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Job openings at Hartley Nature Preschool

Hartley Nature PreschoolAre you looking for a job teaching young children outdoors in all seasons? Hartley Nature Preschool, a program of Hartley Nature Center, is expanding and hiring lead and assistant preschool teachers for full- and half-day preschool classes. A background in early childhood education and/or environmental education is preferred. Applications are due March 15. More information at hartleynaturepreschool.weebly.com/employment.

Rob Wittig and UMD Writing Studies students nominated for New Media Writing Prize

IWFW-LogoVisit “I Work for the Web” and learn about the New Media Writing Prize award nomination received by Rob Wittig and students in the Writing Studies majors and minors at UMD.

I am very proud of my students and colleagues.

Where in Duluth? Bathroom Edition

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How many of these five Duluth establishments can you identify just from their restroom signs? Hint:  all but one are from restaurants or bars. Click the thumbnails for a closer view.

They Aren’t Paid Enough to Be So Nice at This Time of Year: A Nod to Cashiers in the Holidays

Not the self-checkout at the Duluth Target, but I like it.

Not the self-checkout at the Duluth Target, but I like it

I was noting the new self-checkout at Target. I don’t like it. It feels like Wal-Mart, which is enough to make me never use it.  But beyond that irrational knee-jerk, it feels like Target would like to create a shopping experience in which I interact with no one whatsoever.  If I wanted that, I would shop at target.com. Which I do for things not carried at the Duluth Target. (I still can’t believe there will be only one Target in our area soon. Aldi will still draw me to Souptown, I guess.)

So I was really happy when I decided to try it today, and the coupon system stymied me, and a cashier walked over and hung out until I was happily rung through.  Human touch.

Shout out to St. Luke’s

Thanks to everyone over at St. Luke’s who helped me through my heart attack this past weekend. I came to the ER on Sunday morning and within minutes I was hooked up to a EKG and within hours had an emergency angioplasty with a stent. I was discharged the very next day! It was a close call, and I’m glad I went in as soon as I felt something was wrong. To the guys and gals at St. Luke’s: You guys rock! Have a happy holiday, you can bet I will!

Book Culture in the Twin Ports

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So today, I stopped by the Amazing Alonzo used bookshop. It was my second used bookstore adventure in two weeks, and it makes me think about book culture in the Twin Ports.

Lost cat in Chester Park area

Moses the CatMoses is a white cat with a grey patch on the top of his head. He is missing the tips of his ears.

He was last seen on Oct. 31 in the area of 20th Avenue East and Eighth Street, across from the Central Little League baseball fields. Moses is unfamiliar with this area and is likely hiding under a deck, shed, low-hanging hedge, wood pile or something similar.

If you find Moses, contact the owner at 763-458-3388 or email helpfindmosescat@gmail.com. Do not attempt to catch him. He is shy and terrified of new people.

Reward: $500.

Rink Relief: Episode 1

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Video by Rawlin Kessler shot at Rip Williams Memorial Rink at Chester Park.

There’s so much energy in us …

Last night the family unit and I made our way down to Bayfront to the Bridge Festival. As the night went on I started to think about where we live and why we live here. I moved here in 1985 and Duluth was, at that time, pretty much a cultural desert. There were few restaurants, virtually no original music to be found. You never saw people riding bicycles, you did not feel any sort of energy, other than that which came from the natural beauty.

Now you look at where we are. This is a truly special place to be. Is it perfect? No. Will it ever be perfect? I hope not. This community has been on a long journey. We have gone from a “Will the last person to leave, turn out the lights” era to a time when the community is bustling with energy.

Iron Range restaurant reviewed in New York Times

Seared salmonMr. Roberts Restaurant and Resort in Pengilly will be featured in this Sunday’s edition of the New York Times. Duluth-based writer Robert Lillegard reviews the “surprising new flavors” chef Sarah Master has brought to the lakeside eatery. The article was published online today:

In Minnesota’s Iron Range, Midwestern with a modern twist

Master is a Pengilly native who left her position as executive chef at Minneapolis’ Café Barbette to form a business partnership with Dan Beckwith, opening their restaurant and resort in early June.

We have a Historic Preservation Corps?

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Northern Bedrock Conservation Corps is run like a New Deal program teaching young people skills in the field of historic preservation (apparently there will be lots of jobs as tradespeople retire). Who knew? They’re readying for their next excursion fixing a historic building in the BWCA. I want to run away and go.

Development Officer Position at UMD

The University of Minnesota Duluth has an opening for an associate development officer (working title: development officer). This development professional will work in partnership with the development officer in fundraising efforts for UMD’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Education and Human Service Professions. The associate development officer will be responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation of mid-level donors. Applications must be submitted online. For more details or to apply for this position, click here and search for job opening 302836. Contact: Lawrence Johnson,
218-726-6696.

Invasion Plant Reduction

A small group of us will be removing wild parsnip from the ditches of Fond Du Lac at 121st Ave. and Evergreen Memorial Drive (aka Commonwealth Ave.) near Perch Lake on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 10:00-1:00. If you would like to help, show up with long sleeves, long pants, and gloves. If you have sensitive skin, it would be best for you to sit this one out. If it is raining, disregard this date and time.

Free fix-it clinic Saturday, volunteers needed!

I know this is a bit late for it, but we’re seeking volunteers for our fix-it clinic! We’ve been holding the fix-it clinics monthly on the third Saturday of each month, and we’ve been getting a decent turnout of fixees. Unfortunately, even our most regular volunteers can’t make it every month, and it would be great if we could add some talent to our pool of lovely helpers. We’ve only got two people fixing tomorrow, and people all over Duluth with broken stuff could really use your help!

West Superior Street / Lincoln Park Revitalization

We are looking for organizations – governmental and non-governmental – initiatives, and business groups focused on the revitalization of the areas in the title. Specifically, the area focused around West Superior Street from the Point of Rocks to 27th Avenue West.

Cursory searches online bring varied, vague, and frustrating leads. If you have any concrete information, please post the info, links, or contact info here.