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.
The deadline for submissions is the end of the day May 22. The form can be found on the DNT Scrapbook page. Look for the “Congratulate your graduate” link on duluthnewstribune.com, too. Call (218) 723-5300 for more information.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents to remind their children of safe driving habits as the prom season and end of the school year approaches.
April, May and June have combined for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years. There were 30 teen motor vehicle occupant deaths during those three months the past three years, and 19 of those killed were not buckled up.
“The prom and end of the school year season is an exciting time for teenagers, but it also has proven to be a dangerous period on the road,” said Gordy Pehrson, youth programs coordinator.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesota teens.
Well, it better not snow after Tuesday.
That’s when the tender roses are to be raised at the Duluth Rose Garden. And you don’t have to be rose savvy to help with the annual ritual from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.
City staff and rose aficionados from the Lake Superior Rose Society will be on hand to teach beginners the back side of the “Minnesota tip” method of wintering tender roses. That is, instead of tipping them over and burying them, the bushes will be unearthed and eased back upright.
The city’s plans to start the annual “raising of the roses” today and finish Tuesday were foiled by lingering snow. So they hope to get most of job done Tuesday.
Volunteers should show up at the Rose Garden, dressed for the weather and with protective gloves. City staff would like to know how many will participate. E-mail email@example.com or call (218) 730-4334.
Have you ever wondered how the keys on an organ keyboard make sound come out of the giant pipes? Have you ever wanted to try playing music with your hands and your feet at the same time? Or change the sound to a trumpet, a flute or a whole orchestra by pulling or pushing levers?
If you’re a student in grades three through 12, you can do it on Saturday in Duluth — plus have a pizza lunch, at no cost.
The Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting Pedals, Pipes and Pizza starting at 9 a.m. at Elim Lutheran Church, 6101 Cody St. Bus transportation will be provided to the sites of two other organs.
The preregistration deadline is today. Call Carol Donahue at (218) 879-3456 or go to arrowheadago.org.
Arrowhead Transit wants us to get the word out that it has consolidated its contact info into one all-encompassing phone number for the eight counties it serves.
That toll-free number is (800) 862-0175. All other numbers have been or will be discontinued.
Arrowhead Transit’s dispatch rarely rests, operating from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Callers during nonbusiness hours have the option to leave a voice message.
Arrowhead Transit’s administration number in St Louis County will continue to be (218) 741-0724.
The eight counties are Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis and Pine.
Edwin H. Gott (2009 file / News Tribune)
It’s a cruise package done in Duluth style.
Richard and Rose Marie Eichmueller’s entry was drawn in a Lake Superior Marine Museum raffle celebrating the first laker under the lift bridge at 2 a.m. March 24.
The Eichmuellers, from Duluth, won a six-day round trip aboard the Edwin H. Gott ore carrier set for later this summer. The couple will get on board in Two Harbors and cruise Lake Superior, the Soo Locks and St. Marys River.
But don’t feel so unlucky. Another raffle will begin this month for the museum’s annual “Cruise of a Lifetime,” with a drawing during the Gales of November benefit Nov. 2.
For more information about the museum and its drawings, call (218) 727-2497 or go to the Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association website.
John Simenson made it out of steel frame and cloth and spent $12 of his own money to buy an authentic Dardevle lure to copy. (Photo courtesy of UMD)
The crew of the Blue Heron, the University of Minnesota Duluth’s large-lake research boat, went out on their maiden voyage of 2013 hoping to catch some giant non-native fish in the world’s largest freshwater lake. If you saw the Blue Heron leave port Monday morning, you might have noticed the boat was sporting a giant Dardevle fishing lure made by first mate John Simenson.
OK, we’re kidding about the fishing part, but the lure was real. Simenson made it out of steel frame and cloth and spent $12 of his own money to buy an authentic Dardevle lure to copy. But the lure never actually cast into the lake. The crew didn’t have a large enough fishing rod. The lure is 14 feet long, and the hooks stretch another 8 feet.
Simenson said he made it for fun but also to draw attention to the oversized problem of invasive species in the lake and the Blue Heron’s role in invasive species research. Seeing it was April Fools’ Day, the timing seemed right to show it off. The lure now will go on display at UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory office.
Monday was the Blue Heron’s first run of the season. The first day trip was used to check out the boat’s operational capabilities ahead of upcoming voyages to conduct aquatic research.
We can’t promise Leslie Knope, Tom Haverford or Ron Swanson will be in attendance, but the public is encouraged to attend the Duluth Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual planning meeting Wednesday.
The names above are characters from the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” — of course you knew that.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the conference room at the main Duluth Police Station, 2030 Arlington Ave., and offers residents a chance to share their thoughts on what programming and services the department should provide.
Most Minnesota homeowners can file for their property tax refund free on the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.
To file electronically free, people must be:
- A homeowner filing an original property tax refund.
- Filing a refund for property taxes paid in 2012 or later.
- Living in their homes and not renting or using it for a business.
- Electing direct deposit for the refund.
People filing electronically need to provide their Social Security number, address, valid e-mail address, household income, qualifying dependent information, county property tax statement, and bank account and routing numbers.
To electronically file a property tax return, go to revenue.state.mn.us and type “homeowner” in the search box. File by Aug. 15.
State officials say the new, free e-filing option will save the state more than $200,000 a year.
It connects Duluth to the world — at least by water — and the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., are about to open for the new shipping season.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the 2013 Great Lakes shipping season will begin with the opening of the locks at precisely 12:01 a.m. Monday. The observation deck and park will be open from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. so visitors can see it happen. It’s about a nine-hour drive if you want to make the run.
Also, the Soo Locks Visitor Center will have an open house from 9 a.m. t3 p.m. Monday. Slide shows and refreshments will be offered. Admission is free.
The locks closed for the winter Jan. 15.
Here in the Twin Ports, the Mesabi Miner inaugurated the new season Wednesday, leaving port with a load of coal for Presque Isle, Mich. It’s due back in Duluth tonight for a load of iron ore pellets.