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In less than a month, four flash mobs in support of the grassroots indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection movement "Idle No More" were held in Duluth and Cloquet. Another was planned for this past week as the Budgeteer went to press. A flash mob is a large group of people who gather, ideally in an instant, to perform a unified action in a public place, often a song or dance. In this case, participants are performing a round dance. "The round dances were a family event," explains Joe Sutherland, a member of the Duluth Anishinaabeg community, who is from Canada.
Light. In the north country we like daylight hours when we can accomplish our tasks. We take walks, plant our gardens and enjoy outdoor activities. At night we wind down, go indoors and turn on our lights. Later we sleep. Some of us sleep in complete darkness with shades drawn and no inside lighting, while others sleep with lights flickering from without and within their homes. At Hawk's Ridge in Duluth, we see many birds that use light from the moon, stars and setting sun for navigation during their twice-yearly migrations, but light pollution can obscure the skies.
There's a sense of pride a shopper feels in supporting a locally-owned independent business. Maybe it's the fact that you know a significant amount of your money will be reinvested back into goods and services in our community. Or perhaps it's the fact that you are supporting those who provide outstanding customer service because their employees take time to get to know their customers. Or maybe it's just the fact that you are looking for something unique and our local businesses are the thread that helps make the fabric of our community. No matter what prompts you to shop local, we thank
Local philanthropist David A. Goldberg, for whom the David Goldberg Family Branch Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland which is located in the Heritage Center of the Lincoln Park neighborhood is named, was one of those honored in November by the Lake Superior Fund Raising Executives. Nationwide the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15 and the Lake Superior Fund Raising Executives held its Celebrating Community Giving Day on the same day.
For the second year, the Nordic Center and the Nortun Lodge/Sons of Norway are hosting Duluth's version of a Gingerbread City. Gingerbread houses and buildings made by Duluth residents will be on display in The Nordic Center (street level) and the Norway Hall (second floor), located at 21 N. Lake Avenue, Duluth. The Pepperkakebyen, which means "Gingerbread City" in Norwegian, opened to the public at the Nordic Center on Fri., Nov. 22. It will be open for visitors through Sat., Dec. 14. The hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and Sundays 1-4 pm.
We love our pets like family members. But as the holiday season arrives, it's important to remember that they're not tiny, furry people.
The Budgeteer urges you to make sure that your dogs and cats are safe during the cold weather. Although they are equipped with fur coats, dogs, cats and other animals can still suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze. Cold weather spells extra hardship for backyard dogs, and it can also pose challenges for wildlife. The recent snowstorms prompted an email to the Budgeteer from PETA with suggestions on how to keep animals safe this winter. As arctic air continues to move into our area, here are some tips: Keep animals indoors.
We are writing regarding the article "Sankta Lucia brings light to darkness" published in the December 1 issue of the Duluth Budgeteer News. Sankta Lucia, "St. Lucy" in English, was not "an ancient mythical figure" as apparently stated on the government of Sweden's website. St. Lucy was a real person. A young woman, she died a martyr for the Christian faith in 304 A.D. in Syracuse, Sicily, during the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian. The Catholic Church observes the feast day of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, on December 13 every year.
Thank you for the very, very fine article on hospice care in the November 17 Budgeteer. I have personally observed this care as my father was one such patient as he died of cancer, wow, now 14 years ago. I am sure many of the citizenry are/were not aware of this service, so thank you for telling the Northland about this wonderful service. William Marko Duluth
The second half of November brought us the transitions that we look for at this time. With the advancing cold temperatures, ponds, swamps and lakes froze (in that order). Many rivers are shrouded with much ice and the ground has taken the frost as well. The freeze-up is typical of late November, and though there were several freeze-thaw times, we ended the month with a lasting ice cover. This was followed by some snowfall at Thanksgiving time. I was glad to see the snow wait until after we had ice cover and frozen ground.