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Over 40 people gathered at the American Indian Center in Duluth Thursday night for a panel discussion on the issue of human trafficking and prostitution - particularly of native women and children - in the Duluth area and on the ships of Lake Superior. WTIP's Kelly Schoenfelder attended the panel and has this report.
A benefit will be held for Shane Danielson of Grand Marais at Devil Track Landing on Wednesday, September 25. Shane underwent emergency surgery in May 2013 and eventually received the diagnosis of brain cancer. As medical bills and expenses continued to mount during this difficult time, his co-workers at U.S. Customs & Border Protection in Grand Portage wanted to find a way to help. They have organized a major celebration and the community is invited.
From 5 - 9 p.m. at Devil Track Landing, there will be a spaghetti dinner, live entertainment, raffles and silent auction. A number of great items have been donated—gift certificates, a GPS, a flat screen TV and more. But more importantly, organizers say, is the celebration in honor of Shane and his family.
Anyone who cannot make the benefit but would like to contribute may make a donation at Grand Marais State Bank, in care of Shane Danielson Benefit Fund. Supplemental funding is being provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
WTIP invites community members to stop by the radio station for a new volunteer open house at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The open house is an opportunity to learn more about current volunteer openings at the local radio station, including public affairs program hosts, Small Change trivia show hosts, and various music program hosts. WTIP staff will be on hand to discuss the opportunities, learn more about volunteer interests, and explain the process of becoming a trained host or co-host.
Volunteers are the backbone of WTIP and have helped make the station’s 15 years of service possible. Volunteering at WTIP is an important and rewarding experience, through which community members can learn new skills, connect with others, and contribute to an essential community resource.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or who would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at WTIP is invited to stop by the open house between 4 and 6 p.m. For more information call the station at 387-1070
Coming to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts soon is a sophisticated evening of song—courtesy of the dream songs project—Northern Songs.
The dream songs project was started in 2010 by mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson and guitarist Joseph Spoelstra to present accessible and engaging chamber music across the upper Midwest. This classical voice and guitar duo has a wide repertoire, including guitar transcriptions of lute songs and opera arias, classical and romantic art songs, modern pieces and newly commissioned works.
Anderson’s vocal abilities span the ages, from Baroque masterpieces to contemporary experimental music, with a focus on American and 20th-century art song and chamber music. She has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Oratorio Society, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Zeitgeist, Renegade Ensemble, the University of Minnesota’s New Music Ensemble and more.
Classical guitarist Spoelstra has performed throughout the United States, including the Wilshire-Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Corbett Auditorium in Cincinnati. His performances have been broadcast on NPR programs in Los Angeles and Wisconsin and he is a frequent ensemble guitarist with chamber groups throughout the Midwest.
The concert will feature the world premiere of University of Minnesota-Duluth Professor Justin Rubin’s songs for voice and guitar, Ultima Verba.
The show at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts will include the chance to talk to composer Daniel Nass after the performance.
In addition to the talented Northern Songs artists, a trio of local musicians—Philis Anderson, Erika Ternes and Karina Roth—will open the show.
The performance is Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the ACA. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 students (18 and under). Tickets are for sale at the door or in advance at www.tix.com.
Welcome Linda Jurek Kratt, new executive director of the Cook County Visitors Bureau, back to the community at Higher Ed’s September Business Networking Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at Higher Ed.
Kratt is known to many in the community because she grew up here, graduated from Cook County High School, and worked here for a number of years. As those who know her will attest, she brings an incredible level of energy and expertise to her new position.
Kratt will have a great deal to say about successfully marketing Cook County to the world. She also may have a preliminary update on how the county tourism sector fared this summer. Anecdotal information suggests it was a good summer for most businesses.
Kratt comes to her new position from the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, where she was director of events and member retention. Prior to joining the Duluth Chamber, she served as program coordinator at the Miller-Dwan Foundation in Duluth.
Cost to attend this luncheon, which will be catered by the Cascade Lodge Restaurant, is $15. To register, email email@example.com or call 218-387-3411 by Sept. 20.