Monday, August 31, 2009
I haven't posted for a couple days because I am busy with the finishing touches for the September Hillsider. It is almost done. Some people are proofing it for me now.
Also, I attended a writers' festival in Thunder Bay.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Don’t miss the final summer Movies in the Park showing of "Madagascar" held Friday, August 28th in Duluth’s Leif Erikson Park. Twin Ports Outdoor Movies with the support of the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department proudly brings to life one of our areas premier summer activities. Just grab a blanket and join family, friends and neighbors and sit back, relax and enjoy the show under the stars.
The movie starts approximately fifteen minutes after sunset and sparkles on a mammoth 40X20 foot outdoor screen. Please call, after 6:00 PM, the Twin Ports Outdoor Movies Hotline at 715-392-3480 or log on to www.twinportsoutdoormovies.com. to check for cancellation.
Monday, August 24, 2009
In case of inclement weather, the Feast and Forum will be held at Harrison Community Center, 3002 West 3rd St.
The free feast will begin at 5:00 p.m. Following the feast, the Commission will host an open and informal Public Forum, where the Commission will listen to all those who wish to share their thoughts, opinions and advice regarding issues and concerns in Duluth’s Indian community.
In announcing the "Feast and Public Forum" Commission Co-Chairs Donna Ennis and Ricky DeFoe, said that "The Commission wants to hear directly from Duluth’s American Indian residents about what they see as the real issues that are most challenging to their community.”
Commission Secretary Michelle Gordon echoed the Co-chairs and said the “Duluth American Indian Commission values all thoughts and comments relating to or affecting the services, facilities, policies and issues that are of concern to the American Indian Community and we hope that many people from the community come out and let their voices be heard.”
This evening is part of the Duluth American Indian Commission’s ongoing efforts to reach out to the Community. Part of the Commission’s mission is to develop recommendations to the City Council and City Administration to ensure that the American Indian community’s concerns are considered in the City’s decision and policy making process.
“The American Indian Commission plays an important role in establishing a venue for open dialogue on important issues facing the American Indian community. I appreciate the hard work of the Commission in planning this event and their ongoing contributions to Duluth,” says Mayor Don Ness.
The Duluth American Indian Commission was established by the City of Duluth by an ordinance passed in 2003. The 11 representatives on the Duluth American Indian Commission are appointed by the Mayor and include cultural and spiritual leaders, activists and other Indian Community advocates.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Editor's note: Do you wish you could get a new car, but even with the "Cash For Clunkers" program you feel like it not an option for you? Keeping your car up is very important both economically and environmentally.
Keeping Current Vehicle Running Efficiently the Best Economic Alternative
Letter to the Editor:
There’s been a lot of talk about “Cash for Clunkers,” but for the majority of motorists, purchasing a new car is not an option. For many, their vehicle does not qualify as a “clunker” and for others, the cost of a new car is prohibitive, so keeping their current vehicle running efficiently is the sensible alternative.
Those motorists who treat their vehicles as valuable investments and commit to regular vehicle maintenance end up saving a lot of money. In fact, according to Runzheimer International, the difference in the savings over a four year period between keeping a car and buying a new one is over $10,000. Even with the “Cash for Clunkers” incentive, maintaining your current vehicle is still the best economic option.
To help ensure reliability and safety, and extend vehicle life, the Car Care Council recommends these preventive maintenance steps:
- Change the oil and filter every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or per the owner’s manual. Periodic oil and filter changes keep your engine clean on the inside.
- Check the tire pressure at least monthly, including the spare. Your car’s tires affect its ride, handling, traction and safety.
- Schedule a tune-up annually to optimize your car’s performance. A well-tuned engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy, and produces the lowest level of emissions.
- Have the alignment checked at least annually. Potholes and other road conditions, as well as normal wear, can take their toll on your car’s steering and suspension. A wheel alignment reduces tire wear, improves fuel economy and handling, and increases driving enjoyment and safety.
- Inspect the windshield wipers and lights on the car. Lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, and they are normal wear items that need periodic replacement.
To learn more, visit the Car Care Council’s Web site at www.carcare.org and check out the popular digital Car Care Guide.
Car Care Council
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Mayor Don Ness will hold his ‘Mayor’s Night’ event with Duluth citizens at City Hall on Tuesday, August 25th starting at 5:00 p.m. and continuing until each person has a chance to speak with the Mayor. The meeting will be held in the Fourth Floor Reception Room, which is Room 405 of Duluth City Hall.
‘Mayor’s Night’ events are scheduled on the last Tuesday of each month at City Hall, to give citizens regular opportunities to meet with Mayor Ness and senior city staff. Citizens can come to the Reception Room to sign in. Meetings with the mayor will be on a first come / first served basis. All citizens taking part will have an opportunity to meet with the mayor, though the presence of larger numbers of citizens may mean slightly shorter meeting times.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
St. Mark AME Church
530 North 5th Avenue East
Rev. Stacey L. Smith, Pastor
“Lift Our Voices and Sing”
6:00 PM – August 22, 2009
St. Mark Mass Choir
Peace UCC Sanctuary Choir
Daughter’s of Zion Praise Dancers
Children of Praise Dancers
Lakeside Baptist Church Praise Team
Living Faith Church Choir
The public is invited to attend and worship with us.
Join Melanie Ford on Thursday, August 27 for a homemade *Jambalaya dinner celebrating her birthday and raising funds for her reelection.
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. All American Club 1931 W. Michigan Street, Duluth
*Spicy and delicious Creole dish with tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery, sausage, and chicken. Vegetarian red beans and rice option available. All served with fresh cornbread
Suggested minimum donation: $15. More information: Debbie (218) 830-8539.
immediately cease all payments to the City related to the operation of
the Fond du Luth Casino. The Casino has been operating since 1986
pursuant to the gaming rights agreements of 1986 and 1994 between the
Band and the City of Duluth. The Band contends that the agreements were
based on erroneous understandings and that the City’s consent to the
existence of reservation land within the city was not necessary in 1986.
The City strongly contests this position.
The City will seek a declaratory judgment from the Court upholding the
legal standing of the signed agreements. The City is confident that the
Court will find that this action by the Band has no legal standing and
will quickly uphold the agreement that exists today and that remains in
place until 2036.
“The Band has taken a direction contrary to our understanding of the
agreement and federal law. We would hope that the Band would choose to
seek clarification from the Court rather than attempt to abruptly and
unilaterally end the very foundation of their longstanding relationship
with the City under these agreements,” states Bob Maki, the City’s
Over the past 25 years, these agreements have been thoroughly reviewed
and approved by the Fond du Lac Band, the City of Duluth, the U.S.
Secretary of the Interior, the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming
Commission and the Federal District Court for Minnesota.
“The City remains committed to the continuation of a respectful and
successful joint venture with the Fond du Lac Band,” said Mayor Don
Ness. “Once the legal standing of the agreement is confirmed we hope
to work with the Band towards a renewed success of the Casino in the
middle of Duluth’s downtown waterfront.”
The Band expressed what both parties saw as mutual and shared interests
in the very difficult days of the early 1980s in Duluth when, in the
words of the Band in 1994 before Congress, “In 1984, representatives
of the City and the Band came together to explore the possibility of
creating a joint relationship that would benefit the interest of both
Both the Band and the City have benefited from this joint venture over
the past 25 years. This success would not have been possible without
the agreement and cooperation of both parties.
& the Milwaukee Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) present:
"Know Your Rights!
Employment Barriers Faced by People of Color”
Monday, August 24, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Central Hillside Community Center
12 East 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55805
Special Guest Speaker:
Maria E. Flores, EEOC Program Manager
FREE INFORMATION & MATERIALS ON YOUR EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS!
Race discrimination continues to be the most frequently filed type of employment discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Come to this FREE informative session to learn about the federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination, how to file a charge, the role of the NAACP, and, more importantly, how to identify employment barriers which may discriminate against people of color such as:
“Name” and “Appearance” Discrimination
Illegal Customer Preference
Hiring Requirements Which May Cause Discrimination
Harassment, and More!
Our Speaker: Maria Flores, a 17-year EEOC veteran and highly rated speaker, will bring to life the unique employment issues faced by people of color by weaving together real case stories, statistics and studies. She has investigated class action and systemic discrimination cases and has received national EEOC awards for her past investigative work on high-profile cases. A graduate of Marquette University, Maria is responsible for outreach, training and technical assistance throughout five Midwest states and actively serves on a number of nonprofit boards and committees that serve diverse communities.
For more information, please contact Mr. Claudie Washington, President, Duluth NAACP Branch, phone (218) 590-9009 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, August 17, 2009
All District 4 candidates who filed with election officials by the July 15 deadline have confirmed their attendance. The candidates for the 4th District City Council seat are Kerry Gauthier, Gordon Grant, Heath Hickok, Matt Potter and Celia Scheer.
The forum, scheduled for 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. , will feature five questions posed by people from the Duluth community currently experiencing poverty. If time allows, questions from the audience will also be included.
The event was initiated by graduates of the Blandin Foundation’s - Leaders Partnering to End Poverty (LPEP) in Duluth who wanted to help city leaders better understand key poverty issues and hear candidates’ visions for a healthier community.
Event sponsors include the League of Women Voters-Duluth, Community Action Duluth, Twin Ports Action Coalition, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, CHUM and the A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation.
The event is free. Refreshments will be served.
Some relevant statistics on poverty:
- According to U.S. Census Data for 2000, the poverty level in Duluth of 15.5% is dramatically larger in comparison to the national (12.4%) and state (7.9%) rates.
- According to the 2009 Race Matters Report, 93% of the Duluth population is white and 13% of them are living below the poverty level. Less than 2% of the Duluth population is African American, yet more than 40% of the African American population is living below the poverty level. Native Americans make up 2.5% of the Duluth population, yet more than 43% of Native Americans are living below the poverty level.
- Women and children make up 50% of homeless people in St. Louis County .
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Don’t miss Movies in the Park showing of "Harry Potter-The Prisoner Azkaban" held Friday, August 14th in Duluth’s Leif Erikson Park. Twin Ports Outdoor Movies with the support of the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department proudly brings to life one of our areas premier summer activities. Just grab a blanket and join family, friends and neighbors and sit back, relax and enjoy the show under the stars.
Movies in the Park: August 14 featuring Harry Potter:The Prisoner Azkaban rated PG and starts at 8:17PM
The movie starts approximately fifteen minutes after sunset and sparkles on a mammoth 40X20 foot outdoor screen. Please call, after 6:00 PM, the Twin Ports Outdoor Movies Hotline at 715-392-3480 or log on to www.twinportsoutdoormovies.com to check for cancellation.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Prof. Cricket get trapped in some rocks at Canal Park.
Youth squealed as they jumped of the cement structure into the cold lake. I stuff my feet in the lake...yeap 43 degrees!
Wind: S at 0 mph
It is almost the middle of August. Time to get serious about the content of the September Hillsider. Today I phoned some advertisers and worked on the layout a bit.
It was really, really hot today. I had a picnic lunch at Canal Park. I found out it is really hard to access the beach with all the boulders there. Those rocks were hot enough to fry an egg! My little doggie got trapped between a couple rocks, but she wormed her way out. Finally we went down near the canal and there is an easier access to the water there. Lots of kids were throwing rock and feeding seagull.
Later we went to Brighton Beach, were Prof. Cricket chased the waves. She like to try to bite them. She go all the way in the water and believe it or not she did get cold. I had to put her in the car to warm her up.
Anyway I got my laptop out and worked on the design, made some phone calls and looked at the photos I now have. We want to have a candidate questionnaire and it is looking very tight for space unless I sell some more adds to make a 16 pager rather than a 12 pager.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Contact me and let me know. You need to live, work or volunteer in one of these three neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, Central Hillside or East Hillside. The minimum requirement is one board meeting a month. You do not have to know how to write. You just need want to be involved int he direction of "The Hillsider" by suggesting story ideas and other types of things.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
The Duluth Police Department currently operates in a space in the historic City Hall working in unsafe, cramped conditions. The 80 year old building inhibits the Department’s ability to meet national standards for handling, storage, and care of criminal evidence.
The City Council will consider a plan that would build a modern, efficient headquarters that will ensure our law enforcement officers can provide the best possible service to the community.
The new facility would improve technology compatibility with state databases; improve work processes; increase energy efficiency; provide better standards for combining property and evidence storage, crime scene processing, and forfeited vehicle storage; and provide a more efficient and safe work space for employees.
“The Duluth Police Department strives to provide the highest quality services. We can’t do that when we have to worry about sewage backups in the officer locker room or water damage to our property and evidence room,” says Chief Gordon Ramsay.
The plan developed by the Police Department achieves a modern police facility at one-half the cost of a facility being built in St. Cloud. The St. Cloud facility price tag will be $36 million, in contrast to the proposed $18 million facility in Duluth.
The financing is structured to limit the annual increases to the City’s portion of the property tax. Considering that the City of Duluth accounts for only 22% of the property tax bill, the 2010 levy increase would amount to a 0.6% increase of the total bill. For the homeowner with a $160,000 home, the average monthly impact on their 2010 property taxes would be less than one dollar. With the three step financing plan, the overall impact to property taxes would be 1.9% total increase spread over the next three years.
With Council approval, construction could begin as early as this fall, with a targeted completion date of summer 2011.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Access to William Irvin Tours, Vista Excursions, and the DECC Ticket Office will be from the east using Harbor Drive. Harbor Drive will be closed off completely for all traffic, eastbound or westbound, between Paulucci Hall and the Great Lakes Aquarium. The Great Lakes Aquarium will be open it's normal business hours.
Paid parking for the Bayfront Blues Festival is located in lots off Railroad Street just west of the 5th Ave. W connector, and in the DECC parking lot.
It shows why the police department needs new/upgraded facilities.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Here are a list of the Nation Night Out locations. Everything starts at 5 p.m. unless otherwise incidated.
6:30-8 p.m. Contact Joan at (218) 728-0589.
Contact Pam at (218)
5-7 p.m. Contact Tim at (218) 725-7706.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
He was the featured speaker Sunday night along with Kysten Sinema, representative, Arizona State legislature. Barry Kendall, executive director of the Commonweal Institute.
Franken said his number one concern is health care reform. He stated that two-thirds of bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. "People are worried that they are one health care crisis away from bankruptcy," he said. Many people are scared to change jobs or to start new businesses because of preexisting conditions.
Franken said he heard from a woman in Fergus Falls who is a diabetic, her son is also diabetic but doesn't have insurance, so she shares here insulin with her son.
Franken the United States has a wider gap in income than other developed countries which have been health care for everyone. The wide gap causes difficulties in people having access to clean air and water as well as exercise and safe neighborhoods. The gap between the rich and poor is huge, he said.
Franken also talked about the importance of Net Neutrality.
I don't know how to just get one Youtube in this.
The roundtable was sponsored by the A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation and the Commonweal Institute
Saturday, August 01, 2009
So join us: your friends, neighbors, and fellow Duluthians, in making our communities great...There is no better time than now to get involved in your community.
We are also dismayed at the outpouring of resentment and anger directed at the Central Hillside and Downtown neighborhoods and their residents. Crimes such as these will never be solved or prevented by giving up on our neighborhoods. We invite you to put aside your stereotypes and join us in making the Hillside, and Duluth, a better place. We are not on the front page of the paper, but there are many of us, in every neighborhood, and we are working to make Duluth a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
It is time for us, as a community, to take a stand. No more violence. No more hate. No police department or agency can fix our neighborhoods’ problems. We need to work together to move forward. Pay no heed to those that make anonymous comments online; they clearly do not believe in what they say enough to use their names.
The Hillside is not a “ghetto”. The Hillside is a thriving community with a wonderful diversity of people; this is something to be cherished, not condemned. We should be proud of our neighborhoods of history, character, and beauty. As a resident of Central Hillside, I have had enough of the stereotyping and the disdain for my neighborhood and my neighbors. How about you?
So join us: your friends, neighbors, and fellow Duluthians, in making our communities great. You will not be alone.
The At Home in Duluth collaborative is made up of 24 organizations, government agencies, and community groups. This collaborative is facilitated by the Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Duluth LISC), and includes organizations like CHUM, Northern Communities Land Trust, Community Action Duluth, Neighborhood Housing Services, the City of Duluth, and community clubs from each of the neighborhoods we work in.
We are working to build family assets and income, restore homeownership, train a skilled and productive workforce, provide jobs and affordable housing, organize renters and landlords, reinvest in our businesses and infrastructure, confront racism, reduce crime, and remove blight from our streets.
Community clubs and citizen patrols are hosting block parties, citizen patrolling our streets, cleaning up litter and debris, beautifying our neighborhoods, and building community. However, we need your help. One person truly can make a difference, and there is no better time than now to get involved in your community. After all, we’re all in this together, and volunteering in your community can make for fun, rewarding experiences. You’ll make new friends, meet your neighbors, and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor.
For information on how to get involved in your community or for information on any of the At Home in Duluth partners, contact Brendan at Neighborhood Housing Services of Duluth at 727-8604 ext 19.