Free dental appointments in Duluth, Cloquet, Chisholm

Free dental appointments are being offered today and Friday for children in need through the Minnesota Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile event.

Appointments can be made for today at Johnson and Amadio Dental in Duluth, (218) 727-5041.

Friday appointments are available at:

  • Lake Superior College, Duluth, (218) 733-5939
  • Stone Dental Services, Chisholm, (218) 254-4311
  • North Country Dental, Cloquet, (218) 879-5271
  • Tomhave Olson Dental, Cloquet, (218) 879-4541

Patients seeking appointments should be 18 or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For more information, call 211 (the United Way), or visit

Wanted: Armory party tour photos

You might remember that a few years ago members of a film crew were looking for photographs from the Winter Dance Party Tour — including the stop at the Armory on Jan. 31, 1959.

The movie “Gotta Travel On: The Winter Dance Party Odyssey” is scheduled for release later this year, and the filmmakers are taking one last shot at fans who might have photos of the show featuring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

Did we mention they are offering a reward for good photos from that night?

Got something hidden in an old scrapbook — or know someone who does? Contact Sevan Garabedian of Blue Days Productions at

Wear red in Duluth

If you think you’re seeing a lot of red on Friday, you don’t need to visit your optometrist.

Businesses, institutions and individuals all over town will be wearing red in recognition of what the American Heart Association calls National Wear Red Day. It’s to call attention to fighting heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the Northland, the heart association says.

SuperOne Foods, Essentia Health, the Skyway near St. Luke’s hospital and Kolar Toyota will go red Friday, the heart association tells us. A news release from the Lake Superior Zoo says animal keepers will wear pedometers to call attention to the value of healthy lifestyles, and brown bears Phoebe and Trouble will get heart-themed enrichment at 1:30 p.m.

There’s more: Enger Tower will be lit red, red spotlights will shine on Fitger’s smokestack, and red spotlights also will illuminate Amsoil Arena during breaks in Friday’s hockey game between Minnesota Duluth and Denver.

To make it official, Mayor Don Ness has issued a proclamation declaring Friday to be Wear Red Day in Duluth.

Reindeer games?


A deer left these tracks recently outside of a home in Lincoln Park. (Photo courtesy of Ron Meyer)

An initial glance might tell you the sidewalk was icy, but it isn’t clear who — or what — made the marks.

Was it a cryptic message from beyond, a Northeastern Minnesota winter’s answer to the crop circle?

Not even close, according to Ron Meyer.

The Duluth man sent in this photo of the sidewalk outside of his Lincoln Park home, where he said a pair of young deer left a trail of hoof streaks in the snow. Meyer said the sidewalk wasn’t icy; he suspects the deer were playing around.

You’ve gotta do something to pass the time in this cold.

B&B gets an A

The A.G. Thompson House Historic Bed & Breakfast has been named one of the Best Bed and Breakfast Inns in the United States for the second year by the travel website Trip Advisor.

The A.G. Thompson House is the only inn from the Upper Midwest to get the award. The 1909 Dutch colonial is in the Congdon neighborhood and also has gotten best-of acknowledgements from Midwest Living magazine and Bescover, an organization that represents B&Bs around the world.

Nun’s ‘Highwayman’ to air Thursday

A piece of music written 70 years ago by a Benedictine nun from the St. Scholastica Monastery that was the centerpiece of the university’s centennial celebration will be featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

“The Highwayman,” by Sister Martina Hughes, which goes along with the poem by Alfred Noyes, was performed by a full orchestra and directed by Shelley Gruskin during a Cambiata Concert Series performance in October.

It airs at about 3:10 p.m. Thursday on WSCD-FM 92.9.

“The Highwayman” won a Minnesota composers’ competition and the then-Duluth Symphony gave it a full orchestral debut in 1941.

The performance will be available on after it airs.

Silent auction fundraiser for Lester Park Elementary School

The Lester Park School Foundation holds a silent auction from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Lester Park Elementary School media center.

The event will help raise money to support enrichment activities for the school. The desserts to be served were donated by the New Scenic Café, Lake Avenue Cafe and Super One Foods. Cost to attend the auction is $10, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

How a river says thanks

Rivers themselves can’t quite say thanks, but their allies can say it for them.

To that end, the St. Louis River Alliance is seeking nominations for its 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

The annual awards recognize the people, communities and institutions that have done outstanding service toward restoring, protecting and enhancing the St. Louis River watershed. That includes the river itself, its tributaries and the land that drains into them.

Categories include individuals, organizations, schools, local, state, tribal and federal agencies, business and industry and the media. Self-nominations are accepted.

Nominations forms can be downloaded. Call (218) 733-9520 for more information.

Nominations must be received by March 1. The awards ceremony will be held April 9.

St. Scholastica student makes national news

“CBS Morning News” last week picked up on the fish-out-of-water aspect of this tale.

A student from the College of St. Scholastica who also is a native of Venezuela recently played in the World Pond Hockey Championship games held on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Gabriel Velandia Briceno invited his roller hockey team from Venezuela. Velandia Briceno told a “CBS Morning News” reporter he and his friends had grown up playing roller hockey, but had never played on ice.

“I told my team back home it would be nice to fulfill our dream come true to come here and play ice hockey,” he said on the news program. “We don’t have ice back home.”