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Northland Foundation awards $141,000 in Aging Innovations Grants

The Northland Foundation has awarded $141,000 to three northeastern Minnesota nonprofits through a special grant opportunity. Aging Innovations Major Grant awards were selected through a competitive process. Nonprofit organizations applied for up to $50,000 each for creative programming to help older adults in our rural region to age well in their homes and communities. The following Carlton, Aitkin and Lake County organizations received grants: Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Cloquet: $50,000 To expand the Daybreak…

High School Sports Notebook

Duluth Denfeld racked up 57 minutes in penalties, including two game ejections, during an 8-2 loss against Virginia/Mt. Iron-Buhl in a nonconference high school boys hockey game Thursday night at Miner’s Memorial Arena in Virginia, Minn. The Blue Devils capitalized on four of 11 power-play chances. Jake Seitz had two goals and five points for the winners, who were whistled for seven minor penalties and held the Hunters scoreless on four power-play attempts. Denfeld (3-5-0)…

Giving Tree Project brings joy to patients at St. Mary’s Medical Center

Lester Park Elementary School students will bring joy to patients at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. The kids make ornaments in class and decorate small trees, then deliver the trees to patients at St. Mary’s. The project began after a young boy told his family he’d like to give back to the nurses and doctors who helped save his little brother’s life, after being severely burned. It was his…

Hermantown High Sports Notebook: Hawks blitz Hunters in boys hoops

Junior forward Connor Bich scored a game-high 30 points and senior guard Dave Birkeland chipped in with 25 as Hermantown clobbered Duluth Denfeld 99-74 in a Lake Superior Conference high school basketball game Thursday night in Hermantown. Sophomore guard Peter Soumis added 17 points and senior forward Kevin Bauman 14 for the Hawks, who canned 26 of 29 free throw attempts and improved to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference. SATURDAY EVENTS Girls Basketball…

Juvenile alligators arrive at Great Lakes Aquarium

Christmas came early at Great Lakes Aquarium with the gift of three juvenile alligators. The American Alligators arrived on loan this week from a facility called Crocodile Encounters in Houston, Texas. The 1.5 year-old gators were born in the spring of 2016. American alligators are freshwater animals inhabiting wetlands such as marshes and swamps in the southern United States. The Aquarium’s juvenile alligators are an exciting addition to the Origins exhibit on the facility’s 2nd…

Friday Sports Notebook

TODAY’S EVENTS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL Esko at Duluth East Cloquet at Princeton Wrenshall at Floodwood Aitkin at Two Harbors Barnum at Crosby-Ironton HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL Esko at Duluth East Silver Bay at McGregor HIGH SCHOOL BOYS HOCKEY New Prague at Duluth Denfeld Grand Rapids at Edina Greenway at Mahtomedi HIGH SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS ALPINE SKIING Duluth Denfeld, Duluth East, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, Virginia at Giants Ridge