A message from Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken

The Duluth Police Department shares the concerns of our community regarding the threats to school safety.

DPD is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students and staff in our community. Each school year, the Duluth Police Department works in collaboration with ISD 709 to investigate all threats to student safety that come to our attention.
This is a process including identifying the source of the threat, conducting interviews, and assessing the credibility of the threat. Threat assessment is done by identifying who is responsible, understanding the nature of the threat, the intentions, the ability to act upon it, and exploring intervention strategies to prevent it.

Intervention may include increased police and ISD 709 staff presence, counseling resources, school discipline, or sometimes, referral into the juvenile justice system by leveraging the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office – or all of these strategies.

For decades, DPD has been collaborating with ISD 709 to ensure safe schools and here is some of the more recent initiatives enhancing safe schools:
1990’s-Present: Having a robust School Resource Officer Program. School Resource Officers are assigned in the middle and high schools and assist at the elementary schools as needed. We know that having the SRO’s in the school improves accessibility for students and staff to address and intervene and coach, guide and mentor.

2013 -- Partnering and advocating for close campuses in the District.

2018 -- Secured a grant to enhance security and safety in schools.

2019 -- Utilizing Everbridge Public Warning system to communicate with all public and private school administrators’ instantly to best address real-time threats.

Our number one priority has been, and will always be, the safety and security of our community.
Update on Alleged School Threat

After conducting a thorough investigation, Duluth Police determined that the alleged school threat made by a Lincoln Park Middle School student was a written list of names from several months ago. Due to the recent tragic Texas School Shooting, students having knowledge of this list brought their concerns forward to staff. This list was not known to police nor school administration until Thursday evening, May 26. After conducting interviews and speaking to the student on Thursday, and again on Friday, it is believed the written list of names are individuals the student expressed both being upset with and bullied by.
School Resource Officers, Duluth Police Investigators and Duluth Police Officers work in collaboration with ISD 709 to ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff. Any and all threats to student safety is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.

This incident remains an open and active investigation. No further information will be released at this time. -- Duluth Police
Sports Notebook

Cole Koepke of Hermantown scored 20 goals and 39 points for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning 6th-round draft choice in 2018 (No. 183 overall) has career pro hockey earnings of $255,000, according to CapFriendly.com.
Karen Stromme, UMD's Senior Associate Athletic Director & Senior Woman Administrator, and Dr. Gary Holquist, UMD's Senior Development Officer for Athletics, will retire in June from Bulldog athletics in which they have been involved with for over 75 years combined.

Stromme has held numerous positions over her illustrious career, including coaching the UMD women's basketball team, the women's golf team and guiding the department as a senior athletic administrator.

Holquist was involved with the Bulldog men's basketball program for 26 seasons (14 as head coach) and since 2012 has led the record breaking fundraising efforts to support Bulldog athletic programs and student-athlete scholarships. -- UMD Athletics

You probably already know that a good laugh can lift your spirits and brighten someone’s day, but did you also know that laughter can positively impact your health and promote healthy aging?

To learn more, check out Duluth Aging Support’s recent blog post about the benefits of laughter, including 10 easy ways to add a healthy dose of the giggles to your life: https://duluthagingsupport.org/how-laughter-can-benefit-healthy-aging/

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