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Legendary Duluth Mayor Roger Reinert on the Chester Ski Hill & Chalet – "Great to catch up today with Dave Schaeffer and Nik Bayuk to discuss the Chester Ski Hill. We chatted about their efforts to build a new Chester Ski Chalet. These individuals, and so many others both staff and volunteer, put a ton of time and attention and effort into making the hill a success for our youngest residents. Did you know that while the land at Chester is owned by the City, all the great activities are done by the nonprofit Chester Bowl Association? It's a successful model that we use in other places like the zoo and are considering for other places such as Lester and Enger. Chester is more than a ski hill. They have activities for kids, events like Fall Fest, and tons of trails making it a favorite park of mine and many throughout the city. Thank you to folks like Dave and Nik for making all of this happen!"


Community Day is back Wednesday.

The College of St. Scholastica has sponsored Community Day since 1999, serving the Twin Ports community and beyond. This spring, the programming is expanded to include Benedictine Change Maker sessions, a new twist on the traditional offerings. Workshops focused on topics like addressing homelessness, understanding international humanitarian law, and how and why to get connected in one’s community create learning opportunities to drive future engagement.

“As a College community over the years, we have focused this day on specific projects to meet the community’s immediate needs,” said Jessica Ellingson, director of campus ministry. “This spring, we wanted to experiment by offering a perspective shift, too. The goal for the workshops is to look forward and get us thinking about stewardship and community care in a sustainable way.”

Mary Anderson, director of career services, explained that these workshops are an excellent way to get Saints thinking more broadly about what service and community building can look like.

“We have been exploring the Social Change Wheel with the Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. As we look at civic engagement broadly and expand our vision beyond serving on these two days in an academic year, it shifts the conversation in a positive direction,” she said. “It’s helpful to remember that when we think about engaging in our community, there are many ways – direct volunteering, educating yourself on the issues, being a responsive community member, activism and involvement – to be involved and create and make change.”

Approximately 800 student, faculty and staff volunteers are signed up to participate in Community Day.


Warren Hietala and Aiden Thiesen (below, left to right) of Cloquet have qualified for this week's Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament.

Hermantown senior forward Abe Soumis (below) scored a game-high 48 points in a nonconference victory at Chisago Lakes on Monday night, to set a new school career scoring mark of 1,698 points.