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By Kelli Latuska

Raising of the Roses events scheduled for April 20, 22

The public is invited to join the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation staff and the Lake Superior Rose Society in the annual Raising of the Roses at the Rose Garden. The open house-style, community event will be held Saturday, April 20 from 9 AM to noon and Monday, April 22 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Whether you are experienced at the task or just want to learn, expert rose raisers will be on hand to teach volunteers about the Minnesota Tip Method, a process that protects tender roses from the harsh conditions of a typical Duluth winter. After roses overwinter, they are then raised in the spring to grow and bloom for the season.

Rose Raising is an all ages, no experience needed event. Groups, families, and individuals are invited to participate. If you are interested in participating, please arrive anytime during active event hours at the Rose Garden, located between 12th and 13th Avenues East on London Road. On-street parking and the parking lot east of the Rose Garden will be available. Dress for the weather. All tools and supplies will be provided, including work gloves.

Duluth Workforce Development announces new medical office training course

Duluth Workforce Development, along with community partners, announces a new medical office training course. Introduction to Medical Office training may be your first step into a fulfilling career in healthcare. Duluth Workforce Development and SOAR Career Solutions, in partnership with Duluth Adult Education, and Lake Superior College, are offering this 16-week medical office training in preparation for front office and patient registration positions at clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities in Duluth and the surrounding region.

Participants in this program will gain skills in Microsoft suite software, scheduling, and medical terminology and can earn up to 4 college credits. Participants may qualify to take this training at no cost to them.

Classes will be a mix of online and in-person sessions and will feature interactions with area employers including Essentia Health and St. Luke’s. Classes are scheduled to run April 29-August 15, 2024.

For more information on eligibility and how to get started, potential participants may contact Heather Rickerl at 218.722.3126 x 2409 or by e-mail at or Ali Haworth at 218.730.5235 and

Duluth Workforce Development is part of CareerForce, offering training and employment services to youth and adults living in Duluth and surrounding communities. SOAR Career Solutions is a Duluth nonprofit whose mission is to inspire personal transformation through career development. SOAR provides both re-entry and employment services to help move people into sustainable employment and contribute to a prosperous community.

Duluth Public Arts Commission seeks artist submissions for Utility Box Wrap Art Program

The Duluth Public Arts Commission (DPAC) is seeking art to exhibit for its Utility Box Wrap Art Program.

The Utility Box Wrap Art program’s mission is to beautify the City throughout neighborhoods with a focus on geographic equity. This program allows artists the opportunity to display artwork on utility boxes in various locations throughout the city. DPAC is currently accepting submissions now through April 30 for one available utility box wrap.

Submissions will be reviewed by DPAC, and the awarded artist will be notified by May 24.

To apply online and learn more information about these programs please visit: