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The North Shore Community School Board is working to update its nepotism and conflict-of-interest policies in light of recent concerns about a relationship between the school's executive director and a teacher. The board is scheduled to decide on the new policies at its meeting tonight. Some parents — while saying that the charter school located between Duluth and Two Harbors provides their children with an "excellent" education — have raised concerns in recent months that the relationship poses a conflict of interest for Executive Director Barry Wolff.
Firefighters slowly made their way along the roof of several shipping containers welded together, hitting the containers' roofs in front of them with a tool first before taking a step forward. On the ground, firefighters kneeled at the ready with a hose, while smoke began billowing out through cracks around the door of a shipping container. The instructor opened the container's door and several firefighters walked out in their full gear as smoke poured through the open door.
Congdon Park Elementary parents concerned about class sizes questioned district leaders on Thursday about potential solutions. “Parents at Congdon understand that there’s no magic pot (of money) and they also understand that they’re lucky and that they have a very privileged life, that we have things that other people don’t. But we’re also frustrated and want it to be better,” said Tracy Robinson, president of the school’s Parent Teacher Association. “Parents at Congdon are looking for leadership and innovation and not just the same story about money because we know that.”
Anishinaabe walkers will begin a 1,420-mile journey Thursday carrying a pail of Lake Superior water from Duluth to Matane, Quebec, where they'll join the water with the St. Lawrence River. For the Earth and Water Walk is an Anishinaabe ceremony to honor the water's gift of life for all beings. It isn't a protest, but rather a reminder that people have a responsibility to care for water and that Native Americans have always been here, living with the land and water, said water walker Tasha Beeds of Peterborough, Ontario.
Marchers will take to the Lakewalk on Earth Day in support of science. The nonpartisan March for Science in Duluth will be one of more than 400 marches planned across the country on Saturday, in addition to a national March for Science in Washington, D.C. Duluth's march will begin with a speaker examining the importance of science in the community at 10 a.m. at Leif Erikson Park. Following the speaker, marchers will walk along the Lakewalk to the lawn outside the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, where additional speakers are expected to conclude the program.
CLOQUET — About 40 people prayed outside Cloquet City Hall on Tuesday for truth and justice during an investigation of a complaint against suspended Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek. The crowd prayed for unity and for city officials to be led by God during a 45-minute prayer vigil before the Cloquet City Council meeting, where more than 70 people filled the council chambers and spilled into the hallway of City Hall. Vigil organizer Jenny Rackliffe of Cloquet said it was a positive way to bring the city together during a time of division and it wasn't a protest.
"Fairy tales can come true if you're young at heart," the lyric sang through Symphony Hall as a photo flashed across the screen on stage of Al Amatuzio raising a glass while wearing an Amsoil T-shirt and hat, followed by a black-and-white photo of Amatuzio in his U.S. Air Force uniform. While some attendees at Amatuzio's Saturday memorial service at Symphony Hall came dressed in suits, others wore clothing emblazoned with Amsoil Inc.'s name in honor of Amatuzio's company, which introduced synthetic oil to the auto industry.
A group of families has dropped its lawsuit against the Virginia school district and federal authorities over the district's policy allowing students to use restroom and locker room facilities that correspond with their gender identity. Privacy Matters, which includes the families of five girls who attend Virginia High School, filed a notice of dismissal in federal court on Thursday. The court filing states that the group wants to voluntarily drop the lawsuit, but doesn't state the reason for doing so.
Although it was a listening session on health care and President Donald Trump's proposed budget, residents took the opportunity to question Rep. Rick Nolan about a myriad of topics in Duluth on Thursday.
A house known for its eclectic exterior in Duluth’s Endion neighborhood caught fire while the homeowner was doing yard work on Thursday afternoon.