Lavine is a features and health reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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Women and teens use some form of contraception for a variety of reasons, and only one of them is pregnancy prevention, said Dr. Kelly Greenleaf, obstetrician and gynecologist at Essentia Health.
Rebecca Haapanen is everywhere. On Wednesday nights, she weaves through the many floors at Duluth Gospel Tabernacle, greeting teens filtering into the sanctuary, checking on 4- and 5-year-olds, and the sixth-grade girls. She has a walkie talkie clipped to her jeans, she chats with various volunteers in yellow shirts. She knows everyone by name.
As an actor, Jonah Hill easily moves through comedies like "21 Jump Street" to Oscar nods in dramas like "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Moneyball." As a filmmaker making his debut, he mixes both sensibilities in "Mid90s." Stevie (Sunny Suljic) is ready to shed his Ninja Turtle and Hulk Hogan bedroom wares. Searching for who he's gonna be, he rifles through his big brother Ian's room at the risk of a severe beating — which can happen for any reason, at any time. (The film starts with an intense, impressively sound-edited altercation between brothers.)
The Duluth East kitchen buzzed with student line cooks stirring pasta and plating fettucine Alfredo, veggies and Tuscan roast leg of lamb. "Less pasta, we're going to run out," said chef and instructor Glenn D'Amour. He poured milk into a pan on the stovetop; a student soon took over. At their on-campus restaurant, Food for Thought, D'Amour and Duluth high school students serve a hearty menu of duck breast and grilled salmon baja style Tuesday through Thursday during the school year.
You've probably seen it. The eight-pointed star makes its way in traditional Scandinavian and Ojibwe art and wardrobe. The symbol is often used for protection, fertility, good luck in both heritages, and that intersection is at the forefront of "Beads: Northern Traditions and Inspirations," an exhibit at the Nordic Center.
"Avengers: Endgame" picks up where "Infinity War" left off. Thanos is living the island life after half the world's population went up in smoke at his mightily gloved hand. What's left of the Avengers cope in their own ways. Some go vigilante, some slip into family, some hide in beer and video games. It's pretty dark for the first hour, then: enter Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). His bumbling humor is a much-needed reprieve from the gloom, and better yet, he comes with a solution from the Quantum Realm.
The paella at Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar comes with a bowl for mussel shells. The dish's sauce has a smooth kick that leaves a warm aftertaste, both sweet and spicy. I licked it off the mussel shells — nothing to waste here. It comes with a definite seafood aroma, and it should. There are mussels, octopus and shrimp. The small bits of octopus were tentacle-y, with good texture. Also, rabbit sausage, strewn about in thick, jagged and savory chunks.
Bev Berntson had experience in grade school choir and singing her babies to sleep. Her goal after retirement was to "join something where I could use my voice," she said. On a recent Monday, Mags David stood before a group of singers. She kept the beat with finger cymbals, as Berntson took to the mic for a solo in Ghanaian during a performance by Sing! A Women's Chorus. What started 20 years ago with three in David's home has grown into a community education class, an EP, a music video and a collaboration with Alan Sparhawk from Low.
Restoring old windows used to be a basic home maintenance task. "Replacement has become the easy, first option, when really, it's not the most cost-effective upgrade ... and certainly not the best thing you can do for an old house and its character," said Natalie Heneghan, education coordinator for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
In "The Beach Bum," Moondog lives the hedonistic life smoking doobies, sexing and penning poetry sometimes. Matthew McConaughey is at home playing this character "from another dimension," who is as likely to fondle his future son-in-law as he is to play a piano concerto or quote Baudelaire. A turn of events forces Moondog to chase the muse, so he can bankroll his life of leisure. Along the way, he meets a cast of characters.