Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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The Duluth School Board is expected to vote Tuesday on changes to how compensatory education funds are allocated. Each school generates a certain amount of compensatory education funds based on its population of students taking part in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. State statute requires the district to keep half of the money allocated to each level — elementary, middle and high school — but can shift the rest around. It has done that to lower class sizes throughout the district.
It was a slightly chilly morning as hundreds of women and men of all ages marched down First Street in downtown Duluth participating in the second annual Twin Ports Women's March on Saturday morning.
A special prosecutor announced Friday that charges will not be filed against the Ashland County deputy involved in the shooting of a 14-year-old boy on the Bad River Reservation last November. Jason Ike Pero was shot twice in the chest by Ashland County sheriff's deputy Brock Mrdjenovich on Nov. 8 in Odanah. St. Croix County District Attorney Michael Nieskes released a statement Friday saying use of deadly force was justified.
A special prosecutor announced Friday that charges will not be filed against the Ashland County deputy involved in the shooting of a 14-year-old boy on the Bad River Reservation last November. Jason Ike Pero was shot twice in the chest by Ashland County sheriff’s deputy Brock Mrdjenovich on Nov. 8. St. Croix County District Attorney Michael Nieskes released a statement Friday saying use of deadly force was justified.
The Duluth school district is facing a nearly $4 million deficit in fiscal year 2019.
After saving lives during a distinguished career as a surgeon, Duluth's Per Wickstrom devoted much of his retirement to making lives better. Wickstrom, who lost an 11-year battle with prostate cancer on Dec. 29 at age 75, is being remembered as a great surgeon, a giving man and talented artist who touched many lives in the Duluth community. "He was very generous, very supportive of me, very open and loving in all ways," said Lee Stuart, executive director of CHUM, the Duluth nonprofit that benefited from the extensive volunteer efforts of Wickstrom and his wife, Elaine.
Authorities are investigating a break-in at North Shore Community School in Duluth Township. The alarm at the school went off around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when a window was broken on the attached greenhouse at the school, according to St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. The school was cleared by a police K-9; no one was found inside. According to the Sheriff's Office, nothing was reported missing as of Tuesday afternoon. Evidence was collected at the scene, and authorities plan to meet with school officials to discuss the possibility of surveillance video.
Sen. Tina Smith met with retired Teamsters on Saturday morning to talk about a proposed solution to the problems facing their pensions. The Teamsters Smith met with are part of Central States Pension Fund, which is on its way to being insolvent as it pays out $3.46 for every one dollar it takes in. There are 21,000 members in Minnesota affected by this, with 3,624 of them in the Eighth District, according to Sherman Liimatainen, vice president of National United Committee to Protect Pensions.
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith made her first public appearance in Minnesota as a senator Friday in Duluth, meeting with community members and leaders and outlining a priority of advocating for economic opportunity for all.
Life House finalized its purchase of the former Cooper's Engraving building Wednesday. The building, at 21 N. First Ave. W., will be used to expand the nonprofit's Legitimate Hustle Program. Life House provides homeless youth with support, transitional housing and a safe alternative to the streets.