Lavine is Features Editor for the Duluth News Tribune. Before moving to Duluth, she worked as Features Editor at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, where she helped launch their features section.
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Adelia Kindstrand is a full-time student. She's made the dean's list at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She's scheduled to graduate with honors in December. While she's doing well "on paper," she has a nagging feeling her abilities aren't valid. "I feel like I've just found a way to fool everybody and that, at any time, people are going to figure out who I really am," she said. When she processes that, she knows it's not true, but: "It's very hard to feel that in the moment."
Evan Erickson rested in a reclined chair at Benchmark Tattoo in Duluth as artist Mike Rosendahl buzzed permanent lines into his left bicep. In his latest tattoo, a rowboat glides through hazy Lake Superior waves as the Aerial Lift Bridge looms in the distance. The two men collaborated on the design, but it was Rosendahl who brought it to life, Erickson said. "Originally, it was just a picture of a boat, so I put a little bit of my own spin on the water effect," Rosendahl said.
Her favorite things to sketch are buildings and flowers. She doesn’t like drawing people as much. “I feel like I don’t know how to make the faces,” she said. Illustrator and artist Jordan Sundberg of Duluth has been running her one-woman business, Tin Cup Design, for about four years. She has done work for local entities Bent Paddle, COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores), Bella Flora and more. And for Sundberg, the Northland is her home and her muse.
A hairless bat photo landed in Debra Johnson Robnik’s text messages. Her response: “I hope that’s not your dinner.” Insert barbecue grill emoji. Like this exchange with a friend, the Duluth woman uses emojis to add humor and communicate feelings. “I’m a very creative person, and it’s really hard to put down a sentence and not put what emotion is behind that,” she said.
The best way to see the serpent is from a ladder. "It's like a jungle after it rains," Claudia Christensen said of the ivy wrapped around the large, wooden sea creature on a pergola in the backyard of the Rice Lake home she shares with her husband, Owen. The idea for the serpent was inspired by a Norwegian design Owen Christensen saw in Grand Marais, and it's a project he finished in an afternoon. "I'd gone to the Cities for the day, and he had this thing made," she said.
Peace and unity were elements that attracted Ron Bushey to the Baha'i faith. "I liked the lack of exclusivity. We're all one big human family," said the Duluth man in his Lakeside home. Bushey has been a Baha'i for more than 40 years, and his first thoughts about the religion: "It makes too much sense," he recalled. The faith
What drew Nicholas DeShaw to capoeira was a hallmark of the time. "It looked like 'The Matrix,' but for real," recalled DeShaw of his introduction to the Brazilian martial art. He also felt called to it, he said. "It felt very natural. ... It evolved into bigger and bigger things." Now, the 28-year-old has been practicing capoeira for 11 years, and teaching it for the past seven at Avalon Educational Institute in Duluth. Capoeira combines acrobatics, self-defense, dance and music.
Instead of wedding gifts, Shelley and Lindzi Campbell-Rorvick asked their loved ones to help send them to Costa Rica — and it wasn't just to honeymoon. The Duluth couple sandwiched their post-wedding travels with a week serving alongside local students as part of the Minnesota-based nonprofit Global Volunteers. Shelley, who had been on a service trip like this before, wanted to share the experience with her new bride. While Lindzi had volunteered locally, she hadn't yet served internationally.
The most striking feature is the wall. It’s a painted midnight sky, with a crescent moon and tiny, sparse stars dotted near the ceiling of the home in Duluth’s Endion neighborhood. Toward the floorboard are clouds that look like cotton candy — and that was no easy feat. “They just looked like mashed potatoes for the longest time,” said Mallory Moore, adding: “3-D clouds are hard to draw.”
Show her a wooden surface and, chances are, Wilma Challstrom will rosemal it. The Proctor woman has been rosemaling since the late '80s. Now she teaches the traditional paint technique that emphasizes flowers, scrolls and wood carving designs. And her home is covered with her work — literally.