Grad parties are so passé. Make the soon-to-be graduate in your life stand out from the pack with a “Congratulations, graduate!” ad.
Ads are $25 each and will be published in the June 2 Scrapbook section. One student from each high school represented will be drawn to be a featured “Senior Spotlight,” which features an additional Q&A portion.
If you’ve procrastinated, you still have time, but not much: The deadline for submissions is the end of the day today. The form can be found at duluthnewstribune.com, both on the home page and under the Scrapbook tab. Call (218) 723-5300 for more information.
Students from Lester Park and Lakewood school forests will help plant tree seedlings Wednesday at Chester Bowl park in Duluth, an area hard-hit by last summer’s flooding.
The plantings are part of a free Minnesota Arbor Month event that’s open to the public. Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Minnesota State Forester Forest Boe are expected to speak about the importance of replacing trees lost in last year’s floods, tornadoes, snowstorms and windstorms. Chester Bowl lost hundreds of trees in the flooding from the June storm.
The event is 12:30-2:30 p.m. and includes demonstrations, music and archery lessons as well as refreshments and information on how, when and where to best plant trees.
The gals from the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority at the University of Minnesota Duluth are trying to help one of their sisters.
Kelsey Krautkremer was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2009 and was told in March that she’s down to 18 percent kidney function, according to sorority sister Cassie Gazzolo.
Krautkremer has started the process of being placed on the national deceased donor list. But the average wait time for type-O blood is three to six years, and she has been told she has weeks to months before she’ll need live-saving help.
Phi Sigma Sigma, along with Krautkremer’s family and friends, has been raising money and awareness, including on Twitter with the hashtag #KidneyForKelsey, about her condition. Gazzolo said all money raised this week will go toward the expenses of Krautkremer’s eventual kidney donor and any uncovered medical expenses.
Donations are welcome at a YouCaring.com page set up for Krautkremer.
Denfeld High School presents “Working,” the perfect musical for anyone who has ever worked a day in their lives. But politicians are welcome to attend, too!
Seriously, this stage production is based on the best-selling book by Studs Terkel. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Chloe Anderson of Lake Superior Elementary had the winning artwork.
Some fifth- and sixth-graders in Superior participated in an Earth Day-related art contest held by the city’s Environmental Services Division of Public Works.
The kids’ inspiration? Why they think local waters should be clean and healthy.
The winner and runners-up had their work displayed in the children’s section of the Superior Public Library. They are Chloe Anderson of Lake Superior Elementary School and runners-up Natalie Burkhart, Lake Superior; Tabitha Moore, Northern Lights; Izabel Swanson, Cooper; Ethan Wearing, Northern Lights; and Evan Wearing, Northern Lights.
The six works can be seen on the city’s website and the Superior Stormwater blog.
Congdon Park Elementary School is in the running for a Seeds of Change grant that will help support its community-based garden.
The voting takes place on Facebook. If the school is among the top 50 in the first round, it has a chance to win $25,000 or $10,000. Voting runs through May 17. While logged in to your account. Go to and “like” the contest’s Facebook page to vote. Enter “Congdon” or the ZIP code of “55812.” You cannot vote via mobile devices, but can vote once per day.
The garden would be installed at the newly renovated Congdon Park Elementary next year.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth will donate 10 percent of its sales from 4-8 p.m. today to the Simon Youth Foundation, which operates 23 academies across the U.S. for at-risk students.
The foundation, which was established in 1998 and provides students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom while offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require, has helped more than 8,000 students earn their high school diploma and provided more than $9.5 million in post-secondary education scholarships to 3,200 students in 42 states, according to a news release.
Don’t let Astronomy Day pass unnoticed.
The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is offering a bunch of free space-related events for children and adults from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
There will be a dark-sky program, full-dome videos and documentaries, lectures and programs on colonizing space, space medicine, aerospace engineering, astrophotography and mini-asteroids.
Dr. Matthew Andrews of UMD will present “Hibernation in Space,” a futuristic look at how humans can endure long travel times in space.
Dr. George Shaw, professor emeritus at Union College, will present “Terraforming Mars,” ideas on how to turn the red planet into an Earth-like environment. For more info, go to d.umn.edu/planet.
According to Jim Loewen, history is the only field in which the more courses students take, the stupider they become.
“Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat the eleventh grade,” he wrote in his 1995 book, “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” which focuses on the failings of American history textbooks.
The sociologist, educator and author will give a free public presentation, “The Most Important Era in U.S. History That You Never Heard of, and Why It’s Important Today,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Superior High School Performing Arts Center. The event is funded by a federal Teaching American History grant.
Although Loewen’s book came out in 1995, textbooks today contain some of the same problems he wrote about then, according to local teachers who organized his visit.
“It’s crazy that the deficits in textbooks have been pointed out and it hasn’t led to any change at all,” Superior High School teacher Kyle Smith said.
Students and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Superior will help you escape the Twin Ports “spring” by serving international dishes for the annual World Student Association Cooking Demonstration from noon to 3 p.m. today at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 820 Belknap St. in Superior.
There will be samples of dishes from Italy, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and more.
Cookbooks with sample recipes will be available in exchange for donations.
The event is free and open to the public.