Nominate an oldie

Bob Berg, vice president of the Duluth Preservation Alliance, is looking for nominations. Each year, the alliance presents awards for restoration, along with awards presented to homes that are 100 years old, or older, that retain their original character. To make a nomination, call Bob Berg at (218) 341-6143, or emailrobert.berg@dul


DECC of hot models

Time to break out those hot rods and models for this year’s Peerless Motorhead Madness car show and accompanying Modelmania North model car show and competition. This year’s theme for the model contest is “Cars of the Past — 1960-1980” with the subtheme: Racing — All Forms. Steve Kitowski, organizer of the model show, said there are several categories for the model judging and there is even a “make it and take it” where kids can snap a model together and take it home with them. “I want a generation of kids to do something with their hands and their minds,” Kitowski said. The show will include more than 150 life size, or 1:1 ratio, cars in addition to the model show. The event runs from March 21-23, with doors opening Friday at 3 p.m. The gate charge is $11, which allows guest access to all aspects of the show. For  more information, email modelmani

Speech, speech!

What’re the kids talking about? Find out when more than 50 members of the Duluth Speech Team present their dramatic or humorous monologues, persuasive or current event speeches. The event is at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Duluth East High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 and proceeds go toward the team’s trip to the National Speech Tournament in June in Kansas.

Free bank safe

As always happens when you move, some stuff just doesn’t make the cut. Maybe it doesn’t fit in with the feng shui, or you just don’t care enough about it to haul it to the new pad.

Beacon Bank is in the process of leap-frogging Starbucks in its move on Superior Street, and the bank doesn’t want to lug its old safe around. Instead, they want to give it away. And it looks like a steal, too.

Disclaimer: Eh? does not recommend walking into the bank and saying anything along the lines of “steal” and “safe,” though, just in case.

But Ryan Miles, assistant vice president at Beacon Bank, said he would like to give the safe to a nonprofit, or a church that handles valuables in volume. Barring that, the safe is really up for grabs, the caveat being, it’s gotta be out by March 21 or it’s going to be scrapped.

The safe is valued in the thousands of dollars and features a solid steel exterior with a spinner lock and multiple compartments with multiple key locks.

Those interested can call Miles at (218) 788-9944, email or stop into the old location at 401 W. Superior St.


Your next read

Northland, as of right now you are reading “The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway.

The 2008 novel is based on the true story of a cello player who continued to play in bombed-out buildings during the siege of Sarajevo, and it is this year’s pick for the community-wide reading project One Book, One Community.

The read-along, brought to you by the Duluth Public library and other local organizations, will include a handful of book-themed events:

*There will be an author visit and book signing on April 15 at the Spirit of the North Theater at Fitger’s.

* A readers theater adaptation of the novel, directed by Cheryl Skafte, will be performed at 7 p.m. April 26 at Teatro Zuccone.

* Eight photographs by Vesna Pavolvic will be exhibited April 21-24 at the Depot.

* Former state representative Mike Jaros, who grew up in Bosnia and returned to Sarajevo after the siege, will give a first-person account and Alexis Pogorelskin of the University of Minnesota Duluth will provide historical background at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Duluth Public Library.

* Sam Black will direct a string ensemble in a selection of music related thematically to the siege of Sarajevo on March 30 in Virginia and April 13 in Cloquet and Duluth.

* The Virginia, Cloquet and Duluth public libraries will hold tambourine-making events for kids on March 25 and April 8.

Move over anchovy

Eh? has never been particularly fond of fish on fine fare, but maybe that’s just personal taste. One thing is for sure, Eh? has never had a tuna-topped pizza.

Esko’s own Eskomo Pizza Pies is now in its sixth year of offering the special topping on Fridays during lent. The base is made with an alfredo sauce, rather than classic tomato, and topped with albacore tuna and some other trade secret recipes.

For dine-in orders, Eskomo Pizza Pies has pledged to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the meal to Queen of Peace School.

Cop and a cup o’ joe

The Superior Police Department is dispatching some officers to City’s 58th Street Diner, 5802 Tower Ave. in Superior, to have a cuppa and converse with residents.

All community members are invited to attend “Coffee with a Cop” at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The purpose of the event is to allow the community and police to meet in a neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and, of course, drink coffee.

Since the majority of contact residents have with police comes during emergency or emotional situations, those moments aren’t effective for building relationships with the community it serves, the department said in a statement. “Coffee with a Cop” breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

The department is asking people to bring any questions or concerns they may have.

Learning safe serving

The University of Minnesota Extension office is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirement to be Certified Food Managers.
The certification course, using the ServSafe curriculum, will be from
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 22 at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Participants must attend the entire session to be eligible to take the certification exam, which begins at 4:30 p.m. This seven-hour course includes information about safe food preparation, handling, sanitation and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Registration fee is $175. Registrations are due by April 8.

The Serve It Up Safely course also will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at Cloquet Forestry Center.

Serve It Up Safely is a four-hour renewal course for certified managers. Certified Food Managers need four hours of continuing education credits within three years of becoming certified. University of Minnesota Extension educators and university specialists developed this renewal course that meets these criteria.

Registration fee is $75. All registrations are due by April 8.

The Food Manager Certification Course and Serve It Up Safely renewal course also are available online. For more information, go to or contact Connie Schwartau at or (507) 337-2819.

Give it up for housing

The Benedictine Health Center Auxiliary would appreciate any donations of used jewelry and new or gently used purses for its annual Pre-owned Jewelry sale. Use the cold “indoor” days to clean out items you don’t use while helping a cause.

All proceeds go toward BHC’s building and renovation project that will enhance the lives of residents and give more options to seniors. Donations may be dropped off at the front desk of the BHC, 935 Kenwood Ave., or call (218) 723-6405 for pickup.


If the prom is in your future, or your past, now is the time to act.

The second annual Prom Shopping Spectacular is open and will run through Saturday at 2826 Piedmont Ave. in Piedmont Plaza Shopping Center.

The shopping event is for both past and future prom-goers, which offers the opportunity for prom dresses that already have been worn once to be sold to people who are looking for a new-to-you dress.

Tracy Lundeen of Lundeen Productions, who is the driving force behind the event, said nearly 400 dresses already have been catalogued.

That’s right, catalogued. Because Lundeen, who has a daughter, knows that girls don’t want to buy a dress that was seen at their prom the previous year. So Lundeen and his staff take down the history of the dresses as they come in.

Lundeen said that after all the business is done, and everyone has been paid, about 10 percent of the revenue made from the event goes toward various local charities: Life House, Boys and Girls Club and Northwood Children’s Services. Whatever dresses did not sell, the girls can either pick them back up or allow them to be donated.

Last year, Lundeen said, about 60 dresses were donated, which allowed many girls unable to afford their own dress, to make a splash at prom.

For more information, visit