What’s it worth?

Don’t be sad if you missed the St. Louis County Historical Society’s most recent antiques appraisal. Grandma’s china and your great-granddad’s Civil War-era pistol still can be looked at by an expert.

The St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center’s next appraisal is noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Depot’s Great Hall, 506 W. Michigan St. in Duluth. And it’s free.

Dan Sershon of Northland Estate Services and Denny Mager of Northern Specialty will be on hand to handle your treasures with care. Keep your items to a maximum of two per person. If items are too big or fragile, just bring a photo and a description of the item, along with any marks.

Call (218) 733-7568 for more information.

Food shelf, soup kitchen need donations

The Northland flooding of two months ago left in its wake an increased number of people and families in need.

That didn’t go unnoticed by Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, which has seen that rise. The agency’s soup kitchen, Solid Rock Safe Haven, often has standing-room only during meals, and a depleted food pantry. A recent $2,000 grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation will help replenish that stock, but your help is needed, too.

The NWCSA is looking for tuna, peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruit, bottled or canned juice, cereal, macaroni and cheese, soup, pasta, rice, hygiene items and basic household items such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

Drop off your donations at the NWCSA office, 1118 Tower Ave., or Solid Rock Safe Haven, 1004 N. Sixth St., in Superior.

Never too old to learn

The Eh? desk chief had enough of homework by the time he was 22, but that may not be the case for everyone. If you’re older than 50 and miss papers and textbooks, register for the University for Seniors at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The peer-led program for lifelong learners provides a mix of classes from hiking and history to art and anything you can imagine. Degrees aren’t necessary, plus — the big bonus — there are no tests to take.

For more information, call (218) 726-7637 or go to d.umn.edu/goto/seniors.

Golden arch support

A devoted Eh? reader didn’t want us to tell you her name, but she wants you to hear (read) this little story.

On Aug. 17 at 7 a.m., the anonymous woman started her day like a lot of mine — in the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant. She ordered a smoothie from McDonald’s.
When she went to pay, the employee told her the man in line ahead of her already paid for it.

“It was a nice way to start my day,” she said. “So if you are reading this, THANK YOU.”
Also, if you’re reading this, keep an eye out for a white Nissan Sentra in drive-throughs throughout the Duluth area. I’m a regular and would welcome a free meal.

Northern Minnesota gets nod from National Geographic Traveler

Northern Minnesota was highlighted in the August/September 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler. (Screenshot)

Duluth, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and plenty of places in between were highlighted for the world to read about in a recent issue of National Geographic Traveler.

A review entitled “Road Trip: Northern Minnesota,” written by St. Paul-based writer Berit Thorkelson, in the August/September 2012 issue mentions Canal Park, the North Shore Scenic Drive, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, the Gunflint Trail and other spots familiar to Northlanders.

Take a look at the article and then make the drive up Highway 61 to see for yourself.

Duluth favors food

It’s official. The City of Duluth supports a “vibrant, dynamic and sustainable local food system.”

Those were the words used in the official resolution passed by the City Council on Monday night.

The act follows the work of the Lake Superior Good Food Charter and network that supports locally grown and healthful foods.

According to Jamie Harvey, the executive director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future, the City Council’s approval has “set the stage for the transformation of our regional food economy so that it is a leader in the Midwest.”

Supporters of the growing trend have made many inroads in the past few years, including a food hub that began this year to match local food producers with institutions in Duluth, its hospitals and universities.

Other efforts include creating healthful food menus at local schools, community gardens, farmers market, making more food accessible in “food deserts” like Lincoln Park and encouraging new local food businesses and teaming them up with local markets.

Go to goodfoodnetwork.org for more information and to see the official charter.

Room left on Honor Flight Northland trip

The Honor Flight Northland group gathers at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in this 2011 file photo. (2011 file, Steve Kuchera / News Tribune)

Honor Flight Northland has a few seats available for World War II veterans on its next two flights to Washington, D.C.

The flights are Sept. 25 and Oct. 9. Veterans can apply for a spot on the flights by calling (218) 409-6110, e-mailing honorflightnorthland@hotmail.com or by going to honorflightnorthland.org and clicking on the “Applications” tab.

Honor Flight is a national network taking veterans to see the World War II Memorial and other memorials in Washington at no cost to the veterans. Honor Flight Northland serves veterans from Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

Duluth Woman’s Club Open House

If you’re in need of a woman, we can’t help you. But if you’re in need of a woman’s club, we’ve got just the thing.

The Duluth Woman’s Club Open House is 4-6 p.m. Sept. 13 at its gathering grounds of 2400 E. Superior St. That’s where you’ll find refreshments while learning about the club’s history and some super-competitive games of bridge.

The club also hosts private parties and events.

All women of Duluth, Superior and the surrounding area are welcome to pursue a membership. For more information about free membership in September and October, call (218) 724-3168 or go to duluthwomansclub.com.

Power lines need grooming, too

No, it’s not a new way to give basketball players haircuts. American Transmission Co. is using a helicopter equipped with a heavy-duty saw to trim trees along the Arrowhead-West high-voltage transmission line between Hermantown and Wausau, Wis.

ATC contracted with Aerial Solutions Inc., based in Tabor City, N.C., to perform the work. The company uses McDonnell Douglas helicopters equipped with 24-horsepower saws with multiple rotary blades suspended on a 90-foot vertical boom.

“The 220-mile length of this transmission line corridor allows us to capture efficiencies with the aerial saw, especially in areas of rugged terrain that are difficult to access with ground crews,” ATC maintenance engineer Jerry Rhode said in a news release. “The helicopter and air saw can perform trimming in a few hours; a ground-based crew might take several days to accomplish the same amount of work in difficult terrain.”

ATC performs routine vegetation management on its more than 9,440 miles of transmission lines in five-year cycles.

Enter the Duluth News Tribune recipe contest

Do you have an appetizer that people rave about? How about a dessert that’s so good everyone wants the recipe? Enter those appetizer and dessert recipes in our latest recipe contest: Starters & Finishers.

You can submit recipes online, or e-mail them to cookbook@duluthnews.com. You also can mail them along with your name, address and phone number to DNT Recipes, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.

Enter as many recipes as you’d like.

The top 10 recipes will be chosen for a tasting event to be held Oct. 4. Prizes to be awarded include a $500 gift certificate to Food Service Marketplace, $300 gift certificate from the Blue Heron Trading Co., $150 gift certificate from Dunbar’s Supply Inc., a small kitchen appliance prize from Johnson Mertz and a Weber grill from the News Tribune.