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Sad, but precious

This illustration probably won’t help much in finding the dog, but it pulls at the heart strings more than the ones with photographs do.

Pay it Forward in Duluth

Duluth student, Tara Mortenson, received one hundred dollars from a fellow peer for project “Pay it Forward.” She is now on a “Pay it Forward” journey along with local radio station 97.3 who developed the “Drive Through Difference” project.

You can read more about this effort and Tara’s experience at LakeVoice News. LakeVoice News is a weekly online publication produced by UMD journalism students. The stories are reported on and written by students, but the content is for the community.

You can also follow Tara Mortenson on Twitter @Tbird99 for an update of her journey. If you have been involved in the “Pay It Forward” effort we would like to hear about it. You can email your stories and/or pictures to

Daytrotter in Wrenshall?

Why isn’t anyone talking about this? I ran across it by accident and I think it’s awesome. (Though I’ll sadly be out of town.)

Barnstormer 4 | Tuesday, April 26
Featuring Sondre Lerche, Guards, and the Romany Rye
Free Range Film Festival Barn in Wrenshall

“Heaven Nowadays”: Review of the Duluth Playhouse Production of Chicago

Poster for Chicago

The gin may not be cold (or available), but the dancing is certainly hot in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of Chicago. Set in a Prohibition-era Windy City, Chicago is inhabited by irredeemable (yet likable) hucksters and hustlers, all dancing for their lives. The bondage-lite costumes and the spare, gritty set only rarely hint at the Jazz Age, but that’s just as well: the story at the heart of Chicago, about crime, corruption, sensational journalism, the cult of celebrity and all that jazz, feels contemporary and relatable.

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Science Night

Next Friday is Science Night at UWS. Bring your kids, it is always a good time. Mine (age 5 and 8 ) have been asking when the next science night is since about this time last year.

Friday April 8, 2011 from 6-9pm

Wessman Arena on UWS’s campus (this is a new location since our science building is under renovation). Hosted by the UWS Students of Science Club.

Admission is FREE! Come see demonstrations, look at displays, enjoy yourself and learn a little!

Fundraiser for Rachel Sandell

For more information, including a list of silent auction items and donors, head to the Facebook page for the event.

Where in Duluth?


Music Sunday night

Pastures of Plenty: Echoes of Peace Choir Concert

Rockin’ Honky Tonkin’ Blues!

Bill Flannagan will be playing a show on Fri. April 1st at Sir Benedicts Tavern. Show starts at 9PM. It is free. Lots of great beer on tap and plenty of good tunes.

Run Minnesota

Marshall High School Rummage Sale

Lake Superior Watercolor Society Show “Close Up”

April 1-30
Opening Reception Thursday, April 7, 4-7PM
Just for the Season Gallery
207 W. Superior St. in the Holiday Center

Film for Thought: A Look into Sustainable Agriculture in MN

Join MPIRG for an informative, interactive night on sustainable farming in Minnesota. We will be showing the MN-based film ‘Farming Forward,’ hearing from UMD farms, and planting seed-starters. All are welcome, and it is free to attend!

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30pm, UMD’s Kirby Lounge
Please contact MPIRG with questions:

Hope to see you there!

The Grrrl Band @ Clyde Iron


The Grrrl Band on Facebook

Google and Android and BarCamp oh my!

Duluth Google Android BarCamp Event

You heard that Duluth didn’t exactly lose the Google Fiber project, right? Seriously. Sergey Brin said it.

A public community information meeting has just been scheduled for tomorrow at the DECC (on the city side.)

Google Twin Ports team members will be available to answer questions and explain what the latest announcements mean for Duluth-Superior.

Thursday, March 31
Google Twin Ports Community Q&A Discussion @ 4:30
Android BarCamp: 10am through 4:30

If you can come for any part of the day, register at (Check out our awesome speaker line-up, too!)

Thank you Verizon Wireless, our Presenting Sponsor;  the College of St. Scholastica, ProFounder, and 3Five Designs! Without the  financial and in-kind support from our event sponsors this event would not be possible.

Native Tree & Shrub Sale ends April 15

The annual Native Tree and Shrub Sale ends on April 15, so place your order now. Learn about each species and print a Tree Order Form — all available online at, or call the Soil & Water Conservation District office, 723-4867.

Spring 2011 Sustainability Fair at UMD on April 19 and 20

You’re invited to the Spring 2011 Sustainability Fair at UMD on April 19 and 20. Join us on Tuesday, April 19, as award-winning journalist and former WCCO news anchor Don Shelby talks about the failure of American journalism to tell the most important story since journalism began – global climate change. Don’s talk will take place at 6:30PM in Chemistry Building 200. On Wednesday, April 20, join us for tabling, talks, and tips on sustainability issues. Sustainability panels and special guests will be in Kirby Student Center from 10am to 2pm.

For more details on the Spring 2011 Sustainability Fair at UMD on April 19 and 20, visit the UMD Sustainability web page at

Google announces Kansas City, Kan., will get first high-speed broadband network

Associated Press | March 30, 2011 – 11:49 AM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Search engine Google says it’s planning to bring its high-speed broadband network to Kansas City, Kan.

The company announced Wednesday on its official blog that the city is the first to get the new program. Google says its ultrafast network would be capable of making Internet access more than 100 times faster than the broadband connection in most U.S. homes.

More than 1,100 cities throughout the country made bids to become a test site for the network, which would provide Internet connections of 1 gigabit per second to up to 500,000 people.

Milo Medin, Google’s vice president of access services, said in choosing a city the goal was to find someplace it could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations.

Any good local web designers?

Geckobyte in Duluth is about to put a bunch of Craigslist ads out in some of the bigger cities looking for gun-for-hire work, but we’d much rather pay the local talent if possible. We need someone (or some firm) to make some very professional looking website templates for us. This person must have a portfolio we could look at. We are experiencing a surplus of business at the moment and would like to pull in some cavalry for a bit to help ease the workload. We will pay well for quality work. Hope to find you if you’re out there.

email paul @ if you have questions or want more info. Thanks!

Duluth’s Music Scene

Have you ever wondered why there are so many bands and musicians in Duluth? What is it that makes bands like Trampled by Turtles, Low, and Charlie Parr call Duluth home? Visit LakeVoice News and See it, Hear it, and Read it first.

We just added a new “Music” tab that we will keep adding to every week to talk more about the Duluth music scene and it all leads up to the grand event of the Homegrown Music Festival. Over the course of the next few weeks we will continue to post more stories, pictures, and videos about local bands and musicians.

If you are a local musician or would like to see a band/musician get covered in our weekly news website please email us at lakevoicenews @