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Duluth Running Co. is partnering with DLH Clothing and Hoops Brewing to organize a series of events that invest in area parks. The Duluth Parks Series consists of four launch parties scheduled throughout the year to raise money for Chester Park, Lester Park, the Lakewalk and Hartley Nature Center. The first party, a fundraiser for Chester Park, will take place at Hoops Brewing at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
For most Americans, the shamrocks, leprechauns, green beer and green attire of St. Patrick's Day celebrations are the extent of their exposure to Irish heritage. But for Gaeltacht Duluth, a local study group dedicated to preserving the Irish Gaelic language, the history and culture of Ireland is discussed on a weekly basis year-round. Gaeltacht Duluth was started by Duluth resident John McLoughlin. His family's Irish heritage got him interested in the Irish language when he was a teenager.
Rockstep Capital, owner of Virginia's Thunderbird Mall, has been working on ways to modernize and find new tenants since purchasing the property in 2014. Part of this modernization is a 4,900-square-foot outparcel building nearing completion that will house a Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bagels along 12th Avenue. An additional 2,400 square feet of space will be available for lease in the building when the project finishes this month.
A group of 40 businesses, organizations and government entities from northern Wisconsin is advocating for supplemental federal funding to repair damage in the Apostle Islands caused by a major storm last October. The letter, spearheaded by the nonprofit Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy, was sent to Wisconsin's two U.S. senators, Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin, as well as U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, who represents Northwestern Wisconsin.
As U.S. men's curling team member and Duluth native Joe Polo put it: "We came home with a pretty cool little medal." The Duluth-based, gold-medal-winning men's curling team, along with other Duluth and Northland residents with ties to the recently-concluded 2018 Winter Olympics — women's curling team members Aileen Geving and Cory Christensen, and cross-country ski coach and TV commentator Chad Salmela — were honored at the Lake Superior Ballroom at the DECC on Tuesday for their achievements in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, small-business owners and local advocates joined U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Duluth on Friday for a discussion on restoring the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.
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.