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If you're in her class, she knows your name, your dog's name and your back story. During a recent session at the Twin Ports Dog Training Club, instructor Pam Longville told a News Tribune reporter where to "sit" before directing the eight or nine handlers and their dogs. Golden retrievers, poodles and a whippet were called to walk and stop midway across the training room floor. It was the advanced class, and many got it; some didn't. "Any time a dog makes a mistake, we'll make three corrections," Longville said.
I had a 20-pound ham, 18 pounds of potatoes, four boxes of stuffing and one economy-size can of green beans. It was my first Friendsgiving dinner in years, and last weekend, I invited 40 people into my one-bedroom duplex apartment. I didn't think this would be an issue until my coworker's eyes widened when I told her about my guest list and that I was afraid of running out of food.
They've been stopped by the police; they've had the fire marshal called on them — but there's nothing illegal about it. The Spin Collective has been setting blaze to hula hoops, swords and staffs for performances at Homegrown Music Festival, Tall Ships and more. Most recently, the group performed for All Souls Night in the Duluth library plaza. Before the show, children and adults sat and stood near the stage, a fire pit burning toward the front.
Large stalks of tobacco hang at the the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative. There's a play kitchen and a workbench. On a nearby wall is a large mural of the sun, the moon and the words "Tobacco is sacred." Children huddle near it on the floor. Paula Urrutia moves around the circle, burning sage in an abalone shell. Little hands guide the smoke toward their faces. "Bodies calm," Urrutia says before asking why they smudge. "To think good thoughts," says one.
You may have seen the orange Prius. "Everyone thinks we have more than one vehicle," said Josie Scheiterlein of the Food Dudes Delivery car. Some weeks, she and her husband clock 500 to 1,000 miles delivering food for restaurants that don't have in-house drivers; that's the Food Dudes' purpose. And while there is only one car with the logo in Duluth, "It definitely does its job," she said.
Walking into a cemetery, there are gravestones in the shape of benches. A cross is drawn on a monument in what looks like lipstick. One has baby blue yarn wrapped around it. There's broken glass on a mausoleum, and one gravestone reads "Meet me in a better land." Also in the cemetery, a man walks his dog, a jogger gallops through, a woman trails behind two children on bikes. "It's a living place," said Calvary Cemetery supervisor Tim Sailstad. "It certainly is a place of prayer, but it's a place where families connect. A cemetery is forever."
I asked his acting advice before stepping out into the office. Sporting his zombie makeup, I wanted to make him proud. “Gargling noises and a leg crawl,” instructed Alex Dunning, local makeup artist and production manager for the Haunted Ship in Duluth.
They had too many zucchini, and they were big ones. They came from the garden kitty corner from At Sara's Table / Chester Creek Cafe. That was the origin for the cafe's Chocolate Courgette Cake. ("Courgette" is British for zucchini.) Now, zucchini are out of season, but apples are way in. Pastry chef Savannah Villa recently picked seven 5-gallon bins full, and with that, she saw an opportunity to update the cafe's hit gluten-free and vegan menu item. (She made 50 Chocolate Courgette Cakes in a month and half.)
When Kim Nordin's son was 2, she made him a Yoda costume — and he hated it. "He wore it for about two seconds" probably because it was itchy and he wasn't into hats, she said. But the experience of making something original stuck, and today, Nordin and her son, Stone Schul, 7, brainstorm his Halloween get-ups together. From that, she's made several costumes ranging from a garden gnome, a butterfly king and this year's wizard outfit.
Fall's a good time to hunker down. Tea, football, laughing in sweaters. It's also time to get crafty. Here are some easy and affordable autumn-inspired DIY projects. Animal Mason Jars