Recovery Speaker Series wraps up

Imagine being a teenager with a mental illness. Now add substance abuse.

You’ve got what mental health professionals call a dual diagnosis adolescent. A local expert will talk about how culture influences dual diagnosis adolescents at 7:30 p.m. on March 27  in Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica.

The speaker is Michelle Johnson-Jennings, co-director of Research for Indigenous Community Health and assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Duluth campus.

The free talk will follow a social hour at 6:30 p.m. It’s the final talk in the Recovery Speaker Series sponsored by Clean Recovery Services at St. Scholastica and Hazelden addiction treatment center.

You can learn more by calling (218) 723-6527.


#STEMforHer chat

Women and girls interested in advancing entrepreneuership and science, technology, engineering and math are invited to a Twitter conversation on Monday hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration — or @SBAgov — and the National Women’s Business Council — @NWBC.

Erin Andrews, from the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, will share tips on how the Small Business Administration can help women overcome hurdles in expanding their businesses.

The talk also will feature Divya Nag, co-founder of Stem Cell Theranostics (@Dnag09), and representatives from Goldie Blox (@GoldieBlox) and Girls in Tech (@GirlsinTech).

The Twitter chat will run from 1-2 p.m. on Monday. View the conversation by searching for the hashtag #STEMforHer.


Talkin’ ’bout ADA

The Superior Public Library will hold a public forum to highlight the rights of disabled people.

On Tuesday, two experts will discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act and discrimination.

Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Center and instructor at the University of Chicago, and Jodi Hanna of Disability Rights Wisconsin will be on hand to guide attendees through the two-hour workshop.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at 1530 Tower Ave. and is free and open to the public.

Speech, speech!

What’re the kids talking about? Find out when more than 50 members of the Duluth Speech Team present their dramatic or humorous monologues, persuasive or current event speeches. The event is at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Duluth East High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 and proceeds go toward the team’s trip to the National Speech Tournament in June in Kansas.

Ethics date change

For those local high school juniors and seniors who were stoked for some serious ethics workshopping on March 12, Eh? is sorry to disappoint you, but you’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer.

The ethics training will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at the Kitchi Gammi Glub.

The daylong training session is intended to give students realistic scenarios they might face in the corporate workplace. The students will work together to craft fair and ethical solutions to the problems.

There is no cost for the students to attend.

Laughs and taxes

Two things are certain in life, death and taxes. But, for some reason, death has been replaced by laughter, because some of these tax rules can only be laughed at.

As part of its annual tax survey, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants asked its CPA members to share examples of the more quirky sales and use tax rules in the state.

MNCPA member Scott Kadrlik, a CPA who also works as a stand-up comedian, offers a lighthearted view of some of the examples CPAs shared:

Twix or Snickers?
Candy bars containing flour are not taxable, while those that do not contain flour are taxable.

Technology taxes
Labor to repair computer equipment or reinstall software is not subject to sales tax. Labor to set up your computer and/or to install new software is taxable.

Attending class in person?
Workers in Minnesota won’t pay sales tax when they attend a continuing professional education seminar or class in person. Learn the same material online via a webcast or webinar? It’s taxable.

What’s that fabric for?
Fabric purchased to create a garment is not taxable. Fabric purchased to create anything else? Taxable.

Men don’t accessorize
Men’s belts fall into the category of “clothing” and as such are not taxable. Belt buckles sold separately, however, are considered “accessories” and are taxable.


Restore history

The Lake Superior Squadron 101 Commemorative Air Force is set to launch a benefit dinner and silent auction to benefit the restoration of a World War II PBY Catalina aircraft.
The event will be at West Duluth Legion Post 71 on Grand Avenue on March 15. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6.

One guest speaker, Wayne Johnson of Silver Bay, already has been lined up to share his experience as a Flying Tiger in China during World War II.

The PBY Catalina served many functions during the war. Known as an amphibian, the aircraft was able to take off and land on water. Catalinas were used for scouting and, during the battle of Midway, were responsible for locating the Japanese Carrier group.
The squadron hopes to raise about $500,000 to fully restore the PBY, a project that has been in the works for nearly six years. The PBY restoration is the first aircraft restoration taken on by the Lake Superior Squadron 101 Commemorative Air Force.

Tickets for the dinner depend on food preference: For steak or shrimp, tickets are $20; for lasagna, tickets are $15.

To buy a ticket, call Kevin Parks at (218) 384-4593.

Get down with ethics

The Duluth Superior Eco Rotary and Duluth Rotary Club 25 are offering a free ethics workshop to area high school juniors and seniors.

The all-day event is March 12 from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m. and will give students the opportunity to learn skills related to ethical decision-making and practice the skills learned by working through scenarios in a small group setting.

Preregistration is required. To register or receive more information, contact Jena Hart at (218) 348-7884.

Free program on seizure disorders

A free patient education program for people with seizure disorders and their families will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Lake Michigan Room of the Holiday Inn and Suites, 200 W. First St.

Dr. Richard Kanoff is presenter of the program on treatment options for people with difficult-to-treat epilepsy. It’s sponsored by Cyberonics, a Texas-based medical devices company. He will talk about refractory epilepsy, available treatment options and vagus nerve stimulation therapy.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Reservations are not required but are appreciated. To register, call Krystal at (800) 332-1375, Ext. 2729.

Self investment

If you’re unemployed and looking to invest in yourself, you might consider an information session at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Duluth Workforce Center, 402 W. First St.

You’ll learn about Certified to Work, a coordinated series of work-skills classes that will be offered this spring. Participants who complete the program will earn at least four certificates designed to improve job prospects.

The certifications come from Community Action Duluth’s Common Cents financial management and home buyer education class, the STEPS work-skills class and the Duluth Workforce Center’s National Career Readiness and Northstar Digital Literacy programs.

Some participants will qualify to take Lake Superior College’s 200-hour machine operator short course.