., chose to have only religious services this year, according to the online Christian Science Monitor.
The Northland Heroes ceremony in Duluth on Saturday will have many of the familiar trappings of a patriotic event: an honor guard, a speech and music. It might not have a flyover. This is the second year of the event, which commemorates people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Following bans of synthetic marijuana in Duluth and Superior, Cloquet could be the next Northland-area community to ban the drug. "We'll have a discussion sometime in the next few meetings," Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger said Wednesday. Even the discussions could have an effect on whether synthetic marijuana is sold in the area.