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Blue Star Mothers chapter forming A few area military parents are working to establish a local chapter of Blue Star Mothers. "We wanted a chapter locally because the 148th is here and there are many families with servicemen and women here," said ...

Blue Star Mothers chapter forming

A few area military parents are working to establish a local chapter of Blue Star Mothers.

"We wanted a chapter locally because the 148th is here and there are many families with servicemen and women here," said Elaine James, who has two sons in uniform. "We figured it would be a strong support group."

The Blue Star Mothers of America, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical organization, dates to World War II. The group is comprised of parents who have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military and who support each other and their children while promoting patriotism.

The group supports troops with cards and care packages and is known for distributing blue star banners to families when a family member is deployed. The banners are traditionally hung in a window until the soldier returns home safely.

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The families of fallen soldiers receive a gold star banner to commemorate their lost soldier.

If you're interested in joining or learning more about the Duluth chapter, contact James at 525-1066 or 343-8611.

For more information on the national group, go to www.bluestarmothers.org .

Music of grace

Pianist Sam Black will be featured Sunday in a program titled "Reminiscences," the second in the Music of Grace concert series held at Grace Lutheran Church in Hermantown, 5454 Miller Trunk Highway.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Black is well-known across the Northland for his informative and musically fresh presentations of out-of-the-ordinary music. This will be a rare opportunity to hear him in a solo role. He will perform music written from 1900 to 1920, reflecting a tradition that would be forever changed by the ravages of world war. A donation will be accepted, and a reception follows.

Public invited to student conference

The public is invited to the free student leadership conference "Bridging Universities: Bringing Together People and Communities" from

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4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the UMD Kirby Student Center.

Tim Wise, author of "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son," will give the conference's keynote address at

4 p.m. Wise will offer a personal examination of the ways in which racial privilege shapes the lives of most white Americans.

Refreshments will be provided at 5 p.m., followed by discussions on such topics as ethical leadership, women in leadership and bridging town and gown: a model of civic engagement.

The conference is sponsored by UMD Kirby Leadership Institute, the UMD Diversity Commission and UWS Leadership Program.

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