Parr in the park

Everyone’s favorite bluesman, Charlie Parr, plays a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. today at Chester Bowl as part of the Chester Creek Concert Series.

Parr is super-hot right now. The movie “Meeting Charlie Parr” recently played locally during the Duluth Superior Film Festival (it also played in Paris). He’s got a tightly packed summer schedule with more than a handful of local shows in addition to other Midwest stops.

Parr’s latest album, “Barnswallow,” was released earlier this year.

Angel of Hope dedication

A dedication ceremony for the Angel of Hope Memorial is scheduled to take place today in Duluth.

The memorial, based on the book “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans, is in Leif Erikson Park. It’s a place for parents who have lost a child to go to heal and remember their loved ones.

The ceremony is at 6 p.m.

The memorial’s statue and engraved bricks on the walkway will be maintained by city of Duluth Parks and Recreation. Bricks can be purchased through Parks & Rec.

Get those antiques looked at

It’s about time to find out what that old 19th-century vanity is worth.

The St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center at the Depot in Duluth is hosting a free appraisal for antiques. The appraising happens from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday inside the Great Hall.

The St. Louis County Historical Society plans to have Dan Sershon of Northland Estate Services and Denny Mager of Northern Specialty on hand to check out the goods.

Please abide by the two-items-per-person limit, though. If an item is too big or fragile, just bring clear photos with labels and a description of any marks.

Still not convinced to come? There’ll be free coffee, too.

Call (218) 733-7568 for more information.


That’s $1 per life

Cats have nine lives, they say. And if you have $9, you can have a cat. Numbers are fun.

That’s what cats 9 months and older cost June 21-30 at Animal Allies in Duluth.

All cats at Animal Allies, 4006 Airport Road, are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready for a new home.

For more information about the 9 Lives for $9 adoption event, go to

Heroic duck tale

Superior firefighter Neal Dwyer brings a duckling into the grass near its mother Monday, June 10, 2013, along Hammond Avenue. Superior firefighters rescued the duckling after it fell through a storm sewer grate and became trapped. (Photo submitted to Superior Telegram)

A tiny duckling got into some big trouble Monday when it got separated from its family after falling into a storm drain while waddling across Hammond Avenue in Superior.

Tyree Johnson told the Superior Telegram that his daughters and their friend saw the ordeal unfold. After Johnson was unable to lift the grate off of the storm drain, he enlisted the help of the Superior Fire Department at its headquarters on Tower Avenue.

“I told the fireman that I have a strange request,” Johnson wrote in an e-mail to the Telegram.

Firefighter Neal Dwyer checked with Capt. Lindzi Campbell to make sure that was something the department helped with before heading out.

“He asked ‘Do we do that?’ ” Campbell said. “I said, ‘We certainly do.’ ”

Dwyer, Campbell and Andy Knutson lifted the grate and fished the duckling out with a net. After the rescue, the crew reunited the duckling with its mom and siblings.

“It was nice the girls were there and happened to see it,” Campbell said. “It was a happy ending.”

The Eh? desk says hats off to the Superior Fire Department and the Johnson family and friend for a job well done.

Judy Garland fan buys your ticket

Somebody loves Judy Garland so much that he or she bought the house — making tickets free — for tonight’s performance of the St. Paul History Theatre’s production of “Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall” at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.

But showgoers must reserve a seat in advance by calling (218) 327-5780 or going to or Reed Drug in Grand Rapids.

The show, part of this year’s Judy Garland Festival, starts at 7:30 p.m.

Bill Downs Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble is June 28 in Superior

The Bill Downs Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble is June 28 at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior.

The event benefits the Humane Society of Douglas County.

The cost is $25 per person, with four-person teams, and includes registration packet, dinner, door prizes, team prizes, awards and photos. Registration is at noon, with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Call Downs Lesage Funeral Home at (218) 392-2379 or the Nemadji Pro Shop at (715) 394-0266 to register a team.

‘Buttcrack’ billboard concerns Duluth couple

A billboard from the Minnesota Department of Health, encouraging passersby to get a colonoscopy, is seen Thursday, June 13, 2013, on Arrowhead Road in Duluth. (Jimmy Bellamy /

A Duluth couple wrote an e-mail to Mayor Don Ness and the City Council on Wednesday, urging them to create an ordinance that would ban “indecent” billboards like the one along Arrowhead Road between Swan Lake Road and Arlington Avenue.

In the e-mail with the subject line “Offensive ‘buttcrack’ billboard needs to be removed,” Dennis P. and Rosemarie Mitchell — who have authored a number of letters to the editor on the News Tribune and Duluth Budgeteer News opinion pages, including the Internet-famous “Olympics showed too much flesh” in August 2012 — call for the removal of a Minnesota Department of Health billboard showing a person’s rear peeking through jeans and a T-shirt and the words “Cover your butt! Get a colonoscopy.” The Mitchells go on to write that the billboard’s message further adds to the deterioration “of our morals and modesty.”

In an e-mail reply, Mayor Ness said: “The City does not have those sort of censorship powers. I would encourage you to contact the billboard company with your concerns. Thank you.”

Drivers and passengers still can see the rear-view sign through the windshield — or rear-view mirror.

Juneteenth celebration Saturday

Duluth’s annual Juneteenth celebration is a day away.

A party for Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. and celebration of freedom for African-Americans, is noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Central Hillside Community Center, 12 E. Fourth St. in Duluth. The event includes music, food, dance, spoken word, face painting and other activities for kids.

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War and 2½ years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Call Claudie Washington, president of the Duluth Chapter of the NAACP, at (218) 590-9009 for more information about Duluth’s Juneteenth celebration.

Lawn chairs will be allowed at Dylan concert in Duluth

Bob Dylan performs at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in this Oct. 22, 1998, file photo. He returns to Duluth for a concert on July 9, 2013. (1998 file, Bob King / News Tribune)

All right, Duluth. You can put down the torches and pitchforks.

After a swell of good-old-fashioned Duluthian complaints via e-mail and phone, lawn chairs will be allowed toward the back of Bayfront Festival Park for the Bob Dylan concert July 9. The chairs initially were prohibited by organizers.

The move goes against normal Dylan tour requirements, which usually only allow blankets for sitting on the ground, organizers said.

But don’t get cute. Only regular, folding lawn chairs or similarly small chairs will be allowed. Larger chairs with footrests and umbrellas are prohibited.

Wilco, My Morning Jacket and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio will perform at the show, too. Tickets are available at the DECC box office, and (800) 745-3000.