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John LaPlante was sitting at the kitchen table in the home he and his wife, Diane, built in Rice Lake Township as he described a relationship that ended 28 years ago. "Well, we dated for six years," said LaPlante, 50. "We were engaged to be married. But we were young and, you know ... (had a) change of heart. Actually, it was Kara." The woman sitting next to him at the table started to laugh. "She dumped me." "Yeah, I dumped him," agreed Kara Raymond, 47. Both moved on with their lives but continued to know each other through their workplaces.
Longtime customers already may be noticing some changes in The Rose Man, the convenient little store on Central Entrance in Duluth that has provided roses for people's moms and sweethearts for 20 years. But new owners Kevin Ferris and Roz Randorf say there's one thing that won't change. "We're going to keep the prices low," Ferris said Friday afternoon during a brief lull between customers, most of whom were looking for flowers for Mother's Day. Ferris and Randorf finalized the purchase on April 15 from Al and Margo Penke of Ely, who founded The Rose Man in central Minnesota in 1983, sellin
When Danielle Ingram, her daughter and her mom entered the 2010 Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon as a team, finishing among the leaders wasn't their goal. "We were going for the novelty of a three-generation Tri," said Ingram, 39, of Minneapolis. But after daughter Madison Kuznia swam a mile, Ingram biked 26 miles and mom Laura Ward ran a 10K, "it was kind of a shock" to learn that they'd placed third among the female teams, Ingram said. And a notion popped into Ingram's mind. "I was laughing and said, 'Too bad they don't have four legs.
After 37 years as an educator, Mike Zeman said he's looking forward to retirement once this school year is over. He'll have an extra $5,000 to start with. Zeman, 61, a third-grade teacher at Stowe Elementary School, was named the Duluth schools' 2011 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award winner Wednesday evening. The annual award, established in 2006 by Manley and Lillian Goldfine and administered by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, includes a $5,000 prize with no strings attached, said Holly Sampson, the foundation's president. Stowe Principal Terry Cottingham, who presented Zema
After 37 years as an educator, Mike Zeman said he's looking forward to retirement once this school year is over. He'll have an extra $5,000 to start with. Zeman, 61, a third-grade teacher at Stowe Elementary School, was named the Duluth schools' 2011 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award winner this evening. The annual award, established in 2006 by Manley and Lillian Goldfine and administered by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, includes a $5,000 prize with no strings attached, said Holly Sampson, the foundation's president. Stowe Principal Terry Cottingham, who presented Zeman to
Paul von Goertz and his wife, Mary, like to travel from their home in Knife River to Pennsylvania and South Dakota to visit their grandchildren. He also enjoys bringing the Civil War to life for schoolchildren in the guise of an infantryman with the First Minnesota Volunteers. As a survivor of prostate cancer, he also volunteers on behalf of the Cancer Resource Center at Essentia Health, encouraging other people as they fight cancer. At 65, von Goertz appears to be enjoying an idyllic retirement. Only he isn't retired.
The Duluth East Daredevils robotics team is at its sport's national competition for the first time in its four years of existence, but they're not satisfied just to be there. "The rankings that we're getting from some of the robotics-world people have the kids thinking twice about the idea that we've already achieved our goals," Tim Velner, science curriculum coordinator for the Duluth schools and the team's coach, said last week. "They certainly want to go down there and compete to the highest level that we can.
Friends gathered in Superior on Saturday afternoon for a vigil on behalf of Sarah A. Arthur, a former Duluthian missing in Florida since last weekend.
It's not exactly how you want your church's organist to feel after Sunday morning worship. "Two of the most recent directors of music told me that on Sunday afternoons they used to go home and cry after using the Moller," said the Rev.
Superior native Stanley Keller has lived in a Park Point nursing home for 21 of his 57 years, but he hasn't forgotten his favorite football team. Keller's room at Ecumen Bayshore Health Center is decorated with every imaginable Green Bay Packers keepsake. He wears a Packers jersey, and parks his wheelchair under a Packers-fans-only sign in a second-floor hallway of the nursing home. Keller has Huntington's disease, a brain disorder with a range of symptoms including dementia.