Silent auction fundraiser for Lester Park Elementary School

The Lester Park School Foundation holds a silent auction from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Lester Park Elementary School media center.

The event will help raise money to support enrichment activities for the school. The desserts to be served were donated by the New Scenic Café, Lake Avenue Cafe and Super One Foods. Cost to attend the auction is $10, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Happy anniversary, east enders

Well, guess who got married 120 years ago yesterday?

Yes, it was our own city of Duluth and its darling young sweetheart, “beautiful Lakeside, loveliest village on Superior’s shores.”

Uff. Sure, Lakeside is nice, but we thought the description of the annexation was a little syrupy in this clip discovered by the News Tribune Attic elves:

“After about four years existence as a village under the general laws of Minnesota and with special powers since the legislative session of 1891, beautiful Lakeside, loveliest village on Superior’s shores, became at midnight, with the ringing of the new year’s bells, a part of Duluth, the solid and superb. As a bride to the altar, she came with good wishes and in rich attire. There was no formal marriage ceremony at this time, it having been performed by the legislature two years ago, to take effect on this New Year’s day, and by the mere striking of the clock she passed from an independent suburb to an inseparable part of the twinless city.”

The article went on to report that West Duluth would be joining the marriage the next year, but did not attempt to explain how the two wives were going to get along in the same house.


Have a pop with a Duluth cop

Lakeside/Lester Park residents can meet their community police officer, Russ Bradley, from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday at the Lakeside SuperAmerica store at 5310 E. Superior St.

Police said it’s an opportunity for residents to give Bradley their view of the neighborhood and ask any questions they have regarding the policing that goes on in the area.

SuperAmerica will be providing free coffee, cappuccino and soda fountain pop to those who attend.

Walk-in flu shots

Flu shots are being offered without appointments this week and next at Essentia Health’s First Street Building, 420 E. First St.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The flu-shot booths also will be open from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday.

The Essentia Health-Lakewalk Clinic and neighborhood clinics in Hermantown, Lakeside, Proctor and West Duluth will have the same flu-shot hours during the rest of this week and next, but won’t be open on Saturday. Regional flu-clinic schedules are available online at

The cost of the flu shot is covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid and most private insurance companies. It’s a good idea for patients to wear short-sleeved or sleeveless clothing when they come for their shot.

Lakeside-Lester Park market celebrates first birthday

A year ago, the News Tribune told you about the startup of Nice Girls of the North Second Saturday Marketplace, a monthly sale held at Lakeside-Lester Park Community Center in Duluth.

The once-a-month market offers gifts, clothing and home décor, all handcrafted by a group of local artisans in a lively setting.

The sale marks its first anniversary Saturday with a celebration, including hourly gift-certificate drawings and birthday cake. Since it’s that time of the year, there also will be plenty of Halloween items for sale along with jewelry, pottery, stained glass, soaps, candles, bags, baby items, yarn and more.

The sale will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 106 N. 54th Ave. E.

Lakewalk Festival

The fourth annual Lakewalk Festival offers family-friendly activities from Canal Park to Fitger’s and in the Lakeside neighborhood from noon to 4 p.m. today.

That’s about five miles worth of festival, but don’t worry, the North Shore Scenic Railroad will shuttle you from stop to stop.

In Lakeside there will be a Top Dog contest, a dance show, a puppy pool party and face painting. At Endion Station there will be disc golf, lacrosse demonstrations and face painting. Sign a thank you to a soldier and help assemble care packages at the Veteran’s Memorial. There will be animals from the Lake Superior Zoo and a bounce house in the courtyard at Fitger’s.

Each Canal Park hotel will have face painting, rock painting, balloons, hay wagon rides, a bean bag toss and more.

Kids can pick up Lakewalk passports at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center and get it stamped for free ice cream at Bridgeman’s and the Grandma’s Box Car.