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Lillian Joelson died on December 31, 2007.




A news article from 2004 follows:



Duluth News-Tribune (MN) - Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Readability: 6-8 grade level (Lexile: 1000L)

A very long life

Former Duluthian Lillian Joelson can brag that she's lived through three -- count them -- three centuries.

Joelson turns 108 today.

Born in Russia on Sept. 15, 1896, she moved with her family to the United States when she was about 13. After a few years in Michigan, the family settled in Duluth.

For decades, Joelson ran Joelson 's Family Store on Fourth Street near St. Mary's Hospital. Besides selling dry goods, the store had a postal substation and dry cleaning service.

``She really was a renaissance woman before her time,'' said her nephew, Richard Aleskow of Chicago. ``She worked and ran a business long before most women.''

Joelson lived most of her life with her younger sister, Aida Bindler. When Bindler died nine years ago, Joelson moved to Chicago.

Now in a Chicago nursing home, Joelson was asked this week to reveal her secret to a long life. Without hesitation, she attributed her longevity to the fact that she never married.

Asked what invention most impacted her life, She thought for a moment and gave that honor to the telephone, Aleskow said.

Birthday greetings can be to her at Self Help Home, 908 W. Argyle St., Chicago, IL 60640.

Quit and earn

If you're a smoker who wants to quit, you can earn money while going through withdrawal.

The University of Minnesota's School of Medicine in Duluth is looking for people interested in quitting smoking.

The research project by the Behavioral Science Department will look at the impact of quitting on blood pressure and cortisol. Call 726-8896 for more information.


we're No. 1

Several dignitaries will be in Duluth at noon Friday to dedicate Hawk Ridge as an ``Important Birding Area.'' The National Audubon Society has named Hawk Ridge the first such area in Minnesota.

Mark Martell, acting executive director of Audubon Minnesota, will be at the main overlook at Hawk Ridge for the dedication. Also speaking will be Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson; state Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth; and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam, said Hawk Ridge naturalist Debbie Waters.

The Important Bird Area program recognizes places of national significance to bird populations. The dedication will kick off activities for the annual Hawk Weekend, which continues Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday with hawk-watching, field trips and speakers. For information, go to









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