Melinda Lavine / Forum News Service
DULUTH -- It was like a Norman Rockwell painting. Four people hoisted a large log onto their shoulders. Through the snow, they trudged about 100 feet from a ground-level workshop to a Congdon Park driveway. There, in steady pulls, Mark Boyce traced the log with a two-handed carving tool called a drawknife. Bark flew off in chunks, layers and bits. “This will keep you very warm,” he said of the physical process.
DULUTH -- Holidays can bring an array of goodies — and temptation — for our four-legged friends. Although the holiday season falls behind July 4 for pet stress, there are certain safety considerations, said Dr. Steven Friedenberg, an emergency and critical care specialist at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Around the holidays, it is rare for an animal to ingest a light bulb or an ornament. Tinsel would be more of a worry because it is so much smaller than a dog, he said.
DULUTH, Minn. — Walking into a cemetery, there are gravestones in the shape of benches. A cross is drawn on a monument in what looks like lipstick. One has baby blue yarn wrapped around it. There's broken glass on a mausoleum, and one gravestone reads "Meet me in a better land." Also in the cemetery, a man walks his dog, a jogger gallops through, a woman trails behind two children on bikes. "It's a living place," said Calvary Cemetery supervisor Tim Sailstad. "It certainly is a place of prayer, but it's a place where families connect. A cemetery is forever."
HERMANTOWN, Minn. — LeAnn Oman puts on a headset and fashion sunglasses before wielding her chain saw. As her instrument buzzes loudly, she slices into a thick log in her Hermantown yard. She angles the machine sideways, upward and inward deep, cutting through like butter. She severs a triangular chunk and tosses it to the ground. Wood chips fall near her bejeweled flip-flops. "I'm always in flip-flops," she said afterward. "I carved in tennies a couple times, and I hated it."