Weekly Wave: Spitting out cherry pits relieves stress – Up News Info

DULUTH — Mental health breaks are an important part of a busy and stressful work day. Those fleeting but precious minutes spent resting our brains can take many forms, from taking a quick walk around the block or reading something fun for a few minutes, to playing a video game on a phone. portable.

The possibilities are endless and we encourage our reporters to take advantage of lunch and other breaks to rest from the deadline, even if the break activity is a bit unusual.

Joe Bowen, education reporter for the Duluth News Tribune, has won the Duluth News Tribune’s second annual cherry pit spitting contest.

Rick Lubbers/Duluth News Tribune

Like cherry pit spitting. Hey, everything works, right? Ultimately, spitting cherry pits is somewhat relaxing and you’re actually forgetting about work while trying to propel a little cherry pit using as much lung power as possible.

A small group of DNTers gathered outside the office Tuesday afternoon to compete in the second annual DNT Cherry Pit Spitting Contest.

Our regional editor, Jennifer Zettel-Vandenhouten, brought the idea, chaired the contest and, most importantly, provided the tasty tart cherries from Door County, Wisconsin.

We each had a practice pin and then had two official attempts. The contestant with the longest pin stood to win a large bag full of those cherries. After each attempt, Jen circled and initialed the resting place of each pit with sidewalk chalk.

As noted by DNT reporter Tom Olsen, all those circled cherry pits looked like a crime scene where casings are dutifully cataloged by forensic officers. Olsen is our court and crime reporter, so he gets paid to do comparisons like this.

Sidewalk chalk documents how far each cherry pit traveled — and who spat it out.

Rick Lubbers/Duluth News Tribune

I briefly held the lead on my first attempt, but apparently the hot air doesn’t increase the distance with the cherry pit spit.

In the end, DNT education reporter Joe Bowen taught us all about winning distance and brought home a bag full of tart cherries.

Later in the day, I found another great sanity break activity: ax throwing. But that’s another topic for another “Weekly Wave.”

A young boy clinging to the side of a kayak
A boy is seen clinging to the side of a kayak in the St. Louis River in this screenshot from an Instagram video by David Jones Jr.


We tend to throw the word “viral” around a bit more than “going viral” items on the interwebs.

But when a video gets over 11 million views, that’s about as viral as it gets.

David Jones Jr. is well versed in the outdoors and the World Wide Web (


– Full disclosure: Jones is a Northland Outdoors contributor for Forum Communications.) But he didn’t think to post a video destined to go viral when he was fishing from his kayak on the St. Louis River recently.

What started as a day spent fishing turned into a dramatic rescue of a young boy struggling to swim in freezing waters.

If you’re unfamiliar with this story or the video that really went viral, you can read more about the rescue of DNT intern Peyton Haug (and also view the video) here.

Scrape the sky, break down the barriers

Airplanes perform at air show
Maj. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe pilots an F-35 pilot during the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo at Duluth International Airport on July 16.

Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

It can be difficult to find new ways to cover annual events like the Duluth Airshow, so journalists are constantly looking for new and interesting angles to present to readers.

DNT reporter Jimmy Lovrien found a great story Saturday on the first day of the two-day show: He spoke to three female pilots who wowed the crowd with their aviation prowess and who hoped that more women would pursue flight careers in a male-dominated world. industry.

Fly with Jimmy Lovrien and these three pilots here.

A small goat-like animal stands in a green field.
A new Chinese Goral, named Xiazhi (pronounced Zai-Shee) was born at the Lake Superior Zoo on June 21.

Contribution / Lake Superior Zoo

What is a goral?

I’m glad you asked, because before I read Teri Cadeau’s story about the goral born at the Lake Superior Zoo, I had no idea either (and watched a ton of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” when I was a child).

Hint: gorals share similarities with goats or antelopes.

This little furry creature is really cute, huh?

Learn more about the latest addition to the Lake Superior Zoo here.


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