Coats for kids

Got children’s coats and jackets to spare? Clean out that closet and help some families at the same time.

The annual drive in the Northland to collect new and used coats for kids and teens can sure use them. The drive kicks off Monday and continues through the end of October, with drop-off sites around the Twin Ports. Donations can include adult coats that will fit teenagers. Lake Superior Cleaners will clean the coats, and the Salvation Army will distribute them in the Northland.

On average, the annual drive gets 1,000 coats a year. But organizers said more coats will be needed this year because of the June flood.

Drop-off sites are at the sponsors’ sites: Benna Ford Roush of Superior, B105 radio, WDIO-TV, all Lake Superior Cleaner locations, the Haunted Ship in Canal Park, Mobile Image, Engwall’s Corn Maze and Nevada Bob’s Golf.

For more information, call Carla at Benna Ford at (715) 392-2268.

National Weather Service in Duluth seeking snow spotters

Everyone likes to check the News Tribune to see how much snow the big storm dropped the day before. But the National Weather Service only can collect all those snow totals thanks to a network of snow spotter weather observers across the Northland.

Right now, the Weather Service is in dire need of more snow spotters. Not only do they report after the storm, but the snow spotters can help forecasters update forecasts during storms.

For more information, contact Steve Gohde, the forecaster who heads the program, at or call (218) 729-6697.

Snow spotters are welcome across the region, but they are especially needed in Crane Lake, Grand Marais (top of the hill), Isabella, Jacobson, Leader, Malmo, McGrath, Murphy City, Poplar, Squaw Lake, Swatara, Whyte and Wilkinson in Minnesota as well as Drummond, Edgewater, Moose Junction, Morse, Odanah and Stone Lake in Wisconsin.

Duluth library needs volunteers

The Duluth Public Library is looking for some responsible and enthusiastic bookworms. Volunteers are needed for for an upcoming exhibit, “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites,” which opens at the Main Library downtown Oct. 6.

“Storyland” will offer a hands-on exploration of favorite books: the gardens visited by Peter Rabbit and the snow scape from “The Snowy Day” and more. “Storyland” is geared toward children 8 years old and younger.

For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Cheryl Skafte at (218) 730-4334 or

Bong movie showing Saturday

Richard I. Bong (right) receives the Medal of Honor from General Douglas MacArthur in this undated file photo. (Photo courtesy of the Bong Heritage Center)

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is hosting a screening of “The Boy from Poplar,” a movie that chronicles the life of the air ace.

The movie plays at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bong Center’s Pearl Harbor Theatre to commemorate the late pilot’s 92nd birthday. “The Boy from Poplar” was produced in 1998 and covers Bong’s childhood, joining the Army Air Corps and his Medal of Honor as the highest-scoring air ace.

There will be an informal reception following the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

Cat ‘Que’ on the mend in Cloquet

Que had surgery to fix a broken leg. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Animals)

Remember that cute black-and-white cat with the broken leg in Cloquet we wrote about earlier this month? Of course you do. It’s because of help from the Eh? faithful that old Que is back on her paws.

Friends of Animals in Cloquet raised the necessary $1,100 needed for Que’s surgery, volunteer Karen Villeburn-Vranek said. FOA thanks everyone for the generous contributions.

“Que has had her surgery and is recovering very well,” Villeburn-Vranek said. “So well, in fact, that she is already in one of our adoption rooms and ready to find her very own home.”

Add Que to the family by going to Friends of Animals, 1418 Hwy 33 S. in Cloquet, or

Duluth Alzheimer’s walk nears

Take a step toward ending Alzheimer’s disease. Actually, take several steps all at once.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday at a new location in Duluth. Registration begins at 9 a.m. inside Paulucci Hall at the DECC. The walk down Harbor Drive is 10 a.m.

Money raised will go toward care and support services for people in northern Minnesota.

Call Wendy at (218) 733-2560 for more information, or go to to start or join a team.

Historic Duluth tours

Want to learn more about Duluth’s most interesting architecture? I mean, who doesn’t?

That’s the focus of “Look Up and See Duluth,” a narrated bus tour of Duluth’s historic buildings that’s being held twice in October. The Sunday tours, led by Bob Berg of the Duluth Preservation Alliance, will be from 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21.

Participants will meet at the Depot’s front entrance downtown. Cost is $15. Reserve a spot by calling (218) 310-4569 or e-mail: Make checks payable to the DPA and mail by Oct. 10 to: Bob Berg, 1051 84th Ave. W., Duluth, MN 55808.

St. Scholastica to aid in flood cleanup

The College of St. Scholastica will dedicate the reopening of a part of its campus that was damaged by June’s flood next week before sending off a record number of volunteers to clean up other damaged areas during its annual fall Community Service Day.

At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the bridge over Chester Creek at the entrance to the campus will be dedicated. Then, more than 800 volunteers will spread out to 60 sites, including the city’s parks and trails damaged by flooding. Other areas where volunteering will take place include the Duluth Public Library, Nettleton Elementary School, the Children’s Museum, Community Action Duluth’s Seeds of Success and Little Treasures Child Care Center. Services include classroom help, serving meals, preparing gardens for winter and trail maintenance. Classes are canceled so students and faculty can take part.

Thanks, Mayor

A reader named Laura e-mailed the Eh? desk recently to share her appreciation for the work Mayor Don Ness did to address a concern she had about parking problems near the library in West Duluth.

In an e-mail to the mayor, Laura said she had trouble safely getting to the library from her parking spot with three rugrats in tow and a handful of books that weighed the same as a kid. She also provided a detailed list of suggestions for improvements.

“My concern wasn’t a huge one and I’m sure Don Ness has more important things he could be doing,” Laura said.

Ness promptly responded to the message and followed through with Laura’s suggestion of repainting existing parking-space lines.

“I think it’s awesome that he uses his position to encourage positive — and cost effective — changes when he can,” she said.

Feed folks with folk music

Help the hungry eliminate those stomach growlies, all while enjoying the sound of folk music.
Hungerfest Folk Festival is a benefit to raise money for Feed My Starving Children, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization that ships millions of meals to countries around the world.
The event is from 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Chester Bowl and will include music by Yester, Diet Folk and Thrice Begone. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for kids 12 and younger, and are available at All proceeds go to Feed My Starving Children.