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The Catholic and Lutheran bishops who serve Northeastern Minnesota are calling people to come together on Tuesday to pray for peace. The ecumenical service will begin at 12:10 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Duluth and will last about a half-hour. It will include readings from Scripture, songs and prayer petitions. Bishop Dennis Schnurr of the Catholic Diocese of Duluth and Bishop Peter Strommen of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America both said they have long believed in the powerful role that prayer can play in peacemaking.
In a week when violence in the world seems especially brutal, it's good to know that the work of peacemakers goes on. On Sunday, Brittney Miller, Sara Thomsen and Doug Bowen-Bailey will be honored at the 10th annual Celebration of Community Peacemakers at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica. The awards honor people whose personal actions make the community a safer and healthier place in which to live.
As kids crowded around to brush her soft, white coat, Fancy was in horse heaven with all the attention. "They're lovin' on her," said Wendy Krook, who, along with her husband, Russ, founded Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch in the French River area of Duluth Township. Fancy, a purebred Arabian, is one of 10 horses the Krooks have taken in. Some were in extremely poor health and were underweight, anemic or full of parasites, while others -- like Fancy -- just needed a home and attention. The Krooks want their ranch to be a place where youths in need will be able to work with horses in need.
The Easter message of redemption is more than a Bible lesson at Minnesota Teen Challenge's Duluth campus. It's an everyday, life-changing part of the Christian drug and alcohol recovery program. Many people come into the program broken or damaged by lives steeped in drugs and alcohol.
Having a pet turn up missing can be a gut-wrenching experience. Two professionals who work with animals offered their suggestions on how to prevent a pet from getting lost and what to do if it happens. Dr. Daphne Hall is a veterinarian at North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Duluth; Carrie Lane is lead worker at the Duluth Animal Shelter. PREVENTION Hall said it's important to keep a pet in an enclosed area, such as a kennel or a fenced yard. Several of her clients say electronic fences work well.
In an instant, a pet can run off, leaving a hole in the life of its owner. Some owners have happy reunions while others are haunted by the loss. Brent Seikkula's dog disappeared after the recent blizzard, only to be found two days later by someone he knew. Su Lee lost her dog for a week and then regained not only her pet but found healing in a friendship that was under strain. Kim Sykes mourns the loss of a dog that went off to die, while Bev Rootes feels fortunate that her dog was found after 2½ weeks of searching.
The luck o' the Irish smiled on Duluth last April, with not one but two Irish pubs opening within a few blocks of each other. Both Carmody Irish Pub and Dubh Linn Pub aim to give patrons a real taste of Ireland -- and not just on St. Patrick's Day. From décor to drinks to live Irish music, they're infusing a bit of the Emerald Isle into downtown Duluth. Both Eddie Gleeson of Carmody and Mike Maxim Jr. of Dubh Linn said they weren't bothered by having another Irish pub open nearby.
Jesse Smith chased his dream of fame and fortune to Los Angeles. After honing his hip-hop and break-dancing moves on the dance floors in Twin Ports and Twin Cities clubs, Smith did well in a talent competition in Florida and caught the eye of several talent scouts. In summer 2005, he signed with a Los Angeles talent agency andheaded west in his black '96 Cadillac El Dorado with no clue where he'd live or work, or how he'd survive. He went there as a dancer, but he wanted to break into the music business.
Standing behind Tim Russell, with her hand over his hand on the bow, Peg Oman helped the elementary school student play the cello. As an assistant to special education students at Lowell Music Magnet School in Duluth, Oman accompanied Tim to his school orchestra class in fifth and sixth grade. She also helped him perform during concerts. Oman had never played the cello. She played clarinet for a few months in fifth grade, then took piano lessons in sixth and seventh grade.
For nearly 30 years, Lauri Cushing's clarinet lay idle. She had played it in high school and college and wanted to be a music major. But she thought she'd never find work, so she became a nurse instead. Now, at age 52, making music is one of the great joys of her life. The Duluth woman got back into music through the piano. She regretted stopping lessons in seventh grade and was spurred by envy when her two daughters became better piano players than she had been.