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Isaiah Arntson is flanked by his parents Scott and Amy Arntson in this family photo. The Arntsons, who live in Duluth's Bayview Heights neighborhood, adopted Isaiah when he was 17.
Adoption at age 17 highlights the need in Minnesota, especially for teens
February 23, 2019 - 4:59pm
January 18, 2019
City Center West in West Duluth is being used as an emergency warming shelter on the coldest nights of the season. file / News Tribune
Five people take advantage of West Duluth warming center in inaugural night
January 18, 2019 - 5:07pm
January 17, 2019
City Center West in West Duluth will be used as an emergency warming shelter on the coldest nights of the season. file / News Tribune
Warming center gets first tryout; some question zero-degree threshold
January 17, 2019 - 10:36pm
January 15, 2019
 City Center West in West Duluth will be used as an emergency warming shelter on the coldest nights of the season. file / News Tribune
Details announced for warming center in West Duluth; ministry plans shelter in Lincoln Park
January 15, 2019 - 5:58pm
December 25, 2018
Volunteers serve Christmas Day diners at Union Gospel Mission. Steve Kuchera /
How members of Duluth's Temple Israel serve in a gospel mission
December 25, 2018 - 6:00pm
December 12, 2018
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Emergency warming shelter slated for West Duluth
December 12, 2018 - 2:29pm
November 27, 2018
Nathanial Houle of Duluth and other volunteers work to break down and haul out tents, trash, clothing and more that belonged to a homeless Duluth woman camped out on a vacant lot at First Avenue East and Fourth Street Tuesday morning. Bob King /
Homeless woman's Central Hillside campsite removed
November 27, 2018 - 8:45pm
November 19, 2018
Veronica Ciurleo of Duluth Harbor Mission visits with Darren Wagner, one of the homeless people who stops at the mission. Steve Kuchera /
Duluth's continuing homelessness: Five things to know
November 19, 2018 - 6:05am
November 17, 2018
A makeshift tent built around a small tree and apparently used by homeless people stands between the ore docks and Wade Stadium in West Duluth. Bob King /
In 2007, St. Louis County launched a 10-year plan to end homelessness. Why didn’t it work?
November 17, 2018 - 7:55pm
May 20, 2018
Deb Sjostrom, Otter Tail County Human Services director, talks about screening guidelines for suspected reports of child abuse or neglect. Randy Cadwell / Forum News Service
'It's on everybody': A look at child protection services in Fargo-Moorhead area following three child deaths
May 20, 2018 - 3:08pm
February 8, 2018
A panel of experts host a listening session on elder care Wednesday at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Forum News Service
Elder abuse takes focus at elder care discussion in central Minn.
February 8, 2018 - 5:31pm
February 17, 2017
Sharon Hendrichs, left, and Julie Marthaler spoke about Yellow Medicine County's restorative justice program at the University of Vermont.  The county's efforts have won both state and national attention. Special to Forum News Service
Minn. county turns to 'traditional' justice, and its working
February 17, 2017 - 5:58pm
July 23, 2010
Senior programs struggle to fill volunteer ranks
July 23, 2010 - 12:00am
February 1, 2010
Jeremy Baumgart of Duluth stands under the elevated portion of I-35 in the graffitti graveyard near the area where he often would sleep when he was homeless. (Clint Austin / button
Out in the Cold, Part 2: Homeless seek warmth in hidden corners
February 1, 2010 - 12:00am
January 31, 2010
Outreach worker Deb Holman (right) checks in with Kyle Itkonen (left), 22, who has been homeless in the past but now stays at the Seaway Hotel. At center is his friend Jason Ellerby. (Bob King / button
Out in the Cold, Part 1: Outreach worker hits Duluth streets
January 31, 2010 - 12:00am