Equali-TEA, anyone?

The League of Women Voters Duluth is holding “A celebration of a woman’s right to vote” on Saturday.

There are two seatings: 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. at the Duluth Woman’s Club, 2400 E. Superior St.

The cost is $25, which gets you a seat for the program and tea, featuring scones, mini-quiche, fruit cup, tea sandwiches and a dessert.

To reserve a seat, call Sally Munger at (218) 728-0711 or go online at lwvduluth.org.

Indispensable America?

A political journalist is set to speak about “The Hazards of Global Ambition” at the College of St. Scholastica on Jan. 30.

Robert Merry, editor of “The National Interest,” will give the talk as part of a series called “Is America Still ‘Indispensible’?” sponsored by the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice. The series examines America as the “indispensable nation” on the world stage as proclaimed by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Merry has spent about three decades in Washington, D.C. as a reporter and editor for various publications, including Congressional Quarterly and the Wall Street Journal. He also has written several books, the most recent of which is “Where They Stand,” a look at U.S. presidents as seen by voters and historians.

For more information on this free event, go to spotlight.css.edu or call (218) 723-7000.

Nolan to honor vets

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan will be visiting the Hoyt Lakes VFW Post 8144 on Saturday.

To mark the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which propelled the United States into World War II, Nolan will make a presentation honoring Arleigh Birk, who was a 21-year-old Boatswain’s Mate First Class aboard the USS Honolulu on Dec. 7, 1941.

After Pearl Harbor, Birk was reassigned to the USS Denver, where he remained in the Pacific Theatre until his discharge in February 1946.

Birk and Marion, his wife of 67 years, still live in their family home in Hoyt Lakes.

Square-off set

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 gaytrachsel@gmail.com.

Eh? needs you!

Eh? is calling for volunteers for a mission to help report the news!

There’s an election on, and it’s up to each and every one of us to do our part, but Eh? needs you to step up and go to a polling location to report the ballot counts.
The locations:

* Grace Lutheran Church, 5454 Miller Trunk Highway

* Fredenberg Community Center, 5104 Fish Lake Road.

To volunteer, call Tina at (218) 723-5384.

Break bread, break down election

The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Duluth News Tribune sponsor a forum for the eight Duluth School Board candidates Thursday.

From 8-9:30 a.m. at Valentini’s Vicino Lago, 1400 London Road, candidates will field questions from the Chamber’s Roger Wedin and the News Tribune’s Chuck Frederick.

Candidates vying for the four open seats are: Annie Harala, Henry Banks, Nancy Nilsen and Harry Welty for the two At Large slots; Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and Joseph Matthes for the one District 1 seat and incumbent Art Johnston and David Bolgrien for the one District 4 seat.

JFK in Duluth: 50 years later

The News Tribune is looking for people with special memories from 50 years ago surrounding the Sept. 24, 1963, Northland visit of President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy flew to Duluth and then took a helicopter to Ashland as part of a whirlwind Department of Agriculture tour of the Midwest and West that month.

After speaking in Ashland, he returned to Duluth for a speech at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a motorcade down Superior Street. He stayed overnight at the Hotel Duluth, now the Greysolon Plaza.

We are looking to tell the stories of people who remember the visit and the tragedy that occurred two months later when Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

E-mail reporter Mike Creger at mcreger@duluthnews.com or call (218) 723-5218.

Coffee with a congressman

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy will be in Superior today for a coffee date — with all his constituents.

The 7th District representative will be at the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 2-3 p.m. today at an event that’s open to the public. He will be in the Yellowjacket Union at 1605 Catlin Ave. facilitating a discussion and answering questions.

All residents of the 7th District, which includes Superior, Rice Lake, Ashland, Bayfield and much of Northwestern Wisconsin, are welcome.

The congressman is in (Tuesday)

Got a beef with Congress but can’t make the trip to Washington?
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has a solution.

Nolan, D-Crosby, will be in his Duluth office (Suite 125 of the Technology Village, 11 E. Superior St.) from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday to meet with constituents.

He and his staff will be there to listen to you, but you had best make an appointment as there may be a lineup. Call (218) 464-5095 to get your name on the list.

Where were you on Aug. 28, 1963?

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is next week — and among the quarter-million Americans on the Mall that day in the nation’s capital, there had to have been some from the Northland.

Were you one of them? Or was someone you know? Or maybe you have a tale of missing the bus.

We’ll have coverage of the 50th anniversary march next week (and if you know someone planning on attending that event, let us know that, too). Contact us at cityeditors@duluthnews.com.