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Sisters Kianna and Angelina St. Germaine, 6- and 7-year-old bundles of energy with black hair and impish grins, had their hair done and their faces made up on Saturday afternoon. Then they posed for a professionally done portrait with their grandmother, Martha Jourdain, 49, and her sister, Donna Jourdain, 59. It's something scores of families throughout the Northland do at this time of the year: getting a portrait done in time for Christmas.
Deborah Washington was initially surprised to be told that Superior, Wis., is nowhere near Cumberland, Md. "You see why I never went into geography," said a laughing Washington, who is director of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable.
Friends and colleagues remembered Vance Hopkins on Thursday as a caring educator who returned to his hometown to help new generations of Duluth students succeed. "He was like a brother to me," Duluth School Board member Mary Cameron said.
Students and staff at Ordean East Middle School were writing condolence messages today to the family of their assistant principal, who died unexpectedly Wednesday evening. Vance Hopkins, 61, a Duluth native who returned to his hometown to help educate other generations of kids, died Wednesday night, the Duluth school district confirmed. Hopkins served in numerous capacities with Duluth schools. He began with the school district 1993 as a teacher and desegregation leader at Central High School.
Talk about your December-May marriages. Berlin, Duluth's favorite absentee polar bear, is heading to Kansas City, Mo., just as she reaches the ripe old age of 23. It's all about love, or at least mating, zoo officials hope -- with a 6-year-old. The age difference isn't significant to polar bears, said Peter Pruett, the Lake Superior Zoo's director of operations.
The patient walks into the treatment room on shaky legs. She has some of the typical complaints of aging: a thyroid condition, a skin condition, and arthritis that makes walking up and down stairs and even sitting and lying down difficult. "Do you want to sit again, Gypsy girl?" Dr. Taryn Dentinger says. "Good girl.
Randy Ramker left his home in Marshfield, Wis., at 6 a.m. Saturday on his motorcycle, making the four-hour ride to the Twin Ports to do two things. The second was to eat a burger at the Anchor Bar in Superior. The first was to park his Honda Gold Wing next to a nondescript, three-story brick factory building in Lincoln Park, walk inside and try on some made-only-in-Duluth Aerostich gear. "I've got myself in a situation now where I can afford better stuff," said Ramker, 47, who is married and has a daughter in college. "And I'm sick of things leaking.
Early testing for HIV is a proven way of preventing the spread of the illness, a Minnesota health official said. That's why the Minnesota Department of Health is emphasizing the availability of testing sites as World AIDS Day is observed on Saturday. "New research is showing that early diagnosis and getting infected persons into treatment and care can prevent the spread of HIV -- but many people are not being tested," Peter Carr, director of the Health Department's STD and HIV section, said in a news release. An estimated 7,136 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota, and an average of
A Minneapolis author who experienced profound hearing loss in her left ear in four hours will sign copies of her book, "What Did You Say?" on Saturday in Duluth. Monique Hammond, a former pharmacist, wrote her book as a result of the frustrations she experienced in getting answers to her questions about her sudden hearing loss, according to her publicist.
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