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Dads: Save Time and Carve Pumpkins With Your Jigsaw [VIDEO]

We carved pumpkins the other day and my wife bought a small tool kit full of saws, tiny blades, and other girly crap to do the job.   After our boy quickly lost interest in carving pumpkins and it was all left for me to do the carving, I pulled out the big gun:  My craftsman jigsaw. 

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Turn an Old T-Shirt into a Usable Halloween Treat Bag that’s Environmentally Friendly [VIDEO]

My friend Jen posted this picture on facebook.  Until I read her post, "We are making trick-or-treat bags out of old T-shirts at the neighborhood party on Sat.", I had no idea what it was.  What a fantastic weekend project with your kids, they'll be excited to use them on Thursday (Halloween) and it's environmentally friendly.

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Proctor Schools Need Your Votes in the “Celebrate My Ride Contest” to Win a Concert with Kelly Clarkson

I was asked to vote on Facebook.  Wait, what?  Proctor Schools could win a contest that would bring Kelly Clarkson to the Northland and net them $100,000!!  Why wouldn't you do something as simple as cast your vote once a day until the contest ends?  You don't have to attend Proctor or even live in the city to help with a vote.

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Tips To Winterize Your Summer Machines

It's about time again to put away our summer machines:  boats, lawnmowers, motorcycles, etc.   Doing a few simple steps can really help ensure that in the spring it will run good.   Here we go!

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It’s That Time of the Season; Volunteers Needed to Tip Roses at the Rose Garden in Duluth

You don't have to have a green thumb to help "tip the roses" at the Rose Garden in Duluth.  In fact, you could use this as a learning experience. Tipping roses needs to be done when the weather starts to turn cooler.  It helps to protect the plant, almost puts it in hibernation mode, if you will.  Can you help?

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(Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
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Hard Lessons Learned From Being A “Millennial”

I was born in 1983.  That makes me a millennial.  I'm a little bit on the older side of my generation, but I fall into the category.   This is aimed at helping those on the younger half of my generation. 

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Mayor Ness Will Experience Loss of Vision on Tuesday, October 15

Mayor Don Ness is prepared to experience blindness because October is "Sharing the Vision Month".  It's also the month chosen for the Duluth Lions Club to have their annual 16th Annual Apple Harvest sale. There's still time to order your bushel or your peck. Cost is $12 for a peck (10 lbs) and $45 for a bushel (40lbs).  Purchase yours from any Duluth Lions Club Member with pick up scheduled for October 16th or 17th.

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Duluth Fire Department Thrills Local Kids with Ride to School; Attend the Open House at Fire Hall 7 for Demonstrations and a BBQ

I use to just be excited to GET a ride to school and not have to ride the school bus when I was young.  Can you imagine the excitement of being driven to school on a fire truck?  That's the thrill that our local Duluth Fire Department gave to kids after they won the honor of the special transportation with a fire prevention contest.

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October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Here is a Great Resource for Parents

Most of us at some point in our life has dealt with a bully.   It's no fun.  As a parent, it breaks your heart to see this happen to your child.   You want them to be safe and feel safe, and bullying destroys that.   Another very frightening thing for parents is the addition of cyber bullying.  Now children can't even feel safe at home.

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Reading is Exciting When You Volunteer for the Rolling Readers Organization

Ken and I are often asked to read to kids in a classroom setting.  It's fun for us to visit with the kids and interestingly we sometimes end up reading books that was read to US when we were growing up.  But, we can only cover so many classrooms.  If you volunteer your reading talents with Rolling Readers so many more Northland children will benefit.  Consider giving a bit of your time to the kids, they'll light up your world!

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Just in Time For School Season , Watch Inspirational Song “Hey Bully” by Morgan Frazier [VIDEO]

School started last week for many kids in our Northland.  For some, it's an exciting time.  Sadly for others who are bullied, the school season means the returning of unpleasant feelings.  Morgan Frazier is a country new comer who sang the song "Hey Bully" at the Grand Ole Opry recently.

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The Duluth Police Department is Searching for New Members to Join their “Explorers Program”

Interested in law enforcement?  Before you enroll in a college course, get a taste of the real thing and volunteer your time to be in the Explorers Post with the Duluth Police Department.  One stipulation is that you must be between the ages of 15-20.  If you aren't interested in volunteering, but want to learn more about the responsibilities of our police officers, there is an 11 week course that answers all your questions, both in a classroom and in the field. 

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