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On a positive note…


Check out these Denfeld students who are taking a stand against bullying and negativity in their school.

Too often anonymity is an excuse for ripping people apart. How would you use it to build community and encourage your neighbors? What would you write? Here are some notes to highlight from Denfeld:

  • “I bet you have nice socks on.” #minnesotacompliments
  • “You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.” Words to live by.
  • “Life is short, choose happiness!”
  • “Don’t trade your passion for glory.” (These students weren’t even alive when “Eye of the Tiger” came out…)
  • “Just keep swimming!”
  • “You are loved.”
  • “Be the change!”


It’s official: we have a trail!


In his speech at the official Cross City Trail opening event today in front of Park State Bank, Mayor Ness noted that the trail will take users from the lakefront to a busy business district to the woods–all different experiences, and all part of what Duluth has to offer. Maybe they won’t be putting West Superior Street on the postcards any time soon, but that doesn’t mean our stretch isn’t worth celebrating.

Healthy in the Park – Healthier Shamrock Shakes


Okay, so St. Patrick’s Day is over, but Shamrock Shakes are still a thing. I will not lie; I went to Mickey D’s and had one – a tradition that goes back to childhood. There is nothing tastier than the cool, minty shake topped with whipped cream and the elusive cherry that fights all attempts to eat it first. I am in no way discouraging any readers from taking part in that annual pleasure.

Still, many of us crave this deliciousness during the “off” season as well. Some of us really want more than one per year, but don’t want all the calories. Or you are looking for a way to sneak some extra fruits and/or veggies into your child’s diet.

This recipe, which is a modified version of one I found on (an excellent resource for healthy desserts!), was taste tested on a group of kids at “In the Park – After Dark.” Roughly 3/4 of the kids there enjoyed it, and about half of them said it tasted “just like” the real thing.

Here you go:

For one batch (serves 2), combine:

1 cup of mint chocolate chip frozen yogurt
1 small frozen banana
1 cup milk of choice (we used skim, but almond or coconut milk would taste fabulous, too!
1/2 teaspoon of mint extract
8 drops of green food coloring [*for an extra boost of nutrition, you could replace the food coloring with about a cup of spinach – kale or other greens are not recommended, as they will mess with the minty flavor!]

Blend and enjoy! If you want to make it truly authentic, add a dollop of Reddi-Wip and a cherry.