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.
She loves movies, dogs, Twin Ports restaurant recommendations and Big Wave Dave and the Ripples. She's also jazzed to be at the DNT.
- Member for
- 2 years 11 months
Whether it's hired out or a do-it-yourself job, the time to tackle painting a home exterior begins now — as long as nighttime temperatures are above freezing, said Luke Clough of Northstar Painting in Duluth. A good benchmark is at least 50 degrees or warmer, said Yvonne Pilcher of Denny's Ace Hardware in Duluth. If temps drop too low, a fresh coat will prematurely fail and begin to peel about a year later. A solid exterior paint job can last as long as seven years, and there's another factor in paint wear and tear in the Northland: the lake wind.
Children filter in and get to work arranging chairs in the music room of Myers-Wilkins Elementary. In front of the each chair sits an elongated drum called a tubano. Resting in the center is a group of trophy-looking drums — djembes. Under the chairs sit finger cymbals, maracas and even a couple of tambourines. The chatter dies down as one, two, three drummers stir the tubano tops, and the trance begins. More students arrive, and they fall in line, following the heartbeat of the room, their hands in unison.
Scott Burnes of Duluth has spent a lot of time in saunas. He has asthma, and the hot air helps his breathing — as it opens and cleanses his pores. "It just made you feel good. It's really relaxing," he said. And there's science behind that. "Sauna has the same effects on the body as physical exercise," said Dr. Anemona Anghel, interventional cardiologist at St. Luke's. High temperatures lead to increased heart rate and dilation of blood vessels, which reduces the effects of cardiovascular risk factors.
DULUTH, Minn. — Attention, gardeners and lawn owners: Weeds may not be a bad thing. "A yard that is full of dandelions is bee heaven," said Dr. Stephen Hedman, master gardener and retired biology professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Walk into First United Methodist Church on a Monday night, and women in varying stages of pregnancy circle up. Some in jeans, others in exercise clothes, they sit on colorful yoga mats. Several mothers rest with their legs crossed, another rolls up a mat and sits on it while taking notes. It's not a traditional exercise class. The prenatal circle is one part discussion and one part whole birth yoga, which is more than a breath and poses.
March and April are the biggest months for listing homes, and buyers in Duluth are hungry. Properties are selling everywhere and in every price range, said local Realtors, so it's important for sellers to know which areas of a home deserve some TLC. "Your home needs to be market-ready for that buyer that wants to move quickly and is prepared to offer you maximum dollar," said Tom Henderson, Realtor and president of the Duluth Area Association of Realtors. And the market is busier than the past two years, he said.
If chilly temperatures this month lead to daydreaming about sipping iced tea on a new deck, that might not be a bad thing. Northland contractors say it's the perfect time to research and even hire someone to complete a home improvement project. "The two best seasons to contact contractors (are) winter and spring," said Lonny Anderson, owner of Heartwood Construction of Duluth. "It's best to stay ahead of the curve if you're looking for exterior work," said Sam Litman, owner and president of Jay Litman Construction Remodeling Services of Duluth.
Ivy Vainio's photography is everywhere. It lines the walls of a conference room at the University of Minnesota Duluth. It's outside of the Ojibwe Gallery at the Depot. It hugs a pillar at the American Indian Community Housing Organization. And in March, her work will be displayed with pieces from two other artists at the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Kruk Gallery. "All three of us are Ojibwe," Vainio said of teaming up with painter Leah Yellowbird and beadwork/mixed media artist Sarah Agaton Howes for the exhibit Anishinaabe Kwe Way. ("Kwe means woman," Vainio said.)
Want to laugh or cry this holiday weekend? Whatever your mood, here are two solid picks that'll enlist rewinds and Kleenex grabs from the couch. Mostly laughs
It was really a financial decision to make my holiday gifts this year. Last year's presents were mostly on credit. My little brother: fun socks, a puffy vest. My stepdad: slippers, pajama pants. My mom: a cute dress, fun leggings. These were heartfelt purchases, all I lovingly envisioned my family wearing. But this year was going to be different. I hadn't planned ahead on the saving front, and I didn't want holiday debt. So, I opted to make homemade gifts in the hope of gifting myself with post-holiday relief.