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DULUTH — Superior Middle School eighth-grader Maddie Galovich smiled wide for photos Sunday in her hot pink wheelchair, holding a new tote bag displaying the words "New York." New York is where she is headed this week thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where she will meet actress Leah Remini. "When I was little and having surgeries, my dad would put on her shows and they would always make me laugh and get my mind off all the bad things going on," she said from her send-off party at Bluestone Flats in Duluth. "And I kept on watching her."
DULUTH — Heading back to class can be nerve-wracking for kids of any age. As much of the Northland returns to school this week,Forum News Service gathered tips from students and school leaders on how to ease the transition and settle into a new year. From taking "movement breaks" when you need them, going to class regularly and setting up routines for homework, students and school staff had a lot to say. For school newbies Lola Prado, Lowell Elementary, grade 1: • "Do not bite. Just do kindness."
A University of Wisconsin-Superior professor has been put on paid leave while the university investigates a report it received last week about a decades-old conviction in Utah of attempted child sexual abuse, according to a UWS official. Matthew Faerber, director of choral activities and a professor of vocal music education at UWS and the chorus director of the volunteer Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus, has been employed with UWS since 1998.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore officials have closed an island to all visitors after an increase in bear activity. Sand Island was closed to overnight camping Monday because of bears entering campsites and finding human food.
University of Wisconsin-Superior theater professor emeritus John Munsell was the kind of guy who would "draw an analogy that would stay with you for 35 years." So says Rick Sordelet, one of Munsell's former students. Munsell, 70, died Tuesday. During his 34-year career with UWS, he taught courses in theater, television and speech, hosted a decade of Wisconsin Public Radio programs and directed more than 60 stage productions. He was artistic director of the school's theater, ran a touring summer theater for the university and acted.
Kristy Berdice had a tough time dropping off her 5-year-old daughter, Peyton, at Laura MacArthur Elementary Monday morning. "I repeatedly told her how much I loved her and kissed her," the Duluth mom said. "It's just scary. School is probably the safest place, and (shootings) aren't an everyday occurrence, but they are happening more and more.
Duluth-area school leaders took varied approaches to dealing with Friday's school shooting in Connecticut. Some discussed the events with their students, while others avoided the topic to give parents the chance to break the horrifying news to their children.
Area colleges and nonprofits are inviting everyone in the Duluth-Superior community back to class Saturday for a wide choice of lessons on finances, housing and higher education. Empower: a Financial Fitness, College Education and Housing Expo will be at Lake Superior College. The free event is designed as a one-stop shop for specialized information aimed at giving people a boost to their next stage in life. It is sponsored by Community Action Duluth, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the College of St.
Lois M. Paulucci didn't want her name on a sign that recognized her for her efforts in opening Bayfront Festival Park in 2001. It was a difficult task to convince her, said former Mayor Gary Doty, but she finally agreed to it. "She's done a whole lot in the community throughout the years that nobody knows about," Doty said of Paulucci and her humble nature. "She wanted to see things happen, and she knew she had the ability to do it." Paulucci, 89, died in her home Sunday at Pike Lake after a lingering illness. The wife of Hibbing native frozen-food magnate and entrepreneur Jeno F.
Enrollment at area colleges and universities this fall changed little from last year; any noticeable growth came from people choosing online programs at some schools. The University of Minnesota Duluth, the College of St. Scholastica and Lake Superior College all had small increases in their student bodies. The University of Wisconsin-Superior and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College had small decreases. St.