Pink the Rink with Hermantown, Superior

In an effort to advertise and raise money for breast cancer research and prevention, Pink the Rink is selling T-shirts that can give the wearer free admission to hockey games.

The junior varsity and varsity hockey games between the Superior Spartans and the Hermantown Hawks on Jan. 14 are part of how local money is being raised for the cause.

Regular T-shirts are $12 and dry-fit T-shirts are $15, and they can be purchased at the Superior middle and high schools. Whatever shirts are left will be available for purchase at the door.

Get a taste of Hermantown

Whether we know it or not, we’re all in constant pursuit of a new favorite restaurant. On Thursday, take those taste buds to Hermantown for the aptly named Taste of Hermantown, which promises all-you-can-eat samples from 13 of the area’s “greatest eateries.” You had Eh? at “all you can eat.”

The event is 5-7 p.m. at the Shrine Building, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway. It’s only two hours, but don’t forget to chew.

Tickets are available at the door. Admission is $15. Kids 10 years old and younger get in free.

All proceeds support the Hermantown Community Fund.

Participating restaurants:

* Cookie Temptations
* Dairy Queen of Pike Lake
* Dave’s Pizza Skyline
* Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub
* Farley’s Family Restaurant
* Foster’s Sports Bar & Grill
* Grandma’s Saloon & Grill
* Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill
* McKenzie’s Bar & Grill
* Outback Steakhouse
* Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
* Super One Deli
* Texas Roadhouse

Rally at the Alley in Hermantown

Hawk Pride, the group in Hermantown that has worked to put together a school-improvement plan, hosts “Rally at the Alley” Saturday at Skyline Lodge.

The event, from 7-9 p.m. at 4894 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown, is a celebration to thank those who have worked on the plan and to gear up for the Nov. 5 vote on the long-range facilities plan.

For more than a year, community members and the Hermantown school district have worked to develop a plan for improving school buildings. Anyone 21 and older interested in learning more about the plan and how they can get involved is invited to attend. See hawkpride.org for more information.

Here come the Dukes

Dozens of flying Dukes are expected over Duluth this week as the Commemorative Air Force-Lake Superior Squadron 101 hosts a gathering of Beechcraft Duke planes Thursday at its Hermantown museum and hangar.

It’s the 25th anniversary for the Duke Flyers Association fly-in event, and about 40 planes should be on display for the public from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. The museum is at 4931 Airport Road, near the Cirrus Design headquarters.

The Duke was first built in 1968 with production lasting until 1983. About 600 planes were built, and 411 still are flying today. It’s been considered a fast, comfortable, quiet and stable performer for private plane owners over the years.

There’s plenty to see in the museum as well, with extensive history of planes used in battles from World War II to today.

Hermantown Harvest Fest

The fun just keeps happening this week.

On Saturday, the Hermantown Harvest Fest will be held at the Hermantown History Center with more than 80 vendors selling everything from breads and maple syrup to rosemaling, birdhouses and chainsaw art. The fest also features vintage tractors, artisan demonstrations and plenty of live music. Children’s activities include hay rides, miniature train rides and petting farm animals.

The Fest, 5255 Maple Grove Road, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children, $5 for families and children under five free. For more information, visit: <a href=http://www.hermantownhistory.com target=”new”>hermantownhistory.com</a>

Scarecrows

Like the Wicked Witch of the West, this year’s Engwall’s Corn Maze in Hermantown is asking people to bring them a scarecrow.

Create a scarecrow for a chance to win cash prizes. And making a garden anti-pest device could yield tickets to the maze.

Scarecrows should be a minimum of 3 feet tall and a maximum of 6 feet. There will be prizes for entering and awards decided by customers, “People’s Choice,” and by an Engwall’s panel, “Best of Show.”

Engwall’s will host a free “scarecrow workshop” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Bring some clothes to stuff and your imagination.

Scarecrows have to be delivered to Engwall’s Garden Center, 4749 Hermantown Road, by Aug. 30.

Volunteer to look in a book

The United Way of Greater Duluth’s Women’s Leadership Council is hosting a book drive to collect books appropriate for kids up to grade 3.

Big Red Book Shelves are around town year-round at Fitger’s Book Store, Duluth Teachers Credit Union — downtown, Kenwood and Miller Hill locations — and at Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union in Duluth and Hermantown. Super One Foods will collect books at Duluth locations June 17-24.

Volunteers are needed to screen the books for condition and appropriateness from noon to 2 p.m. June 26 at the Ordean Building, 424 W. Superior St., Suite 402. Contact the United Way at (218) 726-4729.

That’s a lot of food

Northland residents contributed almost 130,000 pounds of food during the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the United Way of Greater Duluth tells us.

The exact amount collected by area postal carriers and volunteers in Cloquet, Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Silver Bay, Superior and Two Harbors on May 11 was 129,386 pounds — that’s nearly 65 tons. Duluth residents increased their giving by more than 4,000 pounds from a year ago and Two Harbors residents nearly doubled their giving, the United Way says.

Area residents were asked to leave nonperishable food items next to their mailboxes that morning. The food collected went to area food shelves.

People in need of food can call the United Way’s 211 number to find out which food shelf is closest. Cell phone users can call (800) 543-7709.

Lost, then found

We’ve got more good deeds to go around, and Judy Haglin is grateful for that.

The Hermantown woman forgot her purse in the parking lot after buying groceries Thursday at the Super One on Miller Hill. But because of the kindness of an anonymous woman, Judy and her purse weren’t separated for long.

Haglin was notified by a Super One employee that her purse had been returned to the store intact.

“Praise God,” Haglin said. “It’s nice to know there are still honest people in this world.”

Help the homeless in the Twin Ports

Give what you can and make a difference to the more than 1,000 Twin Ports residents who were homeless or lacked affordable housing in 2012. To help them through the winter, the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Duluth and the Human Development Center’s Homeless Project and Project Reach Out have teamed up to launch Homeless Project Supply Drive 2013.

This month, volunteers will collect items needed by people living in poverty.
Here’s where you come in:

Items needed include warm clothing, nonperishable snack food, personal-hygiene items, sleeping bags, blankets, tents and backpacks.

Supply drives will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Walmart in Superior and on Jan. 19 at the Walmart in Hermantown. In addition, all US Bank locations in Duluth and Essentia Health St. Mary’s Superior Clinic have collection bins in their lobbies through Jan. 21. Monetary donations can be made at humandevelopmentcenter.org.