LakeVoiceNews: Local Themed Publication

What makes Duluth unique? What makes it special? We tried to answer this question through our stories. LakeVoice’s publication this week is about everything local. Here’s what we’ve been working on this week:

  • Celiac is an autoimmune disorder believed to affect up to 1% of the US population. Sadly, there is no cure. The only known effective treatment is a gluten-free diet. Alicia Lebens put together a collection of gluten-free options for Duluthians on Pinterest.
  • 2104 E. Superior St. has become the coolest house to see local musicians and artists. Recently, they’ve hosted journalist Adam Carr (creator of January in Duluth), music acts Dirty Horse and Big Wave Dave, and photographer Kip Praslowicz. Rebecca Mortensen interviewed the owners for this week’s LakeCast.

  • The city of Duluth has 29 different, distinct neighborhoods. While we are all united as Duluthians, the people of each neighborhood have their own quirks. Lauren Renneke tells the story of a resident living in 7 of the neighborhoods through an interactive map.
  • For most of us social media is second nature. We tend to forget that there was life before Twitter and Facebook. Members of the sans-Facebook generation are struggling to keep up with the rapid advancement of new technologies. To try to keep up local business leaders have been meeting to discuss social media strategies. Luke Wieneke writes about the Social Media Breakfast.
  • Duluth is full of natural wonders, and it’s citizen’s work hard to protect the city’s beauty – and they start at an early age. 6th grade science students at Marshall School have taken up the duty of monitoring Brewery Creek. Nathan Levendoski has the details on the young environmentalists.
  • Animal Allies is the leading resource for adopting and sheltering animals in Duluth. Reegan Lloyd created a slideshow about the animal shelter and how you can help. Warning: the slideshow contains cute puppies and kitties.
  • Come check out a unique perspective of Duluth: Laura Prosser gives you a tour of three local hotspots on a nice spring day.

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about 6 years ago

One of the interactive map folks lists going to "nursing school at St. Lukes."


Is this something, or did she mean St. Scholastica.


about 6 years ago

It would be nice if that tag for the Woodland guy actually pointed to Woodland. It is squarely in the Hunters Park/Glen Avon neighborhood. Woodland begins right after Forest Hill Cemetery. Behind him, you can see Washburn School. Also squarely in the Hunters Park neighborhood. Just because someone says they live in Woodland doesn't make it so.


about 6 years ago

Basically, you can think of Woodland as starting at the curve that goes around Hartley.


about 6 years ago

Thank you both for taking the time to read through the story.  Your questions and comments are appreciated.  

Adam: Sue said that she went to school at St. Lukes.  To my knowledge there used to be a school there.  Does anyone know about this?

hbh1: The pin on the map is where the photo was taken, by the school.  Dale was walking his dog through the area when I stopped him and asked him where he lived. He then told me he lived in the Woodland neighborhood.


about 6 years ago

Look, I'm sorry to be a pain in the ass, but you did not take that picture where the pin is. The pin is on Lewis St. and the picture you took is on St. Andrews St., right behind the playground next to the former Washburn School. I know this because I walk my dog there every day and live in the neighborhood. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've said hello to the guy in the picture while he was walking his dog, through our mutual neighborhood, which is called Hunters Park. 

I took the liberty of looking up the man in the photo in the phone book. He is, unfortunately, incorrect about which neighborhood he lives in, provided that he indeed told you he lived in Woodland, rather than on Woodland Avenue. Perhaps he hasn't lived there long, or perhaps he just doesn't care. Either way, unlike many neighborhoods where the difference between them is a street, Hunters Park and Woodland are separated by the expanse of Hartley Nature Center and Forest Hill Cemetery. Perhaps that doesn't matter to you, LakeVoice News, but it should, because accuracy is part and parcel of reporting.

I presume you are a student, and perhaps you will be going into journalism. One thing I think you will find true no matter where you live or write is that people tend to care deeply about their neighborhoods and the historical character they carry forward by living there. This unfortunately means you'll get people like me, who know a great deal about where they live, who will be piping up when you've got it wrong.

It was a cool project. Best of luck.


about 6 years ago

I don't know why I can never get embeds to work, but there's a YouTube video on the closing of the St. Lukes School of Nursing.


about 6 years ago



about 6 years ago

Uh, this isn't the busting of the Foxconn story or Stephan Glass, this is a local reporter talking to a resident and telling the story. The GPS coordinates of a marker or the demarcation of the neighborhood isn't important.

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about 6 years ago


As a faculty member with these whippersnappers in his classes, I am grateful for your precision!  They need to learn and respect these details.


about 6 years ago

BadCat!, I am doing a lot of research on neighborhoods, and thus I am a pain in the ass on these things. I recognize that this makes me one of those persnickety little old ladies way before my time. 

But here's something to think about: neighborhoods and their names disappear exactly because of articles like these. Most people are uncertain about where exactly the Goat Hill neighborhood is, or Observation Hill, or Morningside, or Glen Avon because over time the city consolidates them, omits names, and people move away. Now, that might not matter to you. That's fine. But for those of us who care about history, the loss of these little neighborhoods is a sad thing, and completely unnecessary. This sort of information is passed on from person to person. And now, with anyone having access to media, I think it's a shame to let mistakes lie (and for the perusal of others) for however long the server holds your information. 

I like my internet to be truthful, and I'm grateful to experts who hold people accountable to facts. 

As I said, I live in the neighborhood. I have noticed that people tend to think of everything up past UMD on Woodland as the Woodland neighborhood. As someone who has read extensively on my own neighborhood (and all the others in the city), I don't want the name of the one I live in to be lost. It has its own unique history, as does Woodland. 

I expect experts on the Foxconn story to hold each other accountable, and whoever knows all about Stephan Glass--it's his/her job to hold people's feet to the fire. As a possible expert on certain aspects of Duluth, I consider myself responsible for my tiny areas of expertise.

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