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Column: ‘Women hold up half the sky’

May 7, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

The phrase “war on women” has become part of the national lexicon recently, but this is not a new battle. What we are seeing now is just a new brazenness in tactics.
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Duluth falls short of San Francisco’s peaks, valleys

May 6, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Since I moved to Duluth, I’ve heard our city described more than once as “the San Francisco of the Midwest” although probably not by anyone who has been to both places. Continue Reading

Column: Connecting young adults to our beautiful city

May 6, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

What connects residents to our community? What makes newcomers want to put down roots and build a life in Duluth? Thanks to a 2010 study conducted by the Knight Foundation, we have the answers.
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Great Space Giveaway generates success in downtown Duluth

April 28, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

All good things take time. Some local entrepreneurs have been learning that firsthand as they have been preparing to open their storefronts in Downtown Duluth.
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Pet column: Patience, love, and a new four-legged friend

April 28, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

“I’m so excited, I’m shaking!” uttered a young girl as she and her mother carried her new kitten out the shelter doors and into their lives. Adoption euphoria at its finest. Continue Reading

Brian Matuszak column: Rise, shine, and drink some coffee

April 28, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

So what did you have for breakfast today? Oatmeal? Quiche? Egg McBurrito? Yeah, me neither. I have never been a big breakfast guy, which is really strange when you consider how I was raised. Continue Reading

‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’: Plan field trips for kids this summer

April 28, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

Homeschool your children this summer. Try thinking like a homeschooler and make some summer plans to go on some unconventional local field trips. Continue Reading

Less divisiveness, more seriousness at this year’s Tea Party rally

April 28, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

“This better be the best article you’ve ever written,” said my daughter after sitting through nearly three hours of the Tea Party gathering at the Amsoil Arena earlier this month. Continue Reading

Taxpayer group’s figures show size of government pensions

April 28, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

I had intended to refrain from commenting on the unaffordable retirement benefits for public employees for a few weeks, but a taxpayer group has dug up information about retiree pensions in Minnesota (including Duluth and St. Louis County) and it’s a good time to revisit this topic. Continue Reading

Column: Where will you live when you get older?

April 19, 2012 in Duluth News Tribune

My husband and I recently bought a new house, and as I walk up the twelve (fairly steep) steps from the entry level to the main living level, I sometimes wonder if we should have looked at a home that is more “elder friendly” i.e., all one level.
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