Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Frank Jewell 1st District County Commissioner Candidate

Why are you running?

Like many residents of St. Louis County, I’ve been distressed to see petty squabbles and personal agendas prevent the County Board from getting the county’s business done. We need change on the county board—we need commissioners who will work cooperatively with each other, with other units of government, and with constituents. I know how to work cooperatively with others to get things done. In these tough economic times, we will need to work creatively and cooperatively to provide the services that residents expect without burdening them with ever-increasing taxes. www.frankjewell.com

Why care about mining and forestry?

[St. Louis County is a huge county, over 6,000 square miles [It is larger than three of our smallest states: Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island]. We have an abundance of natural resources including mining and lumber. Why should people in the core neighborhoods of Duluth be concerned with issues related to mining and forestry?]

Whether it is the quality of our drinking water, the job opportunities our young people need, or the outdoor recreation so many of us enjoy, Duluth’s fate is bound up with the fate of the county. St. Louis County is the largest county east of the Mississippi and one of the most beautiful. The beauty and bounty of our area will only last, however, if we are good stewards of these resources. Mining and forestry are two of our most important industries and employ large numbers of our citizens. It is very important that we keep these jobs and assure that the industries are run in a way that is sustainable and safe for the environment.

Dennis Fink, Incumbent 1st District County Commissioner Candidate

Why are you running?

Counties administer the laws of the state and federal government at the local level. Our job is to assure equal access to every citizen. The only limit is our citizens’ resistance to more taxes. Herein lies the issue and the reason I am a candidate in 2010.

The economy is not recovering as projected. Even the optimists are visualizing a long slow return to normal and suggest that the status quo is not sustainable.

The answer is not our traditional “math problem” approach of increasing taxes and/or cutting spending. We have been doing that for some time now. The answer will require structural changes.

These changes will not take place in the county boardroom but in St. Paul and Washington D.C. If St. Louis County is to have a voice, we must be at the table to protect the good things and offer sensible, innovative, economic, and futurist suggestions. I’ve earned a seat at that table over the years. I also started a statewide County Futures Group whose charge is redesigning the future of county government. Ten areas ripe for change have already been developed. They are listed on my web-page: www.thinkfinkagain.com

Why care about mining and forestry?

[St. Louis County is a huge county, over 6,000 square miles [It is larger than three of our smallest states: Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island]. We have an abundance of natural resources including mining and lumber. Why should people in the core neighborhoods of Duluth be concerned with issues related to mining and forestry?]

St. Louis County’s economy is dependent on its natural resources. Our core community should indeed be concerned about the health and welfare of the region’s top two economic engines. The jobs these industries create, both the primary and secondary jobs, are vital to the entire county. And while jobs remain most important, the environmental health of our forests, tailing piles and ponds, streams, rivers, lakes and ground water is essential to maintaining the natural order and recreational value of the resources and our community.

Maintaining the appropriate balance within these extractive industries between the environment, economy and society should be of concern to every citizen of St. Louis County.

Why are issues relating to mining and forestry important to city folks? Hillsider asks County Commissioner candidates for statements

Two candidates are running for District 1 County Commissioner. They are:

Dennis Fink, Incumbent
Frank Jewell

The Hillsider asked two questions of candidates for District 1 County Commissioner:

1. Why are you running? How will your decisions affect the day-to-day lives of people in your district?

2. St. Louis County is a huge county, over 6,000 square miles [It is larger than three of our smallest states: Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island]. We have an abundance of natural resources including mining and lumber. Why should people in the core neighborhoods of Duluth be concerned with issues related to mining and forestry?

Former Duluth reporter’s book makes for compelling reading: see her Sept. 16

By Claire Kirch

If professional success begins with being in the right place at the right time, Minneapolis Star-Tribune editor Laurie Hertzel found that in Duluth, Minnesota in the mid-1970s. Hertzel describes her journey in a newly published memoir, News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist (University of Minnesota Press, Sept. 2010).

Bored with a part-time job shelving library books at the old Carnegie Library downtown, a teenaged Hertzel applied for a job at the Duluth News Tribune. She was hired to answer phones, write obits, and make coffee for the newsroom staff. Hertzel’s colorful descriptions of her workplace make it sound like a newsroom straight out of a 1940s-era movie, with fedora-wearing, chain-smoking middle-aged male reporters covering their beats amidst ringing phones and clacking typewriters.

Over the next 18 years, Hertzel moved on to copy-editing, news reporting, and writing features about life in Duluth during a time of extraordinary change, as the city struggled to survive after losing its manufacturing base, and the News-Tribune adapted to declining readership.

The most poignant chapters in News to Me relate how Hertzel chanced upon the story of her career, also an important chapter in Duluth’s history: in 1986, at the height of the Cold War, Hertzel accompanied to the USSR a group of 33 Duluthians wanting to establish a sister city relationship with Petrazavodsk. While there, she discovered a community of expats, taken in the 1930s as children from northern Minnesota to Russia by their communist parents, some of whom were later executed during the Great Terror.

Hertzel may claim to be an “accidental” journalist, but her talent for telling some great stories about this unique, beautiful city we call home makes it a happy accident indeed. She will read from News to Me at her Duluth book launch Sept. 16 at the Spirit of the North Theatre at Fitgers Complex, beginning at 7 p.m.

Grass and trees help make a home

CHUM helps people put down roots, spring new life

CHUM works to get people back on their feet. One of the best ways to do this is to secure permanent housing for those who had been homeless or are at risk of homelessness. But a house or an apartment is more than just walls. It needs a place where children can play safely outdoors and everyone of any age can enjoy trees, grass and possibly a garden.

“CHUM is a place where we witness new shoots springing up in the most vibrant of greens. We witness RUAH, God’s breath, blowing mightily to bring forth new life. It is fitting that the CHUM Permanent Housing building is named after this life-giving force, this RUAH,” said Elizabeth Olson, Congregational Outreach Director.

Families living in RUAH have experienced homelessness, or teetered on the brink, but now, for the first time, are able to relax in their own backyard. Kids like Quincy are rolling down a grassy hill and planting trees in the safety of their fenced-in backyard. The threats once posed to these families are safely behind a six-foot high fence. Inside the fence are gardens waiting to transform. Olson said, “The breath of God has blown this spring, transforming the backyard of RUAH from a paved parking lot into a place of community and vitality.”

Together, congregation members and the families at RUAH are working to nurture vibrant shoots of green. What started as a small seedling when Trinity Lutheran asked, “what do we have to offer and what does CHUM need?” has now literally become fruit on an apple tree, peas on a vine, and flowers for what will become pumpkins.

A partnership among Trinity, Gloria Dei and CHUM has made it possible for families like Leda DeFoe’s to put down roots. DeFoe came to CHUM three years ago with her son Quincy with no place to stay and nowhere to turn. Now, she happily calls RUAH home. Instead of staying inside with Quincy, DeFoe meets outdoors with her CHUM family advocate. They pick weeds and talk about the transition from homeless to housed while Quincy runs freely in the safety of the backyard.

“At CHUM we are nurturing these stumps to shoots,” said Olson. “We are working together to harness the power of RUAH to liberate, heal, remake and transform.”
For information on how you or your faith group can be involved, please contact CHUM at 720-6521 or eolson@chumduluth.org

Scott Yeazle...Serving the Twin Ports-September

Scott Yeazle

Hillside and Lincoln Park food choices are sensational

While I was thinking about a topic for this month’s column, I was eating at Duluth Grill and I thought I could talk about food.

We have a lot of options for great food in the Hillsider readership area, from the grocery stores like 4th St. Market and Whole Foods Co-op to the Farmers Markets and all the restaurants in the area. The variety is amazing, too, with anything from sushi to a gyro omelet available and very close to home. We have fresh food with the farmers markets, and we have a fish house across the street from my office. How much fresher than that can you get?

Chester Creek Cafe in East Hillside and Duluth Grill in Lincoln Park both were filmed for national television. Guy Fieri doesn’t visit just any Diner, Drive-in or Dive--he goes where the food is sensational. I was glad to see restaurants in our area get this attention. Remember to visit these places and have a great meal. Try the pasties at Duluth Grill or the Steak Burger at Clyde or anything else your heart desires.

At the Whole Foods Co-op’s Midsummer Food Fest, it was great to see all the local options and try them, too.

Try the local places and the local food. You will enjoy them as much as I do.

Coaching available for businesses

Attention business owners in Lincoln Park, West Duluth, Morgan Park, Central Hillside, and East Hillside neighborhoods

Businesses with storefronts in key neighborhoods are eligible to become a part of a special group to receive coaching on how to build their performance and grow. The Northeast Entrepreneur Fund in conjunction with The Greenstone Group and Duluth at Work is offering a new program, “Be Strategic. GROW your Business,” starting in October.

The program seeks business owners with established businesses in the Lincoln Park, West Duluth, Morgan Park, Central Hillside, and East Hillside neighborhoods who are committed to building their business performance and to growing their revenue.

Participants in the program will form a selective business strategy group of eight to 12 entrepreneurs from non-competing industries. Between October 2010 and March 2011 the group will meet for eight three-hour evening Growth Sessions led by a professional facilitator to develop strategic business plans with strategies and objectives for growth; address marketing, sales, finance, and management issues to develop goals and strategies for the future; and gain access to experts to move their business forward. Participants will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Northeast Entrepreneur Fund business consultant for support and guidance as they move toward their goals.

To be eligible, business owners must have been in business for at least two years in the Lincoln Park, West Duluth, Morgan Park, Central Hillside, or East Hillside neighborhoods of Duluth. In addition, they must be committed to growing their business revenue by 25 percent over the next three years.

The program is provided at no cost to eligible business owners.

A free sample Growth Session will be held in September. All business owners interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to attend. For more details on the program and to register for the sample session, contact Mike Lattery at 218-623-5734 or michaell@entrepreneurfund.org.

Ruby’s Pantry aids tight food budgets

Caption: Geordyn Kirsch, a Central Hillside resident and a Central High School Cheerleader, helps hand out food during Ruby’s Pantry distribution event. [Photo by Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff]

Over 400 people participated in the first Duluth distribution for Ruby’s Pantry in August. Ruby’s Pantry is an organization that picks up surplus food and other items from corporations and distributes it to those in need. People are asked to donate $15.00 and bring a couple of large containers, like laundry baskets, boxes or canvas bags. The $15.00 covers the cost of transportation and storage of the food. In return people end up with about $100.00 worth of food.

On Thursday, Aug. 19 blueberries, boiled eggs, whole frozen chickens, carrots and other food items were distributed.

Barb Hill, a member of First United Methodist Church, had visited the parent branch of Ruby’s Pantry in Moose Lake for about seven months, checking it out to see how to get the program to run in Duluth. Ruby’s Pantry is an outreach of Home and Away Ministries and is a 501 c 3. Hill describes her official role in Duluth as, “The bulldog that pushed it through.” Other faith groups to help include: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, First Covenant Church, Lincoln Park Community Church and the Unitarian congregation.

The distribution is held at the Coppertop because the space is big enough, it’s one level and there is enough parking. At this event, the parking lot was full.

Ruby’s Pantry obtains overstock food and food that is near the expiration date. “Rather than dump it, they donate it,” said Hill. They get a tax write-off and we get food.” Shares typically include several loaves of bread, potatoes, milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products, along with an array of unexpected items: fresh fruit and vegetables, cereal, high protein rice dishes, even ice cream. The $15.00 covers fuel, maintenance of vehicles and licensing. Everyone is a volunteer.

“I know there is a need,” said Hill. “I believe there is no middle income left, people are living paycheck to paycheck, people have been laid off, businesses have closed. We’re happy to help.”
Ruby’s Pantry takes place the third Thursday of every month. The next distribution will be Sept. 16 from 5 until 7 p.m. Anyone can participate. A $15.00 donation covers the cost of transportation of the food. Bring sturdy containers and a friend to help carry all the food home. For more information phone (218) 727-5021.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Memorial Gathering for Tony LaDeaux

Memorial Gathering for Tony LaDeaux, who passed away on August 25, 2009:
Peach Church
1111 North 11th Avenue East, Duluth
Sunday, August 29, 2010
5:00 p.m.
Hope to see you there to support the family.
Ricky DeFoe

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Duluth Police Department is investigating the death of a 48 year old Duluth woman

On Monday, August 23rd, 2010, at 8:47 a.m., the Duluth Police Department responded to the report of a deceased female on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks near the New Page Paper Mill. At this time the death appears to be accidental but police are investigating. Police ask that anyone with information, or anyone that was in that area after 9:00 p.m. last night, Sunday August 22nd, 2010, to call Duluth Police Investigators at (218) 730-5050.
Police are not releasing the name of the female pending notification of relatives.

Grow Your Business

RSVP by tomorrow for a FREE sample session and breakfast.
Be Strategic. Grow Your Business.

The Northeast Entrepreneur Fund in conjunction with The Greenstone Group and Duluth at Work is offering a new program "Be Strategic. GROW your Business” starting in October. The program is seeking established business owners who have storefronts in the Lincoln Park, West Duluth, Morgan Park, Central Hillside, and the East Hillside neighborhoods that are committed to building their business performance and to growing their revenue.
Participants in the program will form a selective business strategy group of 8 to 12 entrepreneurs from non-competing industries. Between October 2010 and March 2011 the group will meet for eight 3-hour evening Growth Sessions led by a professional facilitator. Throughout the six month time frame the participants will develop a strategic business plan with strategies and objectives for growth, address marketing, sales, finance, and management issues to develop goals and strategies for the future, and gain access to "experts” to move their business forward. Participants will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Northeast Entrepreneur Fund business consultant for support and guidance as they move toward their goals.
To learn more, attend a FREE sample session. If you would like to RSVP or have any questions, contact Mike Lattery at (218) 623-5734 or michaell@entrepreneurfund.org. Space is limited, RSVP by August 24.

FREE Sample Session: Limited Space Available
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am | Breakfast will be provided
Location: Clyde Park Iron Works, 2920 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55806

This program is offered at no cost to you by the Entrepreneur Fund and funded by the City of Duluth. Applications for Be Strategic. Grow Your Business. will be accepted until September 30.
Click here to learn more about Be Strategic. Grow Your Business.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

African American and Americn Indian mens health dinner on Tuesday, Aug 17

The American Cancer Society has joined the Duluth NAACP and members of the Duluth Superior American Indian community for a Mens Health Dinner, from 6 to 8pm, Tuesday, Aug. 17 at the Central Hillside Community Center – 12 E 4th St., Duluth.

In addition to a wide variety of healthy ethnic meals, men will be able to learn more about the many ways they can minimize their chances of getting cancer and in finding cancers early.

African American and American Indian men have the highest rates of lung, colorectal and prostate cancer in Minnesota. Latino and Asian men have the highest rates of stomach and liver cancer.Many members of these communities face major obstacles to health care services due to low income, inadequate insurance, geographic, cultural and language barriers, racial bias and stereotyping. Poverty influences the prevalence of underlying risk factors including obesity and tobacco use.

The program features Dr. Robert Larbi-Odam, a physician from the Southside Community Health Services in South Minneapolis, and an expert on prostate cancer, and members of the American Indian and Latino communities.

This free dinner will feature a variety of ethnic foods is geared to African American, American Indian, Latino and Asian men. Preregistration is recommended but not required. Space is limited to 50 men. There will be prize drawings and an incentive gift for men who attend. Please call Marjorie at 529-7627 x23 to reserve your place.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Duluth Festival Opera’s upcoming annual “Opera on the Lake” this August

The Duluth Festival Opera’s upcoming annual “Opera on the Lake” event at Nokomis restaurant on Lake Superior east of Duluth will feature a group of professional singers also engaged to perform in the DFO’s free performance of a Handel opera in Leif Erikson Park.

The events are just days apart, with the Nokomis event scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and the opera company’s presentation of the baroque opera “Acis and Galatea” at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 on the Leif Erikson Park stage. That free “Opera in the Park” performance is a gift from the DFO to the community.

Opera on the Lake at Nokomis is an annual fund-raising event featuring intimate performances by a group of opera singers familiar to Duluthians from past DFO productions. For that event they will perform a variety of music from opera to show tunes.

Singers are Penelope Shumate, Marc Schapman and Colyn Tvete, who sang leading roles in the DFO’s “La Traviata,” and Branch Fields, who performed in “La Boheme.” These same singers will be featured in the opera presentation four days later in Leif Erikson park. DFO Artistic Director Craig Fields heads both presentations.

Cost of the Nokomis event is $40 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Since space is limited, reservations are required and may be made by contacting the DFO office (218) 728-8949.

Duluth American Indian Commission to host "Community Feast and Forum"

The Duluth American Indian Commission will host a "Community Feast and Forum" on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 5 PM. The event will be held in the gym at the Washington Center, 310 North First Ave West.

The free feast will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include guest speakers, drum group, dinner and a chance to meet one on one with the commissioners. In announcing the "Community Feast and 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.”

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 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 American Indian community advocates.

Grand Avenue Speed Project

Recently, the Duluth Police Department and the MinnesotaState Patrol have received numerous complaints about the amount of vehicle traffic, truck traffic and speeding on Grand Avenue (Minnesota Highway 23.)
In response to these complaints, the Duluth Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol have been working together to step up enforcement efforts and provide an added deterrent by having squad cars visibly working on Grand Ave.
During the month of July our agencies stopped 341 vehicles including 23 commercial vehicles. 104 of those vehicles were stopped for speeding, 21 drivers were issued tickets for speeding and 104 were warned for speeding. The vast majority of drivers were stopped for violations other than speed. Officers and Troopers working on Grand Avenue report speeding is not excessive or pervasive, contrary to public perception. Data collected on Grand Avenue confirms that volume of traffic is more of an issue than speed.
The volume of traffic on Grand Ave has increased by about 1,500 vehicles a day due mainly to construction on other Highways. The average speed of vehicles in the 35 MPH zone on Grand Ave. is 35.09 MPH. Of all vehicles on Grand Avenue in the 35 MPH zone, 85% are going 39 MPH or less.
Although public perception indicates a speeding problem on Grand Avenue, in reality that is not the case. Citizens who have meant well have gone to the extreme of posting their own speed limit signs and painting the speed limit on the roadway. Both agencies discourage individual actions by citizens meant to slow vehicles down. Posting a sign in the Highway right-of-way or defacing a roadway is a violation of State law.
The Duluth Police Department and MinnesotaState Patrol are asking the public to be aware of the speed limit on Grand and Commonwealth Avenues (Hwy 23). Observing the posted speed limit and allowing extra travel time will make the commute into and out of the City much safer during this time of heavy traffic volume due to road construction.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Party to show support of County Attorney Melanie Ford in her reelection as St. louis County Attorney

The Hillsider made an error on Melanie Ford's ad. So we are running this to correct our mistake.

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Come party with us to support County
Attorney Melanie Ford in her
reelection as St. Louis County Attorney

Date: August 26, 2010
Place: Central Hillside Community Center
Time: 4:00 - 7:00

Snacks and music

Low income and communities of color celebrate her leadership.
Ford is committed to alternative programs in lieu of incarceration

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Changing the face of government
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Friday, August 06, 2010

Roger Reinert State Senator 7 Candidate

My first term of service in the Legislature has been challenging. Our state faces an ongoing crisis that continues to require us as Duluthians and Minnesotans to set priorities in our spending, and to take a balanced approach to our state budget.

I hope that as a Legislator you've seen what you came to expect from me as a Duluth City Councilor -- someone who does his homework and works very hard on behalf of our community. And in this new role, I hope you have also found me to be a Legislator who made it a priority to communicate with you. I feel strongly that Duluthians have just as much right to know what's going on, when it's going on, as do people living in the Twin Cities.

Despite the challenges, I am proud to have successfully delivered on Duluth's top priorities. In my first term I have:

* Made significant needed investments in sanitary sewer overflow repairs
* Worked to fairly fund assets that benefit our entire region, but for which only Duluthians pay
* Secured funding for a new terminal at the Duluth International Airport
* Funded repairs at the Lake Superior Zoo, putting it on the road to regain accreditation
* Extended tax provisions necessary to bring new high-tech manufacturing jobs to Duluth
* Invested in a new Health Sciences Center at Lake Superior College
* Rejected over $12 million in local government aid cuts to the City of Duluth by the Governor

Still, there is much more work to do. The economy is beginning to recover, but because of past decisions and aging demographics Minnesota will have significant budget issues for the foreseeable future. I am motivated to see this job through. And that's why I'm running for election to the Duluth seat in the Minnesota Senate. I welcome your support, and ask for your vote in the Primary on Tuesday, August 10th.

Monday, August 02, 2010

'Party in your neighborhood; & candidates' answers'

'Party in your neighborhood; & candidates' answers'

Minnesota State Senator for District 7:

Minnesota State Senator for District 7:

Rilla Debot Opelt (Republican)

Harry R. Welty (Democratic- Farmer-Labor)

Roger J. Reinert (Democratic- Farmer-Labor) Hillsider erred in print. Reinert did answer the questions see them here.

* Did not return questionnaire

Harry Welty State Senator 7 Candidate


When our school board stabbed the Hillside in the back by closing its schools and stealing magnet school funding, I spent three years trying to reason with them and when that failed fought them. I once represented much of the Hillside, and my responsibility did not end when I stepped off the school board.

I want my representatives to be courageous and steadfast, and I believe this is what my fellow citizens desire as well. I am not a go-along-to-get-along politician who hides behind others while they do the dirty work. I take myself seriously, but I’m not a stuffed shirt. I’m a small “d” democrat. I don’t believe I’m any better than anyone else, although the people who pulled off the Red Plan have occasionally caused me to doubt this.

My first two priorities upon election will be to have the state help pay for the Red Plan and to outlaw any other Minnesota School Board from abusing their office like the Duluth School Board did when it stole our vote on the Red Plan.
Finally, God bless Mike Jaros.

Rilla Debot Opelt State Senator 7 Candidate

I’m running for state senate because our system is designed to work with citizen involvement and representation. I believe citizens have the right to choose the candidate who will best represent their interests at the state level. I am running to give citizens of Senate 7 the choice to vote for a strong advocate for individual rights, family and parental rights, property rights, free market enterprise, pro-life and fiscal responsibility.
I supported a family of eight on a secretary’s salary, with NO debt. My husband lost his job first when the steel plant closed and then when National Iron closed and at age 54 he couldn’t find work. We had a house payment, but no loans, no credit cards. We succeeded because our policy was “if we can’t pay for it, we don’t buy it.” I believe the government must do the same. State government must encourage a positive business climate. Business pays taxes and creates jobs. Jobs mean citizens can support themselves and pay taxes. The state government must stop spending money it does not have.
I make one promise. If I am elected I will keep YOU informed of what’s happening in the state senate, I will listen to YOUR concerns and I will represent YOUR interests!
I am NOT a politician. This is NOT a “career” or a “job” for me. It’s my chance to serve.
I am running because I am ready and willing to use my knowledge, experience and expertise to serve the people of Senate District 7.
Questions? Just call.
Rilla DeBot Opelt, 1004 87th Ave. W., Duluth MN 55808

The Hillsider candidate statements - Minnesota State Representative for District 7B

Candidates for Minnesota State Representative District 7B include:

Tony Salls (Independence)

*Travis Silvers (Republican) Facebook page

Jay Cole (Democratic-Farmer- Labor) Solar-isfreedom.com

*Kerry Gauthier (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) KerryForRep.com

* Did not return questionnaire

Jay Cole ( DFL) State Representative 7B Candidate

The Hillsider candidate statements - Minnesota State Representative for District 7B

I chose to run for state representative because I want to create jobs in solar to end poverty by sustaining education, antiracism, mental health, and entrepreneurs. We as elected officials need to do whatever we can to help small business this is ninety percent of our jobs.

My desire to work for the creation of and promotion of solar manufacturing, distribution, and installation jobs is one of the best reasons to vote Cole for 7B. Www.solar-isfreedom.com

Tony Salls (I) State Representative 7B Candidate

The Hillsider candidate statements - Minnesota State Representative for District 7B

I am running because I love Duluth and this great state that we live in. Unfortunately, we have some real problems.

Knowing the problems of the past session and understanding all too well the budget crisis that faces us, all we have heard people talk about are the problems. No one seems to be focusing on the solutions.

I have a view from the middle. There are things that I like on both sides of the aisle and some things that I don’t. Running as an Independent means that I have the flexibility to support the best ideas. I can work with both parties to make the best policies.

Our government projects a budget deficit, which amounts to $1200 per every single Minnesotan. This figure is not the cost of our government, just the shortfall of our current policies. During this session, St. Paul sent IOUs rather than solving the problems.

With such large problems looming, this election is about seeking solutions. For us, this election is about the exchange of ideas; the ability to put into action by working together to make our government sustainable.

As a society, 60 percent of us stand in the middle. We conduct ourselves so as to honor the people and institutions we serve. We rise in the morning, go to work and do the best job we can. We are good neighbors, good citizens and care for those around us. We are the middle and we are inclusive of all people.

The Independence Party gave me this opportunity to stand up and say we want to be represented. Perhaps we’re old-fashioned, but we believe that representation should be by the people, for the people.
Finding Solutions Together at www.Tony4Duluth.com.

Precinct numbers and polling stations

Senate District 7 and House 7B
14 Temple Israel, 1602 E. 2nd St.
18 Central Hillside Community Club, 12 E. 4th St.
19 Rainbow Senior Center (Auditorium), 21 N. 3rd Ave. E.
20 Lafayette Square (upper level), 3026 Minnesota Ave.
21 Duluth Public Library (Green Room), 520 W. Superior St.
22 St. Peter’s Catholic Church (lower level), 818 W. 3rd St.
23 Lincoln Park Senior Center (lower level), 2014 W. 3rd St.
27 St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Rd.
28 Holy Family Catholic Church (social hall), 2430 W. 3rd St.
29 Harrison Community Club,3002 W. 3rd St.

Senate District 7 and House 7A
9 Pilgrim Congregational Church (lower level), 2310 E. 4th St.
10 UMD Kirby Student Center (Kirby Ballroom), 1120 Kirby Dr.
12 Chester Park United Methodist Church (lower level), 819 N. 18th Ave. E.
13 Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2012 E. Superior St.
15 Trinity Lutheran Church (avenue entrance), 1108 E. 8th St.
16 Peace United Church of Christ (10th Ave. entrance), 1015 E. 11th St.
17 First United Methodist Church (Social Hall), 230 E. Skyline Pkwy.

Senate District 6 and House 6B
11 Kenwood Lutheran Church (lower level), 324 W. Cleveland St.
24 Holy Cross Lutheran Church (lower level), 410 N. Arlington Ave.
25 Duluth Heights Community Recreation Center, 33 W. Mulberry St.
26 Christ Lutheran Church (lower level), 2415 Ensign St.

Join your neighbors for fun and food on Tuesday, Aug. 3 for National Night Out 2010

Drawing by Brandon Dahmen

Find a party in your neighborhood:

On Tuesday, August 3, neighborhoods throughout Duluth are joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 27th National Night Out. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of TownWatch and co-sponsored locally by the Duluth Police Department. It will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and U.S. military bases around the world. Over 37 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” National Night Out 2010 is being supported in part by TARGET, the national corporate sponsor.

In Duluth, there are over 60 events planned such as block parties, cookouts, youth activities, anti-crime rallies, and visits from police officers and police K9’s. This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in to build a safer nation. The neighborhood community clubs and Duluth Police Department encourage the public to give “Crime and Drugs a going away party.” Go to www.duluthmn.gov/police/ click on “Local Event Listing” under the “National Night Out” icon to find an event/party in your neighborhood.

Free cat spay/neuter services for eligible pet-owners

Upper left: Ribbon cutting at Northland Spay/Neuter in Lincoln Park. Right: Yosemite [Photos by Trudy Vrieze]

People residing in neighborhoods with a 55805 or a 55806 Zip Code are eligible for free cat spay/neuter services if their annual household income is under $40,000, thanks to a grant awarded to Animal Allies Humane Society. The society announced in July that PetSmart Charities awarded the organization with a grant to help reduce pet overpopulation. Money from the grant will pay for the free cat spay/neuter services.

This grant will help to reduce pet overpopulation, thereby reducing euthanasia of healthy pets in Duluth. In 2009, 91 percent of shelter animals euthanized within 100 miles of Duluth were cats (from a semi-annual Animal Allies survey).

Earlier this year, Animal Allies announced the Campaign for Zero, the ambitious goal to eliminate euthanasia of healthy pets in Duluth in 2010. Campaign for Zero is a partnership between Animal Allies Humane Society, the City of Duluth, Northland Spay/Neuter Clinic PLLC and maurices.

The PetSmart Charities grant will help these organizations reach the goals of Campaign for Zero. The grant will be managed and distributed by Animal Allies Humane Society. Northland Spay/Neuter Clinic, PLLC performs all surgeries. To schedule an appointment, call (218)623-6342 or email info AT northlandspayneuter.org.

Low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter services are available for all area residents with annual household incomes under $40,000.

Animal Allies Humane Society is a non-profit organization that strives to ensure a lifetime of loving care for every pet.

James Ross candidate for Minnesota Sixth District Court Judge 11

1. Why are you running?
1. Being chief deputy prosecuting attorney for the last twenty years creates the necessary experience to be Judge. I work in court five days a week. I am NOT a politician. You will not see any political lawn signs from this campaign.
2. Juvenile Detention
2 a. A judge makes the most difference when dealing with juveniles. I have been handling juvenile law cases my entire career. It is true, most of these cases deal with children of color.
A judge needs to take an active role with the children and make a personal connection with each child. When the judge and the attorneys make a personal connection with the case, the child knows it. This creates accountability on both sides, the judge’s and the child.
Once the court understands how each child has a different past, she/he can then apply the appropriate criteria and standard to assist the child in not returning to the court system. Surprisingly, most adults do not get this. Patience and tolerance are what I stand for.
2 b. In my opinion, as an experienced courtroom attorney, juvenile detention is over used. Separating a child from a family is simply too traumatic. Problems and issues can be addressed immediately on site.
Greater reliance on peers, elders and community is needed. Every family problem need not be dragged into the court system. All the above can only happen through an effective Judge. This is why experience is so necessary in this position. Do note vote simply on how many lawn signs a person has littered about the city. Vote for me, James Ross, because I am the most qualified person for the job!

Tim Little candidate for Minnesota Sixth District Court Judge 11

1. Why are you running?
I am running for this position because it is a great opportunity for me to combine my legal experience with my passion for public service. Over the last 15 years I have practiced in many different areas of the law including criminal, family, employment, personal injury, civil litigation, and other areas. I also served four years as an at-large representative on the Duluth City Council where I respectfully listened to constituents voice their concerns, weighed the information and cast my vote based on all the facts presented. As a result I have gained the support from many people with vastly different backgrounds.
2. Juvenile Detention
I don’t know that a judge, while on the bench, can “prevent” children of color from entering the juvenile justice system, but judges, like all people, can be active in their communities and become involved in organizations that address issues such as this.
While there are certainly alternatives to juvenile detention, the most practical and effective “solution” in my opinion is to address the issues before the juveniles enter the justice system.

Juhl S. Halvorson candidate for Minnesota Sixth District Court Judge 11

1. Why are you running?
It would be a great honor and responsibility to serve the public as a District Court Judge. I have been selected by community members as a leader with a demonstrated passion for helping children. I am a volunteer on the board of directors for Northwood Children’s Services where I was chair for two terms. I also volunteer as a youth softball coach and I am the President of the Duluth Harbortown Rotary Club. Finally, I have the breadth of relevant experience that prepares me for the position. My legal experience includes civil matters such as employment law, real estate, probate, estate planning, business, family law and criminal matters. I have argued cases at both the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court. I also work as an Assistant Professor of Business Law at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where I have taught over 600 students in the last 5 years about legal procedure, laws relating to individuals and businesses, and ethics.
My knowledge of family law, real estate, probate, business matters and criminal law will allow me to efficiently work as a judge.
2. Juvenile detention
As an initial matter, I believe that the law should apply equally to everyone and I intend to be fair and unbiased in each and every case, no matter who the participants are. Judges can ensure equitable treatment in their own courtroom. There should be a graduated system of sanctions and interventions. If a child demonstrates appropriate behavior change there should be less intervention. I would look at the array of services and programs available for troubled youth. We need to provide necessary mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment and also ensure that each child has an adult in the community that cares, whether it be a parent, family member or mentor.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Michael J. Cuzzo Minnesota Sixth District Court Judge 11 candidate answers The Hillsider questions

1. Why are you running?
In my 26 years of as a courtroom attorney, I believe I have gained the broad and extensive experience necessary to effectively serve in the position of District Court Judge. I have demonstrated that ability, as I have been called upon to act as Arbitrator and Mediator, helping parties resolve their disputes. I have always represented people from all walks of life, and have demonstrated my ability to be respectful of all people. I want to use these tools I have gained from this background to serve the people as a judge.

2. Juvenile detention
The question of how someone is treated in my court will not be one of color, status, culture, or connections. Decisions will be based upon the law, facts, and individual circumstances surrounding each case. I have been proud to represent people with diverse backgrounds, and will continue to treat all with respect. I will listen to groups that have suggestions to offer on how to improve the justice system, including the juvenile justice system.

Timothy Costley Minnesota Sixth District Court Judge 11 candidate answers The Hillsider questions

1. Why are you running?
I am running to be the North Shore Judge in the Sixth Judicial District. The seat I am seeking is being vacated by Judge Kenneth Sandvik, who is retiring at the end of this year. Although the election is district wide (St. Louis, Carlton, Lake & Cook counties), this seat serves primarily Lake and Cook counties, with courthouses in Two Harbors and Grand Marais.

I have practiced law in private practice for 15 years. My law practice has involved litigation of almost every type of case that would come before a district court judge. I have handled many complex civil matters involving construction defects, breach of contract, business contract and ownership disputes, real estate disputes, personal injury, product liability, dram shop and insurance coverage disputes. I have handled hundreds of family law cases and am a regularly court-appointed counsel for juvenile cases in Lake and Cook counties.

A judicial candidate needs to have the courtroom experience, knowledge and legal skills to be able to handle the duties of a judge. I have that courtroom experience and those skills and I have the broadest range of experience of any candidate running for this position. I have the knowledge, temperament and common sense to be a fair and impartial judge.

I live and work in my hometown of Two Harbors, where the main chambers for this judicial seat is located. I am connected to and respected in this community. I think it is important that a judge live and work in the community they will preside over, as I do. If elected, I will continue to treat everybody that comes before me with kindness, respect and fairness.

2. Juvenile detention
A judge can take an active role in educating our youth about how the judicial system works and the consequences for their actions. As a court appointed attorney in juvenile cases, I see the excellent resources available to those children who become involved in the court system, and the success and guidance those programs can give to children. A judge can and should make sure that those in need of counseling, treatment or guidance get access to the excellent resources in our community, so we do not see those children return to the court system. Making sure children get the help they need, while keeping them accountable, is the best tool in preventing repeat offenses.

Russ Conrow Minnesota Sixth District Court Judge 11 candidate answers The HIllsider Questions

1. Why are you running?
I am currently the Lake County attorney. This judgeship is in Lake and Cook Counties. My office is responsible for most of the work in the Lake County Court, which includes criminal, juvenile, child protection, child support, commitments and all the civil matters that involve the county. I know how important this judgeship is to our communities.

2. Juvenile detention
Lake and Cook Counties do not have a disproportionately high number of children of color in the juvenile system. But one child in the system is too many, which is why we operate an extensive diversion program for first time offenders. While this does not enter them into the system there is still accountability with a probation officer. The Minnesota Juvenile system has a different basis than the adult system. The juvenile system is based upon rehabilitation or redirection and not punishment. There are many good programs in the community before detention. Detention is the last resort unless there is an issue of public safety. I believe the most effective solution to juvenile detention is the prevention of juvenile delinquency by developing healthy interests. That is why I have participated in starting an afterschool wrestling program in the school and an afterschool teaching, homework and play club at our church. These are intended to develop k-5 graders physically, mentally and spiritually, so that we will be healthy and involved in our community and not in our juvenile courtrooms.

Mark Rubin County Attorney candidate answers the Hillsider questions

1. Why are you running?
My vision for our St. Louis County Attorney’s Office is built on “Integrity Rooted in Community.”
This is my home, this is our home; you know the work that I’ve done. For 30 years, I have been your prosecutor. My experience will ensure that as your county attorney, the chief prosecutor for St. Louis County, we will continue seeking justice and working to keep you safe…together.
We will do this through the strong and fair prosecution of offenders and collaboration with law enforcement. I will exercise respectful leadership as we do the work, because we believe it will make a difference.

The endorsements of the Duluth Police Union and Deputy Sheriff’s Association for the entire County tell you, the voters, who the women and men entrusted to protect and serve us want and trust as their leader.

Respect, fairness and the dignity of all people are values that have shaped and defined my career. These shared values are deeply rooted in the communities in which we serve.
We will be there to work with and for our elected county leaders and department heads, providing the best counsel and ensuring the right questions are asked…and answered, again reflecting our deeply rooted values and understanding of the law.
Advocacy and support for victims of the crimes we prosecute will not be compromised. Our efforts in child protection and juvenile prosecution give life to our statutory roles of doing our part to keep our families healthy, strong and safe.

I have a passion for this work and for the people we serve…I believe we can do better…together. Our agenda for the next four years and beyond will be to provide the leadership to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to us…with exemplary fairness, strength, and dignity.

Melanie Ford incumbent county attorney answers The Hillsider questions

1. Why are you running?
I am running for re-election because there is still more to do to make St Louis County a safer and more just place to live, work, and play. Already I have made good on my promises to try to stop crime before it happens, to reform how we approach domestic violence, to rethink alternatives to handling juvenile delinquency, to improve relations with the community, schools, and law enforcement, and to hire a more diverse staff. System and culture changes take time, and I don’t want to lose the momentum that is underway with so many community partners.
2. Juvenile detention
The county attorney can (1) recognize that a problem exists in our juvenile justice system and (2) work with partners in the community, the schools, and the justice system to put reforms into place. This is exactly what I have done. Upon seeing the inequities for our youth of color, I gathered community and system-wide support for reform, and secured funding to put reforms in place. I put together a team of leaders from around the County, and together we created a mission and vision for the way we treat all children who come into contact with the legal system. Now in its second year, this task force has already made an impact: those in the justice system are changing policies and practices to make sure that the right kids are in detention for the right reasons.

I also recognize that there are alternatives to putting juveniles into detention, and that these alternatives can keep our children from reoffending. We have two active committees working to create alternatives that will provide better outcomes for our children, keep the community safe, and save taxpayer dollars. With continued support from the community through my re-election, I will ensure these reforms are completed and long-lasting.

St. Louis County Attorney and Minnesota Sixth District Court 11 Judge candidates give statements and juvenile offenders policy

The Hillsider asked two questions of candidates for county attorney and Sixth District Court 11 Judge:

1. Why are you running?

2. What could you do in your position to prevent the disproportionately high number of children of color that are in the juvenile justice system? Are there alternatives to juvenile detention by focusing on solutions rather than punishment?

County Attorney Candidates:

Minnesota Sixth District Court Judge 11 candidates:

  • John Steven Lind [Did not return questions]
  • Lawrence W. Ulanowski [Did not return questions]

Minnesota Sixth District Court Judge 11 candidates

League of Women Voters urges you to vote in the primary, Aug. 10.

The 2010 primary election has been moved up one month to Tuesday, Aug. 10. If you are not registered, you can do this on Primary Election Day at your polling place. For information on what you will need to register, polling place locations, or a list of candidates on your ballot, you can go to the League of Women Voters Minnesota Education Fund (LWVMNEF) online voter guide at www.vote.lwvmn.org. The 2010 LWVMNEF Online Voter Guide features information on candidates running for office, including governor, state, county and judicial offices. For those without Internet access, call the St. Louis County Auditor’s Office at 218-726-2385.

To prepare for the Primary, the LWVMN Media Partner KSTP will be broadcasting a debate on August 1, from 6 until 7 p.m. for the contested Democratic-Farmer Labor (DFL) Party gubernatorial race. There is no contest in the Republican gubernatorial race. The pre-primary debate will be shown on local ABC affiliates including WDIO Channel 10 in Duluth. A pre-general election debate to include the Republican, Independence, and DFL parties will be broadcast on ABC affiliated on October 24.

The LWV has been informing Minnesota voters about issues and candidates for 90 years. This nonpartisan political organization encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in LWV is open to women and men of all ages. For more information, call the LWV office at 218-724-0132 or 651-224-5445 or visit www.lwvmn.org.

The Primary Hotline number is 800-555-8772 staffed by LWV members at the KSTP studies the DAY OF THE PRIMARY ONLY

Gardenia & Garlic: the August edition

Gardenia to everyone planning National Night Out parties and all who attend.

Gardenia to Neighborhood Youth Services for the truly amazing work they do with ”our” youth.

to city councilors’ focus on herb alternatives. That’s taking away from the real problems...our streets are horrible, ISD 709 is doing a number on the citizens, and the health care liability is still grossly underfunded.

to all the volunteers devoting time to keep our city beautifide.

to neighborhood clean ups.

to the 4th fest organizers refusing filled water bottles to be brought into our public Bayfront Park.

Garlic to disrespectful neighbors, the noise and litter.

to those who clean up the streets.

to all who run for office and to all who exercise their right to vote in the August 10 Primary.

to summer in Duluth, what a great place to live.

Send your gardenia or garlic on public policy to hillsider@sundogpress.com. or “The Hillsider” Gardenia and Garlic, 928 1/2 E. 4th St. Duluth MN 55805 Keep it short. Your name will NOT be printed. The editor reserves the right to edit or reject submissions.