Crime Wave coming to Two Harbors

The headline isn’t meant to scare anyone; it’s for anyone who’s a fan of whodunnits.

The Minnesota Crime Wave, featuring crime authors William Kent Krueger, Carl Brookins and Ellen Hart, visits the United Church, 531 Third Ave. in Two Harbors, at 7 p.m. today.

The free event (thanks to a Minnesota Book Awards grant) will have an authors’ talk, interactive audience game “Spot the Imposter” and a book signing with copies available to purchase. Donations will be accepted for the Two Harbors Public Library’s “Love Your Library Renovation Project.”

Contact Micky McGilligan at (218) 834-4891 or mmcgilligan@mediacombb.net for more information.

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.

Order trees, shrubs

The deadline for ordering native trees and shrubs from the South St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District is fast approaching.

People have until April 12 to order the bare-root seedlings, which come in bundles of 10 or 25 meant for conservation plantings. Plants will be available for pickup in mid-May in Proctor, Two Harbors and Grand Marais.

For information about the species available, cost, planting guides and more go to southstlouisswcd.org or called the South St. Louis SWCD office at (218) 723-4867.

Owl collection

As we’ve reported several times, the Northland is seeing an influx of owls from Canada this winter. They’ve moved south in search of food, such as mice and voles.
While many owls are finding good pickings in our area, some owls, inevitably, will perish here. But some good may come of that. The Duluth Audubon Society reports the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is collecting dead boreal or saw-whet owls this winter for use in research.
If you find a dead owl, place it in a plastic bag with the date and general location where it was found, and take it to the nearest Minnesota DNR wildlife office — in Duluth, Cloquet, Two Harbors, Tower or wherever you may be.

Toothbrush fairy in Two Harbors

What do you get when you combine puppets, tooth fairies and flossing?

Eh? doesn’t know either, but that combination is promised today at the Minnehaha Elementary School in Two Harbors.

It’s the third stop of the 2012-13 Great Toothbrush Giveaway by Just Kids Dental, a nonprofit agency that seeks to provide dental care to kids across the Northland. The agency has set out to distribute 10,000 toothbrushes to children this school year.

The oral-hygiene program will be presented at 11 a.m. to second-graders and 12:30 p.m. to third-graders.

Music performance in Two Harbors

So much for being quiet in the library: A former poet laureate is going to make some music in a library now that she’s done poet laureating.

Friends of the Two Harbors Public Library are hosting a “Love Your Library” after-hours event that will include a joint performance by former Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa and cellist Kathy McTavish.

The event is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Two Harbors Public Library and is a benefit to raise money to buy new library furniture.

Fire and ice on the menu

For those who like a little adventure with their food and dining experience, here are two very different sensory experiences:

The Blu Ice Bar & Lounge at Grand Superior Lodge — or rather outside of the lodge — is hosting an ice wine festival from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at 2826 E. Highway 61 northeast of Two Harbors. Guests can sample the region’s top ice wines with chef-prepared desserts and aperitifs. Ice wine is a style of dessert wine made from grapes that have been frozen on the vine. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about pairings and picking the best wine.

And if you’re too cold to think about ice wine?

Little Angie’s Cantina, 11 E. Buchanan St., is hosting a Texas-themed meal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The menu includes an appetizer of shrimp three ways, fresh rattlesnake soup, grapefruit and raspberry salad, smoked beef brisket with green beans, bacon and jicama slaw and blackberry-filled empanada with homemade pineapple and lime ice cream.

Each course will be paired with a beer from the Texas-based Shiner family. The meal is $49.95.

Breakfast with Santa in Two Harbors

Hungry? Wanna meet Santa?

Check both off your list at the Two Harbors Lions Club during a community breakfast Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 709 First Ave. The North Shore United Way Pancake Breakfast is 7:30-11 a.m. The event is to raise money for the Moose Lodge Scholarship Fund and United Way agencies that serve North Shore residents.

There will be a silent auction, face painting, pictures with Santa and books for kids.

Admission is $5. Kids ages 3 and younger get in free.

Eh? Shop hard on Highway 61

It’s a Two Harbors shopping bonanza! And trust the Eh? desk. These folks get crazy.

Twelve merchants along Minnesota Highway 61 host holiday open houses today and Sunday, with specials, contests, live music, drawings and bonfires. The businesses will stay open until 8 p.m. Those participating include Moosecellaneous, Vanilla Bean Café, Sweet Peas Gift Shop and Craft Mall, North Shore Pizza Café, Agate Bay Outfitters, Buddy’s Mercantile, Agate City Rock Shop, Carmody 61 Two Harbors, Odyssey Real Estate Group, Tree to Tree, the Oldest Sister and Sawtooth Mountain Trading Post.