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Glensheen Estate

The Congdon Legacy includes community leadership and family drama, but is also carries the history of luxury in 1910.  Chester and Clara traveled extensively, enjoying life in the western US and here in Duluth, MN.  Chester even traveled by ship to New Zealand, Indonesia, China and back with his buddies.  With the Glensheen mansion right on the water edge in Duluth, Lake Superior was a big part of family life and they had a large boathouse, a breakwater pier and of course they had a yacht. 

Glensheen

When you visit Glensheen: The Historic Congdon Estate you get a glimpse into the past, of life at the turn of the last century.  But this is not just a time-capsule museum, this is a place of family history, of lives lived and a community history that lives on through the estate.

Elizabeth Congdon’s life on the shore of Lake Superior, how she lived and who she was - as a Duluthian, a mother, a grandmother and the last Congdon resident at Glensheen, has long been overshadowed by her untimely death in 1977. 

WILLIAM A. DYCHE

 You may know the Congdon name from Glensheen: The Historic Congdon Estate on Lake Superior in Duluth. It was the home of Chester Congdon and his family, but he was not your typical Duluth tycoon.

6/4 Forever Home

Jun 3, 2015

Pat Castellano of Animal Allies talks about adopting special needs animals like Charlie Brown.

Pupparazzi Companion Animal Photography

Last Thursday (5/25) the St. Louis County Sheriff called Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch in Duluth to rescue four horses and two ponies from a property up the shore.  Seeds of Hope co-founder Russ Krook says the horses were covered in mud, had no food or water, and appear to have been neglected for quite some time.

Islamic Center of the Twin Ports

Since 9/11, extremist Muslims have been using their faith to justify jihad.  Other Muslims have protested against what they say is a distortion of Islam. Non-Muslim people, in many cases, know only what they read in the news and tend to lump all Muslims - and all poorly understood interpretations of the Quran - together. So whose job is it to educate people - those who are misunderstanding or those who are misunderstood?

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

Twice as many seniors are using food shelves in the Northland as did five years ago.

Avera Health

More and better internet infrastructure in rural Minnesota is creating a virtual "perfect storm" of benefits when it comes to health care.

The ability of larger hospitals to extend their services to small rural hospitals via telecommuting and teleconferencing means patients can stay in their homes and communities when they're ill, small hospitals don't have to close, and small communities hang on to jobs.

Deb Holman/CHUM Street Outreach Advocate

St. Louis County's ten-year-plan to end homelessness is in either year ten or eight ... depending on how you count the process that began in 2005 or the completed plan that was adopted in 2007.  Can we end homelessness in St. Louis County within two years?

The 3rd Annual Housing for All Community Summit took a hard look at that question last week.

5/28 Forever Home

May 28, 2015

  Cooper is a male Poodle mix guessed to be about 10 yrs old. Cooper came in as a stray and was never claimed. He is housebroken, likes dogs and cats and friendly to all he has met. He really is an affectionate little guy who deserves a family of his own. He has been neutered, vet checked and given his canine and rabies vaccinations.

The future of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare may not be as bleak as it's being made to seem.  But that's part of the problem: not only too much contradictory information out there, but the issues being politicized and manipulated for votes.

For the first time since 1978, sometime this summer there won't be steam coming out of the iconic Duluth steam plant smokestack in Canal Park. The plant's been operating continuously for the last 37 years, but the shut down for a few weeks will be part of its transition to Duluth Energy Systems.

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Floods, fires, benzene spills ... when there's a disaster in the Northland, the emergency preparedness, management and response folks are the ones we count on to keep us safe.

Last week, many of those professionals attended the Under One Roof conference.  Tony Guerra is the Readiness Coordinator for the American Red Cross in Duluth and he was one of the attendees.

A couple of the take-aways? 

Some wins ... some losses and a fresh list of priorities for next session.  Representative Jen Schultz joins us this morning to talk about the highs and lows of her freshman year in the Minnesota House, and how the cards are stacking to create a more partisan - not less - legislature.

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