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Matthew Campbell could not tell his parents he was depressed. It was only a little over a year ago that the Duluth East High School senior began treatment for depression, after several years of feeling unhappy, which turned to self-loathing and ultimately, to thoughts of suicide. The breaking point came during a night when his parents discovered the varsity soccer goalie and student government leader was failing three classes. He broke down crying in front of them, but wasn't able to share his struggles. "I couldn't get the words out," he said.
The cost of the Duluth school district's $1 million playground mulch replacement project has been reduced by about $48,000.
Lincoln Park Middle School eighth grader Brooke Thompson loves the "clicking" sound potatoes make when they're pulled out of the ground. She finds the act of gardening therapeutic and the process satisfying, she said, as she tended her school's raised beds. "I think of the potatoes, and how they were made by one potato," Thompson said, marveling at the amount being harvested one sunny day in October.
Denfeld High School has a new antidote this year to address persistent issues with attendance and achievement, and some teachers already are seeing results. It's called BARR — Building Assets, Reducing Risks — and it was created by a St. Louis Park, Minn., school counselor in 1998. It's grown into a national model, and is now in more than 80 schools in 13 states. The federal government has invested in it with multiple grants.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior is dropping a hefty chunk of its academic offerings as it moves to streamline its programming, it announced Tuesday. More than two dozen academic programs, including major programs for sociology, theater and political science — will be suspended, meaning no new students will be admitted as the remaining students finish and the programs enter a sort of limbo. The news was a surprise to employees and students, many said.
Jennifer Storm remembers the night she and her young daughter drove over the Blatnik Bridge to Duluth together for the first time. The sun was setting and the city was bathed in a warm pink light. Storm's daughter, Sophia, was excited to enter Duluth, a place she had heard mentioned so many times. For Storm, it was a moment she had envisioned every night as she tried to sleep: What would be playing on the radio? What would the city's lights look like cresting over the bridge? What would it be like to feel safe?
Both of the candidates for the Duluth School Board District 1 race agree that changes to school boundaries are necessary and that voters should be asked to at least renew an expiring operating levy. When it comes to key issues, however, similarities end there. Kurt Kuehn and incumbent Rosie Loeffler-Kemp are the candidates running to represent large sections of eastern Duluth, the city of Rice Lake and four area townships.
More snow fell in Duluth on Friday than any other October day in the city's recorded history. Duluth's National Weather Service office, located near the Duluth International Airport, measured 10.2 inches of snow as of 4:30 p.m. Friday. The previous record for the month was 10 inches, which fell on Oct. 23, 1933. The Halloween Blizzard of 1991, which dropped more than 3 feet of snow on the city, started on Oct. 31 — but the bulk of the snow fell on Nov. 1. Other notable snow totals Friday included 10.9 inches near Scanlon and 10.1 inches at Holyoke.
The Duluth school district is almost out of reserve cash. While the amount is not final, district CFO Doug Hasler said remaining funds are about $111,000, down from $2.4 million the prior year. An increase in special education costs for district resident students enrolled elsewhere is contributing to the decline in reserves, Hasler said.
Voters will choose between three newcomers and an incumbent to fill the two open At Large Duluth School Board seats Nov. 7, each candidate with a varying set of priorities. Choices include a public health nurse, a research scientist, a health care industry executive and a onetime teacher. Josh Gorham