Colalillo Scholarship fundraiser to reach its goal

In this 2001 file photo, Mike Colalillo shows his Medal of Honor he received for his efforts in World War II. Colalillo, of Duluth, Minn., died Dec. 30, 2011. (2001 file / News Tribune)

Fundraising efforts for the Mike Colalillo Scholarship will reach its $25,000 goal this weekend with a sold-out fundraiser.

“I think it is significant,” John Marshall, Duluth Combined Honor Guard spokesman, said. “A scholarship is available in Mike’s name. It’s a great thing to honor our native son and all he did in service to country and community.”

Colalillo was awarded the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military honor, for his actions during World War II. He died Dec. 30 at age 86.

The Duluth Combined Honor Guard, Northland Veterans Services, and the St. Louis County Historical Society’s Veterans’ Memorial Hall program cooperated to create the scholarship in honor of Colalillo. It is available to history majors and minors living in St. Louis County.

“We wanted to do that before we lost Mike,” Marshall said.

For more information, go to and type “Colalillo Scholarship” into the search box.

Go ahead, keep that gravel

A reader in Duluth recently wrote to our Eh? column, asking if it would be helpful or even permissible for residents to haul away gravel and rubble washed down her street in the recent flood. She said she could use the material as fill on her own property but wasn’t sure if the city planned to reuse the materials itself.

Jim Benning, director of the Duluth Public Works and Utilities Department, said the city would have no issue with residents moving and using a few wheelbarrow loads of washed-out material. If, however, the job involved 10 cubic yards or more, a permit would be required from the city.

Wilco to help with flood relief

Wilco members Jeff Tweedy (from left), Nels Cline and John Stirratt perform during a show at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Sunday, July 1, 2012. (Steve Kuchera /

Wilco wants to help with flood relief. The honorary Duluth band from Chicago will be selling original posters during Sunday’s show at Bayfront Festival Park — and Monday’s show in Rochester, Minn. — with proceeds going to the Red Cross. They also will be accepting donations.

The Duluth version of the poster is an abstract grey criss-cross image that includes a glowing yellow moon and reflections on greenish water. Minneapolis-based Florafauna designed the poster, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, using the Aerial Lift Bridge for inspiration.

Wilco plays at 6 p.m. Sunday with Blitzen Trapper opening the show.

Missing shed found

This shed was towed to this location behind Georgia Pacific in Duluth on Friday, June 29, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Jim Erkkila)

The shed that floated down the St. Louis River after the June 20 flooding was located near Georgia Pacific railroad, according to Jim Erkkila, who sent in a photo.

“It’s on the south side of the slip across from GP,” Erkkila said. “Someone pulled it in by boat and tied it to one of the old Zenith Dredge barges.”

Let’s see if we can get it reunited with its owner.

History in a Pint

(2011 file / News Tribune)

World War II veterans Robert Ballou, Steve Balach and Robert Watts will talk about growing up during the Great Depression and their different military experiences during WWII on Thursday in the next History in a Pint program.

The free event begins at 6 p.m. at West Duluth’s American Legion Post 71, 5814 Grand Ave. The panel discussion is expected to last about an hour.

History in a Pint is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society’s Veterans’ Memorial Hall.

Flood us with stories

The News Tribune is creating an extra four pages in Scrapbook to document your memories of the recent flood for publication July 22.

So what’s your 2012 flood story (and your favorite photo)? Submit your entries in 200 words or fewer. The submission deadline is July 11.

DTA service limited on Fourth of July

If you ride the Duluth Transit Authority’s buses, beware that it will have limited service on regular routes and STRIDE services Wednesday.

The service is similar to what you find available on Sundays, except it will be provided only in Duluth, not Superior, where city funding for holiday service isn’t available.

Holiday service schedules are highlighted on the Sunday section on all passenger hand schedules and at

But if you want to get to the Bayfront Fourth Fest, you’re in luck. The DTA will operate two Port Town Trolleys on its regular route from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, circulating every 15 minutes between downtown Duluth, Fitger’s, Canal Park and Bayfront Festival Park with a special stop on Railroad Street.

Since Harbor Drive will be closed during Fourth Fest, trolleys won’t be able to serve the Great Lakes Aquarium, the Excursion Dock, the SS William A. Irvin or Duluth 10 Theater.

The Port Town Trolley fare is 50 cents. Unlimited-ride trolley day passes are available on the trolley for $4. DTA passes and stored value fare cards will also be honored on the trolleys with children younger than 4 riding free of charge.

International incident averted

A shopping trip almost ended disastrously for a Swedish exchange student in Duluth.

Susan Coen is the host to a 16-year-old from Sweden named Hilda, who is part of a large group here for a soccer exchange. A number of them went shopping Monday at the Miller Hill Mall, Coen writes.

When she came to a soccer game, Hilda was upset because she had lost a new pair of shoes and her wallet — containing her Swedish driver’s license, money and lots of contact information she needed to keep in touch with friends and family in Sweden.

“Within three hours, the mall returned our call stating it was found and returned all intact,” Coen wrote. “Very MN nice, but we never got the name of the person who went beyond to assure only good memories to our exchange families.”

Water-shed moment

This shed was found in the East Gate Basin of the Superior Bay shortly after flooding along the St. Louis River. (Photo courtesy of Capt. Tom Mackay)

Did you lose a shed during the recent storm and subsequent flooding along the St. Louis River?

The missing shed was spotted in the East Gate Basin of the Superior Bay, about 10 feet to the west of Hearding Island, according to Capt. Tom Mackay, who sent photographic evidence.

Mackay said two kayaks were in the shed as of Thursday, but they were gone by Saturday.
And he said the shed was gone, too, as of Tuesday. But maybe the Coast Guard has it if you’re looking for it.

AARP’s got talent

Do you have a great talent — and a half-century under your belt?

The 50+ PrimeTime Living Expo is looking for people to audition for the “Strut Your Stuff” talent contest.

The contest is open to amateur dancing, singing and instrument-playing residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin who are at least 50 years old.

Finalists will advance to the expo Sept. 22-23 at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand Building in St. Paul.

Entry forms are available at or by calling (612) 798-7237.