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DULUTH — The Duluth East kitchen buzzed with student line cooks stirring pasta and plating fettuccine Alfredo, veggies and Tuscan roast leg of lamb. “Less pasta, we’re going to run out,” said chef and instructor Glenn D’Amour. He poured milk into a pan on the stovetop; a student soon took over. At their on-campus restaurant, Food for Thought, D'Amour and Duluth high school students serve a hearty menu of duck breast and grilled salmon baja style Tuesday through Thursday during the school year.
DULUTH -- When Laurie Anderson’s husband died, she turned to the pen. “People journal their grief. … That really got me through,” the Duluth woman said. There are many ways to manage intense emotions, stress, anxiety or depression. Regular exercise, meditation, a balanced diet, adequate sleep and healthy expression are key. Journaling is another way to help with the latter.
So long, winter. (We hope.) Spring is here, and the time is right for updates in the home and office. Some home designers have tips for tackling the season of change in ways that don’t break the bank. Seasonal decor is a fun way to give spaces a temporary look and feel, said Megan Rivas of Room + Flow, a staging and interior redesign company in Duluth. The focus is cleaning, airing and adding fresh elements. Her go-tos are pulling in colors from nature like green, blue, pink and yellow.
DULUTH -- Lynn Schwarzkopf remembers the excitement, “the lightness in your heart” she said, recalling meeting her husband, Erik. The Duluth woman felt it again when she talked about their date with a friend. And again when Erik texted her. Rebecca Davenport has been with her partner for about six years. There are times that he drives her “crazy,” but there’s something right about their union. They have chemistry, she said, and they both knew it right away. What these women experienced is common for people in the early stages of romantic love.
DULUTH -- It was like a Norman Rockwell painting. Four people hoisted a large log onto their shoulders. Through the snow, they trudged about 100 feet from a ground-level workshop to a Congdon Park driveway. There, in steady pulls, Mark Boyce traced the log with a two-handed carving tool called a drawknife. Bark flew off in chunks, layers and bits. “This will keep you very warm,” he said of the physical process.
DULUTH -- Holidays can bring an array of goodies — and temptation — for our four-legged friends. Although the holiday season falls behind July 4 for pet stress, there are certain safety considerations, said Dr. Steven Friedenberg, an emergency and critical care specialist at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Around the holidays, it is rare for an animal to ingest a light bulb or an ornament. Tinsel would be more of a worry because it is so much smaller than a dog, he said.
DULUTH, Minn. — Walking into a cemetery, there are gravestones in the shape of benches. A cross is drawn on a monument in what looks like lipstick. One has baby blue yarn wrapped around it. There's broken glass on a mausoleum, and one gravestone reads "Meet me in a better land." Also in the cemetery, a man walks his dog, a jogger gallops through, a woman trails behind two children on bikes. "It's a living place," said Calvary Cemetery supervisor Tim Sailstad. "It certainly is a place of prayer, but it's a place where families connect. A cemetery is forever."
HERMANTOWN, Minn. — LeAnn Oman puts on a headset and fashion sunglasses before wielding her chain saw. As her instrument buzzes loudly, she slices into a thick log in her Hermantown yard. She angles the machine sideways, upward and inward deep, cutting through like butter. She severs a triangular chunk and tosses it to the ground. Wood chips fall near her bejeweled flip-flops. "I'm always in flip-flops," she said afterward. "I carved in tennies a couple times, and I hated it."