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Before sitting down for their own Thanksgiving dinner, Bob and Sarah Gutsch drove to Duluth homes Thursday morning to deliver Thanksgiving meals to local residents. "Happy Thanksgiving! Have a blessed day," Bob told residents opening their front doors wearing pajamas and bathrobes shortly after 8 a.m.
Volunteers were busy Wednesday setting up tables and hanging decorations at Zion Lutheran Church in preparation for hundreds of Cloquet-area residents sitting down for a turkey dinner as a community.
Volunteers stacked up cups of cranberry sauce, ready to go into bagged lunches of Thanksgiving leftovers, and placed mounds of cookie dough in rows to go into the oven. Gary Elliott, chief executive officer of Superior Choice Credit Union, walked by carrying a bucket full of cooked potatoes. Wearing aprons as they worked on Tuesday afternoon, Elliott and the credit union staff are among the volunteers preparing for the 28th annual Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
Best friends since sixth grade, Amber Nielsen and Holly Breeden decided to enlist together in the Wisconsin Army National Guard following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. They were scared as they left for basic training at age 17, but also gung-ho and ready to go. "Then you get to basic training, and you get off the bus and everyone's yelling at you and you're, like, what the heck did you just get yourself into?" Nielsen recalled.
Communication and business access will be key during the three-year, three-phase reconstruction of downtown Duluth's main street, community and project leaders said on Tuesday. More than 100 people heard the finalized plan for Superior Street on Tuesday during the last open house for the project.
Lawyers working on behalf of a Superior High School student have requested a federal investigation into whether the Minnesota State High School League's girls-only policy for dance teams violates Title IX.
When severe weather moves through the region, the National Weather Service in Duluth turns to a network of amateur radio operators to gather on-the-ground weather reports. The 15 volunteers on the Arrowhead Skywarn Response Team work in shifts at the NWS Duluth office during storms to receive on-the-ground weather observations from amateur radio operators — trained weather spotters from across a 15-county area extending from Koochiching County in Minnesota to Iron County in Wisconsin.
Traveling to the Twin Ports VA Clinic to see a doctor can be difficult for veterans living in rural Carlton County, county Veterans Service officer Duane Brownie told Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Problems with the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to use private health care if they live more than 40 miles from a VA clinic, and issues with funding and benefits for the National Guard and Reserves were among the issues that Klobuchar heard about during a panel discussion on Saturday. About 70 people attended the discussion at VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet.
A 14-year-old boy who was shot on the Bad River Reservation on Wednesday called 911 to report that he was carrying a knife and then lunged at the deputy with the knife, authorities said on Saturday. The initial investigation indicates that the boy, identified as Jason Ike Pero, had been "despondent" during the few days leading up to the shooting on Wednesday, and evidence collected from his bedroom supported that, the Wisconsin Department of Justice said in a statement on Saturday.
Seven veterans recently returned from a week of backpacking together in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.