There are better ways to blast away Thanksgiving than shopping in a stampede that makes Pamplona look civil. Cruising by a house on East Third Street in Superior for a light show is one of them.
Rawlie Hart and his family, at 2830 E. Third St., Superior, have made it a mission of theirs to emulate some of the more elaborate lighting displays set to music that can be found on YouTube.
“That’s what got me going was the videos on YouTube,” Hart said. “I’ve always had a thing for Christmas lights.”
And while Hart readily admits there are more elaborate and impressive displays out there, his work is nothing to scoff at.
The Hart family has about 4,000 LED lights strung up on the roof, in the trees in the yard and festooning the bushes. Those lights are all connected to a 16-channel switch tied into a computer program that flickers and flashes along to music broadcast on a high-frequency radio channel, 106.5 FM.
The show features an assortment of music, from Christmas songs to Dubstep.
Hart said he wants to expand his light show, but it’s going to take some money. But, he’s not asking for any donations to view the show. All you have to do is drive by Sunday through Thursday from 5-10 p.m., or Friday and Saturday from 5-10:30 p.m. and tune in to 106.5 FM to catch the action.
The display will run until New Year’s Day night.
If the madness of Black Friday was too much, or even not enough, the Greater Downtown Council wants to remind shoppers that big-box mega stores are not the only avenue for holiday shopping.
Small Business Saturday traditionally follows Black Friday and precedes Cyber Monday for holiday shopping, and this year, there are more stores downtown that popped in for the season.
There are 11 new shops in downtown Duluth. A complete list can be found at downtownduluth.com.
And of course there are small businesses all around Duluth and Superior, and across the Northland from Glidden to Grand Rapids. For those on the Iron Range, the “Made on the Range” website lists dozens of small businesses at madeontherange.com.
Lola’s hard-fought campaign is soon coming to an end, but there is still time for voters to make their mark on the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest.
Of the thousands of small businesses vying for a chance to get their commercial on air for the Super Bowl, Locally Laid Egg Co. has consistently advanced with the help of online voters. But the game isn’t won yet, the voting will continue until 1:59 a.m. Monday. One vote per person, per day is allowed.
Locally Laid, owned by Jason and Lucie Amundsen of Duluth, have 2,500 chickens on property they own in Wrenshall.
It is Minnesota’s only commercial-scale, pasture-raised egg business. It was named one of four finalists earlier this month.
To vote for Locally Laid Egg Co, go to votelola.com. Lola is the acronym for Locally Laid and is the name of all their chickens. What happens if you don’t vote? Perhaps you’ll end up with some egg on your face.
The League of Women Voters Duluth has announced that District 2 St. Louis County Commissioner candidates Patrick Boyle and Jim Stauber will participate in a forum for the upcoming election on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the County Board Room at the St. Louis Courthouse, 100 N. Fifth Ave. W. Voters will have an opportunity to meet the candidates, and learn about issues that are important to them.
The format for the evening consists of a series of questions posed to each candidate. Questions prepared before the forum will not be made available to the candidate. The audience also will be allowed to provide questions that evening or submit a question up to a day before the forum by leaving a voicemail at (218) 724-0132. An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided with a two-day notice. The special election will be held Jan. 14.
For more information, call (218) 724-0132, visit lwvduluth.org or email Gay Trachsel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the Brewhouse Triathlon is now open.
The 28th annual Brewhouse Triathlon will be held Aug. 2, 2014. The triathlon will be the eighth race in the Midwest Multisport Series.
The event will be run at Island Lake Park. The swim will be followed by bicycle over paved roads, then a run on roads of both asphalt and gravel with multiple aid stations along the way.
For more information, call Tim Hagley at (218) 390-8387 or email director.
Medicare beneficiaries and those nearing retirement will have opportunities to get their questions answered this month:
* Dec. 5, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave.
* Dec. 11, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, 221 W. First St.
To schedule an appointment for either event, call the Senior LinkAge Line at (800) 333-2433.
Senior LinkAge Line, which is a service of the Minnesota Board of Aging, is offering the sessions through the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission’s Area Agency on Aging.
Gothic cathedral in Colombia — yes. A mythical mountain in Tibet — of course. White marble temple of Rajasthan, with more than 1,000 intricately-carved pillars — you betcha. But Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands?
BBC Travel compiled a list of seven incredible places that many people have never heard of, and the Apostle Islands were chosen from more than 160 amazing places from around the world.
The report says the sea caves, formed by Lake Superior waves crashing against the sandstone cliffs, are treasures whether viewed via kayak in the summer or by walking out on the ice of winter. The caves are on Devil’s Island, Sand Island and the lakeshore mainland.
To view the curated sites, go to bbc.in/1eoVSQ7.
For the first time in six years, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will scream across Duluth’s skies.
Ryan Kern, president of the Duluth Airshow, announced the Angels will soar Aug. 23-24, 2014, along with more than a dozen other performers, and more performers to be announced in January.
“In 2013, sequestration cancelled most of the airshows around the country and grounded the military demonstration teams. We got official word two weeks ago that their funding has been approved for 2014,” Kern said in a statement.
Advance discounted tickets for the Duluth Airshow are available and can be purchased at duluthairshow.com on Sunday.
In 2011, a group of friends got together to help just one family have the best Christmas ever. Since then, the group has worked to double the recipient families each year. This year, the group wants to give away four Best Christmas Evers, but they need more nominees. Two more.
The organizers are looking for nominees and help to make the families’ Christmases the best ever.
For those who don’t know of a family that deserves a little boost this holiday season, but still want to participate, there are three “Gift Tree” locations in Minnesota. Gift Trees are where tags hanging on trees have gifts printed on them. People who want to participate can take the tag, buy the gift that matches the tag and return the tag and gift to the location of the Gift Tree. One of the Minnesota trees is at the Rock Worship Center, 1604 Selmser Ave., in Cloquet. For more information, visit bceteam.org.
Eh? loves a Thanksgiving turkey, catching them is the problem. It gets even harder when they run 5 kilometers.
The Gobble Gallop Races will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in downtown Duluth.
The run/walk races start and finish on London Road near 13th Avenue East. London Road will be closed from 10th Avenue East to 13th Avenue East at 7:45 a.m. Superior Street from Fifth Avenue West to 10th Avenue East will close at 8:45 a.m. Superior Street eastbound traffic will be detoured up to Second Street to continue east. Westbound traffic will be sent up 10th Avenue East to First Street to continue west.
Lake Avenue will be blocked off at Superior Street. To access Canal Park travel down Fifth Avenue West to the connector to Railroad Street, and from the freeway exits onto South Lake Avenue.
Downtown traffic is expected to return to normal by 11:30 a.m.