Live long and prosper: 100-year-olds party down at Duluth Senior Expo


More than a dozen Minnesotans over 100 years old were honored Thursday with a special birthday party at the Duluth Senior Expo, Northland's NewsCenter reports.

In all, 11 women and two men with triple-digit birthdays received a special certificate and birthday cake at the event.

"They have contributed so much to our city ... and we want them to feel special for that," Gail Walkowiak, the event's organizer, told Northland's NewsCenter.

This embed is invalid

There were more than 100 exhibitors at the celebration, plus live entertainment, a fashion show, health screenings and flu shots, seminars and speakers, and more.

Grace Zemlin, 104, was the oldest of the centenarians being celebrated at the party.

"I'm the oldest one wherever I go," Zemlin told WDIO.

Millard LaJoy, 101, told the station that not worrying in his life has taken him a long way.

"There's no secret to it, just don't worry about anything and be good to people," LaJoy says.

This embed is invalid

According to an April release from the U.S. Census Bureau, there were about 55,000 people in America over the age of 100 based on data from 2007-2011 – which is about 0.02 percent of the population. And it's a women's world; 81 percent of those centenarians were female.

Next Up

Rennia Davis

Lynx select Rennia Davis in 2021 WNBA Draft

The Tennessee wing was selected ninth overall

Screen Shot 2021-04-15 at 7.08.23 PM

Appeal to find girl, 14, missing from Benson

Cienna Pittman went missing Tuesday.

Miguel Sano

Walk-off win for Twins snaps 5-game losing streak

Miguel Sano homered, but Max Kepler had the winning hit.


St. Paul mayor vetoes council's denial of $57M apartment complex

The project has raised affordable housing and gentrification concerns, but the mayor says all types of housing are needed in St. Paul.

Michael Pierce

Coller: Michael Pierce is a breath of fresh air for the Vikings

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

protest, Daunte Wright

In letter, Hennepin Sheriff asks Brooklyn Center: Do you still want our help?

Dave Hutchinson has asked Mayor Mike Elliott whether the city still needs help from other law enforcement agencies.

Image from iOS (1)

Fatal crash closes eastbound Hwy. 62 in Minneapolis

The closure is expected to be in place for an "extended period of time."

police tape, crime scene

Boy, 15, identified as 1 of 2 killed in shooting after crash in Minneapolis

The shooting happened after two vehicles crashed around 2 a.m. April 12.


83-year-old skydives to inspire seniors

Karl Aho, of Two Harbors, celebrated his 83rd birthday by skydiving. “Growing old doesn't mean you have to grow dull,” Aho said. “You can do all kinds of exciting things in life, and this is what I chose to do.”

89-year-old table tennis shark steals show at Mankato Senior Expo

Dorothy Peterson is trying to spread the word among seniors that they need to stay active. And she says her preferred sport offers just the right amount of exercise. Peterson's local fame peaked a few years back when a Free Press profile prompted TV host Regis Philbin to challenge her to a game on his show. Regis finished second.

Flood claimed house 100-year-old woman lived in for 62 years

Hazel Lafler says she had no flood insurance for her home on Hunter Lake and does not plan to rebuild. She's philosophical about the loss, saying there's nothing she can do about it. "It's like spilling milk; you can't pick it up," she says.