Superior’s alive and ’45

The Class of 1945 from Superior Central High School is having its 67th reunion Aug. 9 at the Superior Elk’s Club.

The party animals have a social hour planned to begin at 5:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Pat at (715) 392-7634 or Harriet at (715) 399-2598 to make your reservation no later than Aug. 6, or risk being left out of the party of last century.

Give from the garden

Most gardeners have so many cherry tomatoes by the end of August they could fill a swimming pool.

For those and for every other excess veggie or fruit you grow this season, donate them.

Hunger-Free Minnesota has launched “Good to Grow,” whose goal is to increase the amount of fresh, nutritious food available to limited-income Minnesotans.

Gardeners can pledge to donate at least five pounds of produce by signing up at

The website will offer a matching service by ZIP code for gardeners to find a food shelf, meal program or food bank where they can donate.

Signing up has its perks, too. The first 200 will receive a recyclable garden bag.

Jam out at downtown Duluth’s farmers’ market

Get your jam fix this week at the Duluth Downtown Farmers Market.

Low- and no-sugar jams are a new item, with flavors including strawberry jalapeno and hot rhubarb, along with butterscotch bonbons and wild raspberry bread. The market also will have fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, honey, jelly and candy.

Breanne Marie and Even Tepler will provide music, and the featured restaurant is Restaurant 301 serving pulled beef sandwiches with bourbon steak sauce and bratwurst with pickled vegetable kraut.

The market runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in Lake Superior Plaza on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street.

San Diego pubs Duluth’s Club Saratoga

Club Saratoga in Duluth’s Canal Park (2006 file / News Tribune)

So what does Club Saratoga have to do with a burlesque show at a San Diego strip club? The Canal Park spot gets a mention in a dance review on The ’Toga was used to provide context for the reviewer’s knowledge of nude dancing, as it was one of three strip clubs the writer had visited.

“At Club Saratoga in Duluth, Minnesota, a woman performed a magic trick dance. Without delving into details, she swallowed a glove and magically retrieved it,” Kris Eitland wrote in a critique of “La Femme Tragique” at Les Girls. (Eh? … kind of does want to know more details about that “magic trick.” Or maybe we don’t).

As for the show in San Diego, doesn’t sound like it’s worth a trip. Eitland called it “weird and awkward.” “Think ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ without the singing and in slow-motion.”

Ely, Iron River host blueberry festivals this weekend

This is one weekend you can attend Northland festivals until you’re blue in the face — literally — as two communities celebrate that summer staple of the north woods, the blueberry.

Up in Ely, the 32nd annual Blueberry Art Festival kicked off Friday and continues through Sunday in Whiteside Park, with several hundred artists and vendors showing off their work and wares. There’s also food — we suspect at least a few items will contain blueberries — and music each day.

The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Go to for more information.

Over in Wisconsin, Iron River’s annual Blueberry Festival runs today and Sunday at Moon Lake Park, with events including a pedal tractor pull contest (10 a.m. today), blueberry pie-eating contest (3 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. Sunday), a parade through town (12:15 p.m. Sunday) and a cardboard boat race (3:30 p.m. Sunday). And, of course, rides, music and plenty of blueberry cuisine. For more details, go to

Savor the fresh berries while you can — that taste of summer sun, and the summer sun itself, will be gone before you know it.

Still room for Northland vets on Honor Flight

Seats still are available for the next Honor Flight Northland.

World War II veterans who have not yet seen the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., are invited to send in applications for the Oct. 9 flight.

The applications are available at They may be sent to P.O. Box 7229, Duluth, MN 55807.

For more information, call Honor Flight Northland at (218) 409-6110.

Wanted: Duluth Denfeld hockey alumni

Denfeld High School clock tower (2008 file / News Tribune)

A group of Denfeld High School alumni are raising money for construction of a pictorial history of Denfeld hockey at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.

The group has raised 90 percent of the money necessary to complete the project, but has been unable to locate and contact all hockey alumni.

If you know of Denfeld hockey alums or anyone else who might want to help the group reach its goal, contact Rick Francisco at (218) 721-5913 or, or Mark Helmer at (218) 391-7509 or

And speaking of Denfeld …

Twenty distinguished Denfeld High School alumni will be honored today with induction into the Hunter Hall of Fame.

The ceremony, presented by the Denfeld Alumni Association, takes place at 1 p.m. in the school’s auditorium; it’s free and open to the public. Find a list of the latest inductees online at

Dances with Simba

Plies and jetes meet “Hukuna Matata” when students from the School of the Minnesota Ballet present a Summer Showcase at noon Friday at the Duluth Public Library Plaza. One of the performances on the bill: the music theater class dances to music from “The Lion King.”

Upper-level students will demonstrate ballet technique, jazz, tap and European folk dance. Students from the choreography class will show off works-in-progress.

The demo is free and open to the public.

Have gloves?

Cheryl Skafte is looking for a few willing hands — with gloves.

Lots of trail work is planned in Duluth’s city parks in coming days, and Skafte, volunteer coordinator for the city of Duluth, is seeking volunteers to help with that work.

Following is a slate of upcoming opportunities. To volunteer, register with Skafte at or call (218) 393-9879.

  • Hartley Trail Re-Route Project — 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays starting Monday and continuing through Aug. 10 at Hartley Park for volunteers 16 and older.
  • Weed Whacking at Chester Park — 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. Volunteers needed to help weed whack/brush trails; tools provided.
  • Chester Park Trail Work Day — 3-5 p.m. Wednesday. Volunteers needed to help resurface a trailhead at Chester Park. Work will involve moving buckets of materials. Meet at the top of the west bank of the creek at the Eighth Street Bridge. All ages welcome; no experience necessary.
  • Buckthorn Brigade at Chester Park — 1-3 p.m. Aug. 3. Help remove buckthorn, an invasive shrub. Meet at the main entrance to Chester.
  • Hawk Ridge Community Day — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Volunteers are needed to help get the Hawk Ridge Banding Station ready for the upcoming hawk-migration season. All ages welcome. People younger than age 18 need parent permission. Meet at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, east of Glenwood Street on Skyline Parkway.

Josh Horky benefit

A benefit is planned this weekend for a UWS botanist who was featured in a 2010 News Tribune story about his hobby of harvesting witches’ brooms.

Josh Horky was paralyzed from the chest down last winter after a 25-foot fall from a tree. He had been in pursuit of a piece of a witches’ broom, which is a sort of growth that he collects and then grafts onto young trees to make unique specimen trees.

A barbecue benefit for Horky, to pay for medical costs and renovation of the Horky home to make it wheelchair-accessible, will be held 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Farley’s Family Restaurant in Hermantown.

A suggested donation is $10. The event, at 4899 Miller Trunk Hwy., includes food, a silent auction, raffle and games. Auction items include a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trip, Edelweiss Nursery fruit trees, a Fifield portrait session, an Eagles Nest massage, a handmade quilt, Minnesota Twins and Wild tickets and a sea kayak. See for a complete list.