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Runners Race Packets Questions and Answers For Grandma’s Marathon

 

This information comes from the Grandma's Marathon website. Frequently asked questions for runners in the half marathon and full marathon about picking up your race packets, the when why where how and how many.

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Photo: Homie Kates
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Congrats To My High School Graduate, Kylee And Some Advice For Parents Of Young Children

Congratulations to our daughter, Kylee.  On Sunday, she walked across the stage in  the DECC auditorium to accept her diploma, a high school graduate.  The closing of one door, but the opening of another for herto  continue her life's journey.  Exciting and scary at the same time.  Her future plans are set, at least for next year.

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The youngest of students will be at school the earliest - Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
The youngest of students will be at school the earliest - Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
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Duluth Students To See New Start Times And Restructured School Days

Duluth Public Schools are changing school start times and are restructuring their school days.  This is an effort to ultimately save money while trying to do the best they can for students.

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Police Will Give You $1 If You Wear Your Seat Belt.

Don't get excited!!! You have to live in Maryland. Police were out yesterday and gave a crisp new dollar bill to those that had seat belts on while police on route 301 made random stops. If you didn't have on your belt, you got a ticket.

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New Trick To Get Around Do Not Call Lists, Watch Out!

A new phone campaign called "Political Opinions of America" offers a three-question "poll," and then offers a reward that sounds suspiciously like a classic timeshare sales pitch. After answering political questions, the person is transferred to a live operator from "corporate travel services" who is giving away free cruises thanks to an anonymous donor. Some say it is a scam.

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Head Of The Lakes Fairgrounds Usage Discussed At Important Upcoming Meeting

Any organization that has events have found themselves needing a location to hold it.  Maybe you've thought of the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds and didn't know who to call.  Maybe you haven't thought about the fairgrounds, but now that I mentioned it, think it's a good idea.  There's a meeting coming up that you should attend, so you know the ins and outs of fairground usage.

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Brush Up On New Laws For 2012 Fishing Opener

Every year there are new laws added to the book.  This year there is no exception.  Make sure to pick up a booklet so you have it handy for this weekend.  Also a big thing this year is the invasive species prevention push, so make sure to follow those rules as well.  The DNR will be out, so be legal! 

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Ken & Cathy Visit Service Learning Northland Winner Ann Kucinski

Congratulations to this week's Service Learning Northland award winner Ann Kucinski!  Ann is a Spanish teacher at Denfeld, who is having her class become pen pals with Spanish speaking students in a Chicago school.  The money will be used to purchase books written in Spanish for the students to read.

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Turn A Tree Stump Into A Table In An Hour

Have a stump that you can't pull out of the yard for one reason or the other? Here's an idea for you! We didn't want to dig up the yard to get the stump out, and this is near our fire ring, so I decided to make a table. Pretty easy!

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Don’t Wait In Line – Renew Your Vehicle Registration Online!

I was hooking up a trailer to my truck a few days ago when I noticed that my plates were expired.  Oh crap!  How did that happen?  The mail leprechaun must have stolen one of my bills again.  (Seems to happen sometimes.)

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photo: ken hayes
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Congrats To Terry Norton, Service Learning Award Winner

Cathy and I went to deliver the check today and found out that it was MCA testing day.  Oops.  Timing could have been better.  (See the look on Cathy's face.)

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Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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Burnsville Weighs Shorter School Weeks To Save $5 million, Should Northland Schools Consider Similar Plan?

When I was a student I'd be all for this!  As a working parent, it sounds like a nightmare to make sure the kids would have programs and supervision on the off days.  One of their proposed plans is giving the kids every other Monday off, which I think is too confusing to schedule around.  If you must do this to save money, I'd say end the school year earlier.  I'm fine with extending the school days by 36 minutes so kids would still get the same amount of total class time.

If Burnsville does this and it works, I bet other communities would consider it.  Should Duluth or any Northland school districts look into the following plan?

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