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DULUTH — Matthew Campbell could not tell his parents he was depressed. It was only a little over a year ago that the Duluth East High School senior began treatment for depression, after several years of feeling unhappy, which turned to self-loathing and ultimately, to thoughts of suicide. The breaking point came during a night when his parents discovered the varsity soccer goalie and student government leader was failing three classes. He broke down crying in front of them, but wasn't able to share his struggles. "I couldn't get the words out," he said.
DULUTH — Jennifer Storm remembers the night she and her young daughter drove over the Blatnik Bridge to Duluth together for the first time. The sun was setting and the city was bathed in a warm pink light. Storm's daughter, Sophia, was excited to enter Duluth, a place she had heard mentioned so many times. For Storm, it was a moment she had envisioned every night as she tried to sleep: What would be playing on the radio? What would the city's lights look like cresting over the bridge? What would it be like to feel safe?
DULUTH — Heading back to class can be nerve-wracking for kids of any age. As much of the Northland returns to school this week,Forum News Service gathered tips from students and school leaders on how to ease the transition and settle into a new year. From taking "movement breaks" when you need them, going to class regularly and setting up routines for homework, students and school staff had a lot to say. For school newbies Lola Prado, Lowell Elementary, grade 1: • "Do not bite. Just do kindness."
DULUTH, Minn.—By many accounts, Kong James Xiong is one of the most well-known and well-liked students at Duluth Denfeld High School. Just this year, he was involved in more than a dozen extracurricular activities ranging from Key Club to varsity tennis, he tutored other kids after school and was named homecoming king. Despite that, Kong, who graduates Thursday with Denfeld's Class of 2017 and will attend Carleton College on a full scholarship next fall, is humble and approachable, said Denfeld English teacher Michele Helbacka.
When Hermantown school district staff began hearing students discuss the plot of Netflix's popular new series "13 Reasons Why," many became concerned and watched it themselves. "It's pretty graphic," said Jenny Wiese, principal of the middle school. The show is based on a book and tells the story of 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life. She reveals why through a series of tapes intended for people she says played a role in her decision to kill herself.
DULUTH — Samantha Jackson balanced her 9-month-old baby, Elias, carefully on her lap inside 6th Judicial District Judge Sally Tarnowski's courtroom one January day. Gathered around four heavy tables pushed together in the middle of the room, Jackson and Elias — there for a hearing — were joined by Tarnowski, attorneys and social workers. There was good news to be finalized: Jackson was regaining full custody of her two children, and her child protection case was being closed.
The call came at 2:38 a.m. Kiarra Dixon's wait on a heart transplant list was over, and her family had a four-hour window to get from Duluth to Rochester's Mayo Clinic. But Dixon, a seventh-grader at Lincoln Park Middle School, refused to go. "I freaked out. I went from being a 12-year-old to a 3-year-old in about five seconds," Dixon said, about the late September call. "I was scared. I wasn't ready for it."
DULUTH, Minn. — Matthew Johnston doodles and fidgets in class, a byproduct of concentration difficulties while seated at a desk listening to a lecture. In an effort to fix that, the Duluth Denfeld High School senior spent time in his engineering class designing and producing a silent gadget he can manipulate with his hands while focusing his mind. "Teachers don't like the noise of metal bearings," he said, describing other sensory objects. "This is quiet and fits in my pocket."
One of more than 3,000 Northland customers still without power on a 10 degree Sunday morning, Cook’s Elbow Lake Lodge was getting by with generators. “We are tucked back in...
Duluth school district teachers will talk with students this week about diversity and tolerance following reports of election-related hate speech coming from several schools, including East and Denfeld high schools...