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When Dennis Hughes was told of the effort to name the main post office in Duluth after him, he thought it was a joke. "It's embarrassing," Hughes said last week. But it's no joke, said John Keturi, 68, who spearheaded the effort with friends Bob Klein and Chuck Koenig, all members in good standing of the Lakeside Bakery Coffee Crew. It's no joke to the Duluth City Council, which on Aug. 16 unanimously passed a resolution of support for the idea.
The only mosque in the Northland will stay open, thanks to a successful fund drive. Area Muslims purchased the deed to the former Unitarian Universalist Church at 145 W. Winona St. in the Woodland neighborhood three years ago with a down payment of $130,000, said Nik Hassan, who is a board member and former president. They named it the Islamic Center of the Twin Ports and have been using it ever since. But they needed to raise $200,000 by Sept. 1 to complete the purchase, or lose the building. They reached the goal on Aug. 21. "It was a race," said Dr.
Peg Johnson describes her work not just in terms of the children at Little Treasures Childcare and Family Center. "The vision was to serve families moving from welfare to work," Johnson said on Friday. Johnson, 56, founder and director of the center that has served mostly low- income children and their families in the Duluth area since 2000, is one of six Minnesotans to receive this year's Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service from the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation. The award is $10,000, which Johnson will use, in part, to pay for a family vacation. "They told me it wa
A vocal jazz group from the University of Minnesota Duluth didn't cause an international incident when they were in China early this month. But they did cause a small traffic jam. "At the Chinese market, we caused a little traffic jam" during an impromptu performance, said Tina Thielen Gaffey, director of the 18-member student ensemble called Lake Effect. "They were standing on the road listening to us, and cars were sitting there honking and things like that," added Josh Schaack, 23, a bass who graduated from UMD this year. "It would take a matter of seconds before we had a crowd," Thiele
Little Caleb Nord is off to a fresh start after receiving a bone-marrow transplant Wednesday evening. In a note to the donor written on Caleb's Caring Bridge website, his mother, Ann Nord, wrote: "Tonight, we were able to celebrate Caleb's 're-birthday' because of you. You alone have given our son the chance at a normal, healthy, happy and LONG life." Caleb, 22 months old, is the toddler who was flown from the Twin Cities to Cincinnati in late June courtesy of Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft to see one of the world's few specialists on the rare genetic disorder that afflicts him.
One of the many cool things the Cornell Ornithology Lab does is an annual photo contest of birds' nests. You might think of it as a statue or a garden hoe or the tire of your farm tractor or the gas grill. But a bird might think of it as the perfect place to build a nest -- especially if it doesn't show signs of recent use. If you follow the link, you'll note that the pictures are small. To get a better view, click on the name next to the picture.
Cataclysmic flooding half a world away has hit close to home for Northlanders with ties to Pakistan. Gibran Hashmi, 21, a chemical engineering major at the University of Minnesota Duluth, knew from initial reports that his hometown of Karachi wasn't in the flooding area. He still called his family to hear from them that they were OK. "We knew that things were not as bad in our city," Hashmi said last week.
The news that Matthew Magdzas, a National Guard soldier who spent a year in Iraq and police say shot his pregnant wife and child before killing himself in Superior this week, reopened concerns about mental-health issues facing returning soldiers. But officials who work with veterans in the Twin Ports caution against jumping to conclusions. Ultimately, they say, there's no way to know what was going on in the assailant's mind. While there are no reliable statistics on murder-suicides committed by military veterans, a study released by the U.S.
A management agreement for the newly acquired NorShor Theatre and the money to operate it for the rest of the year probably will be approved next week. But how to pay for its operation in the future has yet to be resolved. A resolution handing management of the century-old theater to the Duluth Playhouse will be decided at a special meeting of the Duluth Economic Development Authority on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in City Hall.
Tommye Easty of Pequaywan Lake sent this picture of hummingbirds at the feeders: Tommye has counted as many as 11 hummers in flight and on the feeders. "They are so much fun to watch." And they sure have plenty of places to get nectar! The next two are from Kurt Kuehn.