Moo-ving to winter

Have a cow? Want to learn a little more about saving money while improving soil fertility? Then moo-ve yourself to Cromwell on Wednesday.

The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota is hosting a Winter Cattle Feeding workshop at the Cromwell Pavilion, 5577 Cromwell Park Drive, at 1 p.m. Admission is free and registration is not required.

The day will include an overview of winter feeding, bale grazing and other innovative management techniques, as well as a caravan to tour Steve Risacher’s farm.
The workshop is held as part of the Sustainable Farming Association’s Keep Cattle in Minnesota project.

Pesky critters beware

Are varmints picking at your cabbage patch? Are deer deforesting your yard? Are you finding it’s not so nice to play host to mice?

The Carlton County Extension Community Connect Program will present “Managing Wildlife in Your Yard and Farm.”

The program will feature Chris Balzer of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. His presentation will focus on deterring nuisance animals and attracting favorable wildlife.

Admission for the event is $5. It will be held at the Carlton County Transportation building, 1630 County Rd. 61, Carlton.

For more information, call the Carlton County Extension office at (218) 384-3511.

Something old is something new

Because what’s old often becomes new again in the fashion world, you just might pick up some wedding style tips next week as the Carlton County Historical Society trots outs some antique wedding dresses.

The Cloquet museum, 406 Cloquet Ave., will have a wedding dress style show at 1 p.m. Saturday, featuring eight dresses from its collection along with other clothing that comes in white.

The dresses are on loan from county residents and will be shown by teen volunteers. The event is part of a summer-long exhibit called “Dressed in White.”

The style show costs $2 for adults and teens and $1 for kids ages 6 to 12. Attendees will get a brochure with details about the dresses as well as their own photo opportunity with the gowns. Wedding-style cake will be served with punch.

Call (218) 879-1938 for more information.

Junior historians, unite!

Stop being bored on weekends and get smarter in the process.

The Carlton County Historical Society is recruiting members between ages 12 and 14 for the Junior Historian Club. Orientation is 1 p.m. today at the museum at 406 Cloquet Ave. in Cloquet.

Museum director Rachael Martin and youth board members Abbi Parenteau and Josh Dowell will be there to show you around. Bring a parent in order to sign up. The club includes monthly programs, newsletters, volunteer reward chances, plus an end-of-summer sleepover at the museum.

Today’s orientation is free and will feature a tour of exhibits, a look at the behind-the-scenes areas not open to the public, a short movie and information about triskaidekaphobia — the fear of the number 13.

Annual membership dues are $10 and include a book and unlimited admission to the museum. Call the museum at (218) 879-1938 for more information.

Ode to rotary phones

Remember land lines? The Carlton County Historical Society sure does. And don’t even get them started about pay phones.

Some say they can’t live without their cell phones. Now go back to a time when everyone did.

The museum in Cloquet is opening the exhibit “Before Cell Phones” at noon today at 406 Cloquet Ave.

Expect to see phones with cords, calculators, clocks, calendars, cameras, typewriters, maps, radios, phonographs and handwriting samples.

The movies “Hymn of the Nations,” featuring a performance by Arturo Toscanini, and “Moonlight Sonata,” featuring Ignacy Jan Paderewski, will be shown, and refreshments will be served. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children younger than 12 and $5 for families. Museum members get in free.

Check out the exhibit in person before someone makes an app for it.

Yeti Tour delayed

The Northland’s lack of snow has forced organizers to delay the snowmobile portion of the Yeti Tour — an annual event benefiting the March of Dimes.

The planned two-day, 200-mile trail ride from Sunset Bar & Grill to Black Bear Casino and Resort had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The trail ride will be rescheduled, weather permitting.

Other events planned for Sunset Bar and Black Bear will be held as scheduled Friday and Saturday.

This is the second year a lack of snow forced the delay or cancellation of the snowmobile portion of the event. The Yeti Tour raised $15,000 in 2012.

Rummage sale at Carlton County museum

Museums often are full of old items, but usually not ones that can be taken home. That changes Friday when the Carlton County Historical Society hosts a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its museum at 406 Cloquet Ave. in Cloquet.

Coffee and tea will be available for consumption while browsing through books, magazines, tools and other household items.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for kids younger than 12 and $5 for families. Are you a member of the Carlton County Historical Society or a kid younger than 5? Then you get in free.

Call (218) 879-1938 for more information.

Become a junior historian

The Carlton County Historical Society is starting a Junior Historian Club for students ages 12-14.

The orientation meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in Cloquet at the museum at 406 Cloquet Ave.

Find out about the monthly programs, newsletters, volunteer reward opportunities and the end-of-summer sleepover at the museum. Take a tour of the museum exhibits and behind-the-scenes areas not open to the public. See a short movie and learn about triskaidekaphobia.

There’s no admission, but there are an annual membership dues of $10 to be a junior historian. Kids interested in signing up, bring a parent. Call the museum at (218) 879-1938 for more information.

Check out exclusive flood photos

During the historic June flood, most of us couldn’t get near Jay Cooke State Park.

But photographer Allen Anway, who was raised in Cloquet and is an avid hiker in the park, was allowed in to document the devastation with his large-frame camera.

Anway will share the results in a slide show at noon Friday hosted by the Carlton County Historical Society at 406 Cloquet Ave. in Cloquet. Admission is $1, and free for historical society members and children younger than 12.

For more information, call the historical society at (218) 879-1938.

Pheasants Forever

A Duluth-based Pheasants Forever conservation project has been selected as one of seven finalists for SportDOG’s Future Forward Fund Grant Contest. Online voting will decide which conservation project will receive a $25,000 grant. Supporters can vote once a day until Nov. 30.

The project, called “Habitat for Homecroft,” was initiated by the St. Louis/Carlton County Pheasants Forever chapter. The chapter will purchase one acre of tax-forfeit land adjacent to Homecroft Elementary School, re-establish natural habitat and create an outdoor classroom where students can learn about wildlife ecology, conservation and biology.

“We’re going to try to get this done one way or the other,” David Lood, youth director for the local Pheasants Forever chapter, said. “The grant would allow us to get it done by 2013, rather than waiting until 2014 or 2015 to get it done.”

Lood said the Pheasants Forever chapter hopes to acquire land near other schools in the area to provide outdoor learning opportunities for students.