Random People Project

Every family has a story; here’s the Lymans’ from East Hillside

May 6th, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Random People Project

By Molly Brown
Slowly sipping her cappuccino, 55-year-old Jill Lyman probably never expected to be telling a complete stranger a detailed account of her marriage, her future aspirations, and the secret she discovered just a few years ago. A secret her daughter had waited 21 long years to share out loud with anyone.
I shook my head [...]



Former Duluth firefighter put out flames and had rhythm

Apr 29th, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Random People Project

By Taylor Kraft
Music has always been a part of David Mattson’s life, from high school to retirement. David, 71, has always been a busy man but has always found time to make music.
David started his music career in high school when he joined a band called The Accordianar’s. He played the accordion and the cordovox. [...]



Secluded man maintains his brother’s legacy

Apr 15th, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article, Random People Project

By Jennifer Walch

The green house on the dead end of Gordon Street had been vacant for five years.  When Gene Lewis moved in, most of his brother’s possessions remained untouched.  Today, the number in the phone book is still listed under his brother’s name.  His brother’s clothes still hang in the bedroom closet–thirteen years after [...]



Helping people with AIDS from Iowa to Baltimore

Apr 8th, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Random People Project

By Jon Mason
The mid 1990s was a confusing time surrounding the AIDS epidemic. Much of the general public was very fearful of AIDS, but was unaware of the real situation. The mid 1990s was also when Andrea Martin, Duluth native and resident, graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
A little while after graduation in 1995, [...]



UMD employee cooped up with chickens

Apr 1st, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Featured Articles, Random People Project

By Adam Wheeler
In a college town like Duluth, students can forget that they’re not the only ones living near campus.
Between classes, friends, and extracurricular activities, students may miss the subtle things that surround the campus. Surprisingly, many people have missed a small chicken coop in the back yard of a house right across the street [...]



Local musher heads home

Apr 1st, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Random People Project

By Ben Johnson
The sports section of an Alaskan newspaper looks a little different than that of your typical American daily. There’s still coverage of the big four: basketball, baseball, football, and a hefty dose of hockey; but what makes an Alaskan sports section unique is its devotion to mushing, or competitive sled dog racing.
That is [...]



Duluth man takes solace in his poetry

Apr 1st, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Random People Project

By Trevor Privratsky
Five years ago, his wife left him unexpectedly. To make matters worse, his two grown children shut him out of their lives completely. This is why he sits alone. This is why he writes.
George Davidson sits in the corner of a coffee shop in Canal Park. He is almost unnoticeable amongst the crowd [...]



Duluth family bonds by tapping the sap

Apr 1st, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Random People Project

By Elizabeth Strawn
Duluthians Sara and Randy Carlson started harvesting sugar bush 10 years ago when their two sons were toddlers. They would collect sap from the sugar maple trees in their backyard that lines the Hartley Nature Center … with their sons on their backs.
Now they have help from their sons Cooper, 13, and Wyatt, [...]



Hermantown woman finds lifetime of adventure in Africa

Apr 1st, 2010 | By John Hatcher | Category: Random People Project

By Makinzie Cole
Her bed sheets are printed with lions, elephants and water buffalo; on top of them lays an African tapestry. Her couches are cluttered with volumes of International Prayer journals and Bible study notes. On her bedroom wall hangs an authentic, full-sized zebra skin, bullet holes and all, next to dozens of original paintings [...]