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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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(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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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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Learn the Different Set Ups for Clay Pigeon Shooting [VIDEOS]

The Courage Center's "Shoot For Fun" is this Saturday and me and a few other guys will be going from work to participate.   I've never done formal trap club shooting.   I've shot a lot of pigeons, but it's always been on our hunting property.  When I saw the different terms like Wobble, Trap, 5 Stand, and Flurry, I had to look up what they were.  Here's some videos showing you the difference.

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Q & A With Kindergartener on First Day Of School Ever

Recently I blogged about the anxiety I had as a parent bringing our boy to the first day of school.   I thought it would be good to get his side of the story.   Here it is:

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Bubble Fun Activity and Time with a Bubble Artist is FREE at the Duluth Children’s Museum’s Bubble Festival

The Duluth Children's Museum has found a very unique way to say thank you to the community for their support five years ago.  That's the year they started the Annual Bubble Festival.  You and your family need to clear your calendar for Sunday, August 25 from 1 to 4 p.m, that's the date of the festival this year and you'll want to come early to get a free Bubble Festival T-shirt!

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Duluth YMCA Program Uses Mentors to Encourages Kids to “Run Like an Animal” with the Lake Superior Zoo

The Duluth YMCA has so many programs that your children would love and you will too!  Everything from Campfire Concerts to Swimming Lessons, in fact my daughter took her first swimming lessons at the Y at just 6 months old.  Exercise is important for kids and the Y has a running buddy program that will prepare your kids for fun at the Lake Superior Zoo!

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Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images
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Duluth School Board to Decide On Open Lunch Period Option for High Schools; Here’s How They Should Vote [OPINION]

The Duluth School Board was supposed to vote this week on whether Duluth high schools should have an open or closed lunch period.  They ended up deciding to wait on this topic until next month at least.  Open lunch would allow students to leave the campus during lunch periods to get food, stop home, etc.  Having graduated from Duluth Central High School, who did have open lunch, my mind is made up on this topic.

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Prevent A Breakdown With Your Boat Trailer, Check Your Wheel Bearings [VIDEO]

Ever wonder why sometimes you see a boat on a trailer on the side of the highway with no truck to be found?  Probably because the wheel bearing failed and it either lost a week or it has a wheel bent on the side.   It's a common mistake that many boaters make - not checking their wheel bearings.

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