A community effort to ensure that Northland veterans have a chance to see military memorials in Washington, D.C., and receive recognition for their service will reach a milestone next year. Honor Flight Northland is preparing for what will be its 10th trip to Washington, set for April 29. The first Honor Flight Northland was in May 2011. "We do this for the happiness and enjoyment of the vets," said Karin Swor, one of the organizers. "A lot of them don't like talking about war at all and this helps them get closure."
GiveMN, an organization that focuses on promoting giving to nonprofits in Minnesota, holds its eighth annual Give to the Max Day today. The past seven have raised more than $100 million for hundreds of Minnesota nonprofits both large and small. "Our mission is to grow giving and excite generosity," said Jake Blumberg, executive director of GiveMN. "No organization can pursue its mission without financial resources, and we want to support their missions."
On a chilly autumn afternoon, Mark Boben, chairman of the Gary-New Duluth Development Alliance, stood outside "The Shack" at the Gary-New Duluth Recreation Center and remembered the days when he was growing up, playing with his friends at the same spot. But these days it looks a lot different from how it looked back then. A restoration of the center in the western Duluth neighborhood started in 2012, three years after the center was shut down because of city budget cuts. The five-phase project will cost about $2 million once all is said and done.
For those who may not have the means to pay for a flu shot this season, St. Louis County will offer free flu shots at a series of clinics in Duluth starting Tuesday. County public health nurses will be giving out free flu shots to people who are either uninsured or underinsured, and are at least 6 months old. The first session will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Government Services Center, 320 W Second St. Other dates and locations include:
After exiting Engwall's Corn Maze, Dan and Chris Donovan were waiting to try their hand at the corn cannon with their daughter and four grandchildren. They successfully found their way out of the corn maze on a recent Saturday afternoon, only getting lost one time, and the kids had fun, Chris said. They were visiting their grandchildren and decided it was a nice day to try the corn maze for the first time. "It was a good way to spend Saturday afternoon," Dan said.