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Duluth Times Daily Notebook: Tuesday, Dec. 7

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Bentleyville Tour of Lights Executive Director Nathan Bentley on Bentleyville 2021: “Bentleyville is meeting up to the year’s theme, ‘Together Again’. Up until a few days ago we were having awesome warm weather for strolling through the lights and now with the snow on the ground Bentleyville has become post card picture of lights. Families are once again making memories with their families and friends tapping their feet to the holiday music all the while standing around our fire pits roasting marshmallows. Saturday nights continue to be a bit overwhelming. If you must visit on a Saturday night I strongly suggest you come later in the evening around 8:30 or 9 p.m. — this allows families with small children that have early bed times to visit and head home, opening room up for people that have later bed times and don’t need to visit with Santa. Our big ask of our guests is to please remember to bring non-perishable food items or new unwrapped toys for families in need. Dress warm!”

Local golf legend Steve Korby of Scanlon on Duluth’s historic Enger Park Golf Course finally turning a profit in 2021: “Great to see Enger Park Golf back in the black. Post-COVID, most golf courses faired quite well financially. With some safeguards in place, golf provided a socially-distanced outdoor activity that was relatively safe. People have jumped at golf again across the nation. It is a wonderful game.”

How is former St. Louis County and City of Duluth CEO Karl Nollenberger keeping himself busy these days? “I am retired but still teaching one course in the masters program most semesters either for University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh or Metropolitan State in St. Paul,” he said in an email exchange today. “I am also the volunteer finance person for our condo association down in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.”

City crews responding to a water main break on the 4000 block of East Superior Street

The City of Duluth is in the process of repairing a water main break located on the 4000 block of East Superior Street. Water has been turned off on from 37th to 40th Avenue East on Superior Street. The duration of the repair is unknown at this time. Crews are working to repair the break and restore water service as quickly as possible.

Sheriff’s Office seeks public comment on body worn cameras policy and implementation

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is planning to purchase body worn cameras for its deputies and is seeking public comment on both the implementation of these devices as well as the proposed policy of when and how they’ll be used.

The St. Louis County Board is scheduled to vote at its meeting on December 14, on a resolution that would authorize the purchase of 110 body cameras along with supporting accessories and equipment, at a cost of $790,000 to be paid over five years.

The Sheriff’s Office has experienced an increase in deadly force encounters in recent years and recognizes that body camera video can increase transparency and accountability, help dispel rumors, and also assist with investigations.

The proposed policy can be found online at stlouiscountymn.gov/sheriff.

Public comment on both the implementation of body worn cameras, as well as the proposed policy surrounding their use can be submitted via email to sheriff@stlouiscountymn.gov, by calling 218-336-4347, or by mail to: St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: BWC, 100 North 5th Avenue West, Room 103, Duluth, MN 55802.

People also may make comment at the St. Louis County Board meeting on December 14. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at the St. Louis County Government Services Center in Duluth, 320 West 2nd Street, in the Lake Superior Room on the 2nd floor.

Essentia Health holding interview days for behavioral health positions

Essentia Health is hosting two days of interviews for open positions in behavioral health. The interview days are Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Dec. 15, both from 3-6 p.m. at Essentia Health-Duluth in the Miller-Dwan Building, located at 502 E 2nd St.

The job fair will offer several employment opportunities, including registered nurses, behavioral health technicians, certified nursing assistants, health unit coordinators and more.

Hiring managers will be available to answer questions and conduct interviews. Selected candidates will be verbally offered a position before leaving the event, and recruiters will follow up with candidates with formal offers.

Candidates should bring a resume if possible, but it’s not required. Attire is business casual/casual. Attendees should follow the signs directing them inside to where the fair will be held. All attendees are required to wear a mask indoors, per Essentia policy.

Click here to learn more about working at Essentia Health, as well as to browse open positions. Essentia has several job opportunities beyond this job fair.

Essentia Health hosting free virtual opioid webinar featuring acclaimed author

Essentia Health, through the help of federal funding, is hosting a virtual opioid webinar that aims to educate people about the dangers of addiction and cut down on abuse of the drugs.

Dopesick: America’s Epidemic” will be hosted by Beth Macy, a journalist and nationally acclaimed author who strives to help people overcome the struggles of addiction. The 30-minute presentation will focus on America’s 20-year battle with opioid addiction, how it started, how it spread, how to help those struggling with addiction and what can be done to end the epidemic.

The webinar is scheduled for 5:30-6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. The half-hour presentation will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. You can register for this free event here.

Macy has authored several best-selling books on this topic and is the executive producer of the Hulu series “Dopesick.”

The presentation is funded by a Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant, totaling $200,000, 100% funded by the HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by the HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

In addition to Macy’s presentation, the grant will help create a plan to implement prevention, treatment and recovery programming over the next three years.

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