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After rejecting Octopuses and Rainbow Unicorns as potential mascots for their new school, Woodland Middle School students settled on Huskies. The students and staff will move into their new digs at what used to be East High School and will become Ordean-East Middle School next year. Four members of the Woodland student council reported to the Duluth School Board's education committee on Tuesday about the quest for a mascot. Nominations were accepted, which included the aforementioned Octopi and Unicorns. The council narrowed the choices to Pumas, Bears, Eagles and Huskies.
Campuses at Duluth's public high schools appear likely to remain open -- allowing students to leave the buildings during lunch periods -- for at least another academic year, based on School Board members' discussion on Tuesday. The board first addressed the possibility of closing campuses in November following neighborhood complaints about students smoking and loitering during lunch breaks as well as about parking issues. Only freshmen are required to stay on campus now.
It would be difficult to blame the Couture family of Esko if they wanted to remove March from the calendar. Four years ago in March, Valerie Couture underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in which her stomach and part of her esophagus were removed. It was the first major step in a battle with an uncommon genetic disease that also threatens two of the Coutures' three children. Last year in March, Ray Couture was investigating a vacant property as an officer for the Fond du Lac Police Department when he slipped off a retaining wall that was hidden in the snow.
Hiroko Tada went home to a different Japan last summer. "Because of the nuclear explosion ... we didn't have enough energy to provide for all of Japan," said Tada, 30, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. "Many companies were saving energy." Tada is from Yokohama, a city of 4 million on Tokyo Bay.
A Mankato, Minn., man clung to his snowmobile, alone and severely injured, as rescuers searched for him in the dark early Saturday morning in the vast network of the Arrowhead Trail system in northern St. Louis County. But it was another party of snowmobilers who came across John Bastian, 41, at a spot on the trail near Cook about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, said 1st Lt. Kurt Erickson, director of the Cook station of the volunteer St. Louis County Rescue Squad. Bastian was conscious and speaking with medics but incapacitated when Erickson arrived at the scene, he said.
Hundreds of high school students from four states invaded the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Thursday, ready to take on their peers in robot-to-robot combat. The man in charge thinks of it in relation to an iconic Duluth event. "I wanted this to be just like Grandma's Marathon is -- for geeks," said Mark Lawrence, a youthful retiree who runs in Grandma's and coaches the Green Machine from Edina, Minn., one of the powerhouses in the annual competition known as FIRST Robotics. Lawrence also is in charge of Minnesota's three regional competitions that feed into the world championshi
If you were born in 1962, you've reached the age when doctors say you should get your first colonoscopy. "Colon cancer screening has been shown to decrease the risk of dying from colon cancer," Dr. Theresa Smith, a gastroentologist at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic, said in a news release from Essentia.
Seven Northland women who grappled with a killer for eight weeks shared their success on Wednesday. The killer is heart disease, and the women participated in the Go Red for Women Challenge, the American Heart Associations' effort to help them change lifestyles and produce healthier hearts. The women -- Deb Smith, Stacey Askelson, Tina Nummi, Krista Pedersen, Marcia Olson, Chevon Gallagher and Jodi O'Connor -- were honored as part of the Northland Go Red For Women luncheon on Wednesday at the Greysolon Ballroom.
Lest you think the yellow Labrador retriever lying calmly next to Josh Sorvik's wheelchair is an impossibly perfect dog, the incident of the stuffed llama should be mentioned. "Technically, it's kind of my fault that I was egging her on," said Sorvik, an athletic-looking 21-year-old with short, dark hair and a ready smile. The dog -- Olivia IV, but you can call her Olivia -- has been with Sorvik since November. She helps Sorvik, who was paralyzed from below the chest down in a March 29, 2009, skiing accident at Spirit Mountain, with a variety of tasks.
A white supremacist rally on the steps of Duluth City Hall turned into a raucous confrontation on Saturday, with dozens of counter-protesters shouting, chanting and pelting the white-pride group with snowballs. For 30 minutes, the two groups stood face-to-face as a steady snow fell, watched by a line of Duluth police, wearing safety helmets, who stood against the building. Aside from some pushing and shoving and the snowballs, the confrontation was verbal. Four people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, Duluth police said in a news release.