Kevin Ott, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last April, Cara Overland, general manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Duluth, received a phone call from a student at the College of St. Scholastica. The student asked about collecting excess hotel toiletries as part of a class project creating care packages for CHUM. After two weeks of collecting, Overland said she was astounded by the bags of supplies that accumulated. "We collected so much in two weeks, and we usually throw it all in the trash," Overland said. "I thought to myself, 'this is so wasteful.' "
The Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club is hosting its third annual Snow Ball gala fundraiser on Saturday — an event likely to mark the finish line for the club's $500,000 fundraising effort for the Grand Avenue Nordic Center to be built at the base of Spirit Mountain. The club is 91 percent of the way toward the $500,000 goal, club president Annalisa Peterson said. The city of Duluth also pledged $1 million toward the project.
The number of fire deaths in Minnesota jumped 47 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday. The Department of Public Safety's State Fire Marshal Division reported that 63 people died from fires in Minnesota in 2017, compared to 43 in 2016. It's the greatest total since 64 people died in fires in the state in 2002.
The grueling Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon starts Monday in International Falls. Touted as one of the toughest races in the world, the 14th annual competition has drawn athletes from around the county and the world. The state of Minnesota, however, boasts both the youngest and oldest participants in this year's event, a 135-mile race across the northern Minnesota wilderness on foot, bike or skis that ends near Tower. Erv Berglund, 75, of Fridley, Minn., is looking for his third finish in the grueling race, which often sees a large number of entrants drop out.