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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Uses Human Energy to Power Smoothie Machine [VIDEO]

At the Northland Wellness Community Day this year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN had a very interesting booth. They used the energy of guests to generate power for their smoothie machine to provide healthy samples.

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Why Is Rent So High In Duluth & Superior, Craiglist Rant About Rent Goes Viral

Yesterday I was looking through Facebook when I saw a post that linked to a Craigslist rant.  It's since been removed, but the message was "how do landlords expect us to pay $900-$1300 a month for rent?"   Also, "It would be cheaper to own a house."   In some cases, that is definitely true.  But why do landlords charge what they do for rent for homes?

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Need a Summer Job, UMD’s Rec Sports Outdoor Program Needs Water Safety Instructors

I was at the Northland Community Wellness Day this past Saturday and one of the exhibitors caught my eye.  Primarily because I use to be a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) at the Wrenshall Pool in the late 70's, early 80's.  It's a very fulfilling job knowing that you are teaching a lifesaving technique to students, some of whom are still in contact with me today.  If you need a summer job, consider working with UMD's Rec Sports Outdoor Program, teaching swimming.

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UMD’s Planetarium Celebrates With Astronomy Day

Have you ever been to the planetarium at UMD?  As a child I use to love going there for field trips.  It was so much fun for us kids and interesting for the chaperones.  If you haven't been there or haven't been there for some time, consider going during Astronomy Day.

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"Brain: The World Inside Your Head" Exhibition
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Science Night at UWS Is Friday and It’s Free Family Fun

Finding fun things for the family to do can be a challenge, especially this time of year.  Finding free things to do poses an even greater challenge.  Luckily, the Students of Science at UWS have a great, free family event lined up this week to help you out.

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The Duluth Police Department Is Searching For New Members For The 2016 Duluth Citizen Police Academy

Interested in law enforcement?  Before you enroll in a college course like my nephew Eric did, get a taste of the real thing and volunteer your time to be a 2016 Duluth Citizen Police Academy.  It's an 11 week course with both classroom and field instructions, are you up for it?

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65 Year-Old Graduates From UWS With Business Degree He Started In 1969

The University of Wisconsin-Superior will be conducting their Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. inside the Thorpe Langley Auditorium in Old Main.  There are many noteable graduates, but one graduate is receiving their diploma 46 years after starting college.

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Private Screening Of "Food Chains"
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Local Sophomores And Juniors Plan Their Future With The Northland Foundation’s Pathway To Careers

Tuesday will be a big day for local 10th and 11th grade students and me!  They will be gathering information to shape their future careers and I will be a first time panelist at the Kids Plus Pathway to Careers, an event organized and conducted by the Northland Foundation.

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Always Wanted To Learn To Scuba Dive? Join A Local Scuba Diving Class

You don't need to be near the ocean to scuba dive, they do it right here in Lake Superior.  I haven't done it myself, but I know of people that have dove in Lake Superior to explore various ship wrecks.  Intrigued?  Join a local scuba diving class and get yourself certified.

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This Animated Map Will Change The Way You Look At The Globe! It’s Crazy! [VIDEO]

Our map system that we learned in school was flawed.  These size comparisons are insane.  Wait until you see the comparison between Australia and Brazil!

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Things Only People Who Live In a 100 Year Old House Will Understand

Old houses are pretty cool!  They have lots of character, they have stood the test of time, and many people buy them every year.  If you live in a house built in the late 19th century, or early 20th century than you no doubt have dealt with these things.

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Duluth Public Library Has Fun, Free Activities For Your Kids June 15-19

The kids just got out of school, JUST and some of you may be hearing "I'm bored" already.  The Duluth Public Library is on it like a puma!  They have already put together fun, free programs for the week of June 15 that you're kids will love! (and YOU will too)!

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