The Duluth Stream Corps is one of more than 20 offerings on the Community Action Duluth roster of programs. Community Action began in 1964 as a linchpin in President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," but the local Stream Corps has underpinnings to go even deeper into the annals of American history.
There is an nonprofit agency in Duluth which helped six people purchase a car in 2016. That same year, it helped nearly 1,200 people do their taxes. It oversaw 12 families purchase their first home. Its three full-time navigators assisted more than 900 people in obtaining health insurance.
The storm that ransacked the Northland's landscape in 2016 is still raw for Walter and Jayne Iverson. Recently, when rumbling clouds swept over their Rice Lake home, "I pulled the covers over my head," Jayne said. "It made me nervous." The couple met with the News Tribune earlier this month to discuss the storm and its aftermath. The next day they were going to Deadwood, S.D. For the retired couple that found each other after they'd both been widowed, it would be their first extended break from home since the storm.
Standing near a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Sonny Hancock wore the modern-day regalia common to the soldiers of that war — the ballcap, the black leather vest, each festooned with meaningful patches. It hadn't always been something he felt comfortable displaying. Leaving the country at Cam Ranh Bay in 1969, enemy mortar rounds arcing as the plane lifted off, Hancock and the others changed clothes at the airport as soon as they landed stateside. It was a tumultuous time.
It took Brian McMahon 18 years to write his new book, "The Ford Century in Minnesota" — its assembly unfolding night after night in the quiet hours as his children grew up. "I didn't leave a stone unturned," he said. "It was much bigger than I could have imagined." The 71-year-old Stillwater author and architect will be in Duluth at noon on Thursday to discuss his book at the downtown Duluth Depot as part of the St. Louis County Historical Society's "Lunch with the History People" series.
Even after he'd been badly burned in a workplace incident at Fraser Shipyards in February, Joseph Burch figured he hadn't seen the last of his welding torch. "He was always optimistic," said Burch's sister-in-law Stacy Mackie. "He would talk about going back to work." The reunion between the welder and the tools of his trade never happened as Burch, 53, died in April — two months after the incident aboard the docked freighter Roger Blough. Burch succumbed to sepsis, Mackie said, which had been the result of infections to the burn wounds on his legs.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church congregants — many of whom watched their sanctuary burn in February 2016 — will vote Sunday on the design the Duluth church will use during its upcoming restoration A plan to shift the sanctuary a full 180 degrees would orient churchgoers toward a new altar, turning them from Lake Superior to symbolically face the Central Hillside neighborhood long served by the church.
The early reviews are rolling in on the what's-old-is-new-again Gateway Tower apartments on West Superior Street in downtown Duluth, and tenants say the renovations are a hit. "It couldn't look better," said 62-year-old Jan Nash, an 11-year resident of the 14-story tower. "New cabinets, new toilet and shower, new floors." "Huge bathroom," said Pam Blommer, 55, who uses a walker and appreciated newfound accessibility after waiting for her updated second-floor apartment by spending a few months in transition on the ninth floor.
As Pete Stauber entered the national political scene on Monday, joining the 2018 campaign for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, Stewart Mills worked patiently from his business office in Baxter, Minn. Mills applauded the news, but said it's far too soon to decide if he would mount a third consecutive challenge of incumbent Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby.
Flanked by more than 100 supporters, Pete Stauber launched his campaign for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District on Monday. "Wow!" Stauber said, responding to the swell of cheers upon his introduction outside the Hermantown Public Safety Building. "It's an important day." A Duluth police lieutenant and St. Louis County commissioner, Stauber read from a prepared statement and outlined a platform rooted in Christianity, small-town interests and the "common sense" he said was missing from Washington, D.C.