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With expressions of sorrow and the opposition of one member, the Duluth School Board voted on Tuesday to lay off 29 additional full- and part-time teachers. The teacher cuts will help the district close a $3.8 million budget gap. The cuts include eight non-tenured teachers and 21 tenured teachers. Another six non-tenured teachers were cut in May. In addition to the cuts, 31 teachers retired this year, said Tim Sworsky, the school system's human resources manager.
With numerous Duluth intersections flooded, Duluth police are asking people not to drive except in emergencies. "We want all traffic to be emergency only," said Lt. Jeff Kazel just before 10 p.m. Kazel said flash flooding has affected several areas in town, including Grand Avenue at Raleigh Street, the entrances to Morgan Park, Commonwealth and Stowe Street, Hugo Avenue and Myrtle Street, 8200 E.
With expressions of sorrow and the opposition of one member, the Duluth School Board voted on Tuesday to lay off 29 additional full- and part-time teachers. The teacher cuts will help the district to close a $3.8 million budget gap. The cuts include eight non-tenured teachers and 21 tenured teachers. Another six non-tenured teachers were cut in May. In addition to the cuts, 31 teachers retired this year, said Tim Sworsky, the school system's human resources manager.
Dean Blosberg had been living with multiple sclerosis for more than a decade when his middle child, Emily, was diagnosed with the same condition. It didn't seem fair. "It scared me," the Shoreview, Minn., man said. "It pissed me off; it made me very angry. This wasn't supposed to happen to my kids.
Hospitals in the Northland aren't at the head of the class when it comes to safety, according to a report released this week by a national watchdog organization. Using data from various sources, the nonprofit Leapfrog Group assigned a single letter grade to many of the nation's hospitals. In the Northland, Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center and Essentia Health Duluth both got Bs. St.
The American Heart Association, the YMCA and Essentia Health are offering free hands-only CPR training from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Miller Hill Mall. The training will take 15 to 20 minutes and will be ongoing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near Barnes & Noble. Reservations aren't necessary for individuals or small groups. Call (218) 213-5104 for more information or to RSVP for a larger group.
Women facing breast cancer will get a little extra warmth and comfort thanks to a donation from local artists to the Essentia Health Cancer Center in Duluth. The 30 quilts were made in conjunction with the Spring Fling Quilt Show, an Essentia Health news release said. The event is coordinated by four shops: Behind the Seams in Silver Bay, Country Schoolhouse in Superior, Creations in Duluth and Quilt Corner in Beaver Bay.
Children who stutter are the stars in a DVD available at area libraries. "Stuttering: For Kids by Kids," presented by the Stuttering Foundation of America, is available to be checked out at public libraries in Duluth, Babbitt, Chisholm, Ely, Hibbing and Virginia, according to a news release from the organization. The DVD features children from first-grade to high school who talk about how they handle teasing, speaking out in class and teaching others about stuttering.
The Junior League of Duluth has awarded a $1,250 grant to Just Kids Dental, a Two Harbors-based nonprofit that provides dental care to underserved children. The 2011-12 school year saw a record number of children requiring dental services, said Stacey Anderson, executive director of Just Kids Dental, in a news release. Just Kids Dental provides underserved children with dental cleanings, fluoride varnish applications, sealants, oral and nutritional education, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. It delivers services to 30 schools in Lake, St.
Duluth residents, businesses and industries will pay more for the water they use beginning July 1 -- and still more in January -- as a result of increases approved unanimously Wednesday by the Duluth Public Utilities Commission. The increases, which could be overturned only by a supermajority of the City Council, vary from 8 percent to 20 percent in July, when a change in rate structure the commission approved last month takes effect.